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Marines execute pull ups during the semi-annual field meet between Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron and Marine Wing Headquarters Squadron 2 at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., Oct. 23, 2015. Marines with H&HS and MWHS-2 went head-to-head in a tug-of-war, a 7-ton pull, relay races and other events to build teamwork and camaraderie. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jason Jimenez/Released)

Photo by Lance Cpl. Jason Jimenez

H&HS, MWHS-2 compete for bragging rights

26 Oct 2015 | Lance Cpl. Jason Jimenez Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point

Cheers and motivational encouragements were heard throughout the long awaited competition where Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron and Marine Wing Headquarters Squadron 2 challenged each other’s strength, speed and sheer determination for bragging rights at the semi-annual field meet, Oct. 23.

Marines from both squadrons participated in separate events including pull ups, a 7-ton truck pull and a fireman’s carry relay, where participants hoist their partner of near equal weight on their shoulders and sprint to a finish line.



“The field meet lets you measure up against your peers and it makes the Marines better by trying to out-do each other,” said Gunnery Sgt. Lee Green, the logistics chief for MWHS-2 and a judge for the competition. “It is a good thing and also gets the Marines out of their work environment and into a scenario where their bragging rights are on the line.”

According to Green, the Marines relied on teammates for competitive relay races and endurance obstacle courses during the event. The competition encompassed the value of teamwork as they competed alongside their unit for the pride of their squadron.

“It builds camaraderie through friendly competition with the two units,” said Cpl. Maxwell Matossanchez, an administrative specialist with H&HS and a competitor in the event. “It definitely brings out the competitive spirit knowing that your entire squadron is cheering for you and counting on you at that very moment to come out on top.”

A Marine cannot lose, it goes against everything he or she believes in. These competitions are  about winning, Matossanchez explained. Competition reignites a fire in a Marines heart that he was introduced to during recruit training.

The Marines of MWHS-2 came out on top once again while H&HS gave a valiant effort with both squadrons displaying teamwork and building comradery.


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