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Marines with Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron pull as a team during the final round of the 2015 Combined Federal Campaign Tug-of-War Tournament at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., Oct. 23, 2015. Eight teams composed of Marines and Sailors battled it out to take home the gold. The CFC gives federal employees an opportunity to make donations to over 20,000 non-profit organizations and charities. The drive is scheduled to end on Dec. 15, 2015. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Pfc. Nicholas P. Baird/ Released)

Photo by Pfc. Nicholas P. Baird

Marines, Sailors test their strength during the 2015 CFC Tug-of-War Tournament

27 Oct 2015 | Pfc. Nicholas P. Baird 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing

Service members dug their feet deep into the sand, and pulled the rope with all their might. Taking steps backward, they yanked their opponents over the finish line and were crowned the champions during the 2015 Combine Federal Campaign Tug-of-War Tournament at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, Oct. 23.

Marine Wing Support Squadron 274 took home the CFC tug-of-war title during the single elimination tug-of-war tournament against seven other Cherry Point and 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing teams.

The CFC provides federal employees with an opportunity to make donations to more than 20,000 different nonprofit organizations.

“The tug-of-war contest was fun and a great way to get service members together,” said Lance Cpl. Michael Northrop, an aircraft rescue and firefighting specialist with MWSS-274.

The tournament is held annually and teaches service members that team work and confidence can go a long way. 

“When you work together as a team, it is possible to accomplish any goal,” said Northrop. “These events help us build team spirit and camaraderie to keep pushing.”

The purpose of the event was to shed light on the campaign and make federal employees aware of their opportunity to donate to selected charities and organizations. Donors can participate and make donations to the 2015 CFC until Dec. 15.

 “We use the tug-of-war tournament as a way to get service members interested in the CFC, and have a little fun,” said Wayne Snell, a program analyst with civilian manpower here.

The CFC is an annual workplace charity campaign that is authorized in the federal workplace.  

“The CFC is not over yet,” said Snell. “There is plenty of time to make a donation and make a difference.”

For more information about the CFC, speak with a representative or visit
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