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Marine Attack Training Squadron 203 Marines, their families and members of the Havelock community bow their heads for prayer before the kick-off of the simiannual pig pickin’ at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., March 22, 2016. More than 300 Marines, family members and members of the Havelock community attended the event. The event was held to show the community’s appreciation to the Marines and thank the service members on Cherry Point for their contributions to the Marine Air-Ground Task Force. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Pfc. Nicholas P. Baird/Released)

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Havelock MAC caters to hungry devil dogs, families during Pig Pickin’

25 Mar 2016 | Pfc. Nicholas P. Baird Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point

Marine Attack Training Squadron 203 Marines and families gathered to participate in the simiannual pig pickin’event, sponsored by the Havelock Military Affairs Committee at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, March 22.

The MAC started the pig pickin’ in 1992 as a way to support service members at the air station.

“This event shows how much the community supports the Marines, Sailors and their families,” said Mary McGarvey, a volunteer during the Pig Pickin’. “We hope that the Marines see that Havelock supports the Marine Corps like no other community.”

The pig pickin’ is the community’s way of saying thanks to the Marines for having an excellent relationship with the outside community, explained McGarvey. Not many events offer the community, military and their families a chance to come together like a pig pickin’. 

The Havelock MAC offered food, games and a chance to come together and connect with the Havelock community, while relaxing with fellow Marines and families.

“The military and our civilian counterparts don’t get to interact that often,” said Lt. Col. Timothy Anderson, commanding officer of VMAT-203. “It’s through events like this that we get people together to meet and interact.”

More than 300 Marines, family members and members of the Havelock community attended the event and enjoyed a feast of pork, mashed potatoes, hush puppies, vegetables and much more.

“Events like this are beneficial, because it gives everyone a chance to eat great food and interact with fellow Marines,” said Lance Cpl. Austin Z. Banner, an AV-8B Harrier airframe mechanic with VMAT-203. “The volunteers worked hard to put everything together, and it turned out great.”

Banner encourages Marines and their families to attend events like this, because it helps build camaraderie and is a great time for all who attend.

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