Marines attend a Thanksgiving potluck at the chapel aboard Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, Nov. 13. The potluck was an event held to gather Marines and boost morale during the holidays.arines, Sailors and their families gathered for a Thanksgiving family dinner aboard Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort Nov. 8. Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron met at the base chapel to share a meal and strengthen unit cohesion.

“These kinds of events are especially important as we head into the holiday season,” said Cpl. Kyle Guy, a licensing examiner with H&HS. “With everyone so busy and spread out across base it’s important to have meals together. Some Marines also don’t have families to go home to or they can’t go home.”

The squadron leadership planned the event and encouraged Marines to sign up to bring food or utensils. The higher enlisted Marines provided the turkeys and hams, the staff non-commissioned officers provided the side dishes, the non-commissioned officers brought desserts and the junior Marines brought plates, cups and utensils.
“These are awesome events to bring your kids to,” said Cpl. Kathryn Adams, a videographer with H&HS. “That way they get to see a little bit of what you do while you are at work. It also helps you and your Marines learn more about each other and be closer.”

Marines went to the chapel early in the day to cook and prepare for the festivities. A group of Marines volunteered to set up the tables, tents, and chairs as well as some games and inflatable bounce houses for the kids.

“When you are able to share a meal together it really helps build that bond that’s so important to our mission,” Ramsay said. “Getting to know each other and mentoring is important at every rank and level. These are the things that allow us to do that.”

As the holiday season continues, the Swamp Foxes will continue to hold events and meals together to promote camaraderie, morale, and unit cohesion. Troop welfare is a priority and as events like Thanksgiving dinner, the Birthday Ball and Christmas parties continue to happen the Marines are able to build bonds and continue in the proud traditions that the Corps holds so dear. This is what makes the Marine Corps great.

“Our Marines come from all types of backgrounds and some of them may have never experienced something like this,” said Gunnery Sgt. Evans Janvier, the H&HS squadron gunnery sergeant. “Some of them may have never come together with their family and prayed before a meal. H&HS is one big family and family takes care of each other. During this holdiday season we want to continue to foster an environment that promotes the brotherhood and sisterhood of our Marines, Sailors and civilians. We want to practice what we preach; one team, one fight.”

Marines attend a Thanksgiving potluck at the chapel aboard Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, Nov. 13. The potluck was an event held to gather Marines and boost morale during the holidays. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Erin R. Ramsay)

Marines attend a Thanksgiving potluck at the chapel aboard Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, Nov. 13. The potluck was an event held to gather Marines and boost morale during the holidays. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Erin R. Ramsay)