Participants of Mini Marines are sworn in aboard Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, March 3. The event was hosted by Marine Corps Community Services South Carolina to promote a family atmosphere. MCCS-SC offers different programs that support and enhance the quality of life for Marines and their families.

 

Children practice Marine Corps Martial Arts Program techniques during Mini Marines aboard Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, March 3. Marine Corps Community Services South Carolina sponsored the event for the children of Marines so they could see what their parents do when they put on a uniform. The event also included a mock CFT course, a toy rifle range, and a tug of war.

 

Marine Corps Community Services South Carolina hosted a Mini Marines program aboard Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, March 3.
The event was organized by MCCS’s Lifestyle Insights, Networking, Knowledge, and Skills program to build camaraderie and promote a family atmosphere for the children of Marines aboard MCAS Beaufort.
L.I.N.K.S is a program that helps service member and their families adjust to the Marine Corps lifestyle and the local installation. L.I.N.K.S. is offered as both installation and unit training to Marines, Sailors and families.
“My mission is to have
military families under
stand how important they
are to America,”
said Roxanne Farr, the volunteer
coordinator for L.I.N.K.S.
“Without them we realize
freedom isn’t free and they
are the ones paying the
ultimate price for our freedom.”
Mini-Marines is an event held by MCCS. The children were sworn in on yellow footprints by drill instructors and then split into different platoons and given different colored handkerchiefs to identify their group. Each platoon was led by Marine volunteers who guided the Mini Marines through the different activities.

Children take aim at the toy rifle range during Mini Marines aboard Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, March 3. The event was hosted by Marine Corps Community Services South Carolina to show the children what their parents do at work. The event also featured a mock CFT, a sack race and a Marine Corps Martial Arts Station.

“This is the most fun I
have ever had volunteering
at an event,”
said Cpl. Lindsay Collins, the S-4 Chief for Marine All Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 224.
“It’s just really great seeing families come out
together and celebrate the Marine Corps life
style with their kids and show them what
we are all about.”

Children prepare to run a mock Combat Fitness Test during Mini Marines aboard Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort March 3. The event was sponsored by Marine Corps Community Services South Carolina.

Dozens of volunteers with both the Marine Corps and MCCS arrived at 7 a.m. to prepare all of the stations for an 8:30 a.m. start. The event had a toy rifle range, mock PFT course, Marine Corps Martial Arts lessons, a military working dog display by the Provost Marshal’s Office, and an exhibit by Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting. Towards the end of the event the platoon leaders gave the Mini Marine their own dog tags to commemorate the event. The Marine volunteers also received letters of appreciation for their work.
“I originally just came out here to volunteer
with some friends and help out the Mini Marines
program,”
said Lance Cpl. Christopher Ivaliotes, an Airframe Mechanic with Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501.
“I think this was a really great opportunity to
come out and give back to not only the Marine
Corps but also the families who make it
great.”