CLR-25 winds down with field meet
2nd Marine Logistics Group
Story by Lance Cpl. Joel Abshier

CAMP TAQADDUM, Iraq (Feb. 1, 2006) -- More than 300 Marines with Combat Logistics Regiment–25, 2nd Marine Logistics Group (Forward), participated in a field meet at the Lakeside Sports Arena here Jan. 29.

With the unit nearing its redeployment, hosting a field meet was a chance for everyone to escape their offices, eat a few burgers off the grill, participate in a few events and generally have a good time, according to Sgt. Thomas D. McKenzie, who was in charge of organizing the event.

“We got a good turn out,” McKenzie said. “Since I have been here, I haven’t seen a lot of the Marines that showed up.”

Four teams, separated by shops, kicked the day off starting with a volleyball tournament.

Crowds of Marines gathered around the event to not only provide support, but also to offer up some friendly heckling of opposing teams. Although there was a bit of rivalry coming from the congregated fans, it was all out of fun, according to Cpl. Waddell L. Butler, the noncommissioned officer in charge at the Joined Air Cargo Operation Team, with 2nd MLG (Fwd), who was also the volleyball referee.

After volleyball, the Marines gathered around the three-manned grill to eat a traditional barbeque meal consisting of hotdogs, hamburgers, potato chips and of course, non-alcoholic beer.

Once everyone’s appetites were satisfied, everyone migrated to the next event: the egg toss. Marines stood no more than 5 ft. from each other and tossed an egg back and forth. Every time there was a successful catch, one participant would take a step back, widening the gap between the egg-tossers.

Laughter erupted when Cpl. Todd Steward, area supervisor for the ammunition supply point with CLR-25, became the one of the contestants to get a close look at the inside of his egg being tossed from his partner from more than 30 ft. away. The egg spread like butter across his face and the better half of his sweatshirt. Event though Steward was covered in egg, his good attitude never faded throughout the remainder of the day.

The highlight of the events, being the tug-of-war was next. Although Iraq is well-known for being a desolate dry area, it didn’t stop Marines from digging a hole to fill it up with water.

“The water [was] sitting there for a couple days,” admitted a wide-grinned McKenzie. “It was definitely entertaining.”

Teams of 10 situated themselves in pushup position with nothing but a pit of water between them. A Marine screamed out, “Push up!” The Marines did a push-up and screamed back in unison, “Marine Corps!”

Once the Marines were let loose, everyone scrambled for the rope to get the upper hand on their competition. Throughout the event, numerous participants walked away soaked from head to toe in fermenting, muddy water.

After each event, points were distributed to each team to determine who would take home the trophy.

“Not a bad job, huh?” asked Lance Cpl. Denise M. Plowman, in regards to the trophy. Plowman created the trophy using ammunition shells, challenge coins and a Marine Corps issued boot.

“Everyone wanted that trophy,” McKenzie explained. “It is more than I can say for second place. All they [got was] an old boot.”

Although some Marines didn’t win anything, they all remained in good spirits as they event concluded. According to McKenzie, this event gave everyone a chance to relax during the crunch-time that is accustomed with the end of deployments.

“Not too much longer,” McKenzie said. “We will all be home soon enough.”