News: Leatherneck Tour gives Marines Something to Laugh About
Story by Lance Cpl. Zachary Scanlon
YUMA, Ariz. - The Leatherneck Tour returned to Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz. once again arming themselves with comedy and country, Jan. 25.
“The show was a great time for the Marines, and I think it was well received by them,” said Cpl. Nathan Hromanik, a Marine Aviation Logistics 13 aviation supply specialist and a native of Elmwood-Murdock, Neb.
For the second year in a row, the comedy team brought fresh faces to Yuma, Ariz. to build the morale and camaraderie of Marines and Sailors in the local area. Performers included the event host Alex Scott, comedians Geoff Keith and Renee Gauthier and closed with country singer Stephen Cochran.
The Leatherneck Comedy Tour was brought back to Yuma after raving reviews of their performance in 2012.
“Marines asked for more entertainment from headquarters, so that is what we gave to them,” said Michael Brown, the Headquarters Marine Corps Semper Fit and Recreation Branch program specialist and a native of Portsmouth, Va. “It is all about the Marines and this just another way to show that.”
Though fulfilling the Marines’ requests was motivation enough, the entertainers had a few other reasons of their own for returning.
“What they do is a serious job and they deserve to let off a little steam sometimes,” said Keith, a native of El Toro, Calif.
Cochran, being a former Recon Marine, gave a response only a Marine would give.
“I saw the tour as a team building exercise,” said Cochran, a native of Pikeville, Ky. “It gave a chance for the Marines not just to work together but to laugh and have a good time together. In the end, it is about the Esprit de Corps.”
Yuma wasn’t the only stop for the comedy troupe. They are slated to perform at all the major Marine Corps commands across the country by the end of the year. Also, because of the shows’ well received reviews last year, they have extended their performance schedule to 24 shows this year versus 18 in 2012.
As the comedy event ended at MCAS Yuma, several Marines left with high spirits and smiles. But for the Leatherneck Tour, their job wasn’t quite complete. Yuma was only a small part in their mission to bring laughter and comedy to the Marines and Sailors across the Corps.