News: Community shares tradition, hospitality with station Marines
Story by Lance Cpl. Cory D. Polom
MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. - More than 200 Marines, Sailors and family members representing Marine Transport Squadron 1, the Provost Marshal’s Office and the Naval Health Clinic Cherry Point enjoyed a taste of Southern hospitality at Hancock Lodge March 27.
The Havelock Military Affairs Committee hosted a pig pickin’ that featured barbecued pulled pork, potato salad, banana pudding and a local favorite, Southern sweet tea. Carolina barbecue, known for its thin, vinegar-based sauce with a touch of spice, provided Marines an authentic down-home experience.
Stephanie Duncan, the executive director of the Havelock Chamber of commerce, said sharing local culture is key to showing the committee’s appreciation for service members stationed here.
“A pig pickin’ is a local tradition, and a lot of these families are not from around here,” said Duncan. “This is the best way we can not only say thank you to the military men and women here today, but also to the families for the sacrifices they make every day."
Sgt. Jamie Quinceno said he enjoyed the food and appreciates knowing he has the support of the community.
“This is great,” said the VMR-1 career planner. “I personally feel that the people of this community truly care about the Marines, Sailors and families aboard this air station. My wife loves coming to these events. It makes her feel like one of the members of the city, not just a tourist.”