News: General presents CG's Cup Award to H&S Bn.
Story by Sgt. Whitney N. Frasier
MARINE CORPS RECRUIT DEPOT SAN DIEGO – Brig. Gen. Daniel D. Yoo, commanding general for the Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego and Western Recruiting Region, presented Headquarters and Service Battalion with the prizes from the Commanding General’s cup, Jan. 11.
The winnings from the year-round sports program included the commanding general’s cup trophy and a check for $300.
H&S Bn. has claimed the trophy as their own for 29 years since 1952. This year is the fourth consecutive year H&S Bn. will house the trophy. The money will go toward paying for unit functions and events including the Marine Corps Ball.
“I’m very proud of you all, you did a great job,” said Brig. Gen. Daniel D. Yoo as he addressed the battalion. “[The CG’s cup] is a great event to be part of.”
Being part of something isn’t new to the Marines of H&S Bn. Competition and the use of teamwork are just a couple of traits that run thick within the Corps.
“Competing is just part of the Marine Corps,” said Yoo. “It’s a lifestyle to be the best you are and become a team.”
For 2012, the CG’s cup scoring system was changed; awarding the actual team vises the command they are part of.
“H&S Bn. and [the recruit training regiment] are the powerhouses of the competition,” said Rachel Dickinson, intramural sports coordinator, Marine Corps Community Services. “That’s partially why we changed the scoring system.”
The new system is designed to give other commands more chances to take home the trophy.
“Each team plays for themselves,” said Dickinson. “That way we can level out the playing field.”
Even though the stakes have been raised, the battalion still has confidence in winning.
“It’s going to be harder this year for sure,” said Sgt. Maj. Michael D. Brookman. “We have so many good athletes on the depot, but I know we are going to succeed and beat the other units again.”
H&S Bn. celebrated their big win with a little physical training and running through the obstacle course.
“Winning makes me the proudest sergeant major on base,” said Brookman. “It’s a lineage we have to keep pushing toward for success.”
Interested in competing for the prize? Visit mccsmcrd.com to get involved.