News: Marines rack ‘em up for summer challenge
Story by Pfc. Raquel Barraza
MARINE CORPS AIR STATION MIRAMAR, Calif. – A doubles pool tournament for the 101 Days of Summer Challenge was held at the Great Escape aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., Aug. 15.
The tournament is one of the last competitions to earn points for the 101 Days of Summer Challenge.
First introduced to Miramar in 1999, the 101 Days of Summer Challenge’s goal is to create fun unit competitions and events that promote eliminating the use of illegal drugs and the responsible use of alcohol in the military.
“We wanted to try to switch things up because service members go to briefs all the time but they don’t always get something from it,” said D.J. McCluskey, the Great Escape Manager and San Diego, native. “People remember humor so we try to make things funny and entertaining but educational at the same time.”
The tournament had seven teams of two players all representing different units on Miramar. All the teams received 50 points for participation and additional points if they placed in the top three teams.
“Things like this are great for unit pride,” said Staff Sgt. Matthew C. Head, air traffic control tower chief with Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron and a Sacramento, Calif., native.
Head and his partner Staff Sgt. Justin P. Travis, air traffic control radar chief with H&HS and an Atlanta, native, came out to represent H&HS in the competition.
Teams played best two out of three games and winners would move on in the competition. In addition to 50 points, all the teams received a free 101 Days of Summer shirt for participating and learned information about the 101 Days of Summer program and the Great Escape.
“This competition helps us get new people to come and see what the Great Escape is about,” said McCluskey. “We want Marines to know you can come and have a good time without drugs and alcohol.”
Head and Travis played their best and it paid off when they took the prize of first place in the competition and won an additional 100 points for H&HS in the unit competition.
“I’m going to Disney World,” joked Travis when they won. “I’m kidding, but I’m just glad we could get the points and hopefully H&HS can take the 101 Days of Summer competition too.”
Coming in second was Marine Wing Support Squadron 373 earning an additional 75 point for their unit. In third was Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 11 receiving an additional 50 points for their unit.
Players congratulated the winners and even when the tournament was finished they all continued to play pool for fun.