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Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton

Putting a spin on safety

By Lance Cpl. Orrin G. Farmer | Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton | May 20, 2013

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Marines wheelbarrow race for the Commanders Paddle during the safety fair and field meet held at Lake O’Neill Recreational Area here May 17.  Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron held their annual 101 days of summer safety stand down training in the form of an interactive fair coupled with a squadron sized field meet and competition.

Marines wheelbarrow race for the Commanders Paddle during the safety fair and field meet held at Lake O’Neill Recreational Area here May 17. Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron held their annual 101 days of summer safety stand down training in the form of an interactive fair coupled with a squadron sized field meet and competition. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Orrin G. Farmer)


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A Marine from Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron prepares himself to shoot a free throw while wearing beer goggles during the safety fair held at Lake O’Neill Recreational Area here May 17.  Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron held their annual 101 days of summer safety stand down training in the form of an interactive fair coupled with a squadron sized field meet and competition.

A Marine from Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron prepares himself to shoot a free throw while wearing beer goggles during the safety fair held at Lake O’Neill Recreational Area here May 17. Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron held their annual 101 days of summer safety stand down training in the form of an interactive fair coupled with a squadron sized field meet and competition. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Orrin G. Farmer)


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Jim Dickie helps Marines fill out registration forms for a raffle to win a 100-dollar Marine Corps Exchange gift card at the USAA Financial booth during the safety fair held at Lake O’Neill here May 17.  Dickie is a military affairs representative for USAA.  Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron held their annual 101 days of summer safety stand down training in the form of an interactive fair coupled with a squadron sized field meet and competition.

Jim Dickie helps Marines fill out registration forms for a raffle to win a 100-dollar Marine Corps Exchange gift card at the USAA Financial booth during the safety fair held at Lake O’Neill here May 17. Dickie is a military affairs representative for USAA. Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron held their annual 101 days of summer safety stand down training in the form of an interactive fair coupled with a squadron sized field meet and competition. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Orrin G. Farmer)


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Marines prepare for a three-legged race to start off a series of athletic competitions to win the Commanders Paddle at a field competition during the Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron safety fair and field meet held at Lake O’Neill Recreational Area here May 17. Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron held their annual 101 days of summer safety stand down training in the form of an interactive fair coupled with a squadron sized field meet and competition.

Marines prepare for a three-legged race to start off a series of athletic competitions to win the Commanders Paddle at a field competition during the Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron safety fair and field meet held at Lake O’Neill Recreational Area here May 17. Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron held their annual 101 days of summer safety stand down training in the form of an interactive fair coupled with a squadron sized field meet and competition. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Orrin G. Farmer)


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Cpl. Jason Burds, top, and Lance Cpl. Joseph James compete in the wheelbarrow portion of a multi-station race during a safety fair and field meet held at Lake O’Neill Recreational Area here May 17. Burds is a flight clearance supervisor and James is a flight clearance dispatcher with Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron at the Marine Corps Air Station here.

Cpl. Jason Burds, top, and Lance Cpl. Joseph James compete in the wheelbarrow portion of a multi-station race during a safety fair and field meet held at Lake O’Neill Recreational Area here May 17. Burds is a flight clearance supervisor and James is a flight clearance dispatcher with Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron at the Marine Corps Air Station here. (Photo by Cpl. Derrick K. Irions)


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Sgt. Nathan Rembert, left, and Cpl. Larry Haywood compete in the three-legged race portion of a multi-station race during the safety fair and field meet held at Lake O’Neill Recreational Area here May 17. Rembert is a flight clearance chief and Haywood is receiving aviation operations specialist on-the-job training with Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron at the Marine Corps Air Station here.

Sgt. Nathan Rembert, left, and Cpl. Larry Haywood compete in the three-legged race portion of a multi-station race during the safety fair and field meet held at Lake O’Neill Recreational Area here May 17. Rembert is a flight clearance chief and Haywood is receiving aviation operations specialist on-the-job training with Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron at the Marine Corps Air Station here. (Photo by Cpl. Derrick K. Irions)


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Sgt. Jonathon Barnhart, clinches his teeth as he and his team attempt to win a tug-of-war match during the safety fair and field meet held at Lake O’Neill Recreational Area here May 17. Barnhart is a radar technician with Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron at the Marine Corps Air Station here.

Sgt. Jonathon Barnhart, clinches his teeth as he and his team attempt to win a tug-of-war match during the safety fair and field meet held at Lake O’Neill Recreational Area here May 17. Barnhart is a radar technician with Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron at the Marine Corps Air Station here. (Photo by Cpl. Derrick K. Irions)


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From left, Sgt. Justin Mason, Chief Warrant Officer 2 Clint Hunt, and Sgt. James Armstrong stand with the Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron Paddle after winning a multi-station race during the safety fair and field meet held at Lake O’Neill Recreational Area here May 17. Mason is an administration chief, Hunt is the officer-in-charge, and Armstrong is a motor transportation mechanic, with the squadron here.

From left, Sgt. Justin Mason, Chief Warrant Officer 2 Clint Hunt, and Sgt. James Armstrong stand with the Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron Paddle after winning a multi-station race during the safety fair and field meet held at Lake O’Neill Recreational Area here May 17. Mason is an administration chief, Hunt is the officer-in-charge, and Armstrong is a motor transportation mechanic, with the squadron here. (Photo by Cpl. Derrick K. Irions)


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CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. --

Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron Marines from the air station here rallied at Lake O’Neill here for a 101 Days of Summer safety fair and field meet May 17.

The safety fair took an unconventional approach to safety training with program displays and stations and interactive booths to provide Marines with a period of instruction that was both fun and informative.

The booths were manned by organizations such as the San Clemente Lifeguards, Family Readiness, Semper Fit, USAA Financial, and many more.

“We’re out here today trying to educate people on ocean safety tips,” said Chris Coy, a lifeguard at the San Clemente Marine Safety Division. “We’re educating them on rip currents, which account for 98% of the rescues that we have.”

The interactive and diverse subjects at the booths brought the Marines in, helping them become more aware about the potential summer dangers.

“Camp Pendleton Fire and Emergency Service’s set up in the trailer was pretty cool,” said Private First Class Jake Starbard, an embarkation specialist with Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron. “Having the hands on ability instead of just power point definitely helps out with the whole aspect of learning safety.”

After the safety fair the squadron held a field meet where participants competed in various activities such as volleyball, tug-o-war and a section competition for the Commanders Paddle.

“With the commands direction we incorporated the field meet event in the afternoon, which made a really good event.” said Kevin Weiss, the coordinator of the 101 days of summer safety program. “So it was nice to see we could incorporate the safety portion with the camaraderie within the unit.”

Marines from colonel to private joined to compete in the field meet against each other.

Lt. Col. James J. Toth, Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron Commanding Officer, said this unit isn’t the typical headquarters unit. These Marines don’t get to see each other often, and a field meets like this bring the squadron together.

The final competition was for the Commanders Paddle. Every section gave a single-two person team to participate. After many trips during the three legged race and near collisions during the “dizzy izzy” run, crash fire rescue came out as victors.

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