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Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton

Marines come together at battalion Family Day

By Lance Cpl. Orrin G. Farmer | Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton | August 05, 2013

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Marines and their families react to Col. Michael E. Cordero being dropped into the dunk tank during the first raffle at the battalion Family Day held at Del Mar Beach Resort here August 2. The battalion Family Day is an event to promote camaraderie and bonding for the service members and their families.

Marines and their families react to Col. Michael E. Cordero being dropped into the dunk tank during the first raffle at the battalion Family Day held at Del Mar Beach Resort here August 2. The battalion Family Day is an event to promote camaraderie and bonding for the service members and their families. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Orrin G. Farmer)


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Participants in the hot wing-eating contest pose for a picture before beginning the competition during the Headquarters and Support Battalion Family Day held at Del Mar Beach Resort here August 2.

Participants in the hot wing-eating contest pose for a picture before beginning the competition during the Headquarters and Support Battalion Family Day held at Del Mar Beach Resort here August 2. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Orrin G. Farmer)


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Jayden, a 4-year-old, prepared to compete in a water balloon-throwing contest during the Headquarters and Support Battalion Family Day on Del Mar Beach Resort here August 2. Battalion Family Day is an event to promote camaraderie and bonding for the service members and their families. Peet is the son of Staff Sgt. Natalie Peet.

Jayden, a 4-year-old, prepared to compete in a water balloon-throwing contest during the Headquarters and Support Battalion Family Day on Del Mar Beach Resort here August 2. Battalion Family Day is an event to promote camaraderie and bonding for the service members and their families. Peet is the son of Staff Sgt. Natalie Peet. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Orrin G. Farmer)


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Marines and their family members have hamburgers, hot dogs and other dishes during the Headquarters and Support Battalion Family Day here August 2. The battalion Family Day is an event intended to help build camaraderie and bonding for the service members and their families.

Marines and their family members have hamburgers, hot dogs and other dishes during the Headquarters and Support Battalion Family Day here August 2. The battalion Family Day is an event intended to help build camaraderie and bonding for the service members and their families. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Orrin G. Farmer)


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Col. Michael E. Cordero sits in the hot seat at the dunk tank where the highest bidder won the opportunity to soak their commanding officer during the Headquarters and Support Battalion, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton Family day event held at Del Mar Beach here August 2. Cordero is the commanding officer of Headquarters and Support Battalion, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton. The Family Day is held by the battalion to promote camaraderie and a fun environment for the Marines and their family members.

Col. Michael E. Cordero sits in the hot seat at the dunk tank where the highest bidder won the opportunity to soak their commanding officer during the Headquarters and Support Battalion, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton Family day event held at Del Mar Beach here August 2. Cordero is the commanding officer of Headquarters and Support Battalion, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton. The Family Day is held by the battalion to promote camaraderie and a fun environment for the Marines and their family members. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Orrin Farmer)


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CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. --

Marines with Headquarters and Support Battalion here and their families gathered for a Family Day event at Del Mar Beach Resort here August 2.

“The purpose of Family Day is to show appreciation to all of our families, friends and loved ones who sacrifice so much of their personal time to support those on active duty,” said Col. Michael E. Cordero, commanding officer of the battalion. “This is my way of saying thank you to them.”

The event consisted of a cook-out, several games and a raffle for the chance to soak the battalion commanding officer and other members of the chain of command by hitting a target on the dunk tank.

“Life is too short to take it for granted, you should have as much fun as you can,” said Cordero, who was finally able to change into dry clothes after being plunged into the dunk tank in his service charlie and desert digital MARPAT camouflaged uniforms.

Along with all the activities and games, Family Day also serves as a venue for participants to meet, interact and bond.

Patricia Robertson, wife of the battalion sergeant major, Sgt. Maj. Jackie R. Robertson, said she enjoys these events because she gets to meet with other military wives and catch-up with what is going on among the families in the battalion.

“Family day is important because it gives the families a chance to get together,” said Robertson. “This is to have fun, Family Day is a great chance for us to get to know each other.”



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