All in the family: Denver Marines and families share training, fun
Training, food and fun was on the schedule for the Recruiting Station Denver second quarter All Hands training at the YMCA of the Rockies at Snow Mountain Ranch, near Winter Park, Colo., recently.
The Marines were encouraged to bring their families along to participate, bucking the popular recruiting duty myth of all work and no play.
“Certainly training is important, but during the Marines’ downtime we thought it was very appropriate to include their families,” said Staff Sgt. Lawrence W. Watters, deputy supply chief for RS Denver. “It’s a lot easier to pull someone away from their environment just as long as his or her family is invited to come along too.”
In the Marine Corps the value of training can never be stressed enough, but on the other end of that, fun is what keeps Marines refreshed.
“Each day after the training was completed, we had a potluck dinner, which turned out very well due to the Marines and their families bringing a variety of food, drinks and desert,” said Watters. “After dinner the command had a chance to recognize the Marines for their efforts and the previous quarter during the awards ceremony.”
Following the awards ceremony, Marines and spouses alike were encouraged to participate in a comedic roast, performing skits or comedy sketches poking fun at command group members, other recruiters and each other.
“I thought the skits were enlightening,” laughed Staff Sgt. Jennifer D. Glassford, the admin chief for RS Denver and a new arrival to the unit. “After seeing the skits I got a good idea of some of the more humorous things that can go down in a recruiting station.”
When asked about the importance of getting the families involved with this All-Hands Sgt. Maj. Robert G. Cadle, the sergeant major for RS Denver cited what he calls, “the five Ps”
Partner, which is referring to the family unit. Pay, in reference to make sure the Marines and their families are being taken care of administratively. Pizza, referring to food and camaraderie. Play, referring to fellowship and Professional Military Education. Praise, to recognize the Marines for their individual efforts as well as to recognize the families for their support and for what they do in regards to the recruiting effort.
“I thought the event was great because it gave me time with my husband,” said Tabitha Perezvazquez, key Volunteer and wife of Staff Sgt. Jose Perezvazquez of Recruiting Sub-station Fort Collins, Colo. “I appreciate any time I can have with him; the reason being is that my husband is my best friend.”