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3rd Battalion gets dressed up for Spring Fling

By Cpl. Anthony D. Pike | | May 23, 2003

MARINE CORPS RECRUIT DEPOT SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- Marines from 3rd Recruit Training Battalion traded in their campaign covers for suits and a night with their wives or girlfriends at the Town and Country hotel in San Diego May 17.

The battalion's 2nd annual Spring Fling gave the Marines a rare opportunity to spend quality time with family and friends away from the hustle and bustle of recruit training.

"We have a motto here," said Sgt. Maj. Raynard Watkins, sergeant major, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, "balance excellence. You can have fun and still be a good drill instructor. This was a way to include the spouses for the day."

For some Marines and their wives, this was the first night out in months.

"This is our first night out since the ball," said Sgt. Jim Rajvong, drill instructor, Company I. "The best part of the night is being able to spend time with my wife."

The wives were also pleased to be able to spend time with their husbands, according to Darcy Rajvong.

For other Marines, the night meant a good meal and a chance to relax. The battalion hosted a singing comedian who performed songs written especially for the audience.

The night also offered the Marines a chance to win various prizes ranging from gift certificates to the grand prize of two round-trip tickets to San Francisco plus hotel accommodations. Staff Sgt. Manuel D. Barcenas, drill instructor, Company I, was the lucky raffle winner.

The Key Volunteer coordinators for the battalion helped in the planning of the event and were very pleased with the way things went this year.

"This year was great," said Erin Wright, key volunteer. "It was 10 times better than last year's Spring Fling event, and we are very pleased about that. This year we were just making sure things went off as planned."

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