NOTICE
Due to scheduled maintenance, the facilities listed will be closing at 1700 hours on Monday 18 June 2018 for MCRD Parris Island: MCX, MCX Gas Pumps, Bowling Center, Subway and Brig & Brew. During this period, we apologize for any inconvenience and offer our sincere thanks for your patience and support.
MCCS Happenings
Auto Hobby Shop – MCAS Beaufort
7 June 2018

We are fortunate to have not one, but two Auto Hobby Shops at our disposal.

I had the chance to stop by the MCAS Beaufort Auto Hobby Shop on 7 June to speak to Mr. Gordon – the Auto Skills Manager for MCAS Beaufort – about what the Auto Hobby Shop has to offer our patrons & how everyone from the beginner to the experienced mechanic can utilize the facility.

Most commonly, the Auto Hobby Shop is utilized for routine maintenance (i.e. oil change, rotating tires, turning rotors, mounting and balancing tires, etc.). However, this does not mean that more intensive maintenance on your vehicle can’t be done here. With a wide array of tools at your disposal (that are entirely free), flat stalls, 4 lifts (with support ranging from 7,000 lbs – 25,000 lbs), and the expertise of our extremely capable staff, you can do just about any work needed on your vehicle. The best part? There are absolutely no labor fees!

While all work that is performed on your vehicle is done by you, the help of our staff is at your disposal. Our Auto Hobby Shops are meant to be a learning environment, providing our patrons with the best equipment and supplies available at the lowest possible cost, and no matter what your level of experience is, you are welcome to utilize the facility and learn! While personally falling in to the unexperienced category, in my short time spent at the Auto Hobby Shop, Mr. Gordon walked me through some basic dos and don’ts when it comes to fixing tires, leaving your car idle for long periods of time (think deployment) & even some advice in regards to a finicky AC system.

Oftentimes, when it is time for vehicle maintenance and you take your car out in town, it comes at a high cost and there is no guarantee in knowing that the work is done right. At the end of the day, Mr. Gordon wants our patrons to know that coming to the Auto Hobby Shop aboard either MCAS Beaufort or MCRD Parris Island means “Safety, Savings and Assurance” for you and your vehicle.

For a complete list of services, pricing and hours for both bases, visit autoskillspricelist.pdf for more information.

Photos by: Alyssa Karim | Story by: Alyssa Karim
Mad Hatter 5K & the Semper Fit Summer Challenge
16 May 2018

Semper Fit strives to provide programming that is relevant, worthwhile and fun for our patrons!

As General Robert B. Neller, 37th Commandant of the Marine Corps, stated: “Along with always striving to be better, we should strive to have more fun together.” The Semper Fit Summer Challenge is meant to hit all of those marks. Nearly 400 people participated in the kick-off event on 16 May – the Mad Hatter 5K at MCRD Parris Island.

Units participating in the SFSC are accruing points throughout the summer by participating in events offered for the chance to win first or second place for their base ($1000 & $750 for their unit, respectively). The money is put into their Unit Funds to be used at the CO’s discretion. Semper Fit is thrilled to have 9 Units participating this summer and so far everyone has had so much fun at each event, leaving with a smile on their face!

If a unit has not registered and would like to participate, it’s not too late! We still have June, July and August events coming up providing plenty of opportunities to earn points and have some fun. To register, please contact williamska@usmc-mccs.org. Also, if your unit is not registered or you are not part of a unit (spouses, DoD civilians, etc.), all patrons are welcome to participate in the events! Semper Fit wants everyone to have the opportunity to come out to their events, so join us for the next race (Famous Founders 5K on 15 June at MCAS Beaufort) or team event (MCRD Kickball Tournament on 19 June) for a good time!

For more information about the 2018 Semper Fit Summer Challenge & a full list of events, please visit Summer Challenge or contact by CLICKING HERE.

Photos by: Alyssa Karim | Story by: Alyssa Karim and Kathy Williams
Health & Safety Fair
14 May 2018

On 14 May, 2018 MCAS Beaufort held a base-wide Health & Safety Fair comprised of over 30 booths.

MCCS-SC, MCAS Beaufort programs, local businesses and organizations gathered to provide a fun, educational experience to military personnel, their family members, and DoD civilians. Participants learned about summer safety, available resources, and how to lead healthier lives.

With approximately 2300 attendants, the event was a huge success. Patrons had the chance to talk with representatives at different tables covering topics spanning hydration, pool safety, child safety, healthy exercise and nutrition, pet and wildlife safety, and everything in-between! There were even simulation experiences provided by MCAS Fire & Emergency Services (teaching the proper use of a fire extinguisher) and the MCAS Beaufort Safety Office (using “drunk goggles” to illustrate the dangers of driving under the influence).

With family also being a primary focus of the Health & Safety Fair, it was great to hear a Marine - and soon-to-be father in June - comment that if not for the Health & Safety Fair, he would not be aware of all the resources available to him and his growing family. On a similar note, Lynn Bernhard, MCCS Asset Protection Manager, stated, “It was wonderful to have families join their loved ones at the fair and see where their loved ones work. It also shows that safety should not just be at work, but should flow over into the home.”

Safety, both in the workplace and at home, is such a critical element of our day-to-day lives that often gets overlooked. Between having a great day with families and getting the chance to learn more about the resources available on base and throughout our local community, here’s to hoping this summer is the best – and safest – yet!

Photos by: Alyssa Karim | Story by: Alyssa Karim
Joint Collegiate Graduation Ceremony
11 May 2018

This past Friday, 11 May 2018, not just one, but two graduations were held on MCRD Parris Island!

In the morning 1st Battalion officially sent off the new Marines from Charlie Company to their next duty stations, and in the afternoon the Voluntary Education (VolEd) department held its annual Joint Collegiate Graduation Ceremony for all military personnel, family members, retirees & DoD civilians that have completed a degree in the last year.

Ranging from Associates to Doctorate, the VolEd program was able to afford these distance learners the opportunity to attend a full-fledged graduation ceremony to celebrate their well-earned accomplishments. The ceremony also gives local colleges, Park University and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, a venue in which to confer degrees on their degree candidates.

The VolEd offices aboard MCRD Parris Island and MCAS Beaufort exist exclusively to assist Marines, Sailors, their family members, retirees, and DoD civilians with their educational pursuits. This includes military classification testing, high school completion programs, remedial academic training, assisting with program and school choices, helping them with the enrollment process, the Tuition Assistance (TA) process, and individual or group academic counseling. The VolEd offices also assist Retirees and transitioning Marines and their families with their GI Bill Benefits.

From the awarding of diplomas & conferral of degrees to the cheers and support from all of the graduates’ family and friends in attendance, it was a wonderful occasion. If you are thinking about furthering your education in any way, I highly recommend stopping by the VolEd department on either MCRD Parris Island or MCAS Beaufort to see how they can help you to achieve your goals!

Photos by: Alyssa Karim | Story by: Alyssa Karim and Mark Story
Demo Days at The Legends
27 April 2018

On Friday, 27 April, The Legends Golf Course at Parris Island hosted one of many “demo days” that take place throughout the year.

These “demo days” are free and consist of representative(s) from one of a large range of golf brands bringing a wide selection of their equipment for patrons to test on the driving range, complete with a personalized swing analysis.

Everything from swing speed, launch angle, ball distance and even spin rate are recorded and analyzed when patrons hit a few shots in front of a specialized camera, and comparisons are made between different clubs to help gauge what is best suited to you and your golf game.

Gary, one of our patrons at this past Friday’s PING demo, mentioned that the most helpful part of the experience is getting a true gauge of the ball’s distance in conjunction with launch angle: “Any indoor swing analysis you try can give you a lot of information, but there’s never a good way to calculate your projected distance. With an experience like this, it’s not just calculations, it’s real factors – like the wind or dry versus damp grass – that result in actual numbers.”

Whether looking to get a new set of clubs or just wanting to learn more about your swing, these “demo days” are great for new and experienced golfers alike. So, come by The Legends on our next “demo day” to play a round and test out some of the latest equipment in the game of golf!

Photos by: Alyssa Karim | Story by: Alyssa Karim
Ladies League Clinic
11 April 2018

MCRD Parris Island’s The Legends golf course hosts its weekly Ladies League Clinic on Wednesday evenings starting at 1630.

Players are welcome to come a little early and get some practice in on the range before the short lesson provided by Cody Carter, one of The Legends pros on staff. After the lesson, participants are broken up into foursomes to play 9 holes!

The league uses Operation 36 style playing. Markers are set up at each of the 9 holes played for the evening starting 25 yards away from the hole and placed in increasing increments (25 yards, 50 yards, 100 yards, etc.). Every player begins at the 25 yard marker, and once achieving par (a score of 36) moves on to the next furthest marker. It’s an amazing way to focus on developing the most important part of your golf game – the short game – first, and to build your skills from there. This style makes for a low-pressure playing environment perfect for participants of all skill levels.

Following a stress-free 9-hole round, all of the ladies then come in to the clubhouse for some fun and prizes! Margaritas, wine and beer are all available for purchase while the score cards are tallied and gift cards are given out to the best scoring players in each division – 0-50 yards and 100+ yards. Adrienne Bell, who happened to achieve the best score of the week, stated, “I didn’t do as well as I wanted, but let me tell you, it doesn’t make much of a difference because this group of ladies is wonderful.”

11 April, 2018 was a fantastic night for the Ladies League Clinic, full of many laughs and even a birthday celebration! Ladies, feel free to drop in any Wednesday – whether a first time golfer or a seasoned pro, you will have a ball!

Photos by: Alyssa Karim | Story by: Alyssa Karim
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