MCCS Happenings
Parris Island Triathlon, Where It All Begins
9 March 2019

The first in the Triathlon series for the South Carolina region starts “where it all begins” in the Marine Corps.

Three hundred and ninety-five participants, ranging in age from eleven to seventy-seven, faced the challenge of a 500 meter swim, 10.3 mile bike ride and a 3.1 mile run. The men’s military winner, LtCol Hipp of VMFA-115, crossed the finish line with a time of 1:18:16.8 and the women’s military winner was Capt King of VMFA(AW)-533, crossing the finish line with a time of 1:18:16.8. The overall male winner was Alex Hutton with a time of 56:46 and the female winner was Amy Koepp with a time of 1:03.

For some this race was the first of many this year and for others it was a chance at redemption. As was the case for Patty, a wife, mother, and grandmother who suffered serious injuries sustained in an accident last year. After a year of physical therapy, training, and lots of determination, she finished the race with her family cheering her on.

If you are interested in triathlons, races, or other fitness opportunities, call 843-228-6638 or 843-228-6712.

Photos by: Sarhi Wiggins | Story by: Sarhi Wiggins
Toys for Troops Golf Tournament

The rain clouds parted and the sun shined on The Legends Golf Course for the Toys for Troops Golf Tournament. Each player pays to play and brings at least one toy for a young boy or girl.

All toys collected are given to the Sergeants Major for distribution to the units for families in need.

Toys for Troops was established in 2012. “It began with 16 guys that wanted to give back to the military community, and has just grown since then,” said event organizer Mike Lee. “Participant invitation spreads through word of mouth, and everyone wants to be a part…and enjoy a day on the course.” There were over 100 players this year, culminating with over 130 toys for children of all ages. Larry Pizor of Sun City was returning for his sixth time. Pizor said “I select the toy myself each year, I usually bring a toy for a boy, but this year I decided to bring a Barbie”.

When asked why he comes back each year, Larry advised it is “the camaraderie, and the pride in giving back something to the military community that gives so much.” As each cart drove away to begin the tournament, they all waved in excitement. One golfer exclaimed as he passed “Merry Christmas to all and to all a great day on the green!”

Photos by: Sarhi Wiggins | Story by: Sarhi Wiggins
Polar Express

It was a cold night full of magic and whimsy as families set off by trolley and bus for their “Polar Express” adventure organized by MCRD Parris Island Marine Corps Family Team Building.

There was hot chocolate and cookies for all as each family excitedly waited to present their golden ticket for a charming ride on the Parris Island Polar Express.

The Parris Island battalions came out in force to create various worlds for the children to enjoy. The competition for best presentation was fierce to win the prize for 1st ($600), 2nd ($300), and 3rd ($150). The first place winner was 4th Battalion, with their elf recruit training. Mrs. Clause ran the show with Mr. Narwhal and Gunny Clause looking on with pride, it was certainly unforgettable. Second place was awarded to 3rd Battalion for their stunning display of Grinchville, and the many faces and places of Mr. Grinch. 1st battalion won third place, with a lovely display of home, hearth, and holiday season complete with the bagpipes playing Christmas carols that warmed the heart and made you want to draw your loved ones near.

It was truly an enchanted night, as each family ended their ride with a visit to Santa and Mrs. Clause. There were crafts, goodies, and a bell to remind them to believe in the magic of Christmas.

Photos by: Sarhi Wiggins | Story by: Sarhi Wiggins and Nevaeh Wiggins
CRMC Hiring Event

The Career Resource Management Center (CRMC) hosted a hiring event for all active duty, family members, veterans, retirees, and DoD civilians.

Attendees were encouraged to come prepared with their résumé and be ready to network with corporate entities in specialties ranging from law enforcement and medical to aviation and communication. There were 19 potential employers excited to meet the 155 potential future employees.

The Career Resource Management Center (CRMC) provides career and employment assistance, vocational guidance and transition information to separating Marines and their family members. The tools and information provided enable all separating Marines and their family members to make a successful transition from military to civilian life.

This was a fantastic event and one that the CRMC team plans to replicate in 2019.  If you missed this event or are interested in taking the next step in your career goals, please do not hesitate to contact the CRMC team at 843-228-7701 or CLICK HERE.

Photos by: Sarhi Wiggins | Story by: Sarhi Wiggins
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