Seven teams of Marines were confident they had what it took to navigate The Devil Dog Dare challenge that Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Marine Corps Family Team Building (MCFTB) offered. There would be blood, sweat, and no fear. But the cause was worth it.
The seven teams participated and conquered The Devil Dog Dare challenge representing MALS 31, MWSD 31, MCAS HHS, VMFA-251, and MCRD Parris Island RTR 1st Battalion. There were prize awards for first, second, and third place teams to be deposited into their unit funds account, as well as bragging rights. The first place team, hailed from H&HS Air Traffic Control on MCAS Beaufort. They were awarded $500. The second place team was a welcome addition from RTR 1st Battalion on Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island and earned a prize of $300. The third place winners stepped up from MALS 31 on MCAS Beaufort earning $200.
The course was a maze that took each group all over the Air Station, where they tackled trivia, obstacle courses, as well as endurance, agility, speed, and teamwork challenges. Every part of this venture was a team effort, emphasizing the “no man left behind” mentality of our Marines.
The Devil Dog Dare challenge was initiated by Latashia Smalls of MCAS MCFTB in an effort to create a team building activity that focused on “building moral and unit cohesion” as well as a way “to break up the everyday routine.” When asked what her favorite part of the event was Latashia, expressed that it was everyone’s surprise at the intensity of the course. “We designed it so no one would have the opportunity to strategize on how they would navigate the course. Each team had to think on the fly about who does what activity the best and how collectively they could work together to complete the challenge.”
This event was sponsored by Centex Homes. Centex’s patronage provided lunch for the participants after the event as well as the prizes. This is monumental for units, as the prize money can be put toward other morale boosting events for all of the Marines and families.
Photos by: Sarhi Wiggins | Story by: Sarhi Wiggins