MARINE CORPS LOGISTICS BASE ALBANY --
Marines conduct physical training as a unit to build cohesion.
Capt. Thomas Cutsinger, commanding officer, Headquarters Company East, Marine Corps Logistics Command, led his Marines on a motivation run that included an Endurance Course and several mud pits aboard Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany, July 28.
More than 70 Marines participated in the event.
“The purpose of the run was to build esprit de corps and camaraderie among the Marines within the unit,” Cutsinger said. “We began our run by executing the Endurance Course. Some of the obstacles we executed were the balance beams and the rope swing.”
He noted the obstacles were chosen because they required Marines to work as a team in order to execute them.
“If the Marines did not work as a team, they would fail individually,” Cutsinger added.
After completing the Endurance Course, the Marines ran in formation to their next objective, the mud pits.
There they waded through waist-deep and crawled through chest high-mud pits filled with water.
With red Georgia clay caked on their boots and camouflage utility uniform, the Marines formed up for their final portion of the run.
“We finished the run by being hosed down by firefighters from the Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany Fire Department,” Cutsinger concluded. “It was nice to feel the cool, clean water to the face after emerging from the nastiest mud that I have personally seen in a long time.”
Sergeant Marquis Jones, mobility noncommissioned officer, Distribution Management Center, LOGCOM, said this was his first time running through the red Georgia clay mud pits.
“The run relit the fire in me,” Jones said. “(We went) back to the basics with low-crawling and getting down and dirty just like how Marines are supposed to.
“I think (the run) was very much needed for most Marines, especially for me as a sergeant,” he added. “I’m a hands on individual and as a sergeant sometimes you have to take it back to the basics and remember why you became a Marine. This is why I joined the Marine Corps.”