Dave Ornauer, Michelle Owens 2015-11-24 04:17:27
A Life Remembered; In Honor of Coach Don Field I don’t think I ever had a better friend on the softball diamond than the venerable coach, Don Field. He was a brilliant softball mind and a crafty coach, but an old softy who could whip a team into shape as quickly as he could spin a tale or two of softball tournaments gone by over a case or 10 of sports beverages. From the infancy of the Okinawa Unknown Marines to the last days of Pacific Force, he was on the ground, helping oversee a powerhouse that authored 39 Pacific Interservice Softball Grand Slam tournament titles, from NavComSta Philippines to Torii Station on Okinawa. He’s now in a better place, undoubtedly filling out lineup cards and comparing notes with greats like Yogi Berra, smiling down on greats like Timmy Vannoy, Gary Chaney, Gurney Holley, Bamm-Bamm Burrell, Guillermo Foster, Frank Miller, Joe Renteria, Darryl Shamble, Manny Jenkins, Miguel Ortiz, David Heald, Henry “Trig 40” Trier and saying, “Amazing.” You will be missed, my friend. Story by 1st Lt. George McArthur, Monday, October 5, 2015 NORTHERN TERRITORY, Australia — U.S. Marines with 1st Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, Marine Rotational Force – Darwin was recognized for completing this year’s deployment with accolades from U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Richard Simcock, commanding general of 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, and Australian Brig. Mick Ryan, commander of 1st Brigade, Australian Army, before a farewell parade that Marines and Australian soldiers participated in Oct. 5 on Robertson Barracks, Northern Territory, Australia. “I can’t tell you how proud I am to see the Marines of 1st Battalion, 4th Marines standing here executing this rotational deployment. Your presence here in the region has a huge impact throughout the Asia-Pacific,” said Simcock. “The things that you Marines have done over the past six months clearly says that American interests are very important, and our commitment by your presence and the things that we do in training with our host allies here are very, very important.” Under the command of Lt. Col. Eric Dougherty, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, MRF-D successfully finished the second battalion-sized annual rotation of U.S. Marines in Australia during the Northern Territory dry season, from April to October 2015. The Marines worked alongside their Australian allies from one BDE throughout field exercises and training events to foster camaraderie and increase their tactical and operational effectiveness together. “Nearly six months ago we formally welcomed the latest rotation of United States Marines, and much has happened since then,” according to Ryan. “We deployed and trained together, we have undertaken professional development together and cross-pollinated platoons and companies to build closer relationships. We have worked together in the local community, and have shown that the combination of Australian soldiers and U.S. Marines can make one of the most powerful and fearsome fighting forces imaginable.” The Marines and soldiers stood in formations facing each other during the remarks, then the Australians fell out to form two lines between which the Marine battalion conducted a pass in review to salute the allied general officers. “I want to thank Brigadier Ryan and all that he has done as our host,” said Simcock. “The things that we are doing together are going to pay huge dividends not only for the Australian military but also for the U.S. Marines and military.” The rotational deployment of U.S. Marines in Darwin affords an unprecedented combined training opportunity with our Australian allies and improves interoperability between our forces. “To our partners, our mates, of this rotation of the United States Marine Corps Rotational Force - Darwin: thank you,” finished Ryan. “Thank you for your professionalism, you’re sharing bonds, your embrace of our great Top End community. We wish you a safe return to your homeland and to your families… good soldiering and Semper Fidelis!” Down Syndrome Awareness Month Tournament October was Down Syndrome Awareness Month, and there is no better way to spread the word than to play some softball! In order to promote awareness in the community and raise money for the Down Syndrome Association of Northern Virginia, the Culpeper Coed Adult Softball League hosted a softball tournament on September 26, 2015. A six-team tournament and on-site raffles raised $1,000, which was donated to Samantha May’s fundraising efforts in the DSANV Annual Buddy Walk that was held on October 10, 2015. The tournament was inspired by Remington Robson and Stella VanScoy, who are pictured here. Both are rays of sunshine and are sure to put a smile on anyone’s face. Thank you to everyone that helped make this event possible, and we look forward to doing it again next year! Marines Play Ball with MARFORPAC Commander • U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific Story by Lance Cpl. Jonathan Lopez Cruet MARINE CORPS BASE HAWAII - Marine non-commissioned officers from across Oahu gathered for softball aboard Marine Corps Base Hawaii to play against the U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific commander, Lt. Gen. John A. Toolan, Oct. 21, 2015. The Marines came from various units on MCBH in an effort to build cohesion between senior Marine leaders and NCOs. Sgt. Tyler Jennings, a motor transport mechanic with Combat Logistics Battalion 3, and a native of Denison, Texas, said he felt motivated seeing his senior leaders playing softball with the junior Marines. He also said he believes activities like this are positive tools when building camaraderie. According to Toolan, his favorite part of the game was participating and being around his Marines, making some bad calls and seeing his NCOs have fun. Toolan said events like these are necessary because Marines work more than eight hours a day. “We work very hard, we deploy, and we are gone all the time; so when you get back home it is good to relax and have fun,” Toolan said. “I encourage that as much as possible. “ The game was competitive, but gave everyone involved the opportunity to set aside their stresses from the day and get to know each other. “Just getting out here with the sergeant major and the commanding general is a good time, everybody is having fun,” said Cpl. James Decker, a military policeman with the Provost Marshal’s Office, and a native of Kingston, N.Y. “It is something a little different that helps build some camaraderie between the Marines.” Despite the difference in rank, Sgt. Maj. Paul McKenna, MARFORPAC sergeant major, believes that the effort to build the relationship between the senior and junior Marines was successful. He could not think of a better way to accomplish this. “This is just an opportunity for the commanding general, the component commander here in the Pacific, to have a physical event with his NCOs, the small unit leaders, and then afterwards do a side chat about what is professional and personal.” Enough Said/Easton from Florida, one of the greatest and most decorated women’s slowpitch teams of all time, lost their second game of the 18-team tournament to Lady’s Cuttin’ Up, 14-11, then on Sunday won seven consecutive games and double-dipped Miken SSE from Texas, 18-8 and 19-14, to win the USSSA Women’s Major World tournament! Congratulations to Enough Said! Miken SSE finished second, Lady’s Cuttin’ Up from Florida was third, and Eason/GP02 Sports/ Hangrite from Arizona placed fourth.
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