Friday, April 19, 2013


A few weeks ago, Yoni wrote a blog post about his battalion’s St. Patrick’s Day Field Meet, and promised pictures to come. Well -- that day is here! I'm glad I had the foresight to bring my big zoom lens that day (also affectionately referred to as my paparazzo lens); there was a lot of funny stuff to see, and most of it was way across the field. I wasn't there the whole day, but I did catch the end; I hope these pictures will help you get a better sense of the hilarity of entire event. 

I'm also including a few pictures of Yoni's FMF pinning, which took place immediately following the Field Meet. What a good day! 

For the first event in the relay race, teams had to carry huge hoses across the field and then back.
Next, one member from each team had to hammer about 20 (pre-inserted) nails into a wooden frame.
This kind of speaks for itself; they had to flip that tire all the way across the the huge field.
It's a bit hard to tell, but there are actually two things happening in this picture. The Marine with the sledgehammer over his head is breaking apart a block of concrete to find the nails that were hidden inside. The Marine lying on the stretcher is waiting to be carried across the field - the final event in the relay. 
Each competing battalion had to design a chariot to be hand-pulled around the track. This is the chariot that Yoni's Marines designed; his Commanding Officer is the one catching a ride. 
Almost to the finish line.
At the end of the Field Meet, Yoni was surprised to be asked to offer a few words of prayer. 
Yoni's C.O. pins on his FMF (Fleet Marine Force) pin.
Not sure what they were laughing about, but it was a nice moment of levity in an otherwise serious ceremony. 
Proud (and slightly sunburned) wife.

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