HILTON HEAD, S.C. --
The Marines of Combat Logistics Company 23 caught fish and sun rays during a unit fishing trip out of Hilton Head, S.C., May 15.
The fishing trip was apart of Operation Adrenaline Rush and was set up for the unit by Outdoor Recreation. The purpose of the event was to build unit cohesion, show the service members the different activities offered in the area and to teach service members different ways to manage stress related to combat or their daily work routines.
The trip showed the Marines and sailors they can participate in activities that do not involve negative or destructive behavior while building camaraderie, said 2nd Lt. Nicholas Remshak, the executive officer for CLC-23. This enables the Marines and sailors to trust their leadership and fellow service members and know they can rely on them if they are struggling personally or professionally.
The service members were randomly assigned to groups allowing them to interact with members of the unit they normally don’t get the chance to interact with. Due to the activity and the small groups who fished together, it encouraged the Marines and sailors to get to know one another in a less formal environment.
“As a new Marine with the unit, this trip gave me an opportunity to get to know some of the Marines in my unit, and it gave them an opportunity to get to know me as well,” said Cpl. Brian O’Donnell, an equipment mechanic with CLC-23. “Going on this trip brought us all together and it is something that we all can do now on our off time together.”
At the end of the fishing trip everyone came off the boats with smiles on their faces, sea stories to tell and a greater amount of knowledge about those they work with everyday.
“It is very easy to get caught up in the day to day operational tempo and neglect to take time out for Marines to decompress and interact with one another outside of their workspaces,” said Remshak. “Operation Adrenaline Rush was a great opportunity for the Marines of CLC-23 to interact with each other in a positive and stress free environment. Also, it is important for Marines to build camaraderie and this was a great way to achieve that.” For more information on events available with Operation Adrenaline Rush, contact the outdoor recreation office at 228-7472.