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Honoring traditions on deployment

By Cpl. Rubin J. Tan | | April 20, 2012

Marine Fighter At­tack Squadron 251 aboard aircraft carrier USS Enter­prise hosted a field mess night, April 9 as part of their corporal’s course.

Corporal’s course teach­es Marine corporals and senior lance corporals about the histor y of the noncommissioned offi­cer, tactical Marine Corps knowledge, leadership and duties of a NCO.

The evening provided an opportunity for the class to experience a mess night and to talk to various command leaders aboard the carrier.

The field mess night provided camaraderie for everyone and is a tradition we all need to pass down as Marines,” said Cpl. Jose Nunez, the mess night president.

Navy Capt. William Hamilton, the command­ing officer of the USS Enterprise, and other leaders from squadrons aboard the carrier attend­ed the field mess night.

“The mess night was executed in a well orga­nized manner and the class’s performance was above average,” said Gunnery Sgt. Christo­pher Rosenfelt, VMFA- 251 corporals course as­sistant deputy director. “Given the limited space and time restraints, the class gained a wealth of experience and knowl­edge through this practi­cal application.”

The attendees were served a specially pre­pared meal of shrimp cocktail, lobster tails, steak and ended with ice cream for dessert.

After the meal, the class presented their guest of honor, Chief Warrant Of­ficer 2 Corey Wainscott, an enlarged steel patch welded by Cpl. Kenneth Bowden, the class com­mander.

“You’re limited on what can be done on a ship, but through creativity and collaborative thinking, we were able to present our guest with a one-of-a-kind gift,” said Bowden, a native of Spring Hill, Fla.

The class graduated on April 13 with Cpl. Dustin Cheuvront as their honor graduate and Lance Cpl. Karissa Hendrickson as their most motivated stu­dent.