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Lance Cpl. Spencer Holm, Marine Fighter Attacks Squadron 251, aviation avionics technician, opens a prize with his daughter during the units family day at afterburners, Feb. 1. Family days are organized to improve overall troop morale and build camaraderie between service members, leadership and families.

Photo by Cpl. Rubin J. Tan

Thunderbolts hold unit family day

8 Feb 2013 | Cpl. Rubin Tan

Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 251 hosted a family day for their Marines at Afterburners aboard Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, Feb. 1.

Family days are gatherings hosted by squadrons to build unit cohesion and give families the opportunity to meet others while creating camaraderie and building up morale within the unit.

Marines and their families also had the opportunity to enjoy free food and drinks while socializing and enjoying an array of games and activities at the event.

“Family days are great because we all get to enjoy some downtime as a squad­ron while also giving our new Marines a chance to meet everyone within the squadron in a relaxed environment,” said Sgt. Yehia Said, VMFA-251 administrative clerk and native of Wappingers Falls, N.Y.

Prize giveaways were given during drawings separated for children, teens, Marines living at the barracks and Ma­rines and their families living off base. More than 100 items were raffled off. Grand prizes included an IPad, game sys­tems, a chainsaw and an electric smoker.

Family Readiness Officers whose main focus is on a Marine’s family readiness through communication, information, referral and deployment support, are some of the vital coordinators of family days and events that help build morale and camaraderie.

This will be the unit’s first family day since returning from deployment aboard the USS Enterprise in support of Opera­tion Enduring Freedom.

“During the past few years the squad­ron has been going through back-to-back deployments with a high work tempo and when we host events like this for our families, it not only benefits our Marines, but it also builds the families’ morale,” said Staff Sgt. Kristopher Yo­der, VMFA-251 avionics technician and native of San Angelo, Texas.

In February, the Thunderbolts are scheduled to participate in an Integrat­ed Training Exercise, or ITX, which re­placed Enhanced Mojave Viper held in Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Cen­ter Twentynine Palms, Calif.

For more information on unit events and activities please contact the respective FRO in your unit or visit