Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort -- Marines with Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 31 participated in a Halloween squadron run and barracks bash at the MALS-31 Barracks aboard Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, Nov. 1.
The event was put into place to welcome Marines home from various deployments and build unit cohesion and morale throughout the squadron. The bash featured picnic-style food, inflatable games, a dunk tank, volleyball, basketball and other activities.
“The reason we put on this run and bash is to provide a fun event for our Marines,” said Sgt. Bryan Tull, the Single Marine Program representative for MALS-31. “This is a great opportunity for them to get their minds off work and have a good time with their fellow Marines. We also had many Marines return from deployment within the past few months, so we thought this would be a great way to welcome them back to the unit.”
Marines with MALS-31 have deployed with various units this year to include Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 115, VMFA-122, Marine All-Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 533, VMFA-312 and MALS-40.
“I recently returned from a deployment to the Middle East with VMFA-115,” said Lance Cpl. Nathan Lyons, an aviation structural mechanic with MALS-31. “I think this is a great event to come back to. It gets everyone together and allows them to catch up after deploying, and gets them back into the swing of things.”
Events such as the unit run and barracks bash, help build camaraderie and unit cohesion. This allows units to work together more effectively with each other to accomplish the squadrons mission.
“I’m proud of everything my Marines have accomplished,” said Lt. Col. Willie Stansell, the commanding officer for MALS-31. “They have worked hard, putting in the time and effort each day to make our squadron as great as it is. Many have deployed with other squadrons, building upon our name as MALS-31. This is a great way to thank the Marines for their hard work and dedication. They have earned this.”