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Family day celebrated on Camp Pendleton

FALLBROOK — A day of fun for the families and guests of Camp Pendleton’s helicopter squadron HMLA 267 started early on August 22.

The day began with a morning bus ride to a hillside for an exciting view of a “live fire” training demonstration by the unit’s Cobra and Huey pilots and crew showcasing their skills with pinpoint precision.

Afterward, everyone headed to Lake O’Neil, where fun, games and favorite foods awaited, thanks to cooperation between the squadron’s FRO (Family Readiness Officer), Rachael Gurule, who organized the event; squadron members who set up the large tents and games equipment; and the merry band of volunteers and donors from around North County, including Bob and Mary Ann Hillery of Willis Allen Real Estate.

Hamburgers, hot dogs, sno-cones, ice cream, watermelon and sweets were donated and served by Armor of Light to the almost 600 Marines and their families, along with drinks donated by Coca-Cola.

Dance, hula hoop and coloring contests (all participants received a stuffed toy), face-painting, a jump, pony rides and various games kept kids of all ages busy throughout the day.

A dunk tank, where the “dunkees” had been voted in by the troops, was a popular activity and a fundraiser for the squadron’s upcoming Marine Ball.

DJ Cory Carrier provided his musical services free for the day and members of youth leadership group Eagle Young Marines escorted the friendly Roxy the Recycling Robin costumed character around the picnic area to entertain the little kids.

Lt. Col Pastino, commanding officer of the HMLA 267, assisted by Miss Fallbrook Christiana Monarez and Second Princess Shannyn Allan, handed out the many “door” prizes, from golf clubs to gift certificates donated by local merchants.


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