Barstow Single Marines assist Miramar counterparts, attend Comic-Con
By Staff Sgt. Houston White Jr.
| | July 29, 2011
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Gung-ho little marine goes for it as the big Marine mentoring him shouts encouragement.
Official logo of Comic-Con 2011.
Striking a pose with Comic-Con characters in San Diego are (from left) Pfcs. Zackery Capell and Jonathon Norita and Lance Cpls. Stacey O. Clark and Dominic Smarra. The four Marines form Marine Corps Logistics Base Barstow joined with their Miramar Air Station counterparts in helping with the Big Marine, little marine program before indulging in their passion for superheroes and animation.
SAN DIEGO -- Four volunteers from the Marine Corps Logistics Base Barstow Single Marine Program extended a helping hand to their neighbors to the south at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar July 23, when they assisted Air Station SMP Marines in conducting their “Big Marine, little marine” event in San Diego.
Lance Cpls. Dominic Smarra and Zackery Capell, along with Pfcs. Stacey Clark and Jonathon Norita, joined forces with their Miramar counterparts and officiated many of the Big Marine, little marine events, which saw individual Marines teaming with and mentoring members of the Miramar Young Marines in heated competitions that included an obstacle course, Dizzy-Izzy, softball toss, balloon race, egg/spoon race and the three-legged race.
After the competition concluded, the participants filed in to formation and took off on a motivational run across the installation, where Marines and Young Marines ran side by side and sounded off running cadence and traditional Marine Corps chants of enthusiasm.
The Young Marines ranged in age from 8 to 18 years old and exhibited many of the positive qualities that are hallmarks of the United States Marines. At the conclusion of the run, a barbecue was held and medals were presented to the day’s big winners.
From there, the four Barstow Marines made their way to the San Diego Convention Center for the much-anticipated Comic-Con 2011 thanks to passes provided by Barstow SMP Director AJ Jacobs.
The yearly spectacle put on by the comic book industry did not fail to please, as the Marines made their way through massive crowds to take a look at the latest in comics, anime, collectible figures, clothing and all manner of industry-related swag.
Many convention attendees were dressed in colorful interpretations of famous and obscure fictional characters, making the experience truly unique.