The Marines of the 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion stood in formation on the LAV ramp waiting to be released for the day as Battalion Sergeant Major John Elliott, gave them a final brief when cars and vans pulled in honking horns and playing music.
The Marines were surprised with a Barracks Bash that included games, prizes, squirt guns, beach balls and 300 pizzas.
“They had no idea we were coming,” said Lora Cowan, the SMP assistant manager.
“They needed one, they are deploying soon.”
The Marines wanted the bash badly and volunteered their services to increase their chances of being chosen. “We had [privates first class] and privates come down to the Single Marine Program to volunteer to improve their chances of getting chosen,” Cowan said.
The Marines were surprised at the event and enjoyed themselves immensely. “It was really fun, and we needed this,” said Lance Cpl. Kody Simmons, a Light Armored Vehicle mechanic with Headquarters and Service Company, 3rd LAR. “I had a blast.”