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Capt. Craig D. Grindle, commanding officer of Company B, gives his Marines pointers and congratulates them for participating in the monthly Headquarters and Support Battalion Commander’s Challenge at the Area 1 gym aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, Aug. 22.

Photo by Lance Cpl. Justin A. Rodriguez

Company I emerges victorious as Commander’s Challenge champions

22 Aug 2013 | Lance Cpl. Justin A. Rodriguez

Headquarters and Support Battalion’s Company I ignited and won the monthly Commander’s Challenge at the Area One Gym aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, Aug. 22.

The single elimination series included four teams, each representing their companies.

The series was designed to let the teams eliminate each other, leaving two for a final game.

The Marines started with a warm-up, giving each Marine the time to shoot the ball and take laps around the court.

Company I stretched as a team before every game, leaving a serious impression on their opponents.

“Our team took the game very seriously,” said Lance Cpl. Deshun O. Dawson, a Company I clerk.

“I felt like we were going to win from the beginning, we all had a good amount of confidence.”

Company I won their first bout against Security Company and moved on to their next opponent, Company B.

“Everyone did an amazing job today,” said Lt. Col. Harry L. Gardner, commanding officer of Headquarters and Support Battalion. “The amount of effort I saw was priceless.”

The final and championship game featured Company I and Company A who fought to the last buzzer.

Company A kept up until the second half.

Company I. beat Company A 51-31, and once again took the Commander’s Cup.

Company I took every point and possession and used it as if it was their last.

The Marines used their athleticism and poise to outplay Company A., added Gardner.

The Marines took the Commander’s Challenge trophy for the rest of the month and celebrated their win.

The challenged garnered an event where Marines could sweat a little and have a friendly competition.


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