MANAMA, Bahrain — On many days U.S. Marines deployed to Naval Support Activity Bahrain can be seen around base honing their combat skills. However, perhaps no amount of training could have prepared them for waves of highly energetic children wielding Nerf blasters. Kids ages 6 to 18 from the base youth and teen center took on the Marines in several games of Nerf tag at the base softball field Thursday night. “They definitely know what they are doing,” observed Cpl. Colton McCormick. About 15 Marines volunteered for the event, most of them members of a Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team from Norfollk, Va., deployed to Bahrain for seven months. “Honestly, they (Marines) have more fun than the kids do,” said Sgt. Rachael Moore, who helped organize the event.
Kids take on Marines in Nerf games in Bahrain
A U.S. Marine and a child from the base youth center target each other in a game of Nerf tag at Naval Support Activity Bahrain April 4, 2014.