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A formation of 350 Marines shouted cadence and pounded the pavement of Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni’s streets Wednesday afternoon in observance of the Marine Corps’ birthday.

The Marauders of Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 12 ran three miles through the base, completing a two-day tally of 230 miles, one for each year since the Marine Corps was established on Nov. 10, 1775, said Staff Sgt. Michael Crovatt, 37, event coordinator and runner of mile 59.

Staff Sgt. Reynaldo Sindac, 45, the squadron’s oldest Marine, carried the squadron guidon and ran the first mile in about 10 minutes Tuesday, said Sgt. Nicholas Corral, 25, assistant coordinator and runner of mile 60.

Progressively younger Marines carried the guidon and ran subsequent individual miles.

Lance Cpl. Michael Teague, 18, logged mile number 227 in about 7.5 minutes, Crovatt said, leaving three miles for the entire squadron to reach 230 Wednesday.

“People lined both sides of the street, including family members,” Crovatt said.

“They cheered us on and took a lot of pictures,” he said. “It was a full-blown squadron run; it was very motivating.”

This is the third year that the aviation squadron has coordinated a birthday run, he added.

“This is what you join the Marine Corps for,” said Corral. “The runner to your left and right, front and back … they all motivate you in formation.

“It reminds you of why you do this, taking you back to the roots of being a Marine,” he added. “It’s what it’s all about.”


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