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Kids charge the field as they take on about 15 U.S. Marines in a game of Nerf tag at Naval Support Activity Bahrain April 4, 2014.

Kids charge the field as they take on about 15 U.S. Marines in a game of Nerf tag at Naval Support Activity Bahrain April 4, 2014. (Hendrick Simoes/Stars and Stripes)

Kids charge the field as they take on about 15 U.S. Marines in a game of Nerf tag at Naval Support Activity Bahrain April 4, 2014.

Kids charge the field as they take on about 15 U.S. Marines in a game of Nerf tag at Naval Support Activity Bahrain April 4, 2014. (Hendrick Simoes/Stars and Stripes)

U.S. Marines and kids from the base youth center play a game of Nerf tag at Naval Support Activity Bahrain April 4, 2014.

U.S. Marines and kids from the base youth center play a game of Nerf tag at Naval Support Activity Bahrain April 4, 2014. (Hendrick Simoes/Stars and Stripes)

U.S. Marines and kids from the base youth center play a game of NERF tag at Naval Support Activity Bahrain April 4, 2014.

U.S. Marines and kids from the base youth center play a game of NERF tag at Naval Support Activity Bahrain April 4, 2014. (Hendrick Simoes/Stars and Stripe)

It was kids vs. U.S. Marines in a game of Nerf tag at Naval Support Activity Bahrain April 4, 2014. The children were from the base's youth center, and the Marines, members of a Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team from Norfollk, Va., volunteered for the friendly battle.

It was kids vs. U.S. Marines in a game of Nerf tag at Naval Support Activity Bahrain April 4, 2014. The children were from the base's youth center, and the Marines, members of a Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team from Norfollk, Va., volunteered for the friendly battle. (Hendrick Simoes/Stars and Stripes)

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.

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. (Hendrick Simoes/Stars and Stripes)

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.

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