Lillian Boyd, Dana Point Times

Ahead of the 11th annual Combat Golf Tournament, volunteers and partners of the Dana Point 5th Marine Regiment Support Group were welcomed at Camp Pendleton for a day of adventure and gratitude.

On Thursday, Sept. 17, Marines with the 5th Regiment demonstrated martial arts techniques and how to operate firearms such as the M27 Infantry Automatic Rifle and the M4 Carbine Rifle. Volunteers wore military-issued gear, rode in Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTV) and were able to experience firsthand what it’s like to be boots on the ground for the day.

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“The amount of the times where we can say thank you is simply not enough for all the work, the support the volunteerism and just being there for us,” said Lt. Col. Adam Sacchetti while addressing the support group. “I hope you know we consider you one of us.”

Despite the impacts of COVID-19, the annual golf tournament, held on Monday, Sept. 21, went forward with implemented restrictions. More than 100 people participated in the event at Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club in Mission Viejo, with measures for social distancing in place. Proceeds will go to the DP5MRSG to provide support to the “Fighting Fifth” and their families, as well as the Wounded Warrior Battalion West at Camp Pendleton.

“Considering all that is happening in the world right now, people still showed up and were so enthusiastic in supporting a good cause,” said Terry Rifkin, chair of the DP5MRSG. “These Marines sacrifice so much for us. The least we can do is show our support and gratitude to them.”

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