Marine Corps Air Station New River, N.C. --
Marines who take advantage of the Single Marine Program discounts, events and activities could end up better off than the Carolina Panthers football team.
Not to say the Panthers are lousy, in fact the Panthers were hot in their 25 to 10 victory against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Aug. 29. Now, Marines from Marine Corps Air Station New River can experience the Panthers in full action when they go on one of the SMP’s group trips to Bank of America Stadium or by watching the National Football League games at the SMP center, AS-4038.
A few Marines from the air station attended the game Aug. 29 and got a full-field taste of one of the many great opportunities SMP has to offer.
“It’s pretty awesome,” said Lance Cpl. Jacob A. Carmona, an artillery Marine with 1st Battalion, 10th Marine Regiment as he stood on the Panthers field during halftime. “I’ve never been to anything quite this big.”
Carmona said he learned two things at the game: first, he learned what it felt like to be at a professional football game - it was his first. Second, he learned you do not have to be a single Marine in order to participate in the SMP.
“Our primary focus is on our single Marines at New River,” Jeff Clifton, MCCS SMP coordinator said, “We want to make sure we take care of their quality of life (through these programs) first, but our doors are open to all.”
He reiterated while SMP is open to all, single Marines are given priority when signing up for trips.
“I kind of wish I got involved in this (SMP program) when I was single because it’s really fun,” Carmona said.
While the Panthers won the last game of their pre-season, Marines can win all year long just by signing up and saving big with SMP. Along with trips to watch the Carolina Panthers, past SMP trips include whitewater rafting, amusement parks, concerts and more. Besides the trips, SMP offers plenty of fun things to do aboard the air station. There are several intramural sports ranging from ice hockey to corn hole, as well as tailgate parties and watching UFC Fight Night in the building’s comfortable chairs.
While relatively unknown, SMP has a volunteer program aboard the air station which keeps Marines updated with ways they can continue to serve the community. You do not have to be a single Marine in order to volunteer.
For more information about volunteering for SMP, call 449-5145.
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