04/01/2012
Camp LeJeune according to the Globe
Camp LeJeune participates in Marine Corps Battle Color Detachment
The National Installations Tour stopped recently at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune where they visited with service members and their families while putting on a performance at W.P.T. Field on March 14th according to the Globe. The Marine Corps Battle Color Detachment is made up of a three entities based out of the Marine Barracks, Washington D.C.: the U.S. Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon, the U.S. Marine Corps Color Guard and the United States Drum and Bugle Corps. All together there are two dozen Marines who are around the same height and rank who use fully functional M-14 rifles to perform precision drill moves. Pfc. Josh Hummell, a rifleman in the platoon noted, "The shows are always great, and we have a great time. My absolute favorite part is after the show. You hear the ‘Oohs' and ‘Ahhs" during the presentation but after the show, we get to interact and really see everyone's appreciation."
Lance Corporal Felipe Ramirez, another Marine in the Silent Drill Platoon, has participated in over 20 performances since becoming part of the platoon earlier in the year. He commented on the crowd's response and rolling out the show to fellow Marines. He stated, "We're Marines ourselves but we do it for them. The most difficult part is going through the school and doing drill just to get to where we are right now. We still practice every day, even after four months of school and practicing from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. You only get to be able to do it with precision by repetition, hard work and dedication." The other participants are the U.S. Marine Drum and Bugle Corps which is made up of Marines who were recruited from the best civilian marching band within the Marine Corps. Sgt. Benjamin Schoffstall, soprano bugler and assistant drill master noted, "I didn't realize how big of an impact we have on the Marine Corps and on the public. It's really incredible to be part of something that has such as large impact."