MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. -- It was a change of scenery for some service members who took a trip to San Francisco with a recreational organization.
Thirty Marines and sailors from various units aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., participated in a Single Marine Program trip to San Francisco March 12 -14.
Individuals paid a small fee that included transportation and lodging. Total costs of the trip required from each service member was $40.
During their stay, service members were able to walk the Golden Gate Bridge and tour Alcatraz prison and other world-famous landmarks.
"The Single Marine program gave me the opportunity to travel for an [affordable price]," said Lance Cpl. Claribel Dejesus, 25, from Boston, disbursing clerk, Service Company, Combat Logistics Regiment 17, 1st Marine Logistics Group.
For some, it was an opportunity to experience something new; for others, it was a chance to meet new friends.
"During the trip, I got to meet new people and experience different areas," said Pfc. Javier B. Chavez, 18, from Bakersfield, Calif., warehouse clerk, Supply Company, 1st Supply Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 15, 1st Marine Logistics Group. "I would definitely go on the next SMP trip."
According to the SMP website, the purpose of the trips and events is to motivate single Marines. Let them know that they have a supportive command and the Marine Corps Community Services staff.
"It tremendously affects morale, because it allows service members to get out of the barracks and gives them fun activities to partake in," said Eddie L. Hadley, 42, from Lakeland, Fla., SMP manager, 21 Area.
For future trips or activities, contact your local Single Marine Program.