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Marine Corps Air Station Miramar

3rd MAW hosts Friday Night Lights for spouses

By Lance Cpl. Owen Kimbrel | Marine Corps Air Station Miramar | April 01, 2014

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Maj. Gen. Steven Busby, center, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing commanding general, takes a team photo with Marine Aircraft Group 16 spouses after receiving the Committed and Engaged Spouses Support League “Friday Night Lights” Football Tournament trophy aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., March 28. Nine teams ranging from Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., to Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., participated in the tournament.

Maj. Gen. Steven Busby, center, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing commanding general, takes a team photo with Marine Aircraft Group 16 spouses after receiving the Committed and Engaged Spouses Support League “Friday Night Lights” Football Tournament trophy aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., March 28. Nine teams ranging from Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., to Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., participated in the tournament. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Owen Kimbrel)


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Spouses with Marine Aircraft Group 16 celebrate after winning the Committed and Engaged Spouses Support League “Friday Night Lights” Football Tournament championship game aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., March 28. The trophy was presented to the team by Maj. Gen. Steven Busby, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing commanding general.

Spouses with Marine Aircraft Group 16 celebrate after winning the Committed and Engaged Spouses Support League “Friday Night Lights” Football Tournament championship game aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., March 28. The trophy was presented to the team by Maj. Gen. Steven Busby, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing commanding general. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Owen Kimbrel)


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The 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing color guard present the flags during the playing of the National Anthem  before the championship game of the Committed and Engaged Spouses Support League “Friday Night Lights” Football Tournament aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., March 28. The tournament was intended to develop camaraderie throughout 3rd MAW.

The 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing color guard present the flags during the playing of the National Anthem before the championship game of the Committed and Engaged Spouses Support League “Friday Night Lights” Football Tournament aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., March 28. The tournament was intended to develop camaraderie throughout 3rd MAW. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Owen Kimbrel)


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Lance Cpl. Tyler Fields, a seat mechanic with Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron  11, holds the down marker during the Committed and Engaged Spouses Support League “Friday Night Lights” Football Tournament aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., March 28. Nine teams battled it out on the gridiron for a chance to win the CESSL Friday Night Lights trophy.

Lance Cpl. Tyler Fields, a seat mechanic with Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 11, holds the down marker during the Committed and Engaged Spouses Support League “Friday Night Lights” Football Tournament aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., March 28. Nine teams battled it out on the gridiron for a chance to win the CESSL Friday Night Lights trophy. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Owen Kimbrel)


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Col. Rick Uribe, Marine Aircraft Group 11 commanding officer, leads a spouse team huddle during the Committed and Engaged Spouses Support League “Friday Night Lights” Football Tournament aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., March 28. A total of nine teams participated in the tournament.

Col. Rick Uribe, Marine Aircraft Group 11 commanding officer, leads a spouse team huddle during the Committed and Engaged Spouses Support League “Friday Night Lights” Football Tournament aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., March 28. A total of nine teams participated in the tournament. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Owen Kimbrel)


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Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif. -- Marine spouses laced up their cleats and took to the gridiron during the Committed and Engaged Spouses Support League “Friday Night Lights” Football Tournament aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., March 28.

The tournament was part of Maj. Gen. Steven Busby’s, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing commanding general, Committed and Engaged Spouses initiative.

“A committed and engaged spouse is a spouse who understands the importance of the Marine Corps team, meaning the Marine and spouse understand the importance of supporting the Marine in their endeavors as they serve their nation selflessly,” said Busby. “There is a commitment that they’ve made to the Marine Corps and nation by being a member of a Marine Team.”

Squadrons throughout 3rd MAW established their teams and coaches. Spouses from Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., and Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., also participated in the tournament demonstrating the true meaning of being committed and engaged.

“Spouses often feel like it’s not their Corps and just to have some type of worth and to show that they do matter and are respected is great,” said Holly Brumage, Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 166 family readiness officer and Marine spouse. “I think it’s going to spread like wildfire.”

The tournament was a team event intended to develop camaraderie among 3rd MAW spouses. Nine teams battled against one another but only one team would hoist the trophy when the final whistle blew. Marine Aircraft Group 16 “Black Widows” faced off against the Marine Air Control Group 38 “Hawks” in the championship game. The Hawks put up a good fight but the Black Widows came out on top winning 6-0.

“It felt amazing winning tonight and just to see everyone all excited,” said Brumage. “We’re all going to be extremely sore but it was very well worth it.”

Busby awarded the Black Widows the CESSL Friday Night Lights trophy and medals.

“I want to thank all the spouses who participated,” said Busby. “You are what we value more than anything, you and your Marine.”
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