June 14, 2012

Leader’s Forum: “Summer Daze”

Col. Robert Kuckuk
MCAS Yuma Commanding Officer

Well, it’s that time of year again. We have begun the 101 days of summer. Activity on the river is picking up. Folks are looking for ways to beat the heat and still have fun. If you’re looking to get some PT, come on out with me Saturday morning for the Firehose 5K. Bring the family. It’s a great time and open to the public. It’s a fun way to meet some fitness minded people from the base and town, and get wet at the same time. You don’t even have to run, walk it with the stroller to make it a nice family morning. You’re going to have to roll out of the sack early to make the 0630 start…but in Yuma, you have to get up early to beat the heat.

Another great event happening in June is the Territorial River Regatta sponsored by the Caballeros De Yuma. I encourage all units, shops, or groups of station personnel to build a float for this event. Talk to your supervisors and get a team together for this float down the Colorado on 30 June. A great time sponsored by an organization designed to bring fun events to Yuma. All proceeds go to charity.

My point is there is fun to be had if you go looking for it. Single Marine fun in Flagstaff, equipment rentals from Arizona Adventures, swimming at the pool or boating on the river. Mike at Lake Martinez tells me the largemouth bass are biting in the late afternoon with top water bait, so take your spouse, kids or boyfriend/girlfriend out fishing and see what happens, then spend the night with your family at one of the cabins or park model trailers. Sometimes you have to make your own happiness, so come on out and enjoy.

But put your sunscreen on…And call your dad on Sunday, it’s Father’s Day.

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