U.S. Airforce Senior Airman Derek King, with 51st Maintenance Squadron, hits a homerun on Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan, July 3, 2019. King’s efforts were in partition to the Pacific-Wide Firecracker Softball Skills Challenge; a trial to test a player’s skills on how well a player can perform in a specific element of the sport. (U.S Marine Corps Photo by Cpl. Christopher Madero)
U.S. Airforce Senior Airman Derek King, with 51st Maintenance Squadron, hits a homerun on Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan, July 3, 2019. King’s efforts were in partition to the Pacific-Wide Firecracker Softball Skills Challenge; a trial to test a player’s skills on how well a player can perform in a specific element of the sport. (U.S Marine Corps Photo by Cpl. Christopher Madero)

Camp Foster hosts 2019 Pacific-Wide Firecracker Softball Skills Challenge

by Lance Cpl. Christopher Madero
Marine Corps Installations Pacific

CAMP FOSTER, OKINAWA, Japan – Status of Forces Agreement personnel from different installations throughout The Pacific participated and supported their families in the 2019 Pacific-Wide Firecracker Softball Skills Challenge, July 3. On Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan.

The skills challenge included many important components from softball skills, caliber and precision, as well as how well a player can perform in a specific element of the sport.

Components included, how fast a player can run through all bases without missing a single one, how accurately a player can throw a ball into a net from center field, and a home run derby to cap off the nights festivities. All events incorporated a limited amount of attempts. Rules were held in accordance with each of the skills challenges and to give each participant a fair shot at coming out victorious in their respective event.

“We’re here with all our friends, co-workers, and even people off island.” said Staff Sgt. Shawn Clemons, an Aviation Supply Specialist with Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 36. “This not only builds camaraderie within your unit, but with all other branches of the military.”

The skills challenge was held ahead of the 2019 Pacific-Wide Firecracker Softball Tournament, a tournament where teams all over the Indo-Pacific region compete for the title of Firecracker Softball Tournament Champions. Weather permitting, the tournament will be held July 5-9 on Camp Foster.

The event was held by Marine Corps Community Services. MCCS is a comprehensive set of programs that support and enhance the operational readiness, war fighting capabilities, and life quality of Marines, their families, retirees and civilians.

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