Marines of 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion perform push-ups during the Warrior Challenge. The banner in the foreground identifies the fallen Marine, Sgt. Michael Ferschke, under whose name the team competed at Camp Schwab, Okinawa, March 8, 2019. CARLOS M. VAZQUEZ II/STARS AND STRIPES
Marines of 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion perform push-ups during the Warrior Challenge. The banner in the foreground identifies the fallen Marine, Sgt. Michael Ferschke, under whose name the team competed at Camp Schwab, Okinawa, March 8, 2019. CARLOS M. VAZQUEZ II/STARS AND STRIPES

'Days like this humble you': Okinawa Marines memorialize their fallen during Warrior Challenge

by Carlos M. Vazquez II
Stars and Stripes

CAMP SCHWAB, Okinawa — Marines of 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion recently honored fallen members of their unit, some of whom they knew personally, during an annual Warrior Challenge competition.

In teams of six to eight men each, reconnaissance Marines, battalion support troops and Navy corpsmen formed up in the rain at 5:30 a.m. Friday.

Ahead lay 6 miles and eight stations where the teams faced tasks familiar to reconnaissance Marines: intelligence gathering, medical evacuation, weapon assembly and establishing communications, all while running and lugging their 50-pound rucksacks.

Each of the eight teams’ rucksacks bore a piece of bright, orange fabric with the name of a fallen Marine stenciled across it in bold, black letters. Some teams carried more than one name.

Read more at: https://www.stripes.com/1.572397

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