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by Sgt. Chris Eriksen
United States Marine Corps
CAMP HANSEN, Okinawa, Japan - Their mission was to locate, close with, and destroy the enemy with fire and maneuver. Their tactic was simple: lay down suppressing fire and close the distance between themselves and the enemy fast. It was with ‘the luck of the Irish’ that Team Kamikaze, Camp Kinser, came and conquered all.
Marines from several camps recently
came together on the field of battle at the Habu Hill Paintball Range here
as part of the Single Marine Program’s Leprechaun Shoot paintball tournament.
The tournament included servicemembers from several camps to give them
a chance to practice infantry skills against one another.
The tournament consisted of six five-man
teams in single elimination format, according to Morales.
Each team received 2,000 rounds at the start of the tournament. This limited supply made planning and tactics an important part of each teams strategy, according to Juan Garcia, Team Kamikazes.
“We had to figure out what kind of strategy we were going to use so we could come out ahead,” the Donna, Texas native said. “Before each match, we planned out what our plan of attack was. That helped us out a lot because we went through the whole tournament with only two casualties.”
The team’s success depended upon good
use of infantry skills, according to Adam Camacho, Team Bofa.
The competition was tough between teams Kamikazes and Bofa who both went into the final round of play undefeated. This resulted in the two teams playing a best-of-three series to decide the winner of the tournament.
“Bofa was the most challenging team we faced,” Jason Fetter, team Kamikazes, and Pittsburgh, Pa., native said. “They were the only team to give us some kind of competition.”
The event was successful even though the turnout was not as planners had hoped, according to Morales.
“We were expecting 60 Marines to participate
- 10 from each of the six camps. Unfortunately some of the camps couldn’t
make it,” Morales said.
“It's interesting to see the level of
play amongst the teams that participated. Some of the participants
were skilled paintballers, a few were there for the first time, and others
were just there to ‘shoot’ at something. When placed together, the players
became a team and had a great time,” Morales said.
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