Marines unwind at JICP after recent deployment

Marines unwinding as part of Operation Adrenaline Rush (Source: John Gaddy/WCIV)

By Sonya

JAMES ISLAND, S.C (WCIV) -- Deployments can be stressful for those in the military.

Sometimes coming home can be an adjustment as well, which is why it's important to have a way to release all that adrenaline such as Operation Adrenaline Rush.

It was a beautiful day, perfect for some Marines to get outdoors and unwind after their deployment this Spring. Men and women with Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort spent the day exploring all that James Island County Park has to offer.

"It simply is important to support the military and our mission is to increase the quality of life for the citizens of Charleston county and surrounding areas, so by offering this type of program and the intention of the program definitely fits well within our mission statement," said Robert Lavarnway, Outdoor Recreation Coordinator at James Island County Park.

The Marines got a chance to try out the climbing wall, the challenge course, as well as hit the water on standup paddleboards and kayaks.

"This allows us a good opportunity to bring their adrenaline in a high, safe practical environment as opposed to other adrenaline rush means -- alcohol-related incidents, DUIs, domestic assaults, abuses, stuff like that," said Sgt. Maj. Stacey Holcomb, at Marine Corps Air Station in Beaufort.

But Operation Adrenaline Rush also gave the marines a chance to hang out and relax as a team.

"Being out here it actually takes your comradery and your morale and it really steps everything upyou know you truly see how marines actually do come together in the end," said Marine Dylan Stanton.

And judging by all the laughing and smiling, Monday's mission looked to be a successful one.

Nearly 200 Marines were present for operation adrenaline rush. They all hope it becomes an annual event.

This unit is expected to deploy again in January.