Operation Adrenaline rush combats stress among Marines, promotes fun

Operation Adrenaline rush combats stress among Marines, promotes fun
Published: Aug. 22, 2014 at 10:49 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 23, 2014 at 12:47 AM EDT
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JAMES ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - Their mission never stops.

Over 100 Marines from Lowcountry military bases in Beaufort, Moncks Corner and Parris Island braved the 100 degree heat in a fight against combat stress, and had a lot of fun along the way.

"You know a marine. We like to put paint on our face and get dirty," said Range Company Commander Captain Chris Davis.

The day-long training, known as Operation Adrenaline Rush, is designed to provide alternatives to negative behaviors associated with recent deployment.

The initiative also tackles post traumatic growth, stress control, and coping skills.

"What this does is gives us a healthy alternative, something that we can reach that state of excitement, in a healthy controlled environment," Davis said.

Friday's OAR activities included paddle-boating, a climbing wall, bicycling, and archery, all at James Island County Park.

"Dealing with combat stressors, you can't really get that in civilian life," added Sergeant Chris Rector. "It's a change of scenery. We get to come out here, let loose a little bit."

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