Combat engineers celebrate patron saint, St. Patrick, during field meet

18 Mar 2014 |

Lieutenant Col. John D. Martinko, commanding officer, 7th Engineer Support Battalion, 1st Marine Logistics Group, displays a trophy for the annual St. Patrick’s Day field meet aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., March 17, 2014. Engineer battalions and companies from 1st MLG, 1st Marine Division and the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, meet annually near St. Patrick’s Day to compete in a number of events to determine the best engineer unit and build camaraderie, communication and morale between them. Marine combat engineers began the tradition of celebrating St. Patrick’s Day through bouts of friendly competition after adopting St. Patrick as their patron saint, because he, allegedly, invented mortar. Martinko, is from Fort Worth, Texas. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Timothy Childers / Released)
Combat engineers celebrate patron saint, St. Patrick, during field meet