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AGC San Diego Chapter Members Compete in the 2013 Marine Corps Recruit Depot Boot Camp Challenge

By Marcy Knopman
AGC San Diego Boot Camp “Recruiter”

AGC San Diego Chapter’s Build & Serve Committee provides a venue for AGC members to give back to the community. This committee selects charitable projects and programs throughout San Diego County that give AGC and its members an opportunity to participate in activities that will serve the community. The committee also is responsible for securing members to volunteer for selected projects through organizations and programs throughout San Diego County.

The Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD) Boot Camp Challenge is one of many charitable projects that the Build & Serve Committee promotes annually to the chapter members as a form of team building, camaraderie, networking, and community service. The Marine Corps Recruit Depot provides basic training for the Marines to fight in the current conflicts in both Iraq and Afghanistan. The depot has the responsibility to train all recruits who reside west of the Mississippi River to serve at the call of the nation.

Each year, MCRD hosts fleet week, and the MCRD Boot Camp Challenge serves as the kick-off event. Boot Camp is a fun and grueling three-mile course featuring 40 obstacles, such as rope crawls, 6-ft wall scaling, hay jumps, tunnel crawls, log hurdles, and more. Our AGC members experienced a small taste of the physically and mentally challenging course recruits endure during their 12 week basic training, and AGC members were “encouraged” along the way at each obstacle by USMC drill instructors. The team motto is “We Build What They Protect.”

AGCSD is a strong supporter of its military presence in San Diego. Participating in this event is a small way that the construction industry demonstrates its appreciation of all the sacrifices those in the military make for our country, and all the opportunities the military provides our industry to build the facilities on the various bases located in Southern California.

In 2012, TEAM AGC was represented by 151 members, family, and friends, hailing from 34 AGC companies, which resulted in an $8,500 contribution to the Marine Corps Community Services (MCCS).

This year, AGC San Diego “recruited” a record number of 300 members from 53 companies, who joined together in solidarity to form TEAM AGC, and successfully raised an astounding $13,298 to support MCCS, as well as Wounded Warrior Homes San Diego.

MCCS provides essential programs that enhance the life of the Marines and their families serving in San Diego. Such programs include prevention and general counseling; family with special needs; youth programs and activities; child care; autistic program; stress management; new parent support program, and transition readiness, etc.

Wounded Warrior Homes supports our soldiers returning from oversees with traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder. Wounded Warrior Homes looks to provide homes for veterans who served to protect ours. Veterans’ transitional housing is essential to service members returning from active duty. Many service members do not have the option to move home to continue their outpatient medical care and access the services they need. Families may live several hours from the closest Veterans Administration (VA) hospital or they may not live by one at all. By providing affordable transitional housing and hands-on resources, Wounded Warrior Homes provides a defined path for each member to transition from active-duty military service to a veteran of foreign wars.

As for the results of the race, AGC San Diego Chapter’s newest member, 2 Brothers Construction placed 1st in the 5-person team category. This is quite a feat since they were racing against hundreds of other teams.

1st place winners from left to right 2 Brothers Construction 5-person team: Trevor Garcia, Dillion Cao, Eric Le, Mark Doan, and Dorian Cao

First place winners, 2 Brothers Construction’s 5-person team (l-r): Trevor Garcia, Dillion Cao, Eric Le, Mark Doan, and Dorian Cao


With such an overwhelming show of solidarity by TEAM AGC, MCRD provided runners with a private VIP area. Commanding General James W. Bierman, Jr. personally thanked AGCSD Executive Vice President Jim Ryan for the association’s sponsorship, participation, and support for the military. AGC presented Commanding General Bierman with an AGC jacket and a safety challenge coin, which he very much appreciated.

The AGCSD member companies who participated in the challenge were: 2 Brothers Construction; Apprenticeship Staff; Angus Asphalt, Inc.; Balfour Beatty Construction; Baker Electric; Bergelectric Corp.; Big R Bridge; BPI Plumbing; Casper Company; Cavignac & Associates; CleanFleets.net; CMR Risk & Insurance Services, Inc; Cox Construction Co.; C.W. Driver; DFS Flooring; Dr Demo; Erickson-Hall Construction Co.; EWA Software Solutions; Filanc Construction; Flatiron; Granite Construction; Harper Construction; J.P Jonas + Associates, Inc.; Jackson & Blanc; Johnson, Finch & McClure Construction, Inc.; KevCon; KR Wolfe; Kyne Construction, Inc.; Layfield Environmental Systems Corp.; LCPtracker, Inc.; Mahan Insurance Brokers, LLC; Marks, Finch, Thornton & Baird, LLP; McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.; Neal Electric; Old Town Trolley Tours; Oldcastle Precast, Inc.; On-Site Health & Safety; PCL Construction Services, Inc.’ PRAVA Construction Services, Inc; Romero General Construction Corp.; Ritchie Brothers; SDSU; SMART Safety Group; Soil Retention; Stanek Constructors, Inc.; Statewide Traffic Safety & Signs, Inc.; Stronghold Engineering; Sundt Construction, Inc.; T.B. Penick & Sons, Inc.; Volvo Construction Equipment & Services; West Coast Air Conditioning Co., Inc.; and Volunteers from Wounded Warrior Homes.

AGC member, Jon Krause from Flatiron West, Los Angeles summed it up when describing TEAM AGC, "As a Mustang Captain in the Marine Corps, "unity of effort and high motivation can accomplish anything," ~ Semper Fi

AGC member Jon Krause from Flatiron West, Los Angeles summed it up when describing TEAM AGC, “As a Mustang Captain in the Marine Corps, ‘unity of effort and high motivation can accomplish anything,’ ” ~ Semper Fi

AGC San Diego Chapter looks forward to the 2014 Annual MCRD Boot Camp Challenge when its members, and the industry as a whole, can show their support to our military men and women who work hard to protect what AGC members work hard to build!

Shirt sponsors
2 Brothers Construction; BPI Plumbing; CDM Smith; Clean Fleets.Net; CMR Risk & Insurance Services, Inc.; Cox Construction Co.; Flatiron; KevCon; LCPtracker, Inc.; On-Site Health & Safety; Pacific Coast Iron; Rossin Steel,
Inc.; RQ Construction, LLC; Scholefield Construction Law; Southwest Specialties, Inc.; Statewide Traffic Safety & Signs, Inc.; and Volvo Construction Equipment & Services.

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Beer Garden & Finishers’ Dog Tags
SMART Safety Group

Pre-Race Fuel Sponsors
Erickson-Hall Construction
Truebar- Gluten free bars

Thirst Quencher Sponsors
Cavignac & Associates
R.J. Safety & Supply – Sqwincher Qwik Stiks

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