SMP Upcoming Events
Starting in March, all SMP events requiring registration will be done online at EventBrite. All trips, unless otherwise stated, leave from The Kickback, Bldg. 416. Trips must be paid for at the time of registration. For more information please call 703-695-1591 or email Marissa.Johnson@usmc.mil.
Spirit Equestrian (Volunteer)
Saturday, January 13 • Meet at HH Rec Center at 8:15 am.
Join SMP as we spend the day volunteering with Spirit Equestrian! Volunteers will be helping with outdoor manual labor at the organization's property. Open to any and all Single Marines.
Wreaths Across America Clean Up (Volunteer)
Saturday, January 20 • Meet at Old Post Chapel at 8:15 am.
Join SMP as we honor the fallen this holiday season! Volunteers will be helping clean up wreaths from the holiday season at Arlington National Cemetery.
Capitals vs Flyers Game Trip
Sunday, January 21 • Departs HH Rec Center at 11:15 am.
Cost: $40. Watch the Caps take on the Philadelphia Flyers in this midseason match up! Trip fee includes round trip transportation and game ticket.
Wizards vs Thunder Game
Tuesday, January 30 • Departs HH Rec Center at 5:30 pm.
Cost: $25. Watch the Wizards take on the OKC Thunder in this midseason match up! Trip fee includes round trip transportation and game ticket.
Do You Have What It Takes to be a Competitive Drone Racer?
There are numerous grassroots and online resources available to learn about drone racing including but not limited to, the U.S. Drone Racing Association (www.usdra.org); the Drone Racing League (thedroneracingleague.com); and MultiGP (www.multigp.com).
These organizations are not officially endorsed by the Marine Corps and participation requires the use of privately owned equipment. Drone pilots must also be aware of the legal requirements and potential security violations of operating a drone aboard an installation.
One way to improve your piloting skills is through participating in online simulation competitions. There are several grassroots and national competitions including but not limited to the 2018 Drone Racing League competition which began tryouts on Nov. 15, 2017. To try out for the league, go to thedroneracingleague.com/simulator for competition rules and requirements, and to download their simulator software to your personal computer. The Drone Racing League has agreed to share results of Marine racers with Marine Corps leadership and HQMC is looking at ways to recognize those who do well during the tryouts.
If you are in the market to purchase a drone for fun or competition, don’t forget to check out your Marine Corps Exchange. MCX’s at Camp Pendleton, Camp Lejeune, Miramar, and Kaneohe Bay offer larger consumer drones and other accessories and have information available about drone flight safety and regulations.
For more information about competitive drone racing contact Col. Howard Marotto, HQMC, I&L, NexLog, at 703-697-4704 or email: email@example.com.
(Photo courtesy of U.S. Drone Racing Association)