By Joseph Andrew Lee

COMBINED ARMS TRAINING CENTER, CAMP FUJI, JAPAN – Marines stationed here in the shadow of Mt. Fuji don’t have a USO of their own, so the staff at USO Japan drive nearly two hours away to bring them support in the way of food, fun and new friendships.

“We are kind of isolated out here by ourselves,” said Gunnery Sgt. Tekyron Williams. “It can be challenging at first … but aside from your family back there at home, we develop family members here as well.”

“These field meets are awesome,” added Williams. “Different Marines and sailors you usually wouldn’t talk to, you come out here and have a little fun and build relationships with them … next thing you know that’s a family member for life.”

– Chad Stewart and Sandi Moynihan contributed to this report.

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