Marines from Camp Lejeune taking part in "Operation Adrenaline Rush"
FAYETTEVILLE, NC (WECT) – More than a dozen Marines from Camp Lejeune experienced some high-flying excitement Wednesday. They traveled to ZipQuest in Fayetteville for "Operation Adrenaline Rush", a program designed to offer adventure therapy to Marines returning from combat.
Several cheers and yells were heard as the Marines from the 3rd Battalion, 8th Regimen at Camp Lejeune spent time on zip lines, and walking high-wire bridges in the facility which is owned by the Bryan family of Wilmington. This group of young men spent seven months deployed in the Hellmund Province fighting the war in Afghanistan, before returning home in November. "Operation Adrenaline Rush" is used to help them re-adjust to life after a deployment.
"It's the enjoyment of being able to step outside the box, outside the rigid structure and get to see us in a different light," said First Lieutenant Joshua Banker. "They get to know each other in a little different way, and get to de-stress outside of the workplace."
Eason Bryan, who is one of the owners, says this is the third group of Marines from Camp Lejeune that has visited his business, and he hopes more will follow. "Every time they come through it's a relaxing time," Bryan said. "It's a time when they don't have to think about anything but where they are right now, and enjoying the time with their fellow Marines."