Evacuated Marines get tour of UK facilities

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Since they've arrived in Lexington, they've spent a lot of their time doing training exercises, maintenance on their aircraft, and just waiting out the storm. Today some Marines that were evacuated from Hurricane Florence's path got to have some fun tour the University of Kentucky's football training facility.

They toured the weight room, meeting rooms and other spots in the state-of-the-art facility.

They even ran into Coach Mark Stoops before a meeting.

Their tour guide was UK Football Director of Player Development Freddie Maggard, a former UK quarterback and a man with military experience himself.

The Marines landed their Ospreys at Blue Grass Airport earlier this week. Evacuated to Lexington while they're stationed in Jacksonville, North Carolina.

With everything going on back home, they said it's nice to get their mind off of it.

They've been welcomed to Kentucky with open arms.

They say they even saw some parallels between the way the football program is run and the way the military operates.

"It takes a lot of planning, coordination, communication- a lot of the core things we work with to make us effective," said Staff Sgt. Damien Dymeck. "I think it's a few of the things that make them really effective just like us."

The Marines are also going to tomorrow's UK football game against Murray State at Kroger Field. Fittingly, it just so happens to be Heroes Day.

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