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Marine Corps Systems Command

Equipping Our Marines

MCB Quantico, Va.

Command Family Readiness Program

The goal of Marine Corps Systems Command's (MCSC) Family Readiness Program is to provide resource information and support services to enhance an employee's personal and family readiness. Active duty Marines are a priority, but our program is for both military and civilian government employees. An employee must ensure his or her personal and family affairs are in order so that he or she will remain fully focused on the mission. We strive to provide family members of employees at MCSC and Program Executive Officer Land Systems (PEO LS) with family information, news, events and activities. Here, families can learn more about their benefits and the services and facilities available on MCB Quantico and throughout the Marine Corps. "Communicating, Connecting and Caring" is our mission and our mantra.

 

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Welcome to the MCSC and PEO LS Family

Here at our commands, we consider family members a very important part of our team. That's because a happy, healthy and ready family enables the warfighter, and those who support the warfighter, to better complete their mission and to win. With less distractions and stress on the home front, Marines and civilian employees are better able to perform their assigned missions efficiently, effectively and safely. The Command Family Readiness Team is here to support the family members of active duty and civilian government employees of both our commands headquartered on Quantico's Hospital Point.

We use many tools to communicate with family members:

  • FAMILY NOTES from the FRO - Our weekly email that we send out Thursday evenings or Friday mornings. It includes upcoming family events and activities. FAMILY NOTES also includes Corporate Communication's "Weekly Wire," which is news and information about the command for our employees. You must be an employee's family member to receive this email. If you are a MCSC or PEO LS family member and would like to receive this email, send your request to mcscfro@usmc.mil and state who the employee is.

  • Facebook (www.facebook.com/MCSCFamilies) - We have a Facebook site and it's simply called "MCSC Families." Visit our site, like us and follow us. Not only will we provide information on Facebook, but it lets family members talk with other family members, and sometimes other family members are the best source of information. That kind of network can help you find a good babysitter, a great reliable handyman or car repair shop, or even a favorite restaurant to celebrate a homecoming. We also run photos of our employees receiving awards and getting promoted, and when they are submitted to us, we will also include photos of family accomplishments, including new babies, engagements, weddings, graduations, etc. On "MCSC Families" you can also click on Events to see a chronological order of all the events and activities listed, or visit www.facebook.com/MCSCFamilies/events.

  • VIPER -This is the command's intranet site and only employees with CAC cards may access this site. One of the tabs on the main VIPER page is called Family Events, and we share events and activities here in chronological order. We also post much information in the "All Hands Messages" area. Click here for the Family Events Calendar on VIPER.

  • eMarine (www.emarine.org) - Marine Corps Systems Command has its own secure customized unit eMarine site, and all employees and their family members are strongly encouraged to subscribe to the site. It provides essential information, including available resources and support for active duty Marines, civilian employees and their family members 24 hours a day, regardless of geographic location. To gain access to the MCSC eMarine site, all you need to do is register at www.emarine.org. If it does not allow you to register, then you will need to email the employee's first and last name, day and month of birth, and military rank or civilian pay plan and grade, to the command FRO at mcscfro@usmc.mil. Once the information is confirmed by the command FRO, you will be allowed to complete the registration and access MCSC's eMarine site.
The communications tools mentioned above are used to provide family information on the benefits, facilities and services available to both active duty and civilian employees, not only aboard Marine Corps Base Quantico, but Marine Corps wide, too. This includes:
  • Family Support Programs
  • Children Support and Schools
  • Counseling and Behavioral Programs
  • Online Assistance Programs
  • Financial and Legal Assistance
  • Education Programs
  • Courses and Seminars
  • Medical Assistance
  • Fitness and Health Programs
  • Recreation and Base Facilities
  • Events and Activities
  • Deployment Support
Besides providing family information, the Family Readiness team also conducts annual command family events to help increase connection and morale. These get-togethers usually include food, music, entertainment, door prizes and activities for adults and children:
  • Family Fun Day - This is our annual command picnic and usually takes place mid to late June. Watch for more information on Facebook and in the FAMILY NOTES.
  • Holiday Social - Our annual holiday party includes a visit by Santa and Mrs. Claus. It takes place in December and includes lots of great activities for kids.
  • Marine Corps Birthday Ball - This is not a Family Readiness event, but supported by the Family Readiness team. It takes place in November near the Marine Corps birthday, Nov. 10.
  • Possible additional events - Nationals MLB game, Kings Dominion theme park trip, Bring Your Child to Work Day, Spouse Appreciation Luncheon, Family Member Town Hall, etc.
There is a connection from your sons and daughters playing at home all the way to the sons and daughters fighting on a battlefield in some remote far away land. If our children are healthy and happy, if our entire extended family is healthy and happy, then that will help our Marines in harm's way and give them a better chance to come home healthy and happy, too. Family Readiness links directly to a higher state of command readiness, increasing commitment, morale and focus.

Here at MCSC and PEO LS, we truly care about you and your family. If you have any questions, need any referrals or just want to talk, please contact the family readiness officer at any time.

Family Readiness Officer:

(703) 432-3861 or mcscfro@usmc.mil

 

 

Marine Corps Systems Command serves as the Department of the Navy's systems command for Marine Corps ground weapon and information technology system programs in order to equip and sustain Marine forces with full-spectrum, current and future expeditionary and crisis response capabilities.