By Traci Kelley, Family Readiness Officer Advisor --
QUANTICO, Va. — Marine Corps Systems Command’s (MCSC) Family Readiness On Point Team came into existence in May 2011 with a vision to keep faith with our families by communicating, connecting and caring. We developed a program that provides a caring link to our Marines, civilian Marines, Sailors and their families.
Our program goal is to provide all family members with the tools needed to cope with the challenges of everyday life. It takes a unique family to balance life, career and mission events. Our program is here to empower our families to achieve and maintain this healthy balance.
It's no easy task. With a workforce of around 3,000 people, spread in multiple locations, and with many more civilian Marines than active-duty Marines, the wants, needs and problems that arise within the entire workforce can swing greatly from cubicle to cubicle. We all share the same space, drive through the same gates and have the same mission, so we all need similar life skills to keep us strong.
In the last 18 months MCSC’s Family Readiness On Point Team has worked tirelessly, sponsoring several events. These events include town halls, open houses, spouse luncheons, family fun days and holiday socials. The latest is a monthly bring-your-own brown bag lunch series called, "Family Power Hour," where important family readiness topics are discussed together. The first "Family Power Hour" took place Nov. 13 in the T-2209 Conference Room on Hospital Point. The topic was "Effective Communication" and every second Tuesday of each month a new "Family Power Hour" family readiness topic will be discussed. It is open to all Marine Corps Systems Command employees and their families. In case of inclement weather, call (703) 432-3861 to check for cancellations. We hope to see you there.
We have also developed and use important new communication tools to include our monthly newsletter called "The Point," a webpage, two family magazines, an eMarine site and Facebook page. Send your email address to firstname.lastname@example.org to receive our newsletter and learn about upcoming Command and family events.
Our Family Readiness On Point program is continuing to evolve and grow and is actively communicating, connecting and caring for our families through information, education and training events and activities. We all need family readiness. By partnering together, we will care for and support each other to build stronger families and a better Command.
We encourage you to learn more about our Family Readiness on Point program and volunteer opportunities. Contact our Command Family Readiness Officer at (703) 432-3861 for more information. Get involved, make some new friends, and let's keep supporting and caring for each other while having fun, too.