3rd Battalion 5th Marines
FAMILY READINESS NEWSLETTER
UNIT LOGO HERE FAMILY ORIENTED
Update from the Commanding Officer of 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines:
To the Families and Friends of the Dark Horse Battalion,
We have successfully completed another major exercise and the boys have
just executed some well deserved liberty. The BALIKITAN Exercise is a
time honored tradition between U.S. and Filipino Marines. The word
BALIKITAN is Tagolog for ―Side by Side‖ and that is exactly how we
worked with our Filipino counterparts. They are a very professional and
enthusiastic military organization. They share our ideals of developing
camaraderie through tough training. It is for this reason that I believe we got
along so well.
As the Battalion Landing Team executed training in both Ternate and Crow
Valley, it was a steady 90 degrees. It rained and flooded consistently
throughout the exercise. The lads adapted and over-came as per SOP. As
we transition back to Okinawa, we are preparing for our final Patrol in order
to participate in Exercise TALISMON SABER. After we spend nearly 5
weeks at Camp Hansen and Camp Schwab conducting the AQIS Stand-
down, we will embark once again for a 12 day transit to Australia. This will
be a long voyage, but I am confident that the quality of training will be
worth it. This is the final scheduled exercise until our turnover with 2d
Battalion, 5th Marines so we are staying especially vigilant.
We miss all of you dearly. Please keep the letters coming and thank you
again for your continued love and support.
C. S. Dowling
Family Readiness Officer:
As we have moved halfway into our deployment, we are starting to count the days until our Marines and
Sailors return to us. The anticipation, uncertainty, and of course the excitement that is mounting can be overwhelming
to some of us. Remember that the feelings that you are having are also the feelings that your Marines and Sailors are
having too. We are all in this together. There have been some changes in the families of the Battalion. There have been
some emergencies that have arisen also. Please remember that the fastest way to reach your Marine or Sailor is through
the Family Readiness Officer. I have a direct line to the Battalion Commander and the Command Staff of the Battalion
Landing Team (BLT). In the event of an emergency, please don‘t hesitate to contact me. All important messages will
be forwarded for the fastest response. However, please remember that these are official messages that are sent. This is
not an offer to pass personal messages to our Marines and Sailors. As stated, in the event of an emergency, please don‘t
hesitate to call. I will then push the information to the Battalion Landing Team Commander for his attention. Your
Marines and Sailors are still going to receive mail and the motomails that you send but as we have found, when the
Battalion Landing Team is in Okinawa and not on the ships, the motomail addresses will come off of the website. Once
the Marines are back to sea, the address will be available again. Also, remember that you need to be careful about the
conversations and emails that you share about your Marine and with your Marine. I am talking about Operational
Security. That is the locations of our Marines and what they are doing. Remember to be general and not too specific. I
would ask that you be cautious about the things that you post on the internet. Facebook and MySpace are a great way
for families and friends to stay in contact and reconnect. However, they are also great ways for the enemy to gather
information on us and our Marines. Let‘s keep them safe and remember that the enemy is out there and he is watching
With the new family members in the Battalion, there are new needs and new requirements that have come
around. It can be very stressful at times. There are several resources that are here to help. There is the Military Outreach
Ministry (MOM) that can be contacted at 760-908-7043. They can help with things like cribs, strollers, potty chairs,
and high chairs. We have Military One Source that can be contacted at 1-800-342-9647. They offer referrals and
resources with parenting and child care, financial matters, relationships, and all of the everyday issues. There is also the
WIC program that can help with getting good, healthy food for you and your families. They can be contacted at 1-800-
500-6411. Along with new births come the new health care questions. What coverage do I have, what coverage do I
need, what are the fees and co-pays? You can contact TRICARE at 1-888-874-9378 to get the answers to the questions
from the experts. All of these agencies are here to help you and your families. Reach out to them and use them. That is
what they are here for.
We are very lucky to have the help that we need when we need it. One of the big stresses that families can
have is finances. The car breaks down, need a new water heater, the rent, electric bills, a family emergency arises, the
Navy Marine Corps Relief Society is a great asset to have. They can help with budgeting and planning. They can assist
you with car repairs and even some of the bills. Assistance is usually given in the form of interest free loans and grants.
These are for the basic living expenses, emergency travel and health care issues. There are two offices aboard Camp
Pendleton, one in San Onofre building 520512 and their number is 760-725-7497 and one on Mainside, building 1121
and their number is 760-725-5337.
We have an outstanding team of volunteers that are here to help as needed. Please don‘t hesitate to reach out
to me or the Family Readiness Assistants that are here for you. There is a wealth of knowledge and experience to tap
into. As always, I am here to assist you in any way that I can. Please, don‘t hesitate to call or email.
Matthew A. Pogue
Family Readiness Advisor:
Spouses, parents, grandparents and significant others, please know my heart goes out to all of you!
No matter whether this is the first deployment of your Marine or Sailor, or your 15 th -- it is always a
challenge. It is okay to be sad and it is okay to cry – we‘ve already done our share. Our hope is to provide
some valuable tools and resources through this newsletter and the Family Readiness Program to help you
during this deployment.
As we experience yet another deployment of the Battalion, the Family Readiness Program will
also be going through some major transitions. These major changes have been implemented by the
Commandant of the Marine Corps. We are excited about many of the changes as it means that we should
have a more streamlined process for family readiness issues. Another exciting change is that the family
readiness program is now open to all family members and not just spouses. What does that mean exactly?
Well, first of all it means that the central source of information for the Family Readiness for the Battalion
will the Family Readiness Officer (FRO) , Staff Sergeant (SSgt) Pogue. Second, all Marines within the
Battalion will be empowered with the ability to include their families in family readiness activities and
information updates. That means that single Marines will now be fully included into the program and all
Marines will have the opportunity to include family members if they choose to. All families will have
access to the FRO, the Battalion web site and the Battalion hotline number. This newsletter is also
available on the Battalion website; however, for those that prefer to receive it by mail or for those without
internet access, you can request that the newsletter be mailed to your home address. Please note that the
Battalion web site is in the process of being updated.
Another great change is that volunteer positions are open to all family members as well. That
means that spouses, parents, grandparents, step parents, and fiancés are now allowed to participate as
volunteers in the Family Readiness Program. There are two ways to volunteer. The first way to volunteer
is as a Family Readiness Assistant which is the new name for Key Volunteer (KV) Program. This
position does require an application process and has strict training requirements. If selected as a Family
Readiness Assistant you will qualify for childcare reimbursement and mileage expenses for all meetings.
The second way to volunteer is as a morale support volunteer. This type of volunteer does not require
training and allows a lot more freedom with respect to choosing when and how you want to volunteer.
These volunteers can assist with event planning or setup, baking, sign making, newsletter preparation, etc.
It is highly recommended that volunteers live in proximity to Camp Pendleton.
Additional changes include a new name for the Key Volunteer Coordinator (KVC) which is the
Family Readiness Advisor. The Former Key Volunteer Advisor position has been restructured into the
command team which in our case is made up of the Commanding Officer, his spouse Sergeant Major, the
Executive Officer, the Chaplain and certain battalion staff officers.
We are in the process of making all these changes, but in the meantime we are operating under the
old Key Volunteer system. We do not have a timeline yet for complete transition as that depends on
several factors outside of our control. The main factor that will trigger implementation of the new system
is the mass communication tool. This is a web based system that will allow the FRO to make
communication to all spouses and family members simultaneously. Many of you may be familiar with this
type of communication through your telephone. It is a recorded message that can be sent out to telephone
numbers, email addresses or as a text message. It will be each Marine‘s individual responsibility to get the
correct information to his command so that the FRO can properly implement the tool.
Unfortunately, we do not have the mass communication tool yet. Once you get your first message
from the mass communication tool sent by our FRO you will know that we have transitioned to the new
system. For all spouses that are currently operating under our existing program, that means that your Key
Volunteer will now be a Family Readiness Assistant. You are free to contact her if you have any
questions or need assistance. However, regulations require that her rosters (telephone and email) be
shredded. Accordingly, once we fully transition, she will no longer be contacting you by email or
telephone unless it is in response to an inquiry from you or under limited circumstances to assist the FRO.
In general, all spouses (including those joined to the system and those not yet joined to the system) and
parents, etc., from that point on should contact the FRO for assistance. The FRO will be the central source
of resource and information for all family members in the Battalion.
It is important to note that all Marines have the choice to include their families in the Family Readiness
Program. If they choose not to include their families that choice will be documented in written form and
stored by the FRO. However, for married Marines, they can only choose to exclude their spouses if the
spouse agrees and comes in person to sign a ―No Contact Form‖ in front of the Marine‘s Commanding
Officer (Company Commander).
Please know that under this new program, the main source of information will be the FRO and the
Battalion Family Readiness Newsletter, and website. That information will be supplemented by the mass
communication tool and email. It will be your responsibility to update the FRO with respect to any
changes in your contact information.
These changes were implemented to make the system more streamlined and more accessible for
all families. We ask for your patience during this transition and as we implement the new system. Please
feel free to contact me. Please call the FRO to get my phone number or email address after he has verified
your status as a family member. Also, please feel free to contact the FRO at any time and at any stage in
this transition. His contact information is: SSgt Pogue (760) 277-7280, or email address:
3/5 Key Volunteer Advisor
Lessons from the Dunker
Recently I received training designed to help me survive if I am ever in a helicopter crash over water. And
while I do not want to think about that occurring, I am glad to have something that prepares me somewhat.
Marines and Sailors nickname this simulator the Helo Dunker. I realize there is hardly anyway a person
can ever be fully prepared for the real thing. But, here are some lessons I learned from the trainer that I
believe has applicability to life too.
The trainers teach you to use your hands and physical points of reference instead of trusting your eyes. Call
me a junkie here but, it makes me think of the Star Wars when the master, Obi Wan Kenobi tells Luke
Skywalker to not trust his eyes, they might deceive him. The water in fact would be extremely dark if you
ever crash in the water so your eyes are pretty useless anyway. We also learned about panic, or not
panicking actually. When you are underwater, you are turned upside down in the simulator because the
weight of the helo is in the rotors and engines, so it will always turn upside down. There you are
underwater, you have to hold your breath, you are upside down and sinking fast. Odds are that you will
The instructors helped us not to panic in order to go through our routines of escape. When you panic you do
not think straight and your breathing also increases. So you try to visualize things in your head. I think we
can apply this to life as well. Things sneak up on us. Quick decisions have to be made or we think we might
drown. Deployment is a little like having no eyesight. Our normal ways of operating and decision making
are changed and so we have the tendency to panic.
I encourage you that when the sneakiness of life comes upon you, stop for a moment and try not to panic.
Get your bearings and seek some help to keep you afloat. Start first with your faith, calm down and listen.
Also talk to family and friends and MCCS resources. Panic will most likely lead you to a poor decision.
Company Commander Updates:
To friends and family of H&S Company,
The company has just finished an outstanding exercise in the Republic of the Philippines, Exercise Balikatan 2009. It
was a bi-lateral exercise with the armed forces of the Republic of the Philippines. The Marines of H&S Company
successfully embarked aboard U.S. Naval Shipping in early April. After a short sail to Subic Bay, Philippines the
company disembarked and moved to Crow Valley. Crow Valley is a located on Luzon Island near Mount Pinatubo
about 100 miles from Subic Bay.
Upon arrival to Crow Valley the company quickly turned-to on converting a sandy river bed into a battalion-sized
assembly area. H&S Company was responsible for supporting the battalion during this two-week long exercise. The
communications platoon ensured the battalion had extraordinary command and control and was able to conduct
sustained operations in the remoteness of Crow Valley. The logistics section also worked diligently moving the
battalion landing team from ship to shore and throughout the backload.
The company also partnered with the Filipino Marine Corps teaching them skills such as vehicle maintenance and
recovery. The scout-sniper platoon worked closely with the Filipino special operations platoon teaching them stalking,
observation, and the basics of sniping. The culmination of the training was the combined arms live-fire exercise or
CALFEX. The battalion was coupled with a Filipino Marine battalion and conducted a live-fire attack down the valley
for several miles. The attack was supported by aviation fires, mortars, and assault support. This was an international
event with observers from several foreign militaries throughout Asia and the Pacific watching the CALFEX.
The other highlight of Balikatan 2009 was the community relations projects headed up by Chaplain Blair. A group of
over two dozen Marines from H&S Company worked to improve a local elementary school in the town of Santa
Juliana. The Marines cleaned up the school and played with the local children. The battalion also had two drinking
wells installed in the community and improved a third drinking well by building an awning over the pump.
Upon completion of the training, the Marines and Sailors where afforded four days of liberty at Subic Bay. A few
Marines and Sailors who have family in the Philippines were able to visit their loved ones while on liberty. The
company is currently underway and steaming back to Camp Hansen, Okinawa. Upon our arrival the company will be
executing a grueling inspection process to prepare for our next major exercise in Australia.
From the Marines and Sailors, thank you again for the care packages, letters, phone calls, love and support that you
continue to provide. You are the unsung heroes of the company and your sacrifices do not go unnoticed. Thank you so
Unit Mailing Address
3/5 H&S CO
FPO AP 96609-0380
To The Diesel Family,
While we haven‘t been able to talk over phone or email much of the month of April, First Sergeant and I do hope April
has been as fast for you as it has been for us. This entire month has been taken up with getting on ship to head down to
the Philippines, complete the Balikatan exercise and heading back to Okinawa.
Unlike previous letters, this one will have some pictures of your loved ones and what they accomplished in the
Philippines. The exercise itself is a yearly exercise that the United States does with the Filipino military. The Generals
and higher ups do a planning exercise, the Navy does a couple exercises with their Navy and the Philippine Marine
Corps does a two week exercise with us. For this training the Battalion was split up between two places: Crow Valley
for the other companies and Ternate Beach for India Company.
As you can imagine, your loved ones were pretty happy to not be in Crow Valley. I‘ll let them tell you about the
specifics, but Ternate was a beachfront training area with plenty of shade.
For the training specifically, you can see by the pictures that your loved ones did really awesome work giving classes
and teaching their Marines how to train and succeed like us. Though I don‘t usually mention names because of fairness,
I do have to say that Gunnery Sergeant Carrion, Staff Sergeant Jumawan, Corporal Carraway and Corporal Smith did
an outstanding job teach Marine Corps Martial Arts on a daily basis. It‘s very difficult to accomplish this when not
many of them speak English. However, the martial arts was a great success and did a good job of bonding their
company and ours as well as feeling each other out.
Another one of the pictures shows their company and ours eating food off of a table. This was a warrior tradition they
call the ‗Bolong‘ fight, though I bet that is spelled wrong. The table is laid out with rice, cooked vegetables and roasted
pig and goat. After the prayer is given you have to fight your way for a spot at the table and whatever you eat is all you
get. This is a tradition for them to conduct after a long battle with only the strong being able to ‗elbow‘ their way in to
get the food. Our meal with them wasn‘t as violent, but rest assured we used plenty of hand sanitizer before and after
One of the best ways to relax after the training day was over would be to sit and talk with the Philippine Marines or
play them in basketball. They were nuts about playing basketball and though we usually beat them in games, they won
quite a few head to head. Overall, the training began with a boat raid and ended with a boat raid. The Philippine
Marines learned a lot from us and we certainly learned a lot about them and their country from them.
Another month as gone by very quickly for the Diesel family. May will see a lot of preparation for Australia with some
field training and a lot of physical training. I saw a lot of mail and packages from you so please continue with sending
them even though we‘ve been deployed for a few months now. We all have bad days around here; a little letter means
a lot. Take care and we‘ll talk with you very soon.
Captain Rich Barclay
Unit Mailing Address
3/5 I CO
FPO AP 96609-0385
The deployment is almost at its four month point, and the tempo has not let up for the Company since it
arrived in Okinawa in January. The Marines have just completed another exercise and did a tremendous job under very
austere conditions. As part of Operation Balikatan 2009, the men completed approximately two weeks of training in
the Republic of the Philippines. The word ―balikatan‖ means ―shoulder to shoulder‖ in Tagalog, one of the official
languages of the Philippines. The Marines embodied the spirit of the exercise‘s name by living and working along side
their Philippine Marine Corps (PMC) counterparts during the entire exercise. Company L‘s participation in the
exercise was marked by a combined, amphibious raid that included 60 members of the PMC. After the raid was
completed at San Miguel, the Company was transported to Crow Valley, where it trained for the remainder of the
exercise. During our time in Crow Valley the men organized, led, and participated in both live and non live-fire
training along side the 28 Philippine Marine Company. This training included the Combat Marksmanship Program
(CMP), Tactical Small Unit Leaders Course (TSULC), live-fire squad attacks initiating from the Amphibious Assault
Vehicles (AAV), and a patrolling exercise. Additionally, the 28 Philippine Marine Company shared classes on jungle
survival and how to prepare indigenous plants and animals for consumption. Many of the Marines had the opportunity
to sample some unique ―cuisine.‖ The exercised was concluded with a combined arms live-fire exercise (CALFEX).
During CALFEX, 3d Platoon and eight of the company‘s AAVs participated in a mechanized attack down the Crow
Valley corridor with 1st Platoon, 28 Philippine Marine Company. Again, the Marines did an amazing job of
accomplishing the mission and giving all of the distinguished visitors an impressive show. The Company‘s
participation made the front page of the local papers. After the CALFEX, the Marines participated in a Sports Day and
BBQ, where they were able to relax and enjoy the camaraderie of the Marines they had spent the previous 10 days
Prior to getting underway to Okinawa, the company spent four days in Subic Bay relaxing. As usual, some Marines
took advantage of the planned tours and visited the Mall of Asia, went golfing, or visited historical battle sites. Others
remained on Subic Bay were there were restaurants, stores, bars, and clubs.
Additionally, there were souvenir shops set up everywhere, and I would be hard pressed to believe that there is anyone
in the company who didn‘t purchase a San Miguel Beer t-shirt.
The Company‘s stay in Okinawa this time will mark the longest the Company will remain in one place during this
deployment. We are planning to conduct a couple of ranges up front to stay proficient in a couple of areas, and then
our focus will turn to preparing our equipment to go to Australia. The Marines, I‘m sure, will become intimately
familiar with the wash racks. Additionally, the Company will work to accomplish its annual training requirements,
complete its physical and combat fitness tests, conduct a battle site tour, and hold a Company Mess Night.
Special congratulations are due to LCpl Tim Herrington and his wife on the birth of their daughter.
During Operation Balikatan, I‘m sure that communications from your loved ones were infrequent at best. That is due
entirely to the austere location of which we were operating. I anticipate that during this period in Okinawa that your
Marine will have more opportunity to communicate with you. Your support of this company has been unfaltering.
Please know that you and yours are at the foremost of our thoughts.
Captain Eric Olson
Unit Mailing Address
3/5 L CO
FPO AP 96609-0395
Family and Friends of Company K,
We are on the ship heading back to Okinawa and I would be lying if I said we were not looking forward to getting back
there. Obviously we would rather be going home, but Camp Hansen will work for now. The Philippines is a beautiful
country with very nice people and delicious food. However the weather was terrible (blazing hot or pouring rain) and
the company had some frustrating experiences. We made the most of it, as Marines always do, and enjoyed training
with the Philippine Marines and taking a few days of well-deserved liberty in Subic Bay, the old US Navy base. The
next month and a half (May into June) will be spent doing some productive and rewarding training followed by
preparation for Australia. Australia‘s very strict quarantine rules require extensive cleaning and inspection of all of our
equipment. This will keep us busy but will be worth it when we make our final port call of this deployment for training
and liberty in the land down under. By the time you read this we will be past the half-way point. The end is in sight!
Thanks again for your sacrifice and wonderful support.
Capt Serge Morosoff 1st Sgt Enrique Hernandez Jr
Unit Mailing Address
3/5 K CO
FPO AP 96609-0390
Vandal Family and Friends,
Shared hardships brought the team closer, and made us stronger this past month! The training during Exercise
Balikatan 09 in the Crow Valley of the Philippines began with record breaking high temperatures, and the weather
never let up. Despite the scorching heat, and flash flooding the Marines and Sailors pulled together and accomplished
all of our objectives.
The Combined Antiarmor Platoons (CAAT), the Light Armored Reconnaissance Platoon (LAR), the 81mm Mortar
Platoon, and the fire support teams were linked up with their counter-parts from the Philippine Marine Corps (PMC),
and began working together to finalize their training plans with one another.
Due to the limited resources of the PMC, the Filipinos mostly utilized our gear and equipment. This allowed our
Marines to work directly with one another instead of just alongside each other. CAAT and LAR completed some
heavy machine gun training, and vehicle maneuver training. Concurrently, we conducted a Fire Support Training
Exercise with attack aircraft and mortar support, and the culminating exercise was a combined arms live-fire exercise
with USMC and PMC integrated into every unit. Because our Marines taught the majority of the classes, and the
Filipino Marines had such an eagerness to learn, the Marines developed a higher-level of mastery of all their tactics,
techniques, and procedures.
We developed more friendships, and more confidence that we will continue to succeed against any enemy because, we
confirmed, once again, that Marines are all the same no matter where they‘re from. The Filipino Marines love a
challenge. They love to get dirty, laugh, and tell stupid jokes. They respect discipline, and are determined to
accomplish any task. They love to fight, love life, and they love freedom.
No doubt it was a challenging training exercise, but these men proved once again why they are the best war fighters in
the world. These men will remember their experiences of riding a water buffalo, eating goat, dog, cobras, and the
shared stories with the Filipino Marines for the rest of their lives.
As always, thank you for the support. They love you, and miss you all—it‘s clear in everything that they do.
Captain Steven Eastin
Unit Mailing Address
3/5 WPNS CO
FPO AP 96609-0400
The battery has returned to Okinawa from its trip to Camp Fuji. Other than the fact that the weather did not always
cooperate, and that the base itself is fairly isolated, we were able to get accomplished much of what we wanted to do.
As the first battery of M777A2s to fire aboard Camp Fuji, we were able to get some solid training done. Free time and
liberty was either on-base at Fuji or in Tokyo, which some in the battery took advantage of.
Now that we are back on Okinawa, our full focus is on getting ready for Talisman Saber in Australia. We have a few
weeks to prepare before we depart for that exercise, which will mark the end of our deployment out here with the 31st
MEU. We should be publishing our projected return date and post-deployment leave period dates within the next
Thank you again for all of your support.
Captain Sean M. Shea
Family Readiness Program Training
Family Readiness Program Training
All classes held in the MCFTB Classroom, Bldg. 1345
Advanced registration is required.
For more information or to register for classes, go to www.mccscp.com or call (760) 725-6637.
Childcare is available.
Key Volunteer Transition Training
(Basic, KVC, KVA)
May 5 0830-1500
Family Readiness Volunteer Training
April 4 0830-1500
April 16 0830-1500
May 20 & 21 1800-2100
Family Readiness Officer Training
April 8 & 9 0830-1230
May 13 & 14 0830-1230
Family Readiness Command Team Training
Trainings will be scheduled per unit specific
Training may be cancelled if minimum participation is not met.
All classes held in the MCFTB Classroom
L.I.N.K.S. for Spouses
April 1 & 2 0830-1230
May 6 & 7 0830-1230
May 16 0900-1600
L.I.N.K.S. for Kids (New!)
April 15 0900-1200
For more information or to register, please call
(760) 725-2335 or go to www.mccscp.com.
Childcare is available.
MCFTB Classroom Bldg. 1345
Please call (760) 763-2570 or go to
www.mccscp.com to register
April 14 (Elder Care) 0830-1230
April 28 (Family Care Plan) 0830-1230
May 12 (Conflict Mgt.) 0830-1230
May 26 (4-Lenses) 0830-1230
Readiness & Deployment Support Workshops:
Workshops will be scheduled per unit specific by the Family Readiness Officer (FRO)
Please call (760) 763-1337
• Married Marine Pre-Deployment Brief
• Single Marine Pre-Deployment Brief
• Kids in the Midst
• In the Midst for Adults
• Beyond the Brief
Deployment Stress and Coping
Effects of Combat Operational Stress on Marines and their Families
Safe and Sound at Home
Casualty Process (CACO)
• Return and Reunion for Spouses
Please be aware that workshops are subject to cancellation if minimum participation is not met.
Programs to Support our Families:
P.R.E.P.: Prevention Relationship Enhancement Program. This one day workshop helps couples
communicate and connect more effectively. Participants learn and practice proven techniques. Key
topics include: Relationship Risk Factors, Communication Danger Signs, Safety and Structure in
Communication, and When Forgiveness Isn‘t Easy.
CREDO: CREDO‘s name comes from a Latin word meaning I believe! In fact, the unit is actually a
training team with a goal of building the belief of Marines and Sailors in five key areas: Self,
Relationships, Team, Unit, & God. While CRDEO is staffed by specially trained Navy Chaplains, its
programs, retreats, and seminars are not necessarily religious in nature.
Life Skills Education and Training: Life Skills Training provides connection to, or facilitation of,
various workshops in areas such as parenting, financial management, stress and anger management, and
understanding personality differences. Life Skills will also be coordinating and facilitating the Spouses‘
Learning Series, a three-tiered program providing Marine Corps spouses the opportunity to further their
personal and professional growth through workshops and online educational courseware. (760) 725-
United States Marine Corps www.usmc.mil
Marine Corps Community Services www.usmc-mccs.org
Life Lines Services Network www.lifelines2000.org/hame.asp
Tricare Military Health Care www.triwest.com
Marine Corps Wives website www.marineswives.com
Marine Corps Wives website www.spousenet.com
Military Network www.military-network.com
Marriage Support www.couples-place.com
Marriage Toolbox www.marriagetools.com
Second Wives Club www.secondwivesclub.com
Tragedy Assistance Program www.taps.org
Military Spouses Career Network www.mscn.org
The Budget Book www.thebudgetbook.com
Women‘s Health www.4women.gov
Military Child Education Center www.militarychild.org
Youth Development Info Center www.nydic.org
Operation Home Front www.operationhomefront.net
-18 June 2009: Family Readiness Meeting
-San Onofre 1 Club House from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
-Child care will not be provided.
-27 June 2009: Pot luck Lunch at Lake O’Niell
-11 am to 3 pm
-July 2009: Return and Reunion Briefs
-Banner making party
-August 2009: Battalion Landing Team 3/5 returns