"Task Force National Capital Region Family Newsletter April Volume"
Task Force National Capital Region Family Newsletter April 11, 2008 Volume 1, Issue 3 A note from the Commander Families, Veterans, Friends, and Supporters of Task Force National Capital Region – Greetings from Camp Ramadi, Al Anbar Province. In the past thirty days, Task Force National Capital Region conducted two successful Reliefs-In-Place, and we are now performing the Secu- rity Force mission for Camp Ramadi; a significant accomplishment given the fact that Marine Important units seldom, if ever relocate to another province during the same deployment. I am extremely Numbers proud of every member of our exceptional team and their accomplishments. Gail Clements, We are in the home stretch of this historic deployment but rest assured that Task Force NCR KVC remains vigilant and totally committed to working seamlessly with our Marine brethren to main- (703) 928-2865 tain a secure environment in the Al Anbar province. I know that you are all patiently awaiting your warrior’s triumphant return to the United States LtCol Dawn and as promised, I would like to provide a little more granularity regarding our re-deployment. Harrison, FRO The Task Force is tentatively scheduled for an early May vice early June window of return. I ask (703) 784-2177 all family members to keep in close contact with the Key Volunteer Network and Family Readi- ness Officer for more detailed homecoming information. Capt Chancy, Assistant FRO The Marines and Sailors of Task Force NCR continue to acquit themselves exceptionally well on (703) 784-2981 the battlefield. While we too look forward to our stateside redeployment, coming home pre- sents a new set of challenges. The adjustment from operating humvees/ MRAPS to driving auto- Joyce Murphy, mobiles/motorcycles at dangerously high speeds and alcohol consumption all too often results in Family Team preventable post-deployment fatalities. We have been blessed thus far with no casualties or seri- Building ous injuries; I want to keep it that way. I respectfully request that you assist me during this ad- (703) 784-2687 justment period for your Marines and Sailors and slow them down. My desire is for this reunion to be a joyous time to be remembered by every Task Force Family for years to come. Please LT Kermit Jones, take a few minutes to view the updated website and photos of the Task Force in action. Chaplain, (703) 432-1699 To the world’s finest Key Volunteer Network and Family Readiness Team….my utmost appre- ciation for your dedicated service for the entire deployment. I am eternally grateful for your Navy Marine superior efforts in helping us stay “well connected.” Your unselfish service is instrumental to our Corps Relief mission accomplishment and success. Keep up the good work….we’re almost done. (703) 784-9754 Finally, I thank each and every Task Force family member for your patience, dedication and ex- traordinary support for the past six months. We remain ever vigilant and pledge our unwaver- ing commitment to America and the citizens of this great nation. Semper Fidelis, Robert C. Clements Lieutenant Colonel, USMC Task Force National Capital Region Page 2 From the KVC “...Please To the Task Force Families and Friends, remember, It has been a great experience serving as the Key Volunteer Coordinator for Task Force National wherever this Capital Region and I have enjoyed getting to know and working with you. I pray our network military life takes has been of assistance in providing the resources and information needed to help ensure that you all were well taken care of. you, to get involved with the In the days to come, there are several activities being provided for the spouses, children and parents of our Marines and Sailors. Please mark your calendars and participate in these upcom- Family Readiness ing informative events. As the Commanding Officer stated in his letter, there is an adjustment period and our Warriors will need our help. Please keep in mind that there are Spouses Sup- Prgoram.” port Groups on Thursdays, call (703)432-1903 for more information. To the Key Volunteers and Family Readiness Team….what an awesome team of true profes- sionals. It has been my pleasure to serve with you; I could not have done this without your su- perlative efforts and genuine concern for the Task Force Families. I personally want to thank you for your time, effort, dedication and not complaining about the countless emails that I send. You have all performed your duties in a professional manner and I am forever grateful. JOB WELL DONE!! To the families, I thank you for sharing your family member and appreciate the sacrifices that you all have made to support the GLOBAL WAR on TERRORISM. I know that it isn’t easy having a loved one away. Please remember, wherever this military life takes you, to get in- volved with the Family Readiness Program. I look forward to seeing each of you at the Home Coming Celebration for Task Force National Capital Region. Respectfully, Gail Clements TF KVC TF NCR Achievements Promotions The following Marines were The following Marines were promoted promoted April 1, 2008. March 1, 2008. Sgt Isaiah Carter Staff Sergeant Anthony Earnest Cpl Heath Hower Sergeant Danieldean Alvarez Cpl Justin Randall Volume 1, Issue 3 Page 3 Important Information TF Return Sailors will be allowed to take ter for more information.You can leave between May 30 and also visit MCCS Onesource at The current estimate for the Task June 18. www.militaryonesource.com for Force’s return is early May. Please more information. remember that is an estimate and Reunion and Return subject to change. After May 1, Support do not expect significant contact Mail STOP from your Marine or Sailor. They There will be several resources will have limited access to com- available in order to prepare for With the Task Force’s pending re- puters and telephones. your Marines’ and Sailors’ return. turn, do not mail an items after It cannot be over emphasized April 15. Starting April 21, all Once the Task Force returns to how important it is to take advan- mail will be rerouted back to the Quantico, they will have two days tage of what is being offered so states. off but will have to return to work that your loved one’s transition to complete various administra- home will be a smooth one. See tive functions. The Marines and information listed in this newslet- Schedule of Events Return and Reunion Workshop April 13, 2008 2 pm in Breckinridge Hall room 215. This is open to both spouses and parents. The address is 2076 South St aboard Marine Corps Base, Quantico. Directions: From I-95, take exit 150 (East towards Triangle/Quantico) Pass through the gate and follow Fuller Road for approximately 3 miles. (Quantico strictly enforces the speed limits.) Bear right. Fuller Road becomes Barnett Avenue. Turn left at the second traf- fic light onto Martin Avenue. Turn right at the stop sign onto Broadway Street. At the stop sign, make a left on to South St. Breckinridge Hall will be on your right. Parking is available on Broadway St in front of the Alfred M. Gray Research Center. Post Deployment Support Group Every Thursday 11:45 until 12:45 in the Marine Corps Family Team Building House. For more information, call 703.432.1903. Smooth Move April 17 9 am –12 pm This workshop is for Marines who will execute permanent change of sta- tions orders after returning from the deployment. Call 703.784.4961 for location and more information. Banner Making April 27, 2 pm at Barnett Field. Join other family members in making banners to welcome the task Force home. All the necessary supplies will be provided but feel free to bring your own. Barnett Field is located at the intersection of Barnett and Henderson Aves. Volume 1, Issue 3 Page 4 Resources New Arrivals New Parent Support Group (703) 784-4248 Congratulations to the newest members of the TF NCR family. Sgt and Mrs. Shane Hafner-Teagan Nathan born February 28 Sgt & Mrs. Melvin Ponce -Andres Vito born Mar 7 March Eric Zurlippe Kristian Smith Julia Morgan Alexa Arzate Jennifer Stutsman Ethan Orsini Adeta Gray April Kristen ZurLippe Henry Rojas Caroline Gray Liam Brady Fernanda Scates Angeline McDowell Mackenzie Brewer May Natasha Smith Brittany Mullinax Malachi Carethers Jaden Albayero Jamie Turner Jaelyn Pettis Kristina Creger Cecelia Baccus Iliana Uribe Emine Pleszka Megan Hentschel Mackenzie Baccus Hunter Votaw Evelyn Ponce Nikaya James Madeline Depalma Daye Williams Cara Proietto Kendra Negrete Heather Elms Jennifer Roberts Kevin Perera Alyssa Heron Paige Roberts Katie Rangel Zenaida Holan Shannon Spangler Thalia Rocha Adriana Ilarraza Nathan West Samuel Rojas Megan Jenkins Task Force National Capital Region Page 5 Kid’s Fun Page Connect the Dots Escape the maze Rearrange the tiles to find a hidden message. Task Force National Capital Region Page 6 Kid’s Coloring Page—Color By Numbers Task Force National Capital Region Page 7 TF NCR Photo Gallery Task Force National Capital Region Page 8 TF NCR Photo Gallery School Supply Delivery to Local Iraqi Children