Message From Our Commanding Officer
Dear 5th ANGLICO families and friends,
We’re all closing in on the end of our first month deployed. The several previous months
have been filled with changes and adjustments in our lives as we prepared and deployed to
Iraq. I want to start off by thanking all of you for the encouragement you have given to the
Marines sailor and this unit. We could not have had a successful departure without your
The Marines and sailors are doing a fantastic job out here in support of the mission. The arduous training that we went
through at Fort Irwin, California has really paid off. The Marines and sailors have been able to move throughout the area
and settle into their routines with seemingly little to no effort. The training ensured that they are the best prepared for any
The situation over here this time is different from previous deployments to the region. There is real positive movement
and growth due to the sacrifices and hard work of our military and the Iraqis in this region. Though things are not perfect
and a long road lays ahead for the area, the people and the forces here can see the improvements economically, in the
regional security and overall attitude. There is real growth and success in the area and your Marines and sailors are a
large part of that success.
As fall rapidly approaches with Thanksgiving right around the corner, the unit remains focused on its mission. We may
not be able to routinely get to a phone or computer, but a day doesn’t go by without us thinking of our family and friends
back home. Please take a moment and drop a short e-mail, letter or package to your Marine or sailor. Though we are
doing good things over here, and our morale is high, nothing compares to getting something from home.
We have recently had some major breakthroughs in our Family Readiness Program. Tolondra Johnson joined us as our
Family Readiness Officer. Tolondra has spent her entire life in the Marine Corps Family as a child, as an actively duty
Marine and an active duty spouse. She brings great experience and enthusiasm to the unit and we look forward to great
things from her in support of our families. The Marine Corps has also move to an electronic information tool, the Mass
Communication Tool. Many of you are already receiving messages over the internet and by telephone through this
system. The benefit is that everyone will get the same information and there is little chance of messages and unit updates
getting lost or forgotten. You do this by putting in a PIN to access the message, so your six year-old who picked up the
telephone when you are in another room no longer is the family member who received the information.
We look forward to success throughout our deployment. Your continued support and contact remains vital to us, as
individuals, as a unit, and as a nation.
Lieutenant Colonel Cliff Weinstein, Commanding Officer
Message From the Sergeant Major
To the families and friends of 5th ANGLICO,
Your Marines and Sailors are doing great. Although the fighting has slowed down here in
Iraq, let there be no doubt that we are all staying on our toes and ready for anything and any
mission. The Commanding Officer, LtCol Weinstein, is making sure the men are still
training in all areas and maintaining our warrior ethos. Our supply, motor transport and
communications sections are kicking butt to ensure the men are equipped. Our Admin
section is working on pay problems, and looking up and researching items everyday in order
to help our Marines and Sailors. As leaders we are stressing safety in all we do to ensure
the well being of each Marine and Sailor.
Mission First, Marines Always.
SgtMaj Gary D. Moran
Message From the Executive Officer
Friends and family of 5th ANGLICO,
It has already been over a month already we left. I hope the deployment keeps flying by
like it has so far. I hope everyone has figured out what the postal address is for their
Marine. Please double check with your Marine before you send anything of sentimental or
monetary value. The teams do move around from time to time, and we would hate to see
something of value get lost in the post office shuffle. Other than that, the mail service is
working fine, so please don’t let me scare you in to not sending something to your Marine.
I have received many letters (bills, no kidding) and some packages so don’t be afraid to
I know the CO already covered this, but I would also welcome aboard our first civilian
Family Readiness Officer, Mrs. Johnson. Having her around will definitely help during this
deployment and our future endeavors. Please make her feel like she is part of our family.
I have not had an opportunity yet to visit the teams, but I will soon. From what I hear from
the Brigade Platoon Commanders, they are doing great. Moral here at headquarters is high.
We are busy, but not too busy. The Marines have time to stay on top of their training such
as PME, Marine Corps Martial Arts, and weapons training.
Thank you for your support.
Major Dave Hurst
Message From Headquarters Platoon Commander
Family and Friends,
It was a busy first month for the headquarters, turning over with 1st ANGLICO and
punching out the teams to their respective location. Now that operations have settled to a
sustained tempo, the Marines and sailors are turning to expanding their PME and
furthering their professional development, with the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program
being the most prevalent. The Sergeant Major is running a belt upgrade course, and
Sergeant Leugers is commencing an Instructor Course. Overall, it was a very productive
month for the headquarters, with several reenlistments, promotions (to include taking the
III MEF Meritorious Sergeant Board), and awards. As always, we appreciate the support
from the families and friends back home.
Captain M. M. Hsie
Message From 1st Brigade Platoon Commander
Nearing our one month anniversary in Iraq, the brigade has settled into the environment
and work conditions. As expected, nothing went as expected, and several team’s missions
changed once we arrived in country. Numerous teams were moved to locations they
weren’t anticipating, but your Marines and Sailors have adapted and performed brilliantly
in the changing environment, continually impressing me with their spirits and tenacity to
get the job done. We continue to support the Iraqi Army, enforcing their training and
providing fire support planning and execution expertise they aren’t yet able to do on their
own. We also have teams working with other Marine units, supporting them in various
missions throughout Iraq, offering the critical fire support experience that ANGLICO is
noted for. Coming from Okinawa, the weather is pleasantly cool, especially in the
morning, and we look forward to temperatures to drop near freezing in the next few
months. We thank you for your support, your letters and packages, and your thoughts.
Message From 2nd Brigade Platoon Commander
Dear family and friends of 2d platoon,
The first month is done and we are looking forward to completing this deployment and
returning home to each of you.
Our Marines and Sailors are staying busy and staying safe. Our platoon is exclusively
supporting local troops across the Al Anbar province. To give you an idea how spread out
the platoon is, I traveled for six days and was only able to see seven of the nine teams
during that trip. This geographical separation has required our Marines and Sailors to
become masters of bartering and “quid pro quo” tactics with the closest US units.
They’ve also learned to make do with what is needed, not what is wanted.
Over all, we are doing well; we’ve settled in to the mission and we are doing great things:
supporting our fellow Marines on the Military Transition Teams (MiTT) and working along
side and helping to develop the various units of the Iraqi Army. This is a new experience
for many of the platoon members, and one they will not forget. Many have completed
previous tours where they conducted operations with Iraqi units, but this is the first time
they have lived on Iraqi bases and essentially work directly for the Iraqi commanders,
providing direct support to the Iraqi operations. It is a great experience for all of them and
something that will help to develop them as future leaders of our Corps and men who are
coming to learn the uniqueness of a foreign culture.
This past month we promoted three of our members of the platoon, congratulations to now:
Cpl Mussleman, Cpl Rios and LCpl Jervis for their hard work and dedication to our Corps.
We also recently re-enlisted our Platoon Sergeant, Gunny Sergeant Studley for another four
years of service. Semper Fidelis to these amazing men.
I hope each of you is doing well; the Marines and Sailors speak of their families often and I
know you are in their thoughts. Please realize that several of our teams have limited
capabilities to call or email home, so don’t get concerned if you go awhile without hearing
from your Marine or Sailor, they will contact you when they can. You may always email
me if you have a question or concern about your loved one and I will get back to you as
soon as I can.
Sincerely and respectfully yours,
2d Brigade Platoon Commander
Message From The Family Readiness Officer
Hello everyone! I am your new Family Readiness Officer and I am very excited to be here working for
you! As some of you may already know, I am no stranger to the Marine Corps way of life. I spent 19
years as a dependent child of a former Marine grunt, so I know what it is like to have a parent gone for
lengthy periods of time. I spent about 8 years on active duty as a Marine myself, so I know what it’s
like to leave your family when duty calls. And now I am the spouse of a Marine, and thus I know the
challenges of being a “periodical single parent”. Since I have been a part of the military family for
over 30 years, I think it’s safe to say I’ve been through it all!
I’ve called many places and bases “home” and now I have the privilege to call Okinawa home for a
longer period of time while I serve as your Family Readiness Officer. The Family Readiness Program
has changed drastically in past few months. Now that Family Readiness includes the family the
Marines were born into, sworn into , or married into, I have a responsibility to ensure you are all taken
care of. No matter whether you are here on island or in the states. The more support our Marines get,
There are going to be a lot of events coming our way. Keep an eye out for announcements on classes
you may want to take or events you would like to attend! As I said before, my door is always open to
you and your families. Come by and see me if you can!
October Promotions and Awards
LCpl Cope Cpl Hein Cpl Roberts Sgt Hoekstra
LCpl Jervis Cpl Gutierrez Cpl Phillips
LCpl Doull (4th ANGLICO) Cpl Sandovallawson
LCpl Cicchetto Cpl Musselman Cpl Grove
Cpl Rios Cpl Danley
Navy and Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal
Achievement Medal “GOOD COOKIE”
SSgt Walker 2ndAwd
GySgt McCaskill 5thAwd
SSgt Marquez Cpl Cutri 1stAwd
Cpl Sattan MSgt Albanese 5thAwd
SSgt Stanger 2ndAwd
Sgt Grider 2ndAwd
Sgt Harrelson 2ndAwd
Sgt Drysdale 2ndAwd
Sgt Bryant 1stAwd
Sgt Brandenburg 1stAwd
Sgt Wolverton 1stAwd
Cpl Telles 1stAwd
Cpl Reyes 1stAwd
Cpl Garcia III
Hard Dawgs of the Month…..Semper Fi
Family Readiness Information
Did you know that MCCS has over 80 programs/services that they provide to service
members and their families? Some are even geared specifically toward the spouse of
a deployed service member. Take a peek at just some of the classes/services that are
available through MCCS:
Lifestyle, Insights, Networking, Knowledge, Skills. (L.I.N.K.S.) This is a mentoring
program for spouses by spouses and a great way to find out what being a military spouse is all
about. Open to all Marine spouses! Sessions are offered on all three housing camps (Courtney,
Foster, and Kinser). FREE onsite Childcare is provided. Please call 645-2841 to register.
Readiness and Deployment Support Program. The intent of this program is to provide resources and support for all
Marines and their families during each phase of the deployment cycle. MCFTB offers programs for kids and spouses to
take them from Pre-deployment through the reunion process. These programs include In the Midst, a fun and relaxing
workshop, and Beyond the Brief, a series of workshops to provide more detailed coverage of deployment and readiness
Spouses' Learning Series (SLS). SLS is a series of workshops offered to volunteer spouses who serve and contribute
in their military community. The workshop is designed to provide spouses the opportunity to learn about professional
development, communication skills, interpersonal skills and other great topics. Three different venues are offered: Annual
guest presenter provided by HQMC, quarterly local workshops provided by MCFTB and online sessions.
Chaplains Religious Enrichment Development Operation (CREDO). Great retreat workshops (Marriage
Enrichment, Spiritual Growth, and Personal Growth) are available for married couples, individuals and teens. Retreats are
FREE and open to all DoD ID cardholders.
Free child care! While on a deployment cycle, you can receive up to 10 hours a week of free child care. All you have to
do is provide deployment orders or letter from your sponsor’s command and register with the Resource and Referral
Office. While your spouse is gone, you will priority over hourly patrons! This service is available Monday through Friday at
all CY&TP, CDC, SAC, and FCC programs. It’s also available Saturdays at CDC’s on a rotating basis! Take a break, run
errands, go shopping, get a pedicure! You deserve some “ME” time!
Take advantage of all that MCCS has to offer, you deserve it! Log on to the MCCS website and take a look around!
www.mccsokinawa.com More info to come!
Phrases of the Month
Learning a different language can be somewhat challenging. Here are a few helpful phrases you can practice to
help you along the way!
Good morning -- Ohayo gozaimasu How are you? -- O genki desu ka?
Good afternoon (day) -- Konnichiwa How do you do? -- Hajimemashite
Good evening -- Konbanwa Pleased to meet you -- Dozo yoroshiku or
Good-bye -- Sayonara Yoroshiku onegaishimasu
****If you would like to take one of the FREE Japanese courses offered through MCCS, give me a call and I can help you register
for a class. You can also call the Personal Services Center at 645-2104.
Featured Program of the Month: The Exceptional Family Member Program
To ensure the medical and educational needs of the Marine's or Sailor's exceptional family
member is available and accessible at the next duty station/assignment.
Provide information & referral
Reduce HUM's / ERD's reassignment
Maintain deployability of the Marine/Sailor
Must possess a special need (medical or educational)
Medical Needs Psychological Needs
Vision or hearing impaired Depression Diagnosis
Asthma Personality Disorder
Adaptive equipment Long term counseling
Diabetes Special medications
Eczema Recent hospitalizations
Major Misconceptions Special Education Services
My spouse "can not" deploy
We can not be stationed overseas Occupational Therapy
My spouse "can" select a duty attention deficit/Hyperactivity
It will hinder my spouses' promotion Physical therapy
and career opportunities Speech/language therapy
Individual Education Plan (IEP)
Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP)
If you suspect that a family member may need
EFMP services, contact the MCCS Personal
Services Center Exceptional Family Member
Program Coordinator at 011-81-6117-45-9237
(Commercial) / 315-645-9237 (DSN).
Some people live an
entire lifetime and
wonder if they have
ever made a difference
in the world, but the
have that problem.
— Ronald Reagan