At 1st Tank Battalion, our priority is to provide the Marine Corps and our Nation with the premier armored maneuver platform our Nation’s leaders expect. To do this, we must train to remain operationally ready throughout the year, and an important aspect of operational readiness is family readiness. The goal of the 1st Tank Battalion’s Family Readiness Program is to train and prepare our Marines, Sailors, and family members for both expected and unexpected life events that can challenge our resiliency as a unit.
Whether you are new to the Marine Corps family or have already experienced a few Permanent Change of Station moves, you are a part of the 1st Tank Battalion family. As a family, one of the greatest challenges we bear is that of a high operational tempo and the constant preparation for the unknown. Although the Battalion doesn’t deploy on a regular basis, this unit is considered a ‘break-glass-in-case-of-war” unit. If called upon once again to protect our national interests overseas, the key element that will sustain the Battalion is our unit cohesion. Regardless of the size of the unit deployed, how we come together as a unit and family will determine how we win our Nation’s battles. A vital component of unit cohesion is trust: trust between the Marines; trust between the leaders and led; and trust between the unit and the families.
Through family events, spouse events, and consistent, reliable communication between the unit and the families, we can continue to build a unit cohesion that will make this a rewarding tour for you and your Marine or Sailor. If the families feel comfortable that they are informed and their Marine or Sailor is being taken care of, then that Marine or Sailor feels more confident in their choice to serve their Nation. When the Non-Commissioned Officers, Staff Non-Commissioned Officers, and Officers of 1st Tank Battalion discuss developing unit cohesion in order to be successful in combat, they understand that this includes the families.
Your Marines and Sailors have been challenged to focus on the fight, take care of one another, and strive for balance. Although deceptively simple, these three tasks include family readiness, particularly the third. The Department of the Navy asks a lot of your Marine or Sailor on a daily basis, and sometimes it can be more than any individual can endure. This is why we have a Family Readiness Program and why it’s so important to the Marine Corps.
There are numerous resources available to assist all of us in the pursuit of developing the cohesion necessary for operational and family readiness. The leadership of 1st Tank Battalion will ensure that each and every Marine is aware of the resources available and the opportunities to participate in our Family Readiness Program events, including the Single Marine Program. Alongside our responsibility to keep the Marines, Sailors, and families informed, your support and participation will assist 1st Tank Battalion and the Marine Corps in being the “most ready when the Nation is least ready.”
C. V. MEYERS