The Commanding Officer and I understand that this may be your and your Marine’s or Sailor’s first deployment. For some, this could be one of many deployments that your family has endured in this Marine Corps journey. Whether you have been married 20 years or 20 days, the deployments do not get easier, however you should take comfort and pride in the support that you constantly provide for your Marine or Sailor.
The old adage of “failure to plan is planning to fail” could not be truer than when a family prepares for an upcoming deployment. Take this time to start/build your support network, as well as educate yourself on the many resources that are available to you on this base and throughout the Marine Corps. We are blessed to have a phenomenal Chaplain and the best Family Readiness Officer in the Marine Corps, supported by a Family Readiness team that is second to none. They are a group of true professionals that stand ready to provide you all the support that is required. Don’t be afraid to ask for help and don’t assume that you are the only one that is having concerns.
I ask that you never forget that your husband/son is a United States Marine or Sailor. The title may seem to be just a name, but the expectations are large. The American people want and need him to do a mission and sometimes that mission will require him to be away for long periods of time, missing anniversaries, birthdays and holidays. I ask that you continue to provide steadfast support of him and be extremely proud of him.
It is a pleasure to serve as the Sergeant Major for the best Battalion in the Marine Corps. Why is this the best battalion in the Marine Corps? Because your husband/son is a part of it.
Sergeant Major Lonnie N. Travis
Battalion Sergeant Major
2d Battalion, 5th Marines