Letter from the Family Readiness Officer
Dear Headquarters Battalion Families,
I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself to the Marines, Sailors and families of Headquarters Battalion, my name is Michael Miller and I have been in or around Headquarters Battalion in one capacity or another since 2005. I retired as the Company First Sergeant, Headquarters and Service Company in 2007 and for the last three years I’ve been the 33 Area Single Marine Program Manager. I have been taking care of Marines, Sailors and their family members for over 28 years. I am very proud to be your Family Readiness Officer and I look forward to serving all of you and your families. My primary goal as the Family Readiness Officer is to support and take care of Marines, Sailors and their family members. Family readiness is defined as families who are prepared and equipped with the skills and tools to successfully meet the challenges of the military lifestyle. Family readiness directly affects the fundamental purpose of the Marine Corps to make Marines and win battles by building commitment and raising morale, thereby increasing unit readiness. My focus is to do whatever I can to ensure that the Marines, Sailors and their families are prepared for both deployments, and the busy schedule of the normal work routine. I will continue to work closely with the Command Team, Family Readiness Advisor and Family Readiness Assistances to provide the best possible service, support and assistance to our Marines, Sailors and their Families.
My office is located in the 33 Area, Camp Pendleton, CA (Camp Margarita) Building 33342 room number 25. I invite all of you to stop by and ask for any assistance or information you may need.
What is the Unit Family Readiness Program?
The Unit Family Readiness Program provides support to the individual Service Member and their family to successfully balance life, career and mission events. This support is provided through proactive outreach and intervention using Official Communication, Information and Referral and Readiness and deployment Support. This support is extend to the entire family unit and includes children, spouses, parents and other extended family members.
Who can participate?
Anyone and everyone is encouraged to participate. This can include parents, grandparents, siblings, spouses, fiancées, children and more. If you are interested, we’d love to have you.
How can I help?
Family Readiness Advisor – These individuals work with the Family Readiness Command Team to provide feedback and suggestions. A Family Readiness Advisor embodies the commander’s goals and intents and helps assure that all unit members have a “voice”.
Family Readiness Assistant – These individuals work closely in support of the Family Readiness Command Team and the Family Readiness Officer by helping to execute the commander’s intent with regard to the Unit Family Readiness Program. They work closely in support of Service Members and their families and provide resources and referrals when necessary.
Morale Support Volunteers – Individuals who volunteer to participate in specific events. These volunteers assist with the planning, coordination and execution of the event.
Why the change?
Headquarters Marine Corps conducted a study that found our volunteers were overworked and overburdened. By having a civilian Family Readiness Officer (FRO), it removes a majority of the burden from the volunteers. This frees volunteers up to support and interact with the unit families and participate in the events they enjoy. The expanded roles also allow the volunteers to tailor their participation to what they enjoy. If you enjoy planning events, you can be a Morale Support Volunteer. If you would rather provide input and help shape the program, then the Family Readiness Advisor role is perfect for you. The goal is to provide our volunteers with more choices and less stress while maintaining that vital family contact.