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1st Marine Division

Camp Pendleton, CA
Family Readiness


Family Readiness Officer
Bill Durdin
Phone #: (760) 725-0332
Cell #: (760) 468-9924 

Bill was born and raised in Cincinnati Ohio.  After graduation from high school, Bill joined the U.S. Marine Corps. He retired from the Marine Corps after 25 years of active service.

During his Marine Corps career, he served multiple tours of duty with all three active Marine Divisions, a tour with the 4th Marine Division as well as, a tour with both the 1st and 3rd Marine Aircraft Wings. 

Bill also served a tour of duty as a Drill Instructor at Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD), San Diego.  

During his active duty, he completed two bachelor’s degrees as well as, a Masters’ Degree in Education.  After his retirement from the Marine Corps, Bill received his K-12 teaching credential, and taught American History at a local High School.  In addition, he taught an adult education class in basic computer education.  This included bringing a class aboard Camp Pendleton in order to teach military dependents basic computer use/skills. He extended the classes to include, resume writing and interviewing skills in order to assist the attendees with their career search.

In 2002, Bill was offered and accepted a position as the Deployment Transition Specialist with Marine and Family Services (MCCS) aboard Camp Pendleton. This position included, traveling to Kuwait, meeting the returning WARRIORS of the 11th, 13th and, 15th MEUs. His task while aboard ship, was to teach Transition Assistance Program (TAP) classes to the Marines and Sailors of the MEUs due for separation after their return.

When not aboard ship assisting the WARRIORS of the MEUs, Bill taught and facilitated the Transition Assistance Program Retirement and, the 25 + years of service, Senior Retirement Seminars.

During this time Bill completed his second Masters’ Degree in Business Management.

In 2006, Bill accepted his current position as the 1st Marine Division Family Readiness Program Coordinator.

Helpful Links

Family Housing Office on Camp Pendleton - New Location

Base housing has relocated to 98 San Jacinto (near the main I-5 gate), it is no longer Bldg 1138 in mainside.

POC: Robert Marshall
Phone: 760-763-4199

From I-5 (north or south bound):

Enter the main gate
Turn Right at Wire Mountain Rd ...go 0.4mi
Turn Left at Jacinto Rd ...go 0.3mi
Location is 2nd building on Left

From mainside (from the Base Theatre):

Go North on Vandergrift Blvd ...go 0.7mi
Turn Left at 16th St. (aka Rattle Snake Canyon Rd) ...go 1.3mi
Turn Left at Vandergrift Blvd ...go 8.7mi
Turn Left at Wire Mountain Rd ...go 0.4mi
Turn Left at Jacinto Rd ...go 0.3mi
Location is 2nd building on Left

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.

Who do I contact to sign-up/ ask questions?

Contact the Deployment Readiness Coordinator for more details