Deployment Readiness Coordinator
Raxel Ann “Raxee” Phillips
3D Battalion, 5TH Marines
Office Hours: 0800-1600
Emergencies, please contact the OOD: 760.763.0396
Red Cross: 877.272.7337 or text GETHEROCARE to 90999
On behalf of the Commanding Officer, I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to 3D Battalion, 5TH Marines.
My name is Raxee Phillips and I am honored to serve as your Deployment Readiness Coordinator (DRC), formerly known as the Family Readiness Officer (FRO).
The Unit, Personal, & Family Readiness Program (UPFRP) is a vital part of our battalion’s mission to support our Marines, Sailors, and the wellbeing of our families. While it is the primary responsibility of the individual Marine/Sailor to keep his/her family informed, the DRC can assist in this responsibility by providing resource information regarding the many services and programs that are available.
Communication plays a crucial role in our unit’s overall readiness and that includes ensuring that you and your family are also always connected with the unit. When your Marine or Sailor checks in, he/she provides me with the contact information of the individuals to be added as authorized contacts, so that I may keep you informed and connected through our monthly UPFRP Emails. In order to receive the information, please make sure your Marine/Sailor has listed you as an Authorized Contact for the UPFRP. The emails sent out includes information on resources, upcoming events and programs, and other key updates from the unit.
In order to be successful in this lifestyle, it is important that you and your family have a plethora of tools to help you navigate the challenges of being a military family. These tools include an understanding of how the military works and an abundant knowledge of resources. There is an abundance of free programs, events, and services that are available to you aboard Camp Pendleton and within the community. Think of your DRC as your “Google” whenever you need to know about a specific resource or what to do and where to go for a particular situation or life event. Building resilient families, Marines, and Sailors to be prepared for whatever the Marine Corps throws at you is my mission.
Every day is a learning experience as a member of the Navy and Marine Corps family. As your DRC, I am available to help you with a variety of challenges as a communication link and an information and referral resource. This includes the service members, spouses, parents, extended family, friends, and others.
I encourage you to get involved and attend the different events we host as a battalion and those within the 5th Marine Regiment! I am always in need of volunteers, so please contact me if you are interested in becoming a Darkhorse Volunteer!
In the meantime please let me know if there is anything we can help you with. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at the numbers listed above or through email.
Again, it is my pleasure to welcome you to the Darkhorse Family. I look forward to having you as a part of our family in 3D Battalion, 5TH Marines!