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I hope this letter finds you all well and blessed as I write my final letter as your Commanding Officer. It seems like yesterday when I took command of the Dragon Warriors in August of 2008. I would like to convey that it has been an honor and pleasure to have led such a great organization and to have been a part of the 1st Supply Battalion family. In addition to the individual awards and accolades that your Marines and Sailors have garnered over these past two years, the Battalion has won the Department of Defense Packaging, Packing and Preservation of the Year for 2009 and has accomplished numerous special projects your loved ones continue to work on. Large accomplishments and large projects that are indicative of the determination, work ethic, trust in each other and belief that “Nothing is Impossible” for the Dragon Warriors. Although the accomplishments, professionalism and talent of the Marines and Sailors are duly impressive, nothing would be possible without the love and support given daily by our families. If the Marines and Sailors are the “heart” of the Marine Corps, then the family is the “soul”. Thank you all for supporting your Marines and Sailors as well as the Battalion in all its endeavors -- specially to those that are forward deployed. I give thanks also to our Family Readiness Team in building and nurturing this relationship. As I leave to execute a change within the area with orders to Combat Logistics Regiment 15, I know that the Dragon Warrior's legacy of excellence will continue in the capable hands of your new commander LtCol Mike Murchison. We welcome LtCol Murchison, his wife Caroline and their beautiful child with open arms to Camp Pendleton and to 1st Supply Battalion. I have been humbled and honored to have served you for the past two years and as the Marine Corps is small, I duly hope our paths cross again in the future. Best wishes to all of you.
God Bless You and Semper Fidelis, LtCol Jaime O. Collazo
31 Aug 2010
Commanding Officer: LtCol Michael Murchison Executive Officer: Major M. Akers Sergeant major: SgtMaj C. Belle Battalion Chaplain: LT David Bradley (760) 763-6148 Family Readiness Officer: Marty K. Rector (760) 468-7618 Battalion Officer of the Day Phone (after 1800): 760 213-7052 cell 760 763-5482 office
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Greetings – I’m Michael Murchison, the new Commanding Officer of 1st Supply Battalion. Originally from Detroit, Michigan, I’m coming to Camp Pendleton by way of United States Special Operations Command in Tampa, Florida. I look forward to getting to know the Marines and Sailors – as well as their families – over the upcoming months. I can’t tell you how impressed my wife, Carolyn, and my son, Merrick, were with the tremendous Change of Command ceremony where LtCol Jaime Collazo and I exchanged the 1st Supply Battalion colors. The Marines and Sailors looked fantastic and gave us a memorable welcome. Thank you. There is certainly a lot going on in the battalion. Many of us are preparing for our deployment to Afghanistan as part of CLR-15 (FWD) where we’ll be providing supply, maintenance, medical and distribution services to the Marines in Helmand Province. The remainder of the battalion is focused on providing the same type of support to the greater Camp Pendleton area. They will be incredibly shortstaffed as we leave and our deployed Marines and Sailors return from their tour of duty overseas and take some much needed – and well deserved – leave in order to get re-acquainted with their families. I’ve had the chance to tour the Ammunition Supply Point with Ammo Company, the Supply Management Unit with Supply Company and see the amazing work that Medical Logistics Company does to package and prepare medical and dental kits for use overseas. Everyone is doing an amazing job ! Again – my family and I truly thank you for the warm welcome we’ve received and look forward to the upcoming months as we adjust to Southern California and get to know you all. Semper Fidelis, Michael Murchison
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Important Information & Resources American Red Cross 619-542-7400 Supply BN Chaplain (760) 725-6148 Health: TriCare (800) 874-9378 Hospital Info (760) 725-4357 United Concordia (800) 866-8499 Family Vision Center (760) 763-1757 DEERS (760) 725-2768 Family Services: Family Child Care: 725-7631 Resource & Referral: 725-9723 W.I.C. 1-800-500-6411 Relocation Assistance 725-3802/5704 L.I.N.K.S.(Lifestyles, Insights, Networking, Knowledge and Skills): 725-9052 Psychological Counseling Services: Information/Referral: 725-9051 Substance Abuse Counseling Center Appointments: 725-5538 or 725-5539 Base: Military Police (760) 725-3888 Pass and ID (760) 725-2442 Base Legal (760) 725-6172 Base Housing (760) 725-5995 DEERS Enrollment (760) 725-2768 Vehicle Registration (760) 725-210 Camp Pendleton Pass & ID Locations: San Onofre Bldg 51093 0730-1530 Mon/Tue/Wed/Fri 0730-1430 Thursday 763-6476/6471 Joint Reception Center (JRC) Bldg 130132 0600-1800 Mon-Fri 725-2442/2106 Main Gate Bldg 20255 0730-1530 Mon/Tue/Wed/Fri 0730-1430 Thursday 725-2768/2865
Married or single, the concerns involved in facing a deployment are essentially the same: What can I expect, and how can I prepare? What resources are available to help me, my spouse, and my family? Here’s the “Emotional Cycle” of Deployment: The “Pre-Deployment” phase can be a stress filled time as you and your family anticipate the upcoming separation. Initially the “Deployment” phase can be challenging as old routines are replaced by a new battle rhythm. As with pre-deployment, coming home (The “Reunion” Phase) can increase stress through conflicting emotions. Positive ways to pass information – One positive way to pass information and prepare for the eventual separation is through the “Family Meeting”. Helping the family cope. The following are a few things you can do to increase the feelings of security in your family: -Personal letters / Skype / Email -A check-list of responsibilities for each family member -Discipline and adjustments for behavioral issues -Association with the deployed service member (Unit caps, T-shirt, etc.) -Family picture -United Through Reading -Pray with your spouse and children -Involve children in structured activities (Sports, Music, Surfing, etc.) CREDO (Chaplain’s Religious Enrichment Development Operations) - CREDO offers retreats designed to enhance readiness through increased functional ability, spiritual maturity, and the acceptance of responsibility. Deployment and the Single Marine - What are your goals? What do you want to take from this deployment? Education, career advancement, qualification, certification. Resources (Command Religious Program - CRP, Contact Information). Also, the Chaplain ministry includes: -Pastoral counseling -Family life and marriage courses -Grief recovery -Spiritual formation
Blessings, Chaplain David R. Bradley
Headquarters and Service Company Headquarters and Service Company continues to support the Battalion and maintain a great balance, even with a number of rotating personnel and changes taking place every day. In the months of June and July, H&S Company worked feverishly at raising money for the upcoming birthday ball. Events including donut sales, car washes, and family fun and fund raising days have paid off, and the Company has managed to raise amazing amounts for the ball! Many great Marines and Sailors in H&S Company have been recognized this quarter as well. HM2 Corteza was recognized as Sailor of the Quarter at the Marine Logistics Group level board and Marine Expeditionary Force level board. He received many acknowledgements and other awards for his significant accomplishment. Sergeant Wells won the Leadership Essay award for his essay on "What Is Wrong With Our Battalion And How Do We Fix It?" For his achievement, he was recognized with a certificate of commendation. Lance Corporals Quihius and Contreras were also presented with Certificate of Commendations for their efforts during a recent Field Supply and Maintenance Analysis Office (FSMAO) inspection. Congratulations to all of these Marines and Sailors for their tremendous accomplishments! As we get ready to say goodbye to our Battalion Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Collazo, and welcome a new Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Murchison, we close another chapter in Supply Battalion history. It has been a great quarter for H&S, and we look forward to supporting the Marines deploying in support of CLR-15 Forward, 10.2. H&S Company plays a significant role in the departure and arrival of Marines in and out of country, and may put in a few extra hours in the months to come, but supporting the warfighter is what we do!
Promotions: Lance Corporal Good Conduct Medals: Isaac Amezcua (July 1, 2010) Anthony Greeson Kevin Arrant (July 1, 2010) Lamarr Robinson Frankie Ezell (August 1, 2010) Liam O’Reilly James Strickland (August 1, 2010) Corporal: Aaron Rippey (June 1, 2010) Sergeant : Bradley Bard (July 1, 2010) Gunnery Sergeant: Aaron Farmer (August 1, 2010) New Arrivals: Cpl Semsarfathi, Holly M., had a baby boy; Landon Ray Lutts, born on July 28, 2010 @ 1553, weighing 7lbs 9oz, 19 inches. Also, HM2 Corteza, John T., and his wife had a baby girl; Francine Corteza, born on August 3, 2010 @ 0711, weighing 4lbs 7.6oz, 18inches
Congratulations HM1 Alvarenga
SAILOR OF THE YEAR! HM1 Alvarenga is now assigned to 1st Medical Battalion, but she worked at the Battalion Aid Station, H & S Company, 1st Supply Battalion, for the period that she earned the Sailor of the Year Award. Best Wishes to HM1 Alvarenga at her new duty station!
AMMO Company The Marines of Ammunition Company continue to provide outstanding customer service to supported units throughout MCI-W and adjacent services/agencies. Throughout the last month, Ammunition Company has processed over 11,000,000 items in support of current operations and training as well as successfully standing a Naval Ordnance Safety and Security Activity (NOSSA) Explosives Safety Inspection (ESI) with minimal discrepancies. The future outlook includes continuous support of Operation Enduring Freedom and a Company Picnic on 27 Aug. r/s CWO2 John J. (JJ) Scholten
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Volunteers from Ammo Company who helped landscape the Binder Memorial Chapel, Camp Pendleton
Company News, continued Supply Company Welcome Supply Company Family!
Your Marines have been very busy between getting ready for the upcoming deployment to Afghanistan or with the implementation of a new automated warehouse management tool or with the ISO 9001 certification process. Several of our Marines went to Yuma, AZ and trained with the regiment for the upcoming deployment. The environment was harsh and the days were long and boring at times however it provided a great opportunity to work together and a greater opportunity for small unit leadership to really bloom. We all look forward to the pre-deployment block leave for those going on the deployment. For those who are not going on the deployment, don't worry you will get your chance next time. Semper Fidelis, Maj Luke Holian, USMC Commander, Supply Company !!
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Family Readiness News
Greetings Everyone! Wow! Where did the last year go? It seems as though this year has gone be so quickly. Maybe it is because time flies when you’re having fun! I have had the good fortune of working with some of the greatest people on earth, and one such person is Yady, the out-going commanding Officer’s Wife. Yady has always been here for the Marines and Sailors of the Battalion as well as their families… and ME. Some of you may have seen her out on the 22 area parade deck, or at Family Days helping to cook-up chow and passing-along her positive up-beat attitude. Yady has also worked behind the scenes with me, doing little things that make a BIG difference. To Yady and LtCol Collazo, the Family Readiness Team will miss you and your steadfast support immensely. Thank you for everything you’ve done for the Battalion! Best Wishes, Marty
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It stands for Lifestyle, Insight, Networking, Knowledge and Skills. This is a program for spouses, parents, and children of Marines and Sailors who would like to know about the Marine Corps lifestyle, benefits, pay system, deployments, moving, getting along with your Marine mate, staying Marine and traditions and history of the Corps. For more information or to sign-up for L.I.N.K.S. please call (760) 725-9052, or go to this webpage: www.mccscp.com
Family Readiness Team display the Commander’s Challenge Coins at Yady’s Farewell dinner, which took place at the Firehouse Broiler in Fallbrook
Final Letter from YADY to the Battalion Hello Marines, Sailors, Family and Friends of 1st Supply Battalion:
Hello everyone, it is with mix emotions that I write my last time to the Supply Battalion Newsletter. What a wonderful journey this has been. For the past two years, I have seen the Battalion family grow to full potential in planning and execution of events, family days, deployment stress and most of all in taking care of one another. I know we could not have done it without the help of our wonderful Family Readiness Team and Marty Rector (our FRO) who has been the back bone of the program. I thank you this team for all the hard work, loyalty and dedication you have put into the program while helping the families of the Battalion. I would like to extend also a great thank you to all the wonderful wives and husbands, who helped us plan and support every Battalion event we put together. You were an integral part of the success of the Family Readiness Team. I could not have asked for a most talented, most outgoing and energetic team to work with. And lastly, but not least, thank you to all the marines and sailors of 1st Supply Battalion who supported us in the planning and execution of our events. Your participation made all the difference and every experience an adventure. As I reflect in the last two years, I feel very honor to have been part of this journey with all of you. It has not been easy but it has been the most rewarding experience of my Marine Wife and spouse time. The memories and love of each one of you has a special place in my heart and I will take them with me wherever I go. But most important, I will take the most precious gift of all – and that is your friendship – thank you for given me the opportunity to be part of this family. Yady “I opened the window and my heart. The sun flooded my house and love flooded my soul.” P Coelho
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