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10 June 2011 Volume 1, Issue 6

2 SUPPLY BATTALION
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PERSONAL AND FAMILY READINESS NEWSLETTER

COMMANDING OFFICER LtCol David S. Gibbs EXECUTIVE OFFICER Maj Daniel M. Bartos SERGEANTS MAJOR SgtMaj James P. Humphrey CHAPLAIN LCDR Marcus E. Lawerence FAMLIY READINESS OFFICER Mr. James L. Stolarczyk

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I hope that everyone had a very enjoyable Memorial Day; as we honored the service men and women who gave their lives in defense of our nation the battalion received over 430 reserve Marines and Sailors who will deploy with the battalion later this year. I want to welcome them and their families into the larger 2d Supply Battalion family. Our plan is to conduct some robust and realistic training both aboard Camp Lejeune, NC and Twenty-nine Palms, CA in order to provide the best possible supply, maintenance and medical support to Marine Corps and coalition forces operating in Afghanistan. I know that our families are busy as well, as the weather gets warmer; we prepare for the end of the school year and make summer vacation plans I want to ensure that there is time for you to spend with your loved ones. And I want to personally remind everyone to be safe during your summer outings. I look forward to meeting you during the pre-deployment brief or one of the many upcoming functions. Semper Fi, LtCol David Gibbs

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Reserve Marines and Sailors Join Supply Battalion

During the first week in June, all around the country, Reserve Sailors and Marines said goodbye to their families and reported for active duty. Many of those Reserve Marines and Sailors from Marine Forces Reserve (MARFORRES) reported for duty with the 2d Supply Battalion as we prepare to deploy in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. MARFORRES has taken an active role in global contingency operations combating terrorism. There are over 10,000 Reserve Marines and Sailors mobilized to support worldwide contingency operations. 2d Supply Battalion and our families would like to welcome the Reserve Marines, Sailors and their families to the 2d Supply Battalion.

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DEPLOYMENT AND THE CYCLES OF EMOTION


We also talked about how this deployment was going to be different than the last one. I deployed December 2009, one month after adopting Tyler, our 17 month-old son from China. The only time I had to bond with Tyler during the deployment was over Skype. Tyler saw me so much on Skype that he thought I lived in the computer screen. My wife, Sandi, faced a huge challenge because she was rearing two children by herself. She had a toddler who needed a lot of attention including medical. She explained to our daughter Kelly that she would have to share moms time with her new brother. Of course, Kelly was not happy about sharing mom because she was used to receiving all of our attention for the last 6 years. Kelly, having understood where I was during deployment, would go through an emotional event from timeto-time worrying about my safety. Sandi took a picture of me and gave it to Kelly for her to sleep with, and that seemed to help a great deal. Wow, last year was a pretty big year for the Lawrence family considering the changes we experienced. I would have to say that they were positive changes looking back at them. I am very lucky to have a fantastic wife and great children. All of us survived! My bonding happened with Tyler once I returned from Iraq. I am sure most of you have your own family stories. Although our stories are different, the challenges families face are the same such as deployment preparation, separation, children, communication, and more. We quickly understand the importance of certain phrases: Tell yourself when worried about not hearing from your spouse that no news is good news; talk often when possible; never try to argue on a long distance phone call. Learn to listen a lot to what your partner is saying and what they are not saying. Try to develop healthy routines during separation in order to stay busy; establish friendships with those who have stable marriages, and attend events that reinforce the importance of marriage and family. Maybe some of you are going through similar experiences right now. If not, you will eventually. Just tell yourself that it is okay, and normal. Then take time to share with each other what you are experiencing.

The other evening, my wife told me that I was rather withdrawn from my surroundings at home. I was surprised she made the comment to me because I had not really noticed. I still played with the kids, and talked to her, but not as much according to her. My wife was right, My focus was on the things I wanted to accomplish before deployment. What we were going through as a couple and as a family is normal. Many military families go through these emotional cycles.

SCHEDULE FOR PRE-DEPLOYMENT BRIEFINGS


15 June 2011, MT Company, Bldg 40 (Auditorium) 1630 1830 20 June 2011, Supply Company, Goettge Field House, 1630 - 1830 22 June 2011, Maintenance Company. Goettge Field House, 1630 - 1830 22 June 2011 Family Brief, Goettge Field House, 1830 2030 24 June 2011, H&S Company & all others, Goettge Field House, 1630 - 1830 Pre-deployment briefings are mandatory for ALL personnel deploying this year. It is not required for personnel assigned to the FGE. 22 June 2011 is the Family pre-deployment brief. Marines and Sailors with family members will attend the Family brief. We strongly encouraging all family members to attend this brief and meet afterwards with representatives of various agencies that support our vast and diverse Marine Corps Family.

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SINGLE MARINE PROGRAM

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Joint Family Support Assistance Program (JFSAP)


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James L. Stolarczyk Family Readiness Officer 2D Supply Battalion

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