FROs enhance efficiency, skills
CAMP FOSTER — As service members continue to execute missions and train throughout the world, they are spending an increased amount of time away from their families, creating additional needs in properly caring for military families. Family readiness officers for military units provide support to service members and families during these times.
Family readiness officers with Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni joined FROs with III Marine Expeditionary Force units and Marine Corps Installations Pacific to expand their personal and professional development skills Feb. 27-28 at the Ocean Breeze on Camp Foster.
The two-day seminar provided FROs with knowledge and skills necessary to enhance their efficiency as a resource to the military community, according to Col. Daniel J. Haas, the chief of staff for III MEF and guest speaker at the seminar.
“The Marine Corps’ approach to family readiness has changed significantly over the past decade,” Haas said. “There has been a tremendous increase in the importance we place on family readiness and a commensurate increase in the resources we have devoted to maintaining and increasing family readiness.
It is our duty to ensure we provide (FROs) the knowledge they need to maximize their effectiveness, so they can serve their commanders and ultimately Marines and families to the maximum extent possible.”
Family readiness programs are provided throughout the Marine Corps to assist Marines, sailors and their families with resources, information and support services for balancing the demands of family life and careers as service members carry out their often-difficult duties.
The FROs’ instruction included presentations on time management, public speaking and their roles and responsibilities as a special staff officer to their commanders.
“This is a great opportunity to meet other FROs, so we can work together,” said Paul Palmeri, the FRO for 3rd Medical Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 35, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, III MEF. “It’s important to get educated and trained on critical tasks that are a part of being a FRO, so we can get more people to come together and to help the families.”
The seminar was designed with input collected from the FROs to ensure it met their professional development needs, according to Denise Fettig-Loftesnes, the FRO for III MEF and one of the coordinators for the seminar.
“I have the opportunity throughout the year to get an idea of what our FROs need,” said Fettig-Loftesnes. “This training is something we take very seriously. We need to make sure we offer the tools our FROs need to support their commander as a special staff officer and ensure the readiness of our Marines, sailors and families.”
Thanks to the hard work and enthusiasm of the seminar’s coordinators and instructors, FROs throughout Japan will continue to provide the best services available to their units’ service members and families.
“This training provides growth and energy to the FROs, as well as a chance for positive group learning,” said Fettig-Loftesnes. “I’m glad we could host this seminar because we can continue to be ready to help our Marines, sailors and families.”