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CBIRF QUARTERLY NEWSLETTER HOTZONE Winter 2010 FROM THE BATTALION COMMANDING OFFICER Greetings CBIRF families and friends,

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CBIRF QUARTERLY NEWSLETTER

HOTZONE

Winter

2010

FROM THE BATTALION COMMANDING OFFICER

Greetings CBIRF families and friends,

I hope everyone had an enjoyable holiday season and that the New Year has been good to all of you. You may have noticed that we have undergone an organizational realignment during the holiday season and that Alpha and Bravo Company have been consolidated into a single company commanded by Captain Jim Arrasmith. This realignment has allowed us to streamline some administrative processes, improve training, and standardized operating procedures between the two response forces. Captain Casey Ward will continue to command IRF Bravo and on a daily basis act as Capt Arrasmith’s executive officer.

We are about to get busy. By the time you read this we will have completed our support to the President’s State of the Union Address and many of our Marines will be supporting the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia.

It doesn’t slow down after that with IRF Bravo conducting a deployment for training to Camp Blanding, FL and IRF Alpha conducting a deployment for training, in conjunction with FDNY, in NYC during April. Squeezed in between these two major training events, will be an in-house Corporal’s Course for our junior NCOs in order to further their

professional development.

To buffer the effects of our spring time operational tempo, the battalion has a variety of resources available to assist our CBIRF family during trying times. Ramona Higgins, the unit FRO, Chaplain James, and our Military Family Life Consultants are ready to assist those dealing with the challenges of having a deployed spouse.

All the Best,

Col. John M. Pollock

COMMANDING

OFFICER

Col John M. Pollock

BATTALION SGTMAJ

SgtMaj Christopher Harper

REACT COMPANY

Capt James Arrasmith

1st Sgt Kevin Anderson

H&S COMPANY

Capt Michael Gleeson

1st Sgt Robert Moyer

UNIT CHAPLAIN

Cdr Kelvin James

(301) 744-2017

FAMILY READINESS OFFICER

Ramona Higgins

(301) 744-5025 (office)

(240) 427-7812 (cell)

See photos from CBIRF Fall and Winter activities inside

Helpful Contact Numbers

Base Housing Information………………301-744-4317

Relocation Assistance……………………..703-614-7202

Family Advocate Program..................703-693-0643

General Counseling……………..............703-614-7204

Exceptional Family Member……………703-614-7200

New Parent Support ……………………….703-614-7208

Military Life Consultants…………………703-650-8435

Military One Source………………………..800-342-9647

Send an email to

cbirf.fro.fct@usmc.mil if you’d like to be a volunteer, or if you’d like to receive emails about CBIRF-related activities.

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The Marine Corps BallNovember 5th, 2009

CBIRF’s Holiday Party December 10th, 2009

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Mark Your

Calendars!

L.I.N.K.S CLASS FOR CBIRF SPOUSES

Friday March 26th 2010

9am to 3pm

The Conference Room at the Marina on base at Indian Head

Here is your opportunity to learn everything you ever wanted to know about the Marine Corps in order to be more knowledgeable in all aspects of the USMC, and in order to make informative decisions in various Marine Corps situations.

Free pizza and drinks will be provided!

There is no cost for this class.

Call (703) 693-1457 or call the FRO at (301) 744-5025 by March 18th

to register.

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JOB HUNTING RESOURCES AND TIPS

By Sharline Rosales-Coy

Ever wonder what websites to check for jobs in our area? Below are some listings by category:

Gov’t Job Websites

Marine Corps Community Services http://www.usmc-mccs.org/

Commander Navy Installations Command (CNIC) http://www.cnic.navy.mil

USAJobs http://usajobs.gov

StudentJobs http://studentjobs.gov

Local Newspaper WebsitesThe Washington Post http://www.washingtonpost.com/wl/jobs/home

Southern Maryland http://classifieds.somd.com/cgi-bin/classifieds.cgi

Local County Board of Education

Charles County Public Schools http://www2.ccboe.com/employment/Prince George’s County Public Schools http://www1.pgcps.org/

Area Hospitals

Civista Medical Center http://www.civista.org/

Southern Maryland Hospital http://www.southernmarylandhospital.com/

Charles County Mall

St. Charles Towne Center Plaza http://www.simon.com/Mall/?id=123

To begin your employment search, check the local yellow pages phone book or the yellow pages online to see what’s out there. Yahoo!’s yellow pages website is a great resource. Call the location and visit in person. Many people are competing for the same position, so getting face-time could make a difference. Plus this can help you get a feel for the atmosphere, offering you a look ‘inside’ a potential place of employment.

Go onto the base and read bulletins. Job announcements are continually being posted in the fitness center, gymnasium, library, and various places on all military installations.

If you are interested in working at a particular location, oftentimes you can go to the manager, owner, or an employee to ask about position openings. This can be beneficial in the event they have a need to hire, but the position has not yet been posted.

Henderson Hall’s Career Resource Management Center offers career guidance and they also host a great workshop entitled 10 Steps to a Federal Government Job that will provide you with the information and tips you need to help with your government job search. They can be reached at 703-614-6828 and they will be coming to Indian Head on March 12th for another Federal Gov’t job workshop. Details are below. Happy Hunting!

Marine Corps Online Support Boards

Visit the following URLs for military online support and discussion forums. You’ll be surprised how many folks in your area use these links.

Band of Marine Spouses:

http://www.mccshh.com/MCFTB/Life_Skills.html

(sponsored by Henderson Hall)

USMC Message Board:

http://usmc.yuku.com

(sponsored by USMC Parris Island)

Career Workshop coming to CBIRF

10 Steps to a Federal Government Job

CBIRF Marines, sailors and spouses are encouraged to attend.

Friday, March 12th from 9am to 3pm at the Marina on base.

Call 703-614-6828 by orbefore March 1st to register.