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CBIRF QUARTERLY NEWSLETTER HOTZONE Winter 2010 FROM THE BATTALION COMMANDING OFFICER Greetings CBIRF families and friends,
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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
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
Col John M. Pollock
SgtMaj Christopher Harper
Capt James Arrasmith
1st Sgt Kevin Anderson
Capt Michael Gleeson
1st Sgt Robert Moyer
Cdr Kelvin James
FAMILY READINESS OFFICER
(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
Family Advocate Program..................703-693-0643
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
firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to be a volunteer, or if you’d like to receive emails about CBIRF-related activities.
CBIRF’s Holiday Party December 10th, 2009
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
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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
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/
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:
(sponsored by Henderson Hall)
USMC Message Board:
(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.