Health & Safety

June 7, 2012

Are You Listening? Help MCCS employees help Marines

Cpl. Aaron Diamant
Desert Warrior Staff

The station’s Marine Corps Community Services slogan is “Serving those who serve.” To accomplish this mantra, a special training seminar opens the eyes of employees to the myriad services available to station residents and employees.

“Are You Listening?” is designed to empower MCCS employees to go outside of the their job description to assist the Marines, Sailors and their dependents to meet their needs,” said Virgil Tapispisan, facilitator for the training

Part of the class enlightens participants to the various services offered on station, including counseling and treatment options, as well as recreational activities.

AYL covers information from Marine Corps life stressors, community connectedness, identifying warning signs of distress and learning programs and resources both onboard the station and in the community.

“Some of our participants were surprised about programs or resources for our military personnel and their dependents they thought never existed,” said Tapispisan.

“Not all MCCS employees see themselves as part of prevention as a whole,” he added. “A cashier at the gas station, the floor manager at the exchange, the personnel at Semper Fit Gym, etc., have the opportunity to hear and see things that others may not. The stress of the daily grind of the Marine Corps lifestyle can leave some of our Marines and Sailors, or their family members, struggling to manage some issues.


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