While many may see them as a unit party planner, their job includes so many facets itâ€™s hard to quantify what they do in one simple word or category.
While, on occasion, they do organize unit events, they are designed to help build unit cohesion and camaraderie.
The FROs act as an information liaison between Marines, their families and the command staff, said Angie Barber, Marine Attack Squadron 311 FRO.
â€œOur purpose is to be the face for the commanderâ€™s vision for the family readiness program,â€ said Amanda Robinson, Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron FRO. â€œMy main purpose is to fulfill that vision for him. We serve as a single point of contact for Marines and their families who have questions about a variety of topics.â€
Of the many reasons to contact a unit FRO, many of the common and important reasons include; marriage, divorce, birth of a child, deployment support and money matters.
The FROs serve as a sort of â€˜one-stop shopâ€™ for resources and referrals to other services for Marines and their families.
â€œWe advocate for the families and work with Marine Corps Family Team building to provide classes and activities,â€ said Robinson. â€œThe military is a different culture than anything else, so we help people new to it to better assimilate to military life.â€
One common misconception is FROs are only for married Marines and their families.
This is completely untrue, as FROs also organize barracks bashes and other activities for single Marines alongside the Single Marine Program, and also offer resources and helpful insight for all.
â€œSometimes, I feel kind of like the â€˜mommaâ€™ of the squadron,â€ said Barber. â€œMarines feel comfortable talking to me about whatever is on their mind. Itâ€™s about building a relationship with the Marines and their families.â€
The FROs job never ends. Even while they are on vacation, their phones are with them, ready to help their Marines in need.
â€œItâ€™s a privilege to be a FRO,â€ said Janet Stewart, VMA- 214 FRO. â€œIt makes me so happy to be here and be able to look into the eyes of these Marines,â€ added the former Army officer.
Unit Family Readiness Officers:
MAG-13: Erica Ruiz, 269-3042
MALS-13: Larry Leaver, 269-2279
VMA-211: Kara Scarbrough, 269-5622
VMA-214: Janet Stewart, 269-3510
VMA-311: Angie Barber, 269-6137
VMA-513: Betty Pancake, 269-5276
MWSS-371: Steven Klauck, 269-3009
MACS-1: Michelle Seidler, 269-3980
H&HS: Amanda Robinson, 269-6377
MAWTS-1: Diarra Huggins, 269-6401
CLC-16: CWO-3 Todd Johhson, 269-5477
VMFT-401: Master Sgt. William Yerby, 269-5502
VMU-4: Amy Fischer, 269-5427
Dental Clinic: Petty Officer 2nd Class Cressie Mabins, 269-2353
Branch Medical Clinic: Petty Officer 1st Class Willie Harrington, 269-2765