Marine Corps

August 3, 2012

Marine Corps Family Team Building: Helping Uniformed Families

From the office of MCFTB

Marine Corps Family Team Building (MCFTB) is a department within MCCS aboard MCAS Yuma. As part of the Family Readiness Program, MCFTB’s mission is to enhance the readiness of Marines, Sailors and their families, and foster their personal growth through education and training.

MCFTB offers a variety of classes and workshops for adults, teens and children. While many of these classes are determined by USMC Headquarters, several MCFTB offerings have been developed locally according to the needs of MCAS Yuma Marines, Sailors and their families. MCFTB also works hand in hand with Family Readiness Officers and Command Teams to promote family readiness by providing unit-specific trainings, workshops and events.

Marine Corps Family Team Building is comprised of five programs: Family Readiness Program, LifeSkills classes and workshops, L.I.N.K.S., Readiness & Deployment Support and Children’s Programs.

The Children’s Programs are one of the most unique and wonderful things about the MCFTB here in Yuma. The goal in the programs offered is to supply children with the tools needed to positively and successfully cope with the military lifestyle… especially during times of separation and deployment. In addition to Pre-Deployment classes and Return & Reunion classes for children, MCFTB also offers support for children throughout times of separation and deployment through a group called, “Hearts Apart for Kids.”

Hearts Apart is a small group of children (ages five years and older) with deployed parents who meet weekly to explore feelings, express concerns, and learn strategies for helping themselves cope with the absence of a loved one.  Through discussions, art activities, and games, children will find answers to their questions and comfort in the knowledge that they are not alone in the circumstances they face.


Do you have questions or want more information? The trainers at MCFTB would love to hear from you!

Please contact us at (928) 269-6550 or stop by our office in Bldg 598 (next to the Commissary).

Brooke Burgess, Director:   (928) 269-6502

Meaghan McMahon, LifeSkills & Children’s Programs:   (928) 269-6544

Lauren Tye, L.I.N.K.S. & Deployment Support:   (928) 269-6503

Robert Wendt, Family Readiness Program & Deployment Support:   (928) 256-6553


Works made by kids during their parents’ deployments and pictures of the Hearts Aparts Club can be seen here.

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