Active duty Marines and their Families attached to H&S Bn. HQMC Henderson Hall are welcome to attend a town hall event March 12 from 6-8 p.m. at the Marine Club.

Active duty servicemembers and their Families who are attached to Headquarters and Service Battalion, Headquarters Marine Corps, Henderson Hall are invited to a town hall meeting March 12 from 6-8 p.m. at the Marine Club.

"They will have the opportunity to ask the command and staff any questions they want," said Family Readiness Officer Renee Lilley.

Commanding Officer Col. Ira M. Cheatham, Battalion Sgt. Maj. Craig D. Cressman, and other battalion staffers will be on hand to answer questions. Lilley said no question will be "out of bounds" and if an answer can't be provided on the spot, one will be provided as quickly as possible.

"We will follow up," she promised. "Hopefully, most of the questions can be answered then and there." Lilley said the Corps' Unit, Personal and Family Readiness Program encompasses more than married Marines with families. It also serves as a communication link between Marines, spouses, their parents, other extended Family members and significant others.

"This is a constantly changing, adaptive program. It's an ongoing work in progress," she said.

Cressman is hopeful that Marines and their Families will take away from the town hall a better understanding of the UPFRP and what the command, FRO and Marine Corps Community Services can do for them.

"These are the tools in their tool box and they should utilize them to their fullest extent," he said. "I also believe that they will walk away knowing that the command cares and genuinely wants to know what's going on, what concerns they have. They will know that the command will take their questions and suggestions seriously to make an impact and to better educate their Marine and Family members.

"We can't make changes to better serve our population if they don't let us know what to change, it also develops a bond of trust."

Resources and information tables will also be available, and there will be prizes for a few lucky winners. To attend, sign up by emailing Lilley at or for more information call 703-697-7342.

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