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Marine Corps Family Team Building held a Read Your Way Through Deployment session at the MCFTB House, Jan. 28. This is one of many revenues that military spouses can use in order to learn about the various resources available to them.

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Read your way through deployment

7 Feb 2014 | Cpl. Brady Wood

Marine Corps Family Team Building held a Read Your Way Through Deployment class at the MCFTB House on Laurel Bay, Jan. 28.

This class is one of many ways for spouses to come together and relay resources pertinent to with handling the Marine Corps lifestyle.

"When you attend any class with MCFTB you are given tools and resources needed to help you navigate this lifestyle that you have chosen," said Starla Little, spouse of Sgt. David Little.

Spouses and military families don’t have to attend the classes in order to obtain resources.

Since one of the focuses of MCFTB is to help unit and family readiness, a resource is only a phone call away.

"We try to give military families as many resources as possible," said M.J. Boyce, a readiness and deployment support program trainer for MCCS. "However, the people that know the best resources for new spouses are spouses that have been in the military lifestyle for some time."

Marine Corps family Team Building is available for military families, or just spouses, who want to learn more about the military lifestyle, and they do that by communicating with other spouses.

According to Teresa Neuer, spouse of Staff Sgt. Joseph Neuer, the classes offered through the readiness and deployment allows other military spouses to connect.

In November 2012, a reading list compiled by Bonnie Amos, the first lady of the Marine Corps and spouse of Gen. James Amos, the 35th commandant of the Marine Corps, was made public at the Air Station Library.

The books offered on this reading list can also be used by spouses and military families and cover a wide range of topics.

For a complete list of books that can be checked out from the First Lady of the Marine Corps’ Reading List, go to and type "Reading List" in the keyword search bar.

For more information on classes offered by Marine Corps Community Services, call 228-7769.