MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. --
To some people, family consists of all of the people living
in the same house hold, but for Marine Air Control Squadron 2, family is the
glue that keeps their Marines together and focused.
MACS-2 hosted an Open House for spouses and families to
fortify their high morale and esprit-de-corps, Sept. 18, 2015.
The event was designed to emphasize the importance of family
readiness by allowing the family members to visit the work space and become
familiar with the equipment that their Marines use on a day-to-day basis.
ties directly into our overall readiness,” said Lt. Col. Charles Smith, the
commanding officer of MACS-2. “It’s critical that our families understand the
importance of readiness and how it applies to their Marine and [how it applies
to] keeping our Marines ready to deploy in 96 hours.”
Putting in countless hours to support MACS-2 can be tiring
but with a strong support system, like family, the Marines are prepared and
energized to get the job done.
“The Marines put in a lot of time and effort into the
equipment and their own personal readiness, so if the family supports the
Marine holistically then [overall] readiness is going to go up,” said Smith. “The
family plays a pivotal role in assisting the Marine in maintaining a high state
During the event, the families were able to learn about the
different capabilities of motor transport and utility vehicles, weapon systems
and communication equipment.
“Today I did a radio check and I learned about radio
frequencies,” said Danyel Manns, the spouse of Sgt. Carlyle Manns, an aviation
communications systems technician with MACS-2. “From the event I see that my
husband’s work is a little more tedious that I thought. The Marines work really