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Story by Robert Jackson on 08/08/2019
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Family and friends of MCLB Barstow,

Recent earthquakes remind us, we live in a region where natural disasters not only have the potential to cause severe damage they are also very unpredictable. Storms and floods are forecasted days or weeks in advance, but earthquakes strike suddenly, so have a plan and resources in place at all times. If you have not already, visit https://www.ready.marines.mil/Make-a-Plan/ and develop a personal emergency action plan!

In preparation for the upcoming school year, take full advantage of the services available on Base. We have a great team of dedicated MCCS personnel ready to assist. Contact our School Liaison Adam Diaz, if you have questions about our local schools, registration requirements, or start dates at 760-577-5854 or adam.diaz@usmc-mccs.mil. Also, please join us at the Day Center to receive (lots!) of free school supplies on August 8 at the Back to School Jubilee.

Congratulations and well deserved to those recently promoted:
GySgt Pedro Villa, GySgt Neil Denton, Sgt Carlos Ramirez, LCpl Phillip Wiggins
To those who have just reported to MCLB Barstow, Welcome Aboard!
LtCol Micheal Graham from Logistics Modernization Team East - he had taken command of 1st Force Storage
Battalion
GySgt Jessee Cudaback from MCAS Cherry Point - he is joining the MCCS team
Cpl Ashtyn Hammer from HMLA-369 - she becomes a member of the Mounted Color Guard
Cpl Jacob Iversen from 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment - he is assigned to the HQ Company staff
Pfc Zachary Gandiongco from Personnel Admin School MCCSSS - he joins the Base S-1 section
Farewell and THANK YOU to those getting set to depart this summer:
As Fleet Support Division stands up as 1st Force Storage Battalion, we bid farewell and following seas to LtCol
Giersch, MSgt Baltazar, SSgt Austin, SSgt Borer, SSgt Fleming, Sgt Dugan, Sgt Huynh, Sgt Sanchez, Sgt Zavala,
Cpl Black, Cpl Ruiz, LCpl Piatak, LCpl Garvin and LCpl Jacuinde. We also bid farewell to Sgt Rudy Hernandez
III who is transitioning off of active duty after 4 years of faithful service. Thank you all for the hard work and dedication to our country and the Marine Corps.

Announcing the arrival of the newest Member of the Marine Family: Jaxon was born 4 July 2019 to Corporal
Brendan McDowell and his spouse Kristina - congrats to both of you!

"Friendship is the crown of life and the school of virtue. Friendship multiplies joy and divides sorrow." C.S. Lewis

Continue to safely enjoy family and make friends this summer!
Semper fidelis!

Col Craig C. Clemans, USMC
Commanding Officer
MCLB Barstow, CA

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