CAMP KINSER, Okinawa, Japan-Staff Sgt. Carla Arana, a food service specialist with Food Service Company, Combat Logistics Regiment 37, 3rd Marine Logistics Regiment, III Marine Expeditionary Force, serves a slice of pie to Sgt. Stephen Wallace, a radio technician with Communications Company, CLR-37, during the Taste of Home hosted by the Unit and Family Readiness Office on Camp Kinser May 17., Lance Cpl. Kris Daberkoe,
Families break bread with Marines during ‘Taste of Home’CAMP KINSER, Okinawa, Japan — The thick aroma of freshly home-cooked food, coupled with a sense of enjoyment, transformed a professional military classroom into a family gathering for single Marines and sailors during the Taste of Home hosted by the Unit and Family Readiness Office on Camp Kinser May 17.
Every quarter, volunteers with Combat Logistics Regiment 37, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force, prepare homemade dishes to remind Marines and sailors that while their families may be thousands of miles away, they have a family within the Marine Corps, said Salina P. McBride, a unit and family readiness officer with the regiment.
The Unit and Family Readiness Program is designed to ensure Marines, sailors and family members are better equipped to deal with the stress of being forward-deployed to Okinawa and support activities which build camaraderie and unity among units stationed here.
“Being so far away from home is a sensitive subject for us,” said Lance Cpl. Katrina Dunivan, an assistant unit and family readiness officer with Headquarters Company, CLR-37. “But the volunteers organized by the (Unit and Family Readiness Office) cook to ease that pain, like they were part of the family.”
The event is also designed to build interpersonal relationships between single service members in the barracks and senior-leadership.
“The Taste of Home provides an excellent opportunity for senior-level leadership to bond with junior Marines and see how they are doing personally,” said McBride.
During the event, service members played board games to create a sense of camaraderie.
“Playing games that would normally be played by a family is not something that happens every day,” said Pfc. Samantha Evers, a food service specialist with Food Service Company, CLR-37. “We share a lot of laughs together and learn things about each other I wouldn’t have learned in the workplace.
“I am very glad for the amount of success we have had with this event,” said McBride. “Last quarter volunteers brought homemade pizzas, lasagna, spaghetti and meatballs.”