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2nd Marine Logistics Group

Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Families find Easter eggs, friendship before deployment

By Pfc. Sullivan Laramie | 2nd Marine Logistics Group | March 27, 2013

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Mary C. Mathews (right),  the family readiness officer with Combat Logistics Battalion 6, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, and Danvers, Mass., native, speaks with the wife of a Marine following an Easter egg hunt aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 23, 2013. Family members gathered for an opportunity to have fun while their Marines trained at Fort Pickett, Va.

Mary C. Mathews (right), the family readiness officer with Combat Logistics Battalion 6, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, and Danvers, Mass., native, speaks with the wife of a Marine following an Easter egg hunt aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 23, 2013. Family members gathered for an opportunity to have fun while their Marines trained at Fort Pickett, Va. (Photo by Pfc. Sullivan Laramie)


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The daughter of a Marine with Combat Logistics Battalion 6, 2nd Marine Logistics Group looks excitedly at the prize in one of the eggs found during an Easter egg hunt aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 23, 2013. The family readiness officer for CLB-6 helped plan the event to build connections between the families in preparation for the battalion’s upcoming deployment.

The daughter of a Marine with Combat Logistics Battalion 6, 2nd Marine Logistics Group looks excitedly at the prize in one of the eggs found during an Easter egg hunt aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 23, 2013. The family readiness officer for CLB-6 helped plan the event to build connections between the families in preparation for the battalion’s upcoming deployment. (Photo by Pfc. Sullivan Laramie)


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The daughter of a Marine with Combat Logistics Battalion 6, 2nd Marine Logistics Group opens a plastic egg during an event hunt held for the unit’s families aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 23, 2013. The children discovered candy and small toys inside the Easter eggs

The daughter of a Marine with Combat Logistics Battalion 6, 2nd Marine Logistics Group opens a plastic egg during an event hunt held for the unit’s families aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 23, 2013. The children discovered candy and small toys inside the Easter eggs (Photo by Pfc. Sullivan Laramie)


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An inflatable Easter Bunny leans against a building where families of Combat Logistics Battalion 6, 2nd Marine Logistics Group gathered for an Easter egg hunt aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 23, 2013. The holiday provided an opportunity for the families of the battalion to get together while the servicemembers  trained at Fort Pickett, Va.

An inflatable Easter Bunny leans against a building where families of Combat Logistics Battalion 6, 2nd Marine Logistics Group gathered for an Easter egg hunt aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 23, 2013. The holiday provided an opportunity for the families of the battalion to get together while the servicemembers trained at Fort Pickett, Va. (Photo by Pfc. Sullivan Laramie)


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Children of Marines with Combat Logistics Battalion 6, 2nd Marine Logistics Group run in search of Easter eggs during a family event aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 23, 2013. The  family readiness officer for the battalion planned the event to help families create a support network in preparation for an upcoming deployment.

Children of Marines with Combat Logistics Battalion 6, 2nd Marine Logistics Group run in search of Easter eggs during a family event aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 23, 2013. The family readiness officer for the battalion planned the event to help families create a support network in preparation for an upcoming deployment. (Photo by Pfc. Sullivan Laramie)


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CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. -- The cloudy morning brightened as children darted through the woods in search of colorful eggs – and new friends.

The family readiness officer for Combat Logistics Battalion 6, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, Mary C. Mathews, hosted an Easter egg hunt for the unit’s families here, March 23.

“The kids loved it,” said Mathews. “At first they could care less [about] what’s in the eggs and wanted to get as many as possible, but after that they sat around for another 15 to 20 minutes, opening every single egg to see exactly what was in each [one].”

The children not only got new toys and some candy, but they got the chance to make new friends; that friendliness opened new doors for their parents.

“It was nice to get out of the house and have somewhere to go with my son,” said Breyona L. Millard, a Bakersfield, Calif., native and the wife of Sgt. Matthew E. Millard, a small-arms repair technician with the unit. “It’s good to get all the parents together and go Easter-egg hunting with the kids before the [Marines] get deployed.”

CLB-6 is currently conducting pre-deployment training on transportation, engineering and medical practice at Fort Pickett, Va. The unit is scheduled to deploy in a few months.
Mathews hosted the event to establish friendships within CLB-6’s families so they could support each other during the deployment.

“If they show up to these [events], they start to make those friends,” said Mathews. “They do find that person they click with, whether it’s a similar personality or if it’s the fact that their children get along well. Forming those relationships early helps build their support networks so when they are having that crazy day they know they’ve got another spouse within the battalion they can call.”

By the time the children found all of the eggs, most of them had a new friend by their sides. Groups of children then sat down with their parents to dig through their new found treasures.

“Everybody was a little quiet at first,” said Mathews, a native of Danvers, Mass. “It took the parents a little bit, but once the kids started warming up to each other, the parents followed pretty quickly. It’s amazing how they can go to a playground or go to an area where they know absolutely nobody and within five minutes they’re [making friends with] someone new.”

The unit has other family events such as beach parties and a family day scheduled for the coming months, but Mathews and her assistants decided an early start would help the families.


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