CAMP H. M. SMITH, Hawaii --
Armed with a cheery disposition, an unflinching smile and seemingly endless supply of candy, Casey Fleischmann wanders the halls of the U.S. Marine Forces, Pacific headquarters building engaging the Marines and Sailors of the command in conversations ranging from the command climate to whatever funny occurrences she has encountered.
On Sept. 1, Fleischmann became the new family readiness officer (FRO) for Headquarters and Service Battalion, MarForPac.
Since her first day on the job, Fleischman hit the ground running. With her contagious upbeat attitude, the six-year military spouse relentlessly searched for new ideas to improve the morale of the single troops assigned to her command and bring military families closer as a unit.
“I’m super, super happy to be here,” Fleischmann said with an ear-to-ear grin. “I’ve volunteered with unit readiness programs since I married my husband and I just want the Family Readiness Program to be what it should be, fun [with] active participation.”
The battalion commander has charged her with bringing all members of the command together, whether they are married, single or unaffiliated civilian employees, for fun, educational and, above all, enjoyable activities.
“My whole life I’ve had a huge amount of respect for people in the military,” she said. “I know that families are a huge source of strength for Marines, especially when deployed, and I want to equip those families with the tools they need to thrive without their service member. So when they are deployed, they can focus on the mission and not have to worry about what’s going on at home.”
Her first attempt at bringing the unit together is a battalion field meet, scheduled for Oct. 22, featuring a rock wall, bounce house, dunk tank, the MarForPac Rock Band, featuring battalion “rock star” Gunnery Sgt. Clinton Walker, HQSVCBN’s supply chief, and many other activities for all ages.
But field meets are nothing new to MarForPac and Fleischmann plans to breathe new life into the program.
“I would really like to get a lot of volunteer involvement from the families,” she said. “By volunteering, they’ll get a chance to work together, gain a network of support to help them through difficult times and bring fresh new ideas to the table.”
Her efforts have not gone unnoticed by the command.
“She’s very family-focused,” said Lt. Col. Milo L. Shank, HQSVCBN’s executive officer. “She has such a warm and gregarious personality and has gone a long way to put a warm personal touch to the Family Readiness Program.”
Through her promises of candy, which she has buckets of, and speaking to Marines checking into MarForPac, Fleischmann has gathered a couple of ideas thus far to bring the unit together, such as playing movies and sporting events at Bordelon Field on a massive screen, and welcomes any ideas the Marines may have.
“If you have ideas, let the FRO know,” she said laughing. “I want there to be two-way communication and if it helps get you into my office… I have candy.”
Fleischmann can be reached by phone at (808) 477-8765 or email email@example.com