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Family Matters Blog: Top Enlisted Leaders Talk Family Issues

By Elaine Sanchez
American Forces Press Service

CHICAGO, April 29, 2011 – The top enlisted leaders from each service led a packed town hall meeting yesterday to discuss their family-focused programs and to field questions from family support professionals attending the 2011 Family Resilience Conference here.

Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III, Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Rick D. West, Sgt. Maj. of the Marine Corps Carlton W. Kent, Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Roy and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Michael P. Leavitt talked about the importance of leadership in family support efforts and the need for easy-to-access and effective family programs. Their wives also attended the meeting, with the exception of West’s wife, who is working for the U.S. Navy in Afghanistan.

Much of the discussion centered on building resilience in families.

“At the end of the day, we as a nation don’t do well promoting resiliency … that ability to bounce back,” Chandler said. “If we can instill [resilience] in our soldiers and in families … we believe we’re going to have a stronger force, and we need a stronger force to get through these challenges.”

For more on this town hall meeting, read my American Forces Press Service article “Top Enlisted Leaders Focus on Families.”

After the town hall, I had the opportunity to interview West about Navy family programs and the importance of seeking help when needed. Watch the full interview here.

For more on this conference, visit the Family Matters Blogor check out Family Matters on Facebook or Twitter.

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Family Matters Blog
Video Blog with MCPON Rick West on Family Resilience

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