Family Team Building Programs

Family Team Building

Whether you’re new to the military lifestyle or you’ve been around the block, MCFTB is here to help. MCFTB provides educational resources and services to foster personal growth and enhance the readiness of service members and their families. Download our Summer Calendar.

MCFTB is comprised of:

  • The Family Readiness
  • Readiness & Deployment Support
  • LifeSKills
  • L.I.N.K.S.
  • PREP

MCFTB is your launching pad when you arrive at Cherry Point! Active Duty, spouses, children, and extended family members will benefit greatly when attending any of our engaging and interactive workshops!

At MCFTB you will

  • Get Oriented
  • Get Ready
  • Get Stronger
  • Get Involved

Deployment Readiness

The Readiness & Deployment Support Program (RDSP) offers workshops and special events that empower and educate as well as provide opportunities for fun and networking before, during, and after deployments.

Deployment Readiness Workshops:

  • Ready for Anything
  • Return and Reunion
  • Kids and Reunion
  • Strong Marine Couples
  • Pre Deployment
  • Mid Deployment

Family Readiness

The Family Readiness Program is designed to help Marines and families achieve a constant state of personal and family readiness. While the Unit Family Readiness Program is the responsibility of the Commanding Officer (CO) of each unit, Marine Corps Family Team Building (MCFTB) trains and supports the Command Team, the Family Readiness Officer (FRO), and appointed assistants and advisors.

Family Readiness Training:

  • Family Readiness Officer
  • Command Team Training
  • Command Team Advisor/Assistant
  • e-Marine
  • CO/SR Enlisted Spouse
  • On Point Resources


LifeSkills training and education offers various workshops that will proved the skills and tools to help enhance personal growth, communication, and education for Marines, Sailors and their families.

LifeSkills Courses:

  • Aging Parents & Elder Care
  • Bridging the Gap: Communication for Deployments
  • Chaplains Religious Enrichment Development Operation (CREDO)
  • Conflict Management
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Family Care Plans
  • Five Love Languages
  • 4 Lenses
  • Basic and Emergency Auto Maintenance
  • Prevention & Relationship Enhancement Program (PREP)
  • Stress Management for Spouses
  • Together For Life

Lifestyle Insights, Networking, Knowledge, and Skills (L.I.N.K.S.)

L.I.N.K.S. is a volunteer, team-mentoring program, that offers an orientation to the Marine Corps lifestyle.

L.I.N.K.S. Classes:

  • L.I.N.K.S. for Spouses
  • L.I.N.K.S. for Marines
  • L.I.N.K.S. for Couples
  • L.I.N.K.S. for Kids
  • L.I.N.K.S. for Teens/Tweens
  • L.I.N.K.S. for Parents/Extended Family Members
  • L.I.N.K.S. Mentor Training

Chaplains Religious Enrichment Development Operation (CREDO)

Chaplains Religious Enrichment Development Operation (CREDO) is a Chief of Navy Chaplains sponsored relationship enrichment program established in 1971, helping improve job performance and enhancing overall quality of life for active-duty service members and their families. CREDO provides a FREE weekend away within a positive, safe, and supportive environment. CREDO’s goal is to help enrich and strengthen individual’s resiliency skills.

Schedule of events and a description of the available retreats
Information on the Cherry Point Chapel

Prevention & Relationship Enhancement Program (PREP)

This two day seminar offered locally at Cherry Point, is a joint effort between the Chaplains Office and The Marine Corps Family Team Building Office. Some of the topics include; effective communication, commitment and forgiveness, constructive griping, keeping fun, friendship and sensuality alive, problem solving, coping with miscommunication and many more.

Childcare is available through the Child Development Center and can be arranged by calling 252-466-3105. Registration in the class does not constitute childcare arrangements. You must register directly with the CDC prior to the date of the class. These arrangements are the sole responsibility of the participants.

Workshop schedule and information on how to register or call the 2nd MAW Chaplains Office at (252) 466-3314.


FOCUS (Families OverComing Under Stress) provides training to military couples, children and families in core resilience skills. These skills increase closeness, support, communication and adaptability. Couples and families learn to work together to manage difficult emotions, set goals and problem solve, communicate clearly and effectively, and develop customized strategies to deal with transitions and stress.

POC Cherry Point
FOCUS Location: Bldg 232, Marine & Family Programs Room 125
Phone: 252-466-7137


Volunteerism is aligned with Marine Corps Leadership goals by supporting Marines, Sailors, and their families through impact volunteer opportunities that allow them to grow personally and professionally.  Currently HQMC is collaborating with all programs, activities and installations to grow volunteerism for Marines, Sailors and their families in addition to connecting with the surrounding communities.  Volunteerism is paramount to the success of many programs aboard MCAS Cherry Point.  If you would like more information on volunteer opportunities both on and off the installation please contact your Volunteer Coordinator, Jocelyn Jakubowski, at 252-466-4101 or you can email

Current Volunteering Opportunities. No Federal or USMC endorsement implied.