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eMarine helps commanders connect with troops

2 Dec 2011 | Cpl. Sarah Dietz

The Marine and Family Readiness Organization and Manpower and Reserve Affairs are using a new tool to get information to families of deployed Marines faster.

Instead of looking at multiple websites to find news, photos and information, the eMarine site provides a secure place where all the information is gathered in one place and is immediately accessible to families.

“It helps us with having one system to find information where we used to use five,” said Andrea Tatayon, family readiness officer, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment.

Each Marine deploying can sponsor up to five family members to access the site. The families will be able to view unit pages, newsletters from FROs and commanders, calendar events, announcements, photos and surveys.

Families will also be able to interact with each other on the site, Tatayon said.

The program is fairly new. The Marines of 3/7 implemented the program to their own battalion in September, just before the battalion left for a seven-month deployment in Afghanistan.

“It can help me easily educate and reach out to families, whether there is a language barrier or distance,” Tatayon said. “It’s a tool we haven’t had before (and) an ability to communicate.”

A unique feature on the site is that eMarine is specific to each individual using it. For example, if a parent is looking at eMarine, they will have different groups and features to take part in as opposed to the options a spouse would have.

Parents said “they like a place to go check for things specific for them,” Tatayon said. eMarine is preferred among Facebook and other social network sites because of security.

It creates a trusted environment where users receive important information about their Marine 24 hours a day, according to a Marine Corps press release.

Marine Online Mass Communication Tool will not be replaced by eMarine, but will remain open as an alternative email solution for family readiness, as stated in the press release.

This site is the easiest communication tool to implement at the lowest cost, with the highest adoption rate while maintaining security.

For more information on the new program and how a Marine can sponsor a family member, contact your unit’s Family Readiness Office and check out the site by visiting http://www.emarine.org.


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