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Laurie Craparotta, wife of Maj. Gen. Lewis A. Craparotta, Combat Center Commanding General, speaks to a member of the Resident Advisory Board during the boards’ meeting at the Ocotillo Club House, March 17, 2016. The RAB began March 2015, and was designed to promote the sharing of information to resolve issues and facilitate positive changes, to improve the quality of life for service members and their families who live in base housing. (Official Marine Corps Photo by Cpl. Julio McGraw/Released)

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Combat Center leadership, LMH, residents meet for RAB

24 Mar 2016 | Story by Cpl. Julio McGraw Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - Combat Center leadership, housing residents, and Lincoln Military Housing came together for a Resident Advisory Board meeting at the Ocotillo Club House, March 17, 2016.







RAB began March 2015, and was designed to promote the sharing of information to resolve issues and facilitate positive changes, to improve the quality of life for service members and their families living in base housing.







“At this RAB meeting, we discussed ideas on how residents can come together to best communicate as a community and spread the word about policies with regard to base housing,” said Leslie May, palm district manager, Lincoln Military Housing.







In addition, the meeting dove into positive and negative issues in each housing area that the command and LMH plan on looking into. Holding meetings periodically, the RAB discusses the status of the housing programs along with tracking the needs and trends of service members and their families.







“This is a great way of implementing change,” said Trista Beavers, wife of Capt. Andy Beavers, company commander, 1st Tank Battalion. “I think it is a way to voice your concerns and have them heard. I’ve seen great changes in the Ocotillo housing area and I know that it will reach the other housing communities as well.”







The members of RAB encourage active participation from residents and offers volunteer positions are open to residents of the LMH community.







“We can all make a difference if we are willing to be involved and take that challenge to start implementing change,” May said.







To fill a volunteer position, residents must meet eligibility standards, which include residence in the respective community with at least one year remaining on station, no housing violation reports on file with the Military Housing Office, LMH or Provost Marshal’s Office, and must volunteer to speak for the community as a whole at the RAB meetings.







“This board is productive and will continue to be productive if more people continuously participate,” said Soraya Feliciano, wife of Staff Sgt. Anthony Feliciano, intelligence analyst, Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron 1. “We want people who don’t just show up to complain but actually show initiative to want change in our communities.”







For more information on RAB or how to participate, call LMH at 760-368-4500.

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