THIS IS YOUR INSIDE IWAKUNI NEWS STRIKE. EACH MILITARY BRANCH RECOGNIZES OFFICERS AS LEADERS
, BUT EVEN OFFICERS NEED HELP SOMETIMES. PETTY OFFICER NICK BROWN REPORTS. Reporter:
COMMANDER JESSICA BEARD CONSIDERS HER FAMILY ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT ASPECTS OF HER LIFE.
THAT INCLUDES HER EXTENDED MILITARY FAMILY. SB: CDR Jessica Beard: Officer in Charge – Branch
Health Clinic Iwakuni: “Please be careful. I want each and every
one of you back the same way you leave. You are my family. You are truly my family. Please
be safe.” REPORTER:
HOWEVER, NINETEEN YEARS AGO, BEING IN THE MILITARY KEPT HER AWAY FROM A LIFE-CHANGING
FAMILY EVENT. SB: CDR Jessica Beard: Officer in Charge – Branch
Health Clinic Iwakuni: “I can recall getting a phone call from
my brother telling me that my mom had suddenly passed out and that she was transported to
the hospital via ambulance and at that current time she was in surgery and her prognosis
was not good.” Reporter:
COMMANDER BEARD WAS TOLD TO CALL THE NAVY MARINE CORPS RELIEF SOCIETY FOR HELP. SB: Melissa Hornbrook: Director Navy Marine
Corps Relief Society – Iwakuni: “The Navy Marine Corps Relief Society provides
financial education and need based assistance to Marines and Sailors, active duty and retired,
their dependents and their survivors. We don’t get any government funds or anything of that
sort. We are by your own, for your own, so the donations help us continue to operate.
They allow us to provide assistance. They allow us to make sure that Marines and Sailors
remain mission ready 100 percent of the time.” Reporter:
SADLY, SHE DIDN’T MAKE IT HOME BEFORE HER MOTHER PASSED, BUT SHE’S NOT BITTER. SB: CDR Jessica Beard: Officer in Charge – Branch
Health Clinic Iwakuni: “Seeing how the Navy Marine Corps Relief
Society came to my aid, they had never seen me, they had never met me. I had never seen
them or met them. But they did for me what I couldn’t do for myself. And that was to
give me closure and to say those final goodbyes to my mom. For that, I will always be grateful.
And for that, I will always give back.” Reporter:
THE NAVY MARINE CORPS RELIEF SOCIETY ACTIVE DUTY FUND DRIVE STARTED FEBRUARY 29TH AND
WILL CONTINUE INTO APRIL. REPORTING FROM MARINE CORPS AIR STATION IWAKUNI, JAPAN, I’M PETTY
OFFICER NICK BROWN.