BARSTOW, Calif. - Marine Corps Logistics Base Barstow's Marine Corps Family Team Building, held a Spouse in the House event at the base Family Restaurant, Nov. 13.
The purpose of the event was to let military spouses who live on base promote businesses or services they run in home, said Julie Wilbanks, MCFTB director.
“Since (MCLB) Barstow is such a small base it's important that we support each other,” Wilbanks explained.
Additionally, since MCLB Barstow is home to different branches of service, it’s a good way to build cross service camaraderie, Wilbanks continued.
“We had a good turnout; a lot of the other spouses and families came out to support each other,” she added. “We also had a lot of support from the base staff.”
The Family Restaurant was a good location to catch the attention of anyone coming for lunch, said Wilbanks.
Sandra Murray, military spouse, who runs a home based confectionery business, was able to raise awareness of her service, as well as sell some of her products.
Adrea Facio, military spouse, said it was great exposure for her business. She is a sales representative for a sales company that sells nontoxic vinyl nail wraps, and was able to demonstrate how easy to use her product was.
More events like Spouse in the House should happen on base, said Carolina Harker, military spouse, who offers custom embroidery services. She would attend an event like this every week during the holiday season.
While every week might not work out, MCFTB will definitely look into similar events in the future, said Wilbanks. MCFTB is always looking for ways to support military families; this event was a great way to do so.