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HQMC G-10 Force Preservation Directorate Team

HQMC Force Preservation Directorate Executive Director


Dr. Michael S. Bermes

Ph.D.; LCSW, MSW, MCAP, ICADC, Retired U.S. Army

Prior to assuming his current position as Executive Director, Force Preservation & Special Assistant to the Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps, Headquarters Marine Corps Pentagon, Dr. Bermes held the positions of Sr. Program Liaison for Community Health Integration, HQMC, Research and Program Evaluation Section Head, Behavioral Health, HQMC, Quantico, VA., and Director, Prevention (Embedded) and Special Staff to the Commanding General, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, NC.  Prior to entering civilian Marine service Dr. Bermes was the Program Director, Military Families Program & Director of Outreach, Psychology Department, University of Central Florida (UCF) responsible for coordinating a Department of Defense funded, $5.2 million research program spanning three locations to examine the effects of deployment on children and the non-deployed care givers whose military member is or was deployed in support of Iraq and Afghanistan military operations.


Dr. Bermes’ practice experience has traversed neuro-behavioral consulting services in traumatic brain and spinal cord injury, family restoration, group therapy serving military, veteran, and civilian clients in an outcome-driven and supported living environment.  He has worked extensively with harm reduction strategies, homelessness and housing first programs, and intensive case management.  Dr. Bermes’ areas of expertise are in behavioral health, program evaluation, reintegration of combat veterans, resiliency, co-occurring disorders, substance related disorders (SUDs), severe and persistent mental illness, TBI, military social work, military families, group and family therapy, and homelessness among veterans and their families.


Professor Bermes developed and fielded a Masters in Military Social Work Certificate Program at UCF. The first of its kind in Florida, the curriculum was focused on developing clinical military social workers within various community-based settings.  He was a member of the Expert Panel for Military Social Work Practice Standards Development:  Military, Veterans, and Families, National Association of Social Workers (NASW), Washington, D.C., that wrote and fielded the first practice standards for the emerging field of military social work.  He also sat on the Expert Panel for Military Credentialing Standards Development:  Military, Veterans, and Families, NASW, Washington, D.C., that established the first credential recognizing practice expertise within military social workers.  He also served as the Faculty Advisor to the UCF Student Veteran Association.


Dr. Bermes received both his Masters in Clinical Social Work and Ph.D. in Community, Organizational, and Administrative Science from UCF.  He is a Master Certified Addictions Specialist (MCAP) licensed in the state of Florida and an Internationally Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (ICADC) as well as a LCSW also in the state of Florida and Virginia.  Dr. Bermes is the recipient of the Social Worker of the Year Award, Volusia/Flagler Counties, Student Social Worker of the Year, Volusia/Flagler Counties, and the MSW Academic & Professional Excellence Award, UCF. 


He is the past Unit Chair, NASW, Volusia & Flagler Counties and Secretary and Military Committee Chair, Florida NASW Executive Committee.  Dr. Bermes also served as the Chair, Military Social Work Committee, School of Social Work, University of Central Florida.  Dr. Bermes has previously worked for the Department of Veterans Affairs and as the Program Director, Haven Recovery Centers, DeLand and Daytona Beach, Florida. His research expertise is in the area of childhood trauma, neglect, and low socioeconomic status and their impact in the severity of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among military or veterans with combat-related exposure.
Deputy Director

Colonel Cheryl M. Blackstone

Colonel Cheryl Blackstone is currently serving on active duty as the Deputy Director, Force Preservation Directorate, and as the Department of the Navy Tasks, Records and Consolidated Knowledge Enterprise Repository Project Officer, Headquarters, U. S. Marine Corps (HQMC).  When not in uniform, she is a Civil Servant (GS-14) serving as the Section Head for Readiness and War Reserve, Logistics Plans & Operations Branch, Logistics Plans, Policies, and Strategic Mobility Division, Installations and Logistics Department, Headquarters, US Marine Corps.


A 1990 graduate of Marquette University, she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps. Upon completion of The Basic School in March 1991, Lieutenant Blackstone attended the Basic Communication Officer’s Course and reported to 8th Communications Battalion, 2nd Surveillance, Reconnaissance and Intelligence Group (SRIG), Camp Lejeune, NC, where she served as a Platoon Commander and then as the Group S-6. 


In August 1994, she joined the Marine Corps Reserve as a member of the reserve detachment at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, SC, working as a Special Projects Officer in the Depot Operations section.  In June 2006, she began Active Duty Special Work Orders with the Depot Academics Section, writing lesson plans for “The Crucible” and spearheaded a complete revision of the Recruit Training Program of Instruction.


From May 1997 until October 2000, she was a member of Ammunition Company (-) Rein, 4th Supply Battalion, 4th Marine Logistics Group (Greenville, SC), serving as the Executive Officer and subsequently Commanding Officer and was promoted to Major. During this command tour, she was employed as a classroom teacher at Richland County School District 2, Columbia, SC.  As a first year teacher, she was selected to pilot a ground breaking ‘Transition Program’ to assist at risk high school youth.  She was awarded the inaugural “Distinguished Educator Award” for leadership and professionalism. Upon relinquishing command, she became the Peacetime Wartime Support Team (PWST) OIC for Company D, 8th Tank Battalion, 4th Marine Division, in Eastover, SC.


Relocating with her family to Hickory, NC, Maj Blackstone joined the staff of 4th Maintenance Battalion, 4th Marine Logistics Group, Charlotte, NC, March 2001 - July 2006.  During this time, she served in various staff billets to include Maintenance Operations Section OIC, Operations Officer, Peacetime Wartime Support Team OIC, and lastly as Battalion Executive Officer. In her civilian career, she taught at a small private school serving as classroom teacher, Athletic Director, and Director of Development/Fundraising.  She was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in January 2006.


In October 2006, she was mobilized to HQMC for duty with Logistics Plans, Operations and Strategic Mobility Division, Deputy Commandant for Installations and Logistics.   In January 2010, the Section Head position for Readiness and War Reserve was ‘civilianized’.  Demobilizing early, she was hired as a Civil Servant to fill this position. In August 2010, she joined the reserve detachment of the Marine Air Ground Staff Training Program at Quantico, where she served as the Deputy Director for Joint Logistics Operations.  Returning to active duty, she was a member of the Marine Corps’ 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review team as Manpower and Reserve Affairs Liaison. She was reassigned as the Marine Corps representative to the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission until May 2014.


Col Blackstone’s personal decorations include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.


She holds a Master of Science in National Resourcing Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National Defense University, (2012), and a Master of Arts (Teaching) from the University of South Carolina (1996).

Senior Enlisted Advisor

Master Sergeant Billy A. Richardson


Billy A. Richardson was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, but was raised in Las Vegas, Nevada. He enlisted in December of 1995 and went to Boot Camp at MCRD San Diego, California in July of 1996 where he graduated as the honor graduate.

Following Marine Combat Training in Camp Pendleton, California, Private First Class Richardson attended Administrative Clerk Course aboard Camp Johnson, North Carolina.  Upon completion, he was assigned the Military Occupation Specialty (MOS) of 0151. 

His first assignment was with 2d Battalion, 3d Marines, 3d Marine Division aboard Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii and worked for both the Personnel Office and the S-1.  After completing his second deployment, Corporal Richardson was assigned to Camp Smith, Hawaii where he was selected to be a member of the Staff Secretary (SSEC) Office for Marine Forces Pacific (MARFORPAC). 

Sergeant Richardson’s next assignment was the Milwaukee Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS).  Upon completion, Staff Sergeant Richardson was selected to be part of the inspection/training team at US Military Entrance Processing Command (USMEPCOM) located in Great Lakes, Illinois. 

After a successful tour, he was assigned as the Personnel Chief of the Chemical Biological Incident Response Force (CBIRF) located in Indian Head, Maryland. While there he also was also selected to be the SSEC.  After his promotion to Gunnery Sergeant, he was assigned to be the Administrative Chief for Recruiting Station, New York.  While there, Gunnery Sergeant Richardson submitted a package and was selected to become an Equal Opportunity Advisor (EOA). 

After completion of the training at the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute (DEOMI), Gunnery Sergeant was assigned to 4th Marine Division.  Master Sergeant Richardson was extended on the program and served as the EOA for Marine Forces Reserve (MARFORRES)/ Marine Forces North (MARFORNORTH)/Force Headquarter Group (FHG) as well as 4th Marine Division.  Before being selected for his current billet, he was selected as the EOA of the Year for 2017. 

November 2017 MSgt Richardson reported to HQMC G10, Force Preservation Directorate.

Master Sergeant Richardson’s personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal (oak cluster in lieu of second award), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (gold star in lieu of second award), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (gold star in lieu of send award).