Mandatory Deployment Briefings are held every Tuesday & Thursday.
The briefing lasts approximately 60 minutes. Briefings include information about Legal, Finance, Military & Family Life Counselor, American Red Cross, and the Transition Assistance Program. Spouses and children are highly encouraged to attend and receive the concurrent Family briefing.
The Airman and Family Readiness Center promotes family preparedness through education and participation in readiness support. Families are also provided assistance during extended absences of the military member, emergencies, and natural disasters.
Pamphlets, books and videos discuss how to prepare for deployment, cope with separation, and come back together as a family. A&FRC staff works through units, spouse support groups, and with individuals to provide information and assistance.
Air Force Aid Society(AFAS) funds community enhancement programs while Airmen are deployed to include:
Hearts Apart is a vital element of deployment readiness activities hosted by the Airman & Family Readiness Centers (A&FRC) helping families stay connected to Airmen. Hearts Apart activities focus on deployment support for Airmen & families during pre-deployment and sustainment. Hearts Apart also includes support to families separated due to extended TDY lasting 30 days or more as well as to families whose Airman is on a remote assignment. The A&FRC hosts a monthly Hearts Apart family-oriented event that promote sense of community, quality of life and family resiliency.
Key Spouse Program – The Key Spouse Program is the official family readiness program that supports Airmen and their families during deployments, separations and emergencies as well as enhancing and encouraging regular communications between unit’s leadership and families designed to enhance readiness and establish a sense of community. The program helps leadership, commanders and First Sergeants, connect with unit families through a network of volunteers who work to keep accurate information flow. To find out more about the Key Spouse Program, contact the Airman & Family Readiness Center.
Children also experience separation. www.MilitaryKidsConnect.org is a website that provides support to children ages 9-17. The highly interactive website helps children cope with stress, changing responsibilities, and concern for the safety of their parents.
If you would like to know more about the Family Readiness Program, contact the Military & Family Readiness Center at 843-963-4406.