Key Spouse Program
The U.S. Air Force Key Spouse Program (KSP) is an official Air Force Unit Family Readiness Program designed to enhance readiness, personal/family resiliency and establish a sense of Air Force community. Key Spouses are commander-appointed and serve as a vital resource to command teams in an effort to support Air Force families. The strategic vision is to increase resiliency and unit cohesion amongst military members and their families throughout the military life cycle.
This commander program promotes partnerships with unit leadership, Key Spouses, family members, the Airman & Family Readiness Center (A&FRC) and other community and helping agencies. In March 2009, the KSP was standardized across the Air Force to address the needs of all Air Force families. The KSP provides service-minded volunteers an opportunity to contribute to their communities, with a special emphasis on support to families throughout all phases of the deployment cycle.
WHY IS THE KEY SPOUSE PROGRAM IMPORTANT?
- Promotes individual, family, and unit readiness and resiliency
- Establishes and maintains continuous contact with spouses and families
- Encourages peer-to-peer Wingman support amongst spouses and families
- Builds family links to leadership
- Provides an informal sounding board to leadership
- Strengthens leadership’s support team
WHAT ARE THE KEY SPOUSE PROGRAM OUTCOMES?
- Increased awareness of installation and community resources
- Identified/resolved issues at lowest levels
- Enhanced up and down information flow
- Prepared and supported families during separations/deployments
- Increased sense of unit support
- Improved quality of life amongst unit families
- Increased readiness and retention
- Enhanced individual and family resilience
The goal is to have a cadre of trained volunteers who can support your unit’s military families in an official capacity.
The Commander’s Guide provides commanders with information and resources to help units manage their official KSP. The guide is designed to provide a practical approach to develop an effective unit KSP, with tips and tools to assist commanders in recruiting, interviewing and selecting unit Key Spouse(s) and Key Spouse Mentor(s).
The KS and KSM Guides provide volunteers with guidance, information and resources on how to meet the expectations of their role and vision set forth by their unit commander.
Key Spouse Initial Training
One day mandatory training held quarterly at the Airman & Family Readiness Center. This class will provide newly appointed Key Spouses and Key Spouse Mentors with a basic knowledge about the resources and helping agencies on base and in the local community. Training topics include Suicide Prevention, Master Resiliency Training, Communication, and Identifying Helping Agencies. If you have been a Key Spouse at another installation, you may complete a one-on-one refresher training with the Key Spouse program manager. Before registering for Key Spouse Initial Training, please make sure you have met with your Unit leadership (Commander and First Sergeant).
Requirements for registration and certification of this program are:
1) Must have an official Appointment letter signed by Unit Commander
2) Must attend upcoming Initial Training course.
Additional training is provided and is optional, but highly encouraged. **Childcare is provided through FCC for any Key Spouse official activity. Bring Appointment Letter to A&FRC for a voucher.
Key Spouse Quarterly Training & Key Spouse Mentor Training
This is an additional training workshop held quarterly for already trained and active Key Spouses at the Airman & Family Readiness Center. Workshops will cover various topics and will have various subject matter experts leading the topic of conversation.
Topics vary from Survivor Benefits, Financial Matters, EFMP, etc. Topics are developed based on the need at the time of the workshop.
Key Spouse Refresher Training
This is a one-on-one meeting with the Key Spouse program manager for those who have served as a key spouse at another installation. The refresher training is a one hour overview of the Key Spouse program and focuses on local and base resources. Verification of prior volunteer service as a key spouse must be provided.
To register for training or obtain additional information please contact 843-963-4406.