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Deployment


The Air Force Airman and Family Readiness Center’s (A&FRC) mission is to offer pre-deployment, sustainment, and reintegration services that provide information, improve skills by fostering competencies and coping skills, and offer support and assistance that will help personnel and their families deal with the demands of the expeditionary military mission and their family responsibilities.  To improve outreach to the Air Force community, in 1997 Airman & Family Readiness NCO positions were developed to assist A&FRC staff in managing the challenges of evacuations, emergencies, deployments and separations including TDYs and remote tours.   

HeartLink is an orientation for spouses on how the expeditionary Air Force works and the important role spouses play on the Air Force team.   As a critical part of the Air Force Family, HeartLink empowers spouses with the knowledge needed regarding the Air Force way of life to include awareness of the Air Force mission, customs, traditions, protocols and available resources and services. The availability of on- and off-base community resources are presented as well as other helping agencies that provide services to help families become healthier - physically, emotionally and spiritually. To find out when the next HeartLink is scheduled on your installation, contact the Airman & Family Readiness Center.

 

DoD Pre-Deployment Guide


This guide, developed by the Department of Defense is intended to help you and your family prepare for deployment and to serve as a resource for you and your family during your deployment. The information presented applies to deploying active duty service members from all branches of Service, National Guard service members, Reserve service members, and all family members (spouses, children, and parents) of active duty, National Guard, and Reserve service members who are preparing for or undergoing a deployment. The information in this guide is presented in three major sections: Understanding Deployment, Preparing for Deployment, and Knowing Your Benefits.

Sustainment


Personal and Work Life Education services are available at your Airman & Family Readiness Center.  Community Readiness Consultants (CRC) provide assessment, intervention, referral, prevention, enrichment, consultation, and skill building to assist Airmen and their Families. The activities are educational in nature, offered in group or individual settings. Topics can include interpersonal communication skills, relationship building, maintaining long-distance relationships (during deployment and other separations), marriage preparation, positive parenting, eldercare, time management, and team building.
OSD augments the individual Components’ services with Military One Source call-in, on-line, and face-to-face consultation as well as the  Military Family Life Consultant program which provides non-medical professional counseling.

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.  100% of Airmen are required to receive a pre-deployment briefing from the A&FRC at which time they identify family members left behind.  A&FRC staff will contact identified family members to inform them of resources and services available. Morale Calls through base operators allow Airmen and their family members to connect through the Defense Switching Network (DSN) at a rate of 1 call per week for 15 minutes (local conditions may permit more).  Discovery Resource Centers located at A&FRC allow computer access with webcams for family members to uplink with Airmen at deployed locations and some may have video teleconferencing capabilities.  Contact your Airman & Family Readiness Center for more information.

Air Force Aid Society(AFAS) funds community enhancement  programs while Airmen are deployed to include:

Contact your Airman & Family Readiness Center on your installation for AFAS assistance.

Respite Care for Parents of Children with special needs of Deployed Airmen


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 on your installation, contact the Airman & Family Readiness Center on your installation.

 

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