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Department of the Air Force
Readiness & Deployment Support
18401 E. A-Basin Avenue
Bldg 606 (Stop 97)
Buckley AFB, CO 80011
Deployment can be a challenging phase of the military lifecycle, but it’s important to know that you don’t have to go through it alone. The military provides a variety of resources and support programs — ranging from educational briefings to morale calls — for your loved ones, children and service members to ease the stress of deployment. Military members may be assigned to a specific installation but support may come from local communities, Yellow Ribbon events or the installation itself.
The Buckley Airman/Guardian and Family Readiness Center offers a variety of programs and resources to help military and Department of Defense personnel and their families to prepare for and cope with separations due to deployments, remote assignments, natural disasters and evacuations. By addressing emotional, financial, legal and family issues prior to these events, as well as providing support programs during times of separation, the A/G&FRC can help service members balance quality of life and mission readiness needs more adeptly.
Offered on the second Thursdays of the month, pre-deployment briefings begin at 9:30 and run until 10:30 a.m. at the A/G&FRC in Building 606, room 140. The service member is asked to fill out the family support information sheet and personal readiness inventory to see if the service member needs possible assistance and the service delivery statement of understanding.
Spouses are encouraged to attend to find out what support is offered. Information presented in the briefing centers around the three phases of the deployment process: pre-deployment, deployment and reunion. Family programs such as Hearts Apart, Car Care Because We Care and Give Parents a Break; are also presented during the briefing. A variety of information packets and resources are issued to the service member.
Briefings may also be scheduled on an individual basis for short-notice deployments by calling the A/G&FRC. We strongly recommend individuals and families be proactive by planning ahead for future deployments.
Offered every Monday and Wednesday from 10 to 11 a.m., post-deployment briefings are held at the A/G&FRC in Building 606, room. 140.
The service member is asked to fill-out a Personal Readiness Inventory to see if he or she needs possible assistance and the service delivery statement of understanding. If a large contingency returns from the area of responsibility, a group briefing is conducted with all pertinent agencies present. Spouses are highly encouraged to attend to normalize the many feelings, thoughts or behaviors they may be experiencing during the reunion. Financial readjustment and available community resources are also discussed.
Information packets are issued to returning members concerning reintegration. The Readiness NCO will also request that members fill out a post-deployment survey to ensure we are serving not only the service members' needs but their families, as well. At the completion of the briefing, the service members' post-deployment checklists are signed off. Also, the Air Force Aid Society offers the members 20 free hours of child care per child utilizing Buckley’s Family Child Care providers.