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Department of the Air Force
Military and Family Readiness Center
166 C Circle
Columbus AFB, MS 39710-7901
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 Columbus Air Force Base Military and Family Readiness Center (M&FRC) offers a wide variety of programs in support of members and their families during periods of separation due to temporary duty assignment, deployment or remote duty.
Hearts Apart Program
Our Hearts Apart social support group meets quarterly. This is an opportunity for family members to meet, network and exchange ideas on how to deal with any problems that arise. It also allows children to meet other youngsters who are experiencing the temporary separation from a parent.
Give Parents a Break
Referrals for a family who has a military member deployed, on extended TDY or on remote duty can qualify for this service. Families can also qualify if there are other special circumstances or needs. Referrals can be requested through commanders, first sergeants, medical professionals, chaplains, the Child Development Center or the M&FRC. This program provides free child care on specified dates each month.
Pamphlets of Information
The M&FRC has a wide variety of materials on hand to prepare families for the deployment process. Materials cover pre-deployment, deployment and reunion, as well as issues like family care planning, managing stress during deployments and preparing for natural disasters.