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Department of the Air Force
Arnold Boulevard and Hartford Avenue
349 3rd Street
Abilene, TX 79607
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.
Realizing there is a direct relationship between a military member's ability to successfully accomplish a mission and the quality of life which his or her family experiences, readiness becomes an important issue for married and single military members. Our Airman and Family Readiness Center Readiness Program has a wide variety of information and resources available to assist in developing a workable and sustainable plan for families experiencing long-term separations. Some of the A&FRC programs available to assist service members and their families with deployment are:
The A&FRC also conducts all Key Spouse training for the base personnel and assists squadron commanders with their programs.
The A&FRC provides deployment briefings to assist in dealing with pre-deployment, deployment and reunion issues. These pre-deployment briefings are held at the A&FRC. In addition, we provide reintegration briefings upon the member's return from deployment.
We also have lots of information to assist military families in coping with family separation due to temporary duty travel and deployments. The purpose of the Hearts Apart Program is to decrease the sense of isolation and anxiety felt during separation. Under the Hearts Apart Program, a free family activity such as movie passes, zoo passes and meals are provided to deployed family members. These activities plus a lot of other goodies are described in the Spouse's Electronic Newsletter. In addition, the A&FRC maintains a resource room with internet-enabled computers so spouses can keep in touch through e-mail, accomplish personal online tasks and print or scan documents.
Under the Give Parents a Break Program, the spouse of the deployed member may receive free childcare provided at our Child Development Center or Youth Center on one designated Saturday per month. The spouse can pick up the free child care voucher from the A&FRC and sign up the child for this program at the Child Development Center or Youth Center. Please go to the Military Child Care website to register your children.
Under the Car Care Because We Care Program, we provide a free oil change (up to $50) for one vehicle while the service member is deployed. The spouse should contact the A&FRC to pick up the Car Care Because We Care free oil change voucher. The voucher must be used within 30 days of issue, as the service is paid for by the Air Force Aid Society.
In addition, the commander's Key Spouses are trained to provide a network of support for the families of deployed members.