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Department of the Air Force
Airmen and Family Readiness Program
90 Farrell Dr.
Edwards AFB, CA 93253
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 Airman and Family Readiness Center is a partner in helping to maintain readiness at the highest level. Services include pre-deployment briefings, reunion seminars, Hearts Apart meetings and issuance of Air Force Aid Society vouchers for Give Parents a Break.
The Family Readiness Deployment Guide is a quick reference with information and tips to help you and/or your family cope with the challenges of separation. The guide is available at the A&FRC; call661-277-0723 or DSN 312-527-0723.
The A&FRC conducts this brief to Air Force members prior to their deployment; spouses and other family members are encouraged to attend with them. The brief discusses all phases of the deployment cycle and identifies resources and services available to help meet the challenges of deployment.
Within seven days of your return from deployment, A&FRC staff members conduct this brief. The goal is to inform Air Force members of potential reunion and reintegration roadblocks and to refer the family to community resources, as needed. Spouses are encouraged to come.
Hearts Apart support group
Held once a month, this support group is intended for adults and children of deployed members, including those on 365-day temporary duty or remote assignments. We design the activities to foster family growth, to relieve the stress of a separation and to have fun.
Emails and computers
Family members may establish and use an email account through the A&FRC Discovery Resource Center. They are welcome to use the computers for other needs such as resume writing, budgeting and more.
Key Spouse program
Unit Key Spouses collaborate to provide community resources and outreach for families of deployed members through email and telephone trees. Key spouses are the liaison between the commander and the family and friends of deployed military members.
Information and Referral Program
The A&FRC provides Information and Referral Program services to on- and off-installation resources in support of families of deployed Air Force members.
Give Parents a Break
This is a community program funded through the AFAS. The A&FRC and the Child Development Center coordinate to provide free child care in support of families of active-duty deployed members. Children ages 6 months through 12 years qualify.
An A&FRC representative is available at the deployment line to ensure that each deploying member is provided with the information and resources available at the A&FRC.