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Department of the Air Force
171 Valiant Street Building 145
GAFB, TX 76908-4402
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.
Goodfellow Air Force Base's Family Readiness Program provides assistance to spouses and family members while the military member is deployed, on temporary duty assignment for more than 30 days or serving on a remote tour. Assistance is provided through many services, including:
Personal and Family Readiness Program training
One-on-one appointments or pre-deployment briefings
Family morale check
Give Parents a Break (child care)
Vehicle maintenance card
Members should schedule a pre-deployment briefing appointment with the Readiness Non-commissioned Officer at the Airman and Family Readiness Center as soon as they are notified of an upcoming TDY, deployment or remote assignment. If married, it is highly recommended that the spouse also attend the meeting. In addition, contact with another military family center is available if the family will be relocating during the family separation.
The Readiness NCO also develops base plans for responding to family needs during natural disasters or local emergencies. You can reach the readiness NCO at 325-654-3893.
Students if your family will not be joining you at Goodfellow, start making arrangements early to make the separation easier. Setting up two separate households, banking arrangements, allotments, communications, transportation, and just about every other aspect of your life together must be looked at and sorted out. If you have children, don't forget their needs. Deal with the stress associated with the family separation up front; it will make future problems seem less urgent. Don't try to do it alone. Use the base and community resources at your disposal; they are there to make your relocation as smooth and painless as possible for both you and your family.
You may contact the San Angelo Police Department if you will be out of town, for any reason. They will drive by your home periodically and investigate anything which appears suspicious.