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Department of the Air Force
10 Kirtland Street
Hanscom AFB, MA 01731
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 Hanscom Airman and Family Readiness Center's Personal and Family Readiness Program provides support services to military members and their families during deployments, extended temporary duty travel and remote assignments.
If you have any questions about the PFRP, please send an email to the facilitator.
Personal and Family Readiness Program
This program provides support services for military members and their families during deployments, extended TDY, remote assignments and disaster situations. Specific services include individual and family pre-deployment briefings, group briefings and support groups for families experiencing temporary separations.
Pre- and Post-Deployment Briefings: These are individual or family informative briefings designed to help active duty members and spouses (when applicable) prepare for separation and reunion due to military requirements. Families will be advised of the many community resources available to them during the separation and reintegration periods. Spouses are highly encouraged to attend. Special reunion briefings are also offered for children.
Contact Calls During Deployment: The family readiness coordinator contacts waiting families via phone and/or email throughout the separation period to see how they are doing and to help when there are special needs or concerns.
Morale Email Program: The HA&FRC has computers with email capability available during regular duty hours, 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. You can set up your own free internet email account to exchange messages with your loved one. No appointment is necessary.
Hearts Apart Support Group: An informal support group that meets during the year, Hearts Apart is designed for families of deployed/remote military members to come together to share experiences and provide friendship and support to one another. Activities for children include glow bowling, picnics, pool parties and scavenger hunts.
Hearts Apart Morale Calls: This program allows families the opportunity to utilize the military telephone system to make morale calls to the military member during deployments, remote assignments and TDY in excess of 14 days. Morale calls are to DSN numbers only and are limited to one outbound 15-minute call per week. For the military member whose family is or will be elsewhere during the deployment, HA&FRC staff will coordinate with other A&FRCs to support you with morale calls from that area, if possible.
Give Parents a Break: An AFAS-sponsored program to help Air Force families coping with deployments is called Give Parents a Break. This program provides free childcare for four hours on the third Saturday of the month at the Child Development Center to allow parents a stress break.
Readiness Emergency Sleeping Tool: During a deployment, extended TDY or remote tour, we will help little ones cope with not having you there at bedtime. We'll take a digital picture of you and transfer it onto a pillowcase so you'll be right there when they go to sleep.