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United States 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 Airman and Family Readiness Center's Family Readiness Program provides support services to military members and their families during deployments, extended TDYs and remote assignments.
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: Individual or family informative briefings 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 e-mail throughout the separation period to see how they are doing and to help when there are special needs or concerns.
Morale E-mail Program: The A&FRC has computers with e-mail capability available during regular duty hours, 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. You can set up your own free internet e-mail 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. It 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: Families are able to utilize the military telephone system to make morale calls to the military member during deployments, remotes and TDY assignments 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, our A&FRC staff will coordinate with other A&FRCs to support you with morale calls from that area, if possible.
Car Care Because We Care: Vouchers are available at the A&FRC for Air Force families to receive a free vehicle safety check, lubrication and oil/filter change at the Hanscom Auto Hobby Shop. This is available to Air Force families while the military member is either deployed for 30 or more days or serving a remote tour. This program is sponsored by your Air Force Aid Society.
Give Parents A Break: Another Air Force Aid Society sponsored program to help Air Force families coping with deployments. This program provides free childcare for 4 hours, the third Saturday of the month at the Child Development Center to allow parents a "stress break."
Readiness Emergency Sleeping Tool (REST): During a deployment, extended TDY or remote tour, we will help those little ones cope with not having you there at bedtime. We'll take a digital picture of you and transfer it on to a pillowcase so you'll be right there when they go to sleep.