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Department of the Air Force
5837 D Avenue
Hill AFB, UT 84056-5720
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 & Family Readiness Center helps military and DoD personnel and their families to prepare for and cope with separation due to deployments, remote assignments, natural disasters, and evacuations. By addressing emotional, financial, legal, and family issues prior to these events, as well as providing support programs during times of separation, the Airman and Family Readiness Center can help service members and families balance quality of life and mission readiness needs more effectively.
Pre-Deployment Processing (PDP) covers the emotional cycles of deployment, deployment support programs, family support services, legal briefing, medical intelligence clearance & briefings and A&FRC programs. Spouses are highly encouraged to attend with the deploying member. The PDP is held on the first Wednesday of every month. Deployers are scheduled by contacting their Unit Deployment Monitor for deployments and the Airman & Family Readiness Center for Remote Tours. The PDP is designed to minimize out-processing leg work on the deploying service member as well as reduce stress endured by loved ones during times of separation.
Spouse Deployment Training
During the spouse deployment training, spouses will learn about all programs and resources available before, during, and after their loved-ones deployment. All eligible vouchers will be issued and available dates will be provided for upcoming child care opportunities and hearts apart events. Contact the Airman & Family Readiness Center for upcoming class dates and more information at 801-777-4681.
Hearts Apart Program
The Hearts Apart Program supports deployed and remote tour family member's by offering monthly newsletters, activities, and social networking. During the pre-deployment briefing, the military member fills out a Family Information Sheet which provides the A&FRC with family contact information. A monthly newsletter is emailed to the family to update them on monthly events and support services available. Monthly Hearts Apart events help support spouses and children with activities that promote networking to other military families, resources and referrals to helping agencies.
Any military member scheduled to deploy or PCS on a remote assignment can go to the Airman & Family Readiness Center to have their picture taken and order either a Hill Heroes doll or pillowcase for each of their dependents at no cost. Base volunteers meet monthly to sew the items. For more information, contact the Airman & Family Readiness Center at 801-777-4681 or DSN 312-777-4681.
WiFi / Computers
The Airman & Family Readiness Center is equipped with WiFi and computers are available for use by Military personnel and their family members. For more information, contact the Airman & Family Readiness Center at 801-777-4681 or DSN 312-777-4681.
Give Parents a Break
Give Parents a Break is offered one weekend per month, typically the third Saturday of the month. The Child Development Center and Youth Programs provide 4 hours of child care at no cost to eligible families. Funded by the Air Force Aid Society, eligible personnel receive a referral certificate by taking a copy of deployment or PCS orders to the Airman & Family Readiness Center. Eligible families include spouses of deployed or remote tour airmen. Dates are provided on the Hearts Apart Newsletter or by calling the A&FRC (777-4681), CDC (777-6321), or Youth Programs (777-2419). Air Force members may also be eligible for the program is special situations such as family crisis, emergencies, extended TDYs and special needs children.
Special situation referrals may be made by commanders, first sergeants, Airman & Family Readiness Center/Family Advocacy, a medical adviser, chaplain, or CDC directors. Referrals can be made for families who are dealing with stressful situations.
Deployers Reintegration Briefing
The reintegration briefing provides education to returning deployers concerning reintegrating with family and community. Classes are held every Tuesday and Thursday from 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. in Bldg 900. For scheduling contact the Installation Personal Readiness (IPR) office at 801-777-3498 or DSN 312-777-3498.
Spouses Reunion Briefing
Provides education to spouses of returning deployers concerning reintegration with family and community. Classes are held quarterly and include speakers from the Chapel, Family Advocacy, Military Family Life Counselor, and the Airman & Family Readiness Center. It is recommended for spouses to attend at least 30 days prior to their military member's return. Contact the Airman & Family Readiness Center at 801-777-4681 for dates and more information.