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United States Air Force
220 Lukasik Avenue
Hurlburt Field, FL 32544-5272
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.
Deployments are a way of life in today's military. The stress associated with deployment can be greatly reduced by being prepared for periodic absences. The Personal and Family Readiness Program provides information and resources to assist members and their families be as prepared as possible for deployments, remote assignments and natural disasters. The following programs help families stay connected during separations and assist in the preparation for the periodic absences and potential natural disasters.
NOTE: Military member must be at an UNCLASSIFIED location.
Personal and Family Readiness One-On-One Brief
Important for all single and married personnel, please make an appointment with the Readiness staff prior to your TDY, deployment or remote assignment. We will discuss important readiness issues such as Powers of Attorney, wills, medical information and other factors affecting your deployment and mission readiness. This 30-minute brief is most effective if spouses attend so we have the opportunity to present them with all of the information about morale programs the Airman & Family Readiness Center has to offer during your absence.
For Family Members
Morale E-Mail Program
The Airman & Family Readiness Center has computers with e-mail capability available during regular duty hours, Mon - Fri, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. You can set up your own e-mail account to send/receive messages to stay "connected" to your loved ones. No appointment is necessary.
"Car Care Because We Care"
This program is available for family members of active duty personnel TDY for longer than 30 days, and remote families. Vouchers for a free 15 point-vehicle maintenance safety check and an oil/filter change at the Auto Hobby Shop are available at the Airman and Family Readiness Center. This program is sponsored by the Air Force Aid Society who will pay up to $32.50 for this service.
"Give Parents A Break Program"
Funded by the Air Force Aid Society, this program is designed to help families relieve stress created by deployments and remote assignments. Childcare is provided at the base Child Development Center on one or two Saturdays per month. Children between 6 months and 12 years of age are eligible by referral only, from the Airman & Family Readiness Center, First Sergeant or Chaplain.
Weekly Contact via E-Mail
Once we get the name and an e-mail address of a waiting spouse in our database we will send weekly information and updates via e-mail. This message is packed with information on base happenings and activities, helpful hints to get you through the tough times and ideas on how to pamper yourself.
Hearts Apart is a support group for "waiting" spouses and children. Monthly activities are planned, often around special holidays. Take this opportunity to join other families who are sharing your experience for friendly conversation, mutual support and valuable information.
Additional Support Material
Numerous pamphlets, handouts, DVDs, and coloring books on various topics concerning deployment and families, separation and loneliness, reunion, and tips while the loved one is away are available at the Airman & Family Readiness Center.