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United States Air Force
1191 Menoher Drive
Andrews AFB, MD 20762-6421
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 Military & Family Support Center Readiness NCO provides military members and their families with education and assistance during times of mobilization, deployments, remote tour assignments and local national emergencies. Prior to your departure on a deployment, extended TDY, or short tour, stop by your Military & Family Support Center for more information about the following services and benefits:
Family Readiness Program
The Family Readiness Program offers information on many services to help our families of deployed service members cope with temporary family separations. Spouse group networks have been built from the foundation of the Family Readiness program through the informal networking of the Key Spouse program. We offer Return and Reunion information and also have co-partnered with Family Advocacy for those families who have been separated for several months. We additionally offer standard Family Readiness information that is common across the Air Force. Example:, Give Parents a Break- free childcare offered at pre-determined dates/times upon issuance of eligibility voucher, Car Care Because We Care - one free oil change, and referral for counseling using the Military & Family Life Consultant counseling service for members, their spouses, and children before, during and after the deployment. Knowing your family has such a support program available to them should give you peace of mind and help you focus on your mission.
Take the time to talk to your loved ones about what they need to do when you are deployed. For questions or assistance during this process, contact the Military & Family Support Center Readiness NCO to ensure you have all of your personal affairs in order before you leave your family for an extended separation. Services offered to help ease the hardship of separation include photo pillowcases as well as the United Through Reading Program, where service members can record themselves reading books prior to deployment for the family to enjoy when missing their deployed loved one.
Pre-deployment briefs are available through the Readiness Day sponsored by 11 LRS Installation Deployment Readiness Cell held every other Tuesday. Your Unit Deployment Manager should sign you up for this briefing.