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United States Air Force
Hwy 90 and SW Military Road
Lackland AFB, TX 78236-5113
Jbsa Fort Sam Houston
Jbsa Lackland AFB
Jbsa Randolph AFB
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 objective of the Military and Family Readiness Center Readiness Program is to ensure that airmen and their family members are aware of the programs and support agencies available to support them when preparing for, during and upon return from deployment. This support is provided in collaboration with multiple bases and local and federal agencies.
While the support provided covers a broad spectrum, the most common programs that family members can participate in are Hearts Apart, Give Parents a Break and Car Care Because We Care.
Hearts Apart is a once a week morale call program allowing the family members staying behind to contact their deployed loved ones from the comfort of their home. Give Parents A Break provides an opportunity for parents left behind to leave their children in the capable hands of either the Youth Center or Child Development Center while they enjoy an afternoon/evening to themselves. The Car Care Because We Care program provides a vehicle safety inspection and oil change for the family vehicle. The Give Parents a Break and Car Care Because We Care programs are sponsored by Air Force Aid. Additional programs are scheduled throughout the year. Airmen and family members alike are encouraged to stop by the M&FRC to see the latest schedule of planned events. More information and arrangements can be made through the Readiness Noncommissioned Officer at the M&FRC.
The Readiness noncommissioned officer in charge and the Airman and Family Readiness Center staff stand ready to assist you and your family before, during and following your deployment. We are on your pre-deployment checklist to ensure that you and your family have the necessary tools to adjust to the absence of the active duty member. We provide support groups, the Car Care Because We Care program and more.
We offer support to assist during the deployment transition that includes services for special needs, classes on deployment preparation, managing finances, helping children adjust, family separation, return and reunion and information on resources available locally and online.
This support is delivered during our Personal and Family Readiness briefings for deploying and remote assigned members. Briefings are currently scheduled three times a week. Please contact the M&FRC to schedule your briefing.
During the pre-deployment briefings, we provide information on the Hearts Apart program, which facilitates family support. It offers a monthly Waiting Families Group, individual support as needed, access to Give Parents a Break and morale calls. Morale calls are available once a week and are limited to 15 minutes per call. Arrangements are made through the Readiness NCOIC at the M&FRC.
M&FRC Deployments Assistance/Soldier and Family Readiness Program offer support and resource assistance and referral to soldiers and family members preparing for a military separation.
For additional information, call the Mobilization/Deployment Readiness Program at 210-221-2418.
Hearts Apart Support Group
Hearts Apart is a group designed for spouses who are geographically separated due to an unaccompanied tour or extended temporary duty travel or deployment. For meetings schedules, call the Relocation Readiness Program at 210-221-2418 or Lackland AFB 210-671-3722.