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Department of the Air Force
Airman and Family Readiness Center
ATTN: Family Readiness Program Manager
Bldg. 220, Douglas Boulevard
Kadena AB Japan 96368-5134
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 family readiness program assists with all stages of deployment, mobilization, separations, local or national emergencies, disasters and evacuations. The Kadena Airman and Family Readiness Center’s readiness non-commissioned officer and staff provide preparation information, education and guidance aimed at optimally preparing military members and their families for deployments and extended temporary duty assignments. Services include pre-deployment briefings, child care, Bi-monthly social events and other programs offered to assist families while their loved ones are away.
Briefings are held every Monday at 9 a.m. at the A&FRC, Building 220. Briefings are mandatory for all military personnel deploying from Kadena AB for more than 30 days. Briefings provide an overview of deployment checklist items, a review of the cycles of deployment and resources for the military member and dependent(s). Spouses are highly encouraged to attend pre-deployment briefings.
Resources and information provided at these briefings include:
* Give Parents A Break – This AFAS-sponsored program is designed to offer eligible parents a few hours’ break from the stresses of parenting. At Kadena, we offer 4-5 hours of free child care to parents who need a break while their active-duty member is deployed. Care is offered one weekend a month at either Wakaba Child Development Center or Niko Niko CDC for children 6 weeks to 5 years of age and at Himawari School Age Program for children 5-12 years of age.
* Family activities – The A&FRC hosts a deployed family activity for spouses and children Bi-Monthly. These activities are open to all military branches of a deployed service member. It's a great opportunity to meet other families and network in a fun and festive environment. Child care is available onsite.
There are a number of resources to make a deployed member's reunion a successful and joyous one. Please see the following resources for further information.
Briefings are held twice a week (Tuesdays and Thursdays) at 9 a.m. in the Building 220 training room. Briefings are mandatory for all military personnel returning from deployment. Spouses are highly encouraged to attend post-deployment briefings.
Other resources available for post-deployment
Returning home child care – Active-duty members returning from deployment 30 days or longer are eligible for 16 hours of child care through the Family Child Care center. Service is provided on a space-available basis. Call the FCC office at DSN 315-634-3464 for more information.