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United States Air Force
Airman and Family Readiness Center
483 N. Aviation Boulevard
Bldg. 272, Room C1-209
El Segundo, CA 90245-2808
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 non-commissioned officer is in charge of developing the Family Deployment Program and also develops base plans for responding to family needs during natural disasters or local emergencies.
Assistance is provided through many services:
Pre-deployment briefings are done by the A&FRC Readiness NCO. You may schedule a briefing by emailing the Airman and Family Readiness Center at 61MSS.FamilySupport@us.af.mil, or by calling 310-653-5290, DSN 312-633-5290. Spouses are highly encouraged to be involved in the Pre-Deployment process as well.
For members going on temporary duty for over 30 days, stop by to receive a quick overview briefing at the Airman and Family Readiness Center, Building 272, Room C1-209.
The pre-deployment briefing helps all members prepare for being away from loved ones and reminds members to take care of finances, household goods, cars, mail and other concerns before deployment. The briefing also discusses the Survivor Benefits Program which provides a piece of mind to members and their families. We discuss the services offered to family members, and we talk about reunion and reintegration following deployment.
Supporting The Families
Los Angeles Air Force Base provides monthly support activities for family members. The readiness NCO organizes picnics, trips to local attractions, movie nights and other activities for spouses and children. A monthly newsletter is distributed through email to provide information about these activities and to offer community resources. Members are required to outprocess through the Communications Squadron; in doing so, they are provided a pin that allows their family members to make morale calls to them using the automated system.
For deployment issues and family problems arising from a family member being deployed, contact the Airman and Family Readiness Center at 310-653-5290.