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United States Air Force
Airman and Family Readiness Center
56 FSS / FSH
7282 N 137th Ave, Bldg 1113
Luke AFB, AZ 85309
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 leaders and service providers at Luke are committed to helping families remain strong during deployments, extended TDYs and remote tours. A Readiness NCO is assigned to the Airman and Family Readiness Center (A&FRC) to work with unit leadership and service agencies to work directly with troops and families during family separations. For additional information or questions please contact the A&FRC at 623-856-6550 or DSN 312-896-6550.
Car Care Because We Care Program
A free oil change, sponsored by the Air Force Aid Society, authorized for first-term airmen, spouses of active-duty Air Force members deployed for more than 30 days and spouses of active-duty Air Force members assigned to a remote tour.
Give Parents a Break Program
The AFAS recognizes Air Force families are subject to unique stresses due to the nature of military life – deployments, remote tours of duty, extended working hours, etc. In an effort to help these families, the AFAS, in cooperation with the Air Force Child Care Community, has agreed to provide funding for child care under the Give Parents a Break Program. The purpose of this program is to offer eligible parents a few hours break from the stresses of parenting. Active-duty Air Force families may use this time, free of charge, to suit their personal needs. AFAS will pay the cost of having Luke Air Force Base’s Child Development Center and Youth Center open once a month for families referred to the program. LAFB's Give Parents a Break Program is offered quarterly. Please contact the Luke Airman and Family Readiness Center for scheduled dates. Bring a copy of the deployment orders to the LA&FRC and you will be issued a certificate for an approved timeframe. Spouses should then take the certificate to the CDC and or Youth Center to sign up. Every child using the program must have completed a registration package. Please also provide a copy of each child's immunization records. Registration packages are available at the LA&FRC, CDC or Youth Center.
Respite Care Program
The AFAS Respite Care Program is intended for active-duty Air Force families who have a family member with special needs. The goal of the program is to provide a few hours’ break each week or month to families who have the responsibility of 24-hour care for an ill or disabled family member. This person may be a child, spouse or parent living in the household.
AFAS assistance for respite care is based on need – the need for respite time and/or financial need – and is always given as a grant. Families with a special-needs family member who have the financial means to pay for care should do so. Our program is intended to assist those who cannot afford it and would otherwise never get a break. Families are referred to the AFAS for respite care through the Exceptional Family Member Program or the Family Advocacy Program.
Hearts Together/Hearts Apart Program
The chapel, LA&FRC, and Friends of Military Families co-host a social activity once a month to promote interaction and fun for families of deployed service members.
During holidays or other special times, events and activities are provided just for spouses and families. Look for arts, crafts, holiday parties and special activities for children.
Information and Referral
It's never possible to anticipate all the things that might occur during a separation. Call us if you have a concern and we’ll help you find the available resources to meet your need.
Morale Call Program
Families may place two 15-minute calls to their loved ones from home using an Automated Call Directory Service. Signup is through the LA&FRC and requires current orders. Please call if you need a personal identification number.
Tips for Spouses
Pre-Deployment Briefing (or Family Readiness Briefing): Thursdays at 9 a.m.
Pre-deployment briefings are held at the Luke Airman and Family Readiness Center weekly. Topics discussed include expectations, support services offered and positive ways of dealing with stress. Resources are given out and family information is obtained. This briefing is mandatory for active-duty members and highly suggested for spouses.
Family Care Plans
A Family Care Plan is a plan for the care of family members during a service member's absence. It is a working plan that provides guidance in your absence. For example, it helps guardians and others with care for family members, financial and legal matters, and medical needs. A Family Care Plan is required if you are a single service member or part of a dual-service couple and responsible for the care of family members.
Reintegration Briefings: Mondays and Thursdays at 1 p.m.
When you return, you will first attend a Reintegration Briefing. They are held daily at the LA&FRC and topics range from expectations at home and work, how to reintegrate with family and friends, communication, coping skills, and sources to help the process. This briefing is mandatory for active-duty members but spouses are invited to attend as well.
Post-Deployment Briefing: Third Thursday (Quarterly)
Within 60 days of returning, you will attend a Post-Deployment Briefing. Usually held monthly at the Old Officers Club in Building 750, you will listen to speakers from the chapel, those with mental health expertise, Veterans Affairs, Military Equal Opportunity, LA&FRC, command chief and the wing commander or another wing representative. This briefing is mandatory for active-duty members but we strongly recommend spouses attend also.