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Department of the 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 Military and Family Readiness Center (M&FRC) to work with unit leadership and service agencies to care directly with troops for families during family separations. For additional information or questions please contact the M&FRC at 623-856-6550.
Give Parents a Break Program
The Air Force Aid Society recognizes Air Force families are subject to unique stressors due to the nature of military life, deployments, remote tours of duty, and extended work hours. In an effort to help these families, the Air Force Aid Society, 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 16 hours of free child care per month to alleviate the stressors of parenting while your loved one is away. Please contact the Luke Military and Family Readiness Center for scheduled dates. Bring a copy of deployment orders to the A&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. Registration packages are available at the M&FRC, CDC or Youth Center.
Hearts Apart Program
The chapel and M&FRC 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. These events may offer opportunities for arts, crafts, 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.
Tips for Spouses
Pre-deployment briefings are held at the Installation Deployment Readiness Cell, building 85f9, on the first Wednesday of each month at 0900. 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 encouraged for spouses.
Reintegration Briefings: Mondays through Friday at 9 AM.
When you return, you will first attend a Reintegration Briefing. They are held daily at the M&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.