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United States Air Force
8105 Condor Street
MacDill AFB, FL 33621-5313
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 Military and Family Readiness Center and other base agencies provide mobility and deployment assistance to members and their families to meet pre-deployment, sustainment and post-deployment challenges. Services and activities help prepare members and their families to successfully manage separation and reintegration, increase individual and family morale and unit cohesion, and support operational readiness.
Families of deployed members are kept informed of monthly family deployed events, services, benefits, etc. Families are encouraged to participate in these programs throughout the duration of the member's deployment. Family members are also encouraged to be in regular contact with their unit key spouse for support and information.
Family members who are relocating to MacDill AFB and the local area while their sponsor is deployed, on TDY or on a remote assignment are eligible to receive these services on base as well. All family members should check in with the M&FRC.
Families are encouraged to participate in monthly family deployed events, which include bowling parties, skating and pool parties. These events are free to deployed family members.
Each unit has a key spouse. Key spouses are informal liaisons between unit spouses and leadership. They are trained volunteers that provide a vital link to families during deployments. Contact your unit or the M&FRC to get contact information for your squadron.
Car Care Because We Care
Car Care Because We Care provides a voucher for a free oil change, oil filter change and safety inspection of the family vehicle. This program is designed to aid the military member in focusing on the mission by supporting his or her family. The program is paid for by the Air Force Aid Society.
Give Parents a Break
Give Parents a Break offers several hours of free child care a month at base facilities, enabling the parent left behind to take a break from the children – or for the children to take a break from the parent. This is an opportunity for everyone to recharge and refocus. The program is paid for by the AFAS.
Children Deployment Line
A mock deployment line is held annually. This event provides children with a fun and hands-on atmosphere that exposes them to some of the elements their parents experience when they deploy.
During pre-deployment briefings, members may obtain information and guidance on just about any financial issue: budgeting, reading a leave and earning statement, balancing a checkbook, consumer issues such as car buying and more.
HeartLink is a program designed to introduce new spouses to the military lifestyle and is offered every other month. Spouses who have been married to the active-duty member for less than five years are strongly encouraged to attend. Spouses may register by calling 813-828-0145.
Deploying members are video-recorded reading a book of their choice to their child or children. The recordings are given to the member at the end of the reading. The DVD recording kept by the family provides connectivity and continuity for the member to participate in the daily routine of bedtime with the family.