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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 (M&FRC) and other base agencies, provide mobility and deployment assistance to members/families to meet pre-deployment, sustainment, and post-deployment challenges. Services and activities help prepare members/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 via email. Families are encouraged to participate in any and all of these programs through 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 the MacDill AFB and local area while their sponsor is deployed/TDY/or on a remote assignment are eligible to receive these, and many more services on base. 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, etc. These events are at no charge to deployed family members.
Each unit also 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"
Voucher for a free oil change, oil filter change and safety inspection of the family vehicle. Program is designed to aid the military member in focusing on the mission by supporting his/her family. The program is paid for by the Air Force Aid Society.
"Give Parents a Break"
Provides several hours of free childcare 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 Air Force Aid Society.
Morale calls are authorized via the defense switching network (DSN). Morale calls can be originated here at home or at the deployed location. These calls are placed by calling the base operator. Some restrictions apply. Videophone calls can be made allowing for families or couples to see each other at a distance.
Children Deployment Line
A mocked deployment line is held annually. This event provides children a fun and hands-on atmosphere that exposes them to some of the elements their parents experience when they deploy.
During the pre-deployment briefing 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 much, much more.
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 5 years are strongly encouraged to attend. Spouses may register by calling 813-828-0145.
Deploying members are video recorded reading a book of his/her choice to his/her child/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.