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Department of the Air Force
6001 Arnold St.
Airman & Family Readiness Center
Tinker AFB, OK 73145-9011
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 Tinker Air Force Base Airman and Family Readiness Center’s Readiness staff stands ready to assist you and your family before, during and following your deployment. We are on your pre-deployment checklist to ensure family members have the tools needed to manage in the absence of the active-duty member.
Deployment Support – Support includes services for special needs, classes on deployment preparation, managing finances, helping children adjust, family separation, return and reunion, and information on resources available locally and online.
The spouse component of readiness is called Hearts Apart. It offers individual support as needed, access to Give Parents a Break, Car Care Because We Care vouchers and morale calls. Call information is provided to service members and their families prior to their departure. Morale calls are limited to 15 minutes per call and may be disconnected with little or no warning. Calls can be made to the 405 area code number or a toll-free number. The spouse may call the deployed location if they have the DSN number where the active-duty member is located.
Assistance is provided through many services including:
Personal and Family Pre-deployment Training (Tuesdays 8 a.m. and Fridays 1 p.m.)
Key Spouse program
Hearts Apart Morale Call program
Ready and Reading
Readiness Emergency Sleeping Tool (pillow case)
Kids Understanding Deployment Operations
Give Parents a Break (child care)
Return and reunion education
To sign-up or get additional information on the above programs, please call the A&FRC at 405-739-2747.
The Family Readiness non-commissioned officer also develops base plans for responding to family needs during natural disasters or local emergencies. In addition, contact with another military family center is available if the family will be relocating during the family separation.