The primary focus of the Airman & Family Readiness Center (A&FRC) is to support readiness by helping families and single military members adapt to the demands of the Air Force. The center designs, develops and conducts quality of life programs to develop important skills and foster a strong sense of Air Force Community.
The AFAS is the official charity of the US Air Force. Its purpose is to provide financial assistance in emergency situations through interest free loans or grants. To apply for an AFAS loan, you must log into their website. Once your application is submitted you must call the A&FRC to schedule an appointment, or you can also stop by the center and a Community Readiness Consultant will be able to guide you through the process. In emergency situations (family illness or death, other) you can also stop by the A&FRC and a Community Readiness Consultant will be able to guide you through the process. Other special programs available through the Air Force Aid Society are:
General Henry H. Arnold Education Grant
Car Care Because We Care, Child Care for PCS
Bundles for Babies
For more information on the AFAS please visit the AFAS at http://www.afas.org.
In the event of overwhelming trauma, mass casualties or disaster, theA&FRC will become an all-purpose assistance facility. A&FRC staff, in conjunction with other base agencies, will provide informational, financial, social and emotional support to all DoD ID Card Holders.
This program assists dependents on planning related to: entering the job market, starting a new career, beginning a job search, and all aspects related to employment preparedness. Workshops and individual assistance are available to teach clients how to write résumés, dress for success, interview effectively, seek federal and state employment, network, and penetrate the hidden job market. Also, in partnership with JobsPlus One Stop Career Center a Spouse Employment Ready class is offered with detailed information about the local labor market and all services available to job seekers.
The Exceptional Family Member Program – Family Support (EFMP-FS) – Specialist will assist families in finding and navigating the programs, services, resources, and activities available for dependents with special needs. EFMP-FS has information on include: both base and community information, guidance on processes, special events, a monthly support group and information & referral options. Families do not have to be enrolled in EFMP to use this service; it is open to retirees, reservists, AD, and civilian employees and their families. For details, questions, or assistance call Stacy Jones and Elisabeth Leith, EFMP – FS Specialist at the A&FRC at 884-6830/5441
A one-stop information center on services provided at Hurlburt Field, Eglin AFB, and agencies in the surrounding community. We also offer information and referral to national helping agencies when applicable, and we refer to outside agencies if services are not provided within the base. If we don’t provide the services, we will refer you to the agency that does!
The Key Spouse Program is a formal unit program that offers informal peer-to-peer/Wingman support to families within the squadron.The KS informs and refers family members to services within the base and the community. This program allows families to have an additional in-house resource and increases the AD member’s ability to focus on his/her mission. The KS is appointed by the commander and trained by the A&FRC to fullfil his/her responsibilities. If you would like to obtain more information on this program please call the A&FRC at 884-5441.
Separations have become a way of life in today's military. The stress associated with these can be reduced by being prepared for periodic absences. The P&FRP provides information and resources to assist members and their families to be as prepared as possible for deployments and remote assignments. Specific to deployments, programs are available to assist members and their families in through all phases of deployment including Pre-Deployment, Sustainment, and Reunion. Personal and Family Readiness briefings are offered weekly and on a one to one basis, as needed. Through the Hearts Apart Program, a part of P&FRP, spouses of deployed or remote AD members can build a network with other spouse going through the same. This network is built through: quarterly events, monthly groups, weekly email with base and community information, and individualized care.
Skill building workshops that focus on milestones and hurdles throughout one’s life span are a key part of the P&WL program. We offer classes and individual appointments on: personal growth, relationship concerns, boundaries, parenting, communication and many others. Single Parents and Moms & Tots groups meet regularly at the A&FRC. Commando Heart Link is offered to increase spouse awareness of the Air Force mission, traditions, protocol and supporting agencies
The A&FRC has 4 Accredited Financial Counselors available to assist members and their family with their financial needs. This program is designed for those individuals interested in investing, traditional TSP, the Roth TSP, debt consolidation, home buying/ selling/refinancing and other financial concerns. Counselors are available for Wingman Day training, Commander Calls, squadron briefings, or other functions upon request. The “Who Wants to be Debt Free” program will check the individuals FICO score (Credit score), adjust the tax withholding liability, individualize a debt reduction program, and establish a monthly payment schedule using the Power Pay plan. This is accomplished by appointment in a private environment. Other consumer information is also available on new / used vehicles, their reliability and cost. Educational seminars are presented throughout the year on various topics. For further information contact the A&FRC at 884-5441/5442.
This program offers information and assistance to create a positive relocation experience and minimize any negative impact a move may have on the military family. (This link takes you to Military OneSource anyway) Military OneSource is a computer network system that provides specific up-to-date information on military installations worldwide. Individual consultations are available to help plan for the upcoming PCS. A resource room (Discovery Center) is available with Internet access, (WiFi internet access point) , and fax machine to research information on a new location or to maintain communication with friends and family while in transit. Information and certificates of eligibility are provided for the Air Force Aid Child Care for PCS Program (bring copy of orders). All programs are open to all ID card holders. We also, a spouse orientation is conducted once a quarter to help spouses obtain information about the military and civilian community and all the services that are available to them.
The School Liaison Officer may provide assistance in the following ways: address issues with registration and graduation requirements, coordinate school transitions, act as a communication link between the installation and off-base schools, support home school families, provide information about schools for families moving to Hurlburt Field, and refer families to the School Liaison Officer at the gaining installation. In addition, activities and classes are offered on hot topics such as bullying, school education, the interstate compact, and more! The SLO also coordinates Kids Understanding Deployment Operations (KUDOS) which is an opportunity for kids 6-17 years old to learn what deployments are all about through interactive presentations and activities to include: K-9 demo, gearing up for deployment, plane displays and much more! Call 884-6829, for more information.
The goal of the program is to better meet the transitioning members’ individual needs and prepare them to be “career ready” when they leave the military. Transition GPS (Goals, Plans and Success) consists of a 5 day curriculum (mandatory for separatees) to include Transition Overview, Military Occupational Code (MOC) crosswalk, Financial Planning Session, Department of Labor Employment Workshop, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Benefits Briefing, and Core Curriculum Tracks (2 day workshops for Entrepreneurship (Boots to Business), Higher Education and a Career Technical Track.). Mandated Pre–Separation briefings are given on Thursdays at 0800 to begin the transition process with the Individual Transition Plan.
The Benefits Delivery at Discharge (BDD) allows active members to start their VA disability claim before separating or retiring (180 days out). An Employment Resource room is available for resume typing, internet access, and one-on-one assistance.
Through volunteerism, ID card holders can participate in our community, explore areas of interest or new career fields, and build new relationships through networking. The VRP offers many volunteer opportunities through the semi-monthly newsletter, placement with volunteer agencies, and coordination of special projects as requested. If you volunteer on Base, the Air Force Aid Society (AFAS) will reimburse child care costs up to eight (8) hours a week. Whether you are seeking professional job experience or an opportunity to help others with the giving of your time and talent, volunteering will provide the opportunity to document hours earned and to gain work experience for inclusion on your next job application or résumé. Contact the A&FRC Volunteer Coordinator at 850-884-5441for information on volunteer opportunities throughout the community. The benefits of volunteerism are endless!
Wounded Warriors receive enhanced supportive transitional services from the staff at the A&FRC. This includes individualized services for wounded warrior and their family, such as: financial counseling, employment assistance, VA benefits and entitlements, and referral to community agencies as needed.