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Please pre-register for all workshops by calling 456-8400.
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Hours of Operation
Mon - Fri: 7:30am-4:30 pm. Closed on Wed at 3pm for training.
The primary focus of this facility is to support Barksdale AFB Readiness by assisting families and single military members adapt to the demands of Air Force life. To accomplish this mission, they offer a variety of educational programs and services that are open to all military employees and their families including active duty, reservists, guardsmen and DoD civilians.
Core activities include Air Force Aid, Family/Work Life, Personal Financial Management, Readiness, Relocation Assistance, Spouse Employment, Transition Assistance, Exceptional Family Member (EFMP) Program, Volunteer Resource, Leadership Consultation and Crisis Assistance.
Learn the difference between savings & investing, understand asset classes, types of risks and how they relate to your situation of "suitability" isssues, the significance of compounding and why starting young matters; the pros and cons of product choice and types of accounts.
Bundles for Babies
Bundles provides expectant parents with a wealth of information to include financial preparation, car seat safety, nurturing your new bundle of joy, and more in a fun and interactive atmosphere. Those attending will receive a bundle of baby items courtesy of the AFAS.
Bustin' Out of the Barracks
This workshop is designed to assist members, currently living in the dorms, to take charge of transitioning into the local community. Topics will include: budgeting, saving, cost estimates, the search and roommate selection.
Mandatory for all retirees and separatees NLT 90 days prior to separation date. This event will validate and verify the service member's preparedness to be successful following their military service by producing documentation to meet all of their Career Readiness Standards.
- October 8, 15, & 29, 8:30am
This workshop uses the MBTI and interest, values and skills inventories to provide a basic foundation of self-assessment as it relates to your career choices. Participants will have a better understanding of themselves in order to make career decisions. Tools will be provided for participants to research career options.
Career Technical Track
This 2-day workshop is designed to assist you in defining technical career goals, identifying required credentials, finding career technical training opportunities, identifying local Veteran resources and how to best utilize your VA education benefits.
- October 15-16, 8:00am-4:00pm
EFMP Group Meeting
Via video/audio or in office. Meeting is designed to inform families about services that may be required or needed for exceptional family members. It is also designed to identify gaps in the EFMP system, allow members to address concerns, seek assistance and more.
- October 14, 11:00am-1:00pm
This class helps participants gain an understanding of the Federal employment process and information about the Federal resume such as format, content and KSAs. Participants will receive hands-on experience in finding key words, writing KSAs and using usajobs.gov.
Finance 101 "The Basics"
Designed for those individuals who have questions or concerns and need guidance on how to properly and effectively handle their finances. This class will cover debt management, basic budgeting, credit management and other financial issues.
Five Love Languages
Understanding the Five Love Languages and learning to speak the primary love language of your significant other may radically affect your loved one's behavior. People behave differently when their emotional love tanks are full.
GI Bill Briefing
This 1-hour workshop is facilitated by Veterans Administration Representatives. It is designed to inform military members about the basic details of the Post-9/11 and MGIB Educational Benefits.
Heartlink- Air Force 101 for Spouses
This spouse orientation program is a great opportunity to increase knowledge of the AF mission, customs, traditions, protocols and available programs/services in a fun relaxed atmosphere. Make new friends while learning more about the Air Force life.
Job Fair Prep
Learn how to work a job fair to your benefit, plus some do's and don'ts.
Key Spouse Meeting
Brings unit key spouses together to network peer-to-peer, pass on lessons learned and receive updates from the A&FRC on deployment/reunion services and benefits for the deployed personnel and their families.
- October 9, 9:00am & 6:00pm
Military & Family Life Counselors
Military and Family Life Counselors (MFLC) are here to listen and are available to help service members and their families regarding deployment/reintegration, marriage and relationships, parenting/siblings and family, communication challenges, stress and anxiety, depression, grief and loss and daily life issues. Counselors and training are free and anonymous. After hours and weekend appointments are available. Group and off-site meetings are also available. Scheduling an appointment is easy! Call the MFLC directly at (318) 541-1480 or the Airman & Family Readiness Center at (318) 456-8400.
Personal Readiness Briefing
With so many upcoming military deployments, it is vital to have personal and family affairs in order. This program is available to provide information and support during all phases of deployment. This briefing is MANDATORY for all active duty members that have a "firm" deployment tasking and are within 60 days of departure. Spouses, family members and/or significant others are welcome to attend.
In anticipation of retirement or separation, the law directs that members attend the pre-separation briefing as soon as possible within the preceding 24 or 12 months respectively. The briefing provides resources available for making a successful transition back into civilian life and is mandatory.
- Voluntary Separations - Wednesdays, 8-11am
- Involuntary Separations - Thursdays, 8-11am
- Retirements - Thursdays, 1-4pm
Professional Social Media Networking
This workshop is designed as an initial course to help you job search & connect with potential employers via social media. Will include hands-on instruction for using LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, & Google+ to get your career search started.
This class leads participants to an understanding of what employers look for in a resume, how to write a resume, what information to include, how to use action words, optional information, and inappropriate information. Participants will have knowledge of available resources to help them write their resume at the industry level. Cover letters, their use, and content are presented as well.
This program is facilitated by the A&FRC staff and MANDATORY for all new-comers. It brings together various base and community speakers to give our new arrivals an overview of the base and local community programs, services, history, recreational and cultural opportunites. Spouses are encouraged to attend.
- October 1, 7:30-11:00am
- October 15, 7:30-11:00am
Spouse Reunion & Reintegration
Spouse reunion and reintegration briefings are given on a one-on-one basis. Drop by the A&FRC during normal operating hours.
Supervisors Finance Training
Designed for supervisors to aid them in providing financial consultation & mentorship to members of their squadrons. The material covered will include: need for financial planning, budget preparation, hands-on group case study, up-to-date AD Aid information, and a "how to" financial consultation session.
- October 30, 8:00am-12:00pm
This MANDATORY 5-day program is for those who are preparing to retire or separate. Retirees can participate as soon as 24 months prior to retirement and 12 months prior to separation. Spouses and/or significant others are encouraged to attend on a space-available basis.
- October 6-10, 7:30am
- October 20-24, 7:30am
- October 27-31, 7:30am
This 1-hour class provides tools to assist in better management of time and workloads. The class offers a better understanding of time, knowledge of the three basic time management strategies, the importance of proper planning, awareness of individual "time types," and common time wasters. Additional resources provided to participants.
Welcome to eSponsorship Training
Please click on the “eSponsorship training” link below to complete the new eSponsorship Training. Once completed, you will be given the opportunity to print a completion certificate. YOU MUST bring a copy of this certificate to the Airman & Family Readiness Center and a copy to your Unit INTRO Monitor in order to receive credit for having completed the training. Please keep a copy of the certificate for your records.
This training, developed and sponsored by the DoD, allows you to not only complete training, but print a sponsorship checklist and track whom you are sponsoring electronically and allow them to complete a needs assessment that will be sent to you.
In addition, you may click on the “Sponsor Guide” link and download/print for your use. If you experience any problems with the training or printing your certificate, please contact us at 456-8400.