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Please pre-register for all workshops by calling 456-8400.
December 2013 Calendar select here
Hours of Operation
Mon - Fri: 7:30am-4:30 pm. Closed on Wed at 3pm for training.
Please note the A&FRC will be closed December 24, 25 & 31, in observance of the holidays.
As of November 1, 2013, the 2014-2015 General Arnold Education Grant Program application is available from our website at http://www.afas.org/education-grants through the March 7, 2014 deadline. These $2,000 need-based grants are for dependent children of active duty, Title 10 Reservists on extended active duty, Title 32 AGR performing full-time active duty, retired Air Force members, retired Reservists with 20+ years of qualifying service, and deceased Air Force members. Spouses of active duty members and Title 10 Reservists, and surviving spouses of Air Force members who died while on active duty or in retired status are also eligible candidates.
NOTE: Rank or income is not a disqualifier.
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.
Bundles for Babies
Bundles for Babies is an Air Force Aid sponsored program facilitated by Airman & Family Readiness Center staff and the New Parents Support Program. 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.
- December 18, 9:00-11:30am
Bustin' Out of the Barracks (formerly Renting Off-Base) This hour workshop is designed to assist members, currently living in the dorms, to take charge of transitioning into the local community. Topics will include: how to prepare for apartment living, roommate selection, budgeting, saving, and managing/reducing debt.
Capstone 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.
- December 11, 9:00am
- December 26, 9:00am
Career Assessment 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 to make career decisions. Tools will be provided for participants to research career options.
- December 10, 8:00-11:00am
Service members pursuing college education will receive guidance to prepare for the college application process. The education track addresses such topics as identifying one's educational goals, education funding and researching and comparing institutions.
Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) Group Meeting
The EFMP Group is designed to provide Barksdale AFB "Q" coded families with information about services that may be required or needed. It is also designed to identify gaps in the EFMP system, allow members to address concerns, seek assistance and more. Each support group meeting will have a guest speaker. The group meets monthly, join the third Tuesday of the month.
Gain an understanding of the Federal employment process and 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.
Designed for those 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.
This workshop includes a partner personality type indicator assessment (True Colors) and a basic overview of the different communication styles to assess how your personality style affects communication.
- December 10, 12:00-1:00pm
Microsoft Office 2007 Workshops
Access. Learn new featurees and get to know Access 2007; how to use/edit the new template databases; how to create tables, forms, queries, reports, and how to convert old databases to the new format.
Getting to Know Word (Quarterly only). Get up to speed with new features, quick styles, new file formats and more. NOW INCLUDES MAIL MERGE.
- No workshop for December.
Excel - Goodbye Calculators! This formula workshop focuses on new features, math operations, cell references and using function arguments.
- December 13, 7:30-10:30am
Outlook (Quarterly only). Learn new features, e-mail editor and message options; how to organize your messages, share calendars, recall messages, set-up rules and alerts to incoming messages, setting up a .pst file and more.
- No workshop for December.
PowerPoint. Creating Presentations. Learn new features, create slides, add text, choose themes, pictures, how to use SmartArt Graphics and all about animation.
Military & Family Life Consultants
Military and Family Life Consultants (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. Consultations 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) 918-9379 or the Airman & Family Readiness Center at (318) 456-8400.
Notification Officer Training
Is conducted the first Thursday of each month. This workshop is designed for Notification Officers (Major's and above) who are called upon to notify a spouse, parent or sibling of the death of his or her loved one. Call the Airman & Family Readiness Center at (318) 456-8400 to sign-up.
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.
- Tuesdays, 8-10am
- **There will be an additional brief on 26 December, 8-10am due to the holiday closures**
Pre-Separation Briefing (DATE/TIME CHANGE)
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
Resume One of the most important and intimidating steps in the job search process is writing a solid resume that gets the attention you need. An effective resume will open the door to your next career opportunity. This course will assist you with developing a resume and cover letter best represent your skills and qualifications.
Mandatory for all newcomers (excluding First Term Airman). A vareity of briefings from base and community programs introducing newly arrived personnel and their families to key personnel and resources available.
This mandatory 5-day program is designed to assist military members and their spouses in understanding their military benefits and on making good career decisions as they move from military benefits and on making good career decisions as they move from military service to civilian life. Topics include: personal appraisal, career decisions, applying for the job, resumes, dressing for success, the interview, job offers, filing for VA compensation, education benefits, medical care through the VA, VA guaranty home loans, VGLI/DVI insurance, burial benefits and the Vocational & Rehabilitation Program.
- December 2-6, 8am
- December 16-20, 8am
Talking Money with My Honey
This workshop will provide you with tools to effectively discuss finances with your spouse or significant other.
- December 19, 11:30am-12:30pm
This 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.
- December 18, 10:00-11:00am
Troops to Teachers
This workshop is for active duty and DoD civilians interested in a second career in education. Participants will have an understanding of the Troops to Teachers Program to include program function, eligibility, and application information.
- December 11, 10:00-11:00am
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.