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On Tuesday, 28 April, come out and enjoy “Heroes at Home”at the Barksdale Club.
This is an entertaining and engaging financial educational program presented by Ellie Kay, “America’s Family Financial Expert.” She is a military spouse with 7 children and is devoted to enhancing military readiness as manifested in financial readiness. The program will be offered twice; once from 1000-1200 and again from 1730-1930.
We want to stress that this is not your typical "dull, dry and boring" financial event. It is fun, upbeat with a lot of practical information, engaging world class speakers and exciting door prizes.
Ellie Kay will present "Living Rich for Less" which shows audience members how to set up a workable budget, pay less for everything you buy, talk about money with your family and stretch your vacation and entertainment dollars.
Gerri Detweiller will present "Smart Money: Five Ways to Improve your Credit." She will show free ways to monitor your credit, pay down debt and improve your FICO.
Ingrid Bruns will present "Saving for the Future You Want." She will demonstrate practical strategies to start saving early, start small and stay committed. She will also emphasize the benefits military members have in the SDP and Roth TSP and how to fund those to the greatest advantage.
Emcee Bethany Grace will share the latest apps and money savings websites to help you manage your money well and stretch your budget.
The first 50 participants will receive autographed copies of “Heroes at Home”
There will be lots of other give-a-ways and on-site babysitting will be provided. If you need babysitting, please RSVP to the Airman & Family Readiness Center at 318-456-8400.
The WIC (Women, Infants and Children) Mobile van is on base every Thursday, behind the BX, near the ATM (by appointment only!). Call 212-2520 to make an appointment. Click here for additional information.
Please pre-register for all workshops by calling 456-8400.
If you are SEPARATING from the military select here
If you are RETIRING from the military select here
**Transition Calendar 2015** select here
Transition Assistance Program (TAP) Workshop Materials
Download all documents listed below on your electronic device for use during the TAP Workshop. If you do not have a device you can utilize during the workshop, the A&FRC will have laptops available for check-out. The documents below are needed for Day #1 of the workshop, no hard copies will be provided.
**Local Employment Resource Guide** select here
April 2015 Calendar Select here
May 2015 Calendar Select here
Hours of Operation
Mon - Fri: 7:30am-4:30 pm. Closed on Wed at 3pm for training. The A&FRC is closed on all Federal Holidays.
Our mission is to provide Airman and their family members support and services, contributing to the mission readiness, resiliency, and well-being of the Air Force Community.
Core programs include Air Force Aid (AFAS), Air Force Families Forever (AFFF), Air Force Wounded Warrior (AFW2), Casualty/Survivor Benefits Program (SBP), Discovery Resource Center (DRC), Exceptional Family Member (EFMP-FS), Military Child Education, Personal and Family Readiness, Personal Financial Readiness (PFR), Personal and Work Life Education, Relocation Assistance, Spouse Employment, Transition Assistance, and Volunteer Resources.
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.
Required Transition Briefings
(please see attached calendar for current dates)
To ensure the transition from military to civilian life is a positive experience, congress has mandated that Airman & Family Readiness centers provide the following courses;
Voluntary Separations - Wednesdays, 8-11am
Involuntary Separations - Thursdays, 8-11am
Retirements - Thursdays, 1-4pm
In anticipation of retirement or separation, members are required attend the pre-separation briefing as soon as possible within the preceding 24 (for retirements) or 12 months (for separation). The briefing provides resources available for making a successful transition back into civilian life.
TAP: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm daily
This 5-day program is for those who are preparing to retire or separate from active duty or reserve service. Retirees can participate as early as 24 months prior to retirement and separtees can participate as early as 12 months prior to separation. Spouses and/or significant others are encouraged to attend on a space-available basis.
Capstone: by appointment
This personalized briefing is the final step for all retirees and separatees and must be accomplished between 90 and 150 days prior to separation date. This event will validate the service member's preparedness to be successful following their military service by reviewing all documentation required to meet all of their Career Readiness Standards.
Additional Required Briefings
(please see attached calendar for current dates)
Personal Readiness Briefing - Tuesdays, 8:00-10:00 am
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.
Right Start - 7:30-11:00am
This program is facilitated by the A&FRC staff and required for all base 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 opportunities. Spouses are encouraged to attend.
Workshops, Briefings, and Seminars
(please see attached calendar for current dates)
Conference focuses on what bullying is, possible prevention, examples of strategies that work, and how to create a community action plan. At A&FRC.
Learn the difference between savings & investing, understand asset classes, types of risks and how they relate to your situation of “suitability” issues, the significance of compounding and why starting young matters; the pros and cons of product choice and types of accounts.
Boots 2 Business - 8:00 am - 4:00 pm:
This 2-day workshop is designed as an experience to assist you in realizing your entrepreneurial dreams and aspirations – whatever they may be! You will develop a set of skills and competencies focused on entrepreneurial opportunity recognition, innovation, and small business management. This course is about putting your dreams into action.
Bundles for Babies
Sponsored by the Air Force Aid Society, Bundles provides expectant parents with a wealth of information on financial preparation, car seat safety, nurturing your new bundle of joy, and more in a fun atmosphere. Those eligible will receive a bundle of baby items.
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.
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 – 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
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.
Education Transition 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
This 2-day workshop is for service members pursuing college education after leaving service. This workshop addresses such topics as identifying one's educational goals, education funding, and researching/comparing institutions.
Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) GROUP:
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.
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"
The class covers 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 a Veterans Administration Representative. It is designed to inform military members about the basic details of the Post-9/11 and Montgomery GI Bill Educational Benefits.
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.
Job Fair Prep
Learn how to work a job fair to your benefit, plus some do's and don'ts.
Key Spouse Orientation
Key Spouse is a formal unit program that offers informal peer-to-peer/Wingman support to families. Key Spouses are selected by their respective squadron commanders and first sergeants to act as a liaison between the squadron and the family member. This is a workshop to orientate new key spouses.
Preparing Kids to Stay Home Alone
This workshop helps to prepare responsible children to stay home alone. The parent-child interactive workshop is intended for children ages 10 - 16. Parents must attend with their child.
Professional Social Media Networking 101
This workshop is designed as an initial course to help your job search & connect with potential employers via social media. Class includes 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 avoiding 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.
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 AF Aid information, and a “how to” financial consultation session
This class provides tools to assist in better management of time and workloads. It 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.
Troops to Teachers
Workshop for active duty and DoD civilians interested in a second career in education. Participants will have an understanding of the program function, eligibility and application information.
Workshop designed to assist couples with the challenges faced during deployment. Couples will identify their concerns and then apply the tools learned to assist with effective communication, problem-solving and coping strategies.
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.