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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.
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.
Bustin' Out of the Barracks (formerly Renting Off-Base) This hour and a half 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.
- March 5, 9:00am
- March 19, 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 in order to make career decisions. Tools will be provided for participants to research career options.
This workshop is faciliated by a professional team from the Base Education Office. Topics include Education Assessment, College Application and contact with a school counselor.
- March 19 & 20, 8:00am-4:00pm
(EFMP) Exceptional Family Member Program 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.
- March 11, 11:00am & 6:00pm
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.
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.
Key Spouse Orientation
The Key Spouse Program is a unit-level peer program designed to enhance existing family readiness services by reaching out to the broad base of spouses of deployed personnel through the use of an informal support system. Key Spouses are selected by their respective squadron commanders and first sergeants to act as a liaison between the squadron and the waiting family member. This is a 3-hour workshop to orientate new Key Spouses.
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.
Excel - Goodbye Calculators! This formula workshop focuses on new features, math operations, cell references and using function arguments.
- March 3, 1:30-4:30pm
- March 26, 5:00-8:00pm
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
- March 5, 7:30-11:00am
- March 19, 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.
STOMP (Specialized Training of Military Parents)
Parent-directed training will provide information and training about laws, regulations and resources for military parents of children with special needs. Come on out and take advantage of this extremely beneficial training.
- March 13 & 14, 8:00am-3:00pm
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.
- March 10-14, 8am
- March 24-28, 8am
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.
Troops to Teachers
This workshop is for active duty and DoD civilians interested in a second career in education. It is faciliated by the LA Troops to Teachers Director. Participants will gain an understanding of the Troops to Teachers program to include program function, eligibility, and application information.
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.