Airman & Family Readiness Center

413 Curtiss Rd (318) 456-8400 | DSN 781-8400 FAX (318) 456-8031

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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 2014** select here

*Local Employment Resource Guide* select here

April 2014 Calendar  select here

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 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

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.


Local Job Fairs

Bossier Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Veterans' Job Fair , 3 April, 0900-1200, at the Bossier Civic Center.  This link,, is to pre-register to attend.  Walk-ins are welcome also.

Louisiana Workforce Commission is hosting a Veterans' Job Fair, 22 May, 1000-1400, at the Bossier Civic Center.  More information to come.

Basic Investing

A 60 minute program designed to develop knowledge and skills to enable participants to save and invest effectively to achieve their financial goals.

  • April 24, 5:00-6:00pm

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.

  •  April 23, 9:00-11:30am

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.   

  • April 2, 1:00-2:30pm


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.

  • April 2, 9:00am
  • April 16, 9:00am
  • April 30, 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.

  • April 18, 8:00-11:00am






Career Technical Track

This 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.

  • April 17, 8:00am-4:00pm

Discussing Differences & Decisions

This workshop utilizes a personality type indicator and an action strategy to assist with effective communication and decision making.

  • April 8, 12:00-1:00pm

(EFMP) Exceptional Family Member Program Group Meeting

Via video/audio.  Meeting 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.

  • April 8, 11:00am-1:00pm 

Federal Employment

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   

  •  April 15, 8:00-11:00am

Finance 101

Designed for those who have questions or concerns and need guidance on how to properly and effectively handle their finances.  This class will cover basic budgeting, credit/debit  management ,savings and  other financial issues.

  • 8 April, 1:30-3:00pm

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 Educational Benefits. 

  • April 30, 9:00-10:00am

Key Spouse Meeting

Brings unit key spouses together to network and receive more information to provide resources to families

  • April 10, 9:00-10:00am & 6:00-7:00pm

**NEW** Microsoft Office 2010 Workshops

Access 2010 - Intro to Databases.  Databases and Objects; Getting Started; Managing Database/Objects; Designing a Query; Creating Reports.

  • No workshop for April.

Word 2010 - More with Word (Quarterly only).  Get Working with Headers/Footers and Tables; Reviewing Documents; Using a Template; Mail Merge.  up to speed with new features, quick styles, new file formats and more. NOW INCLUDES MAIL MERGE.

  • No workshop for April

Excel 2010 - Common Tasks.  Creating Formulas; Working with Basic Functions; Charting and Reviewing/Sharing Workbooks.

  • April 2, 5:00-8:00pm

Excel 2010 - Learning More (Advanced).  Working with Sparklines; Using What-If Analysis (Goal Seek Tool); Conditional Formatting; Creating Pivot Tables/Charts.

  • April 14, 1:30-4:30pm

Outlook 2010 Getting to Know (Quarterly only).  Getting to Know.  Doing more with Mail, Organizing and Managing/Collaborating Calendars and more.

  • April 18, 7:30-10:30am

PowerPoint 2010 - Doing More.  Modifying Themes; SmartArt Illustrations; Animating Text & Objects; Embedding Video/Audio.

  •  No workshop for April.

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.

  • April 3, 1:00-3:00pm

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

Pre-Separation Briefing
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.

  • April 29, 1:00-2:30pm


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.  

  •  April 15, 1:00-4:00pm

Right Start

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.   

  • April 2, 7:30-11:00am
  • April 16, 7:30-11:00am

Selling Your Home

The objective of this workshop is for each participant to understand and become familiar with the different aspects of preparing and selling their own home.  This workshop is designed to provide basic information on marketing your home and the sales process.  Facilitated by the NWLARA.

  • April 16, 1:30-3:30pm

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.

Talking Money with My Honey

This workshop will provide you with tools to effectively discuss finances with your spouse or significant other.

  • April 24, 12:00-1:00pm


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.  

  • April 7-11, 7:30am
  • April 21-25, 7:30am
Time Management
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.   
  • April 16, 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. 












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