Airman & Family Readiness Center
413 Curtiss Rd
(318) 456-8400 | DSN 781-8400
Fax (318) 456-8031 | Barksdalefsc@barksdale.af.mil
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Please pre-register for all workshops by calling 456-8400.
May 2013 Calendar select here
Hours of Operation
Mon - Fri: 7:30am-4:30pm. The center is closed from 3-4:30pm every Wednesday for training.
The AF&RC will be closed for Memorial Day on May 27, 2013.
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" issues, the significance of compounding and why starting young matters; the pros and cons of product choice and types of accounts.
Boots to Business 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 forcued on entrepreneurial opportunity recognition, innovation, and small business management. This course is about dreaming and action.
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 enabling them to be responsible parents as well as a bundle of baby items. The program addresses financial implications, child safety and nurturing the child, as well as family resources available to them.
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.
Buying a Home
Most people have a dream of owning their own home, but many do not know what it takes to find the right home or to secure financing. This workshop will provide those attending with sufficient information to ask the right questions of mortgage bankers and real estate agents when pursuing that dream home. budgeting, saving, and managing/reducing debt.
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 career choices. Participants will have a better understanding of themselves to make career decisions. Tools will be provided for participants to research career options.
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Discussing Differences & Decisions This 45-minute workshop utilizes a personality type indicator and an action strategy to assist with effective communication and decision-making.
Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) Group Meeting
The EFMP Group is designed to information Barksdale AFB "Q" coded families about services that may be required or needed. It is also designd 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, oin 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.
Finance 101 & Budget
This program is designed for those individuals who have questions, concerns or need guidance on how to properly and effectively handle finances. This class covers checkbook management, basic budgeting, credit reports 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.
This one-hour workshop involves self-improvement and confidence building techniques on several topics such as relaxation, getting a good night's sleep, enjoying your leisure time, finding a good match, single parenting and more. This month's topic is "Time Management." Bring a lunch, bring a friend.
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.
Excel - Goodbye Calculators! This formula workshop focuses on new features, math operations, cell references and using function arguments.
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 May 2013)
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.
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
Learn how to write a resume, what employers look for and what information to include. Participants will also learn about cover letters.
Mandatory for all newcomers (excluding First Term Airmen). Base and community speakers provide new arrivals an overview of the base and local community programs, services, history, recreational and cultural opportunities. Spouses are encouraged to attend.
- May 1, 7:45am
- May 15, 7:45am
Talking Money with My Honey
This workshop will provide you with tools to effectively discuss finances with your spouse or significant other.
TAP 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.
- April 29-3 May, 8am-4pm
- May 13-17, 8am-4pm
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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