The A&FRC is the focal point for personal and family readiness services, as well as serving as a consultant for leadership on family separation concerns. A&FRC provides support for families before, during, and after times of local or national emergencies/disasters, mobilization, deployment/separation, or evacuation. Families are also given assistance during extended absences of the military member (i.e., short tour). A primary goal is to promote family preparedness through education, publication, and participation in readiness support.
Military members are subject to short notice requirements that can disrupt family life and routines. TDY, deployment, and transfers go much smoother when the military family has personal affairs in order. The A&FRC staff has compiled materials to assist in preparing for these times of separation.
Checklists and information are available to assist single and married service members in preparing themselves and their families to meet mission requirements with minimal person stress. We suggest service members and their families use this information as a guide to help prepare them before, during, and after a deployment.
Various programs are available to assist members and their families through all phases of separation, whether deployment, TDY, or unaccompanied remote tour. Pre-Deployment Briefing – All Air Force personnel deploying or going TDY for more than 30 days must attend this mandatory briefing at the Moody Deployment One Stop. Briefings are held every Thursday in bldg 649 – call the A&FRC at 229-257-3333 or squadron Unit Deployment Manager for more information. If you cannot attend the briefing due to a short-notice deployment, please call 229-257-3333 to schedule an individual pre-deployment meeting. Spouses are highly encouraged to attend.
- Give Parents a Break – An AFAS grant program providing child care once a month for parents who need a break from child care responsibilities due to the stress associated with deployments or temporary duty assignments. Every parent and child deserves a little break from demands of full time parenting! The “Give Parents a Break” program is designed to provide eligible parents with free child care one Saturday a month at the Child Development Center (CDC) and Youth Center. Children must be between 6 weeks – 12 years of age. “Give Parents a Break” is normally scheduled for the second Saturday of each month, from 0900-1500 unless otherwise advertised. Please stop by the Airman & Family Readiness Center with a copy of the sponsor’s TDY/Remote PCS orders to obtain a certificate. Please call the CDC 229-257-9228 or Youth Center at 229-257-3067 for required documents.
- Car Care Because We Care – Receive a voucher that entitles you to an oil change. This program is sponsored by the Air Force Aid Society. You may receive 1 voucher per 180 days of separation. Official orders must be presented at the time of request. To receive your voucher, please visit the A&FRC during normal duty hours at 229-257-3333.
- Picture Transfers and/or Hero Doll – If you would like to have a photo transferred onto a pillowcase or t-shirt, please bring in a t-shirt or pillowcase and a copy of the picture on a CD, Thumb drive, or SD Card.
- Read Aloud – Read a book or two aloud to your child while being recorded. When finished be able to give the DVD and book(s) to your child for use during the separation. Please call 229-257-3333 for scheduling.
Additionally, child care is available under the Air Force Family Child Care Extended Duty Child Care Program:
Pre-Deployment Child Care
Pre-Deployment Child Care (PDCC) provides child care for children ages 12 and under. Up to 16 hours of care per child is available to those Active Duty, National Guard, and Reserve members assigned to an Air Force or Joint Base Air Force led installation prior to deploying in support of contingency operations for more than 30 days. Care for PDCC is provided in an Air Force Family Child Care (FCC) Home participating in the FCC Expanded Child Care (ECC) Program. The 16 hours must be used prior to deployment. To request care, the parent must complete the FCC ECC Registration and submit it with a copy of their orders to their installation’s FCC office 229-257-3907.
Deployment Child Care
Deployment Child Care (DCC) provides child care for children ages 12 and under. Up to 16 hours of care per child is available to those Active Duty, National Guard, and Reserve members assigned to an Air Force or Joint Base Air Force led installation during the member’s deployment in support of contingency operations of more than 30 days. Care for DCC is provided in an Air Force Family Child Care (FCC) Home participating in the FCC Expanded Child Care (ECC) Program. The 16 hours must be used during the deployment. To request care, the parent must complete the FCC ECC Registration and submit it with a copy of their orders to their installation’s FCC office at 229-257-3907.
The Reintegration Briefing is mandatory (IAW AFI 10-403) within 7 days return from a deployment longer than 30 days or to a combat zone.
Spouses Can Benefit from Attending Reintegration Briefings
When your loved one is returning from a deployment the last thing you think of is attending a briefing. There is, however, one briefing spouses should not miss – the Reintegration Briefing held third Monday of every month at 10 a.m. at the A&FRC, Bldg 400. Deployments are challenging, but adjusting to the home station environment can be even more challenging. Reintegration addresses the issues associated with adjusting to home life, reconnecting with family, adjusting to work and being separated from a deployment environment. Information provided by the A&FRC and the Military Family Life Counselors (MFLCs) is certain to help couples seamlessly transition back into a new normal life together. For more information, call the A&FRC at 229-257-3333.