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Airman and Family Readiness Center

Building 220
Kadena DSN • 634-3366
Mobile • 098-961-3366

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The Airman and Family Readiness Center promotes self-sufficiency, enhances mission readiness, retention, and adaptation to the Air Force way of life. We provide Air Force members, their families, and leadership with measurable and effective services.

• Air Force Aid Society
• Air Force Wounded Warrior Program
• Career services
• Casualty and survivor benefit plan assistance
• Cultural awareness
• Emergency family assistance center operations
• Exceptional Family Member Program
• Family life education
• Financial management
• Okinawa Area Emergency Evacuation Plan Training
• Personal and family readiness
• Relocation assistance
• Transition assistance
• Volunteer resources

Hours of Operation
Monday – Friday • 8 am – 5 pm
*Closed last Friday of the month for staff training • 8 am – noon

Also Home To

• Give Parents a Break
• Deployment & Transition Assistance
• Classes in financial management, couples communication, home buying, and more!
• Sponsor training

Emergencies

Airman and Family Readiness Center • 634-3366
After hours Air Force Aid Assistance • 634-1800
Wing Command Post • 634-1800
American Red Cross • 634-1294

Give Parents a Break
For spouses of active duty Air Force members who are deployed for 30 days or more. Offers four hours of free child care on the second Saturday of each month.

Child Care for Volunteers
Reimbursed child care expenses in a licensed Family Child Care home for volunteers engaged in supporting base programs for up to 20 hours.

Child Care for PCS
Take advantage of 20 hours of free child care, per child, in a licensed Family Child Care home. Certificates valid within 60 days of PCS.

Bundles for Babies
A free class held monthly for expectant mothers and their spouses. Although the class is open to all military branches, a free bundle of baby goodies is only offered to pregnant military spouses or members from the active duty Air Force, Army, & Coast Guard.

Car Care Because We Care
Spouses of active duty Air Force members who are deployed for 30 days or more may request vouchers for a free oil change and safety inspection.

Spouse Employment Programs
Short-term training for spouses that focuses on teaching basic skills that will lead to employment opportunities.

Spouse Tuition Assistance Program
Due to Air Force reductions in funding and manpower, Base Education Centers will no longer provide administrative support of the Air Force Aid Society’s Spouse Tuition Assistance Program (STAP) for spouses at OCONUS location after July 2012.

The society will immediately expand eligibility requirements of the General Henry H. Arnold Education Grant Program to include spouses at overseas locations. Please note that the Arnold Grant Program has an established application deadline of 9 March 2012 for annual year 2012 – 2013, but due to this short notification, the society will extend the application deadline to 30 March 2012 for OCONUS spouses only.
Click here for information on the Grant Program.

Spouse Employment
Looking for a job can be a daunting task, but you’re not alone when it comes to finding employment. The staff at the Airman and Family Readiness Center is here to help you open doors! Our goal is to ensure you have the information needed to improve the effectiveness of your job search. You’ll be guided through the process from cover letters to how to conduct yourself in an interview. In addition to classes, you can schedule a personal consultation with one of our experts to assist you personally!

Career Classes
Classes include instruction in the assessment of skills and accomplishments, time management and goal setting, career options, finding your dream job, utilizing head-hunter programs, developing a portfolio, writing résumés and cover letters, and learning to interview effectively.

Résumé Assistance
Ever wonder why you aren’t getting referred for the job you want so badly? We can help you make your résumé stand out from all the rest.

Interviewing Skills
Most employers assess a candidate’s value within the first 30 seconds of an interview. We can teach you how to make those 30 seconds the key to opening up employment opportunities.

Personal Assistance
We know the job hunt can be stressful and confusing. When you’re ready to look for work, visit us for valuable counseling. We can help you locate job opportunities and assist you with completing your application and résumé.


Volunteer Resources

Leading by Example
This ceremony is held once a year in April during National Volunteer Week. This is an opportunity for the community to acknowledge and thank volunteers for their outstanding commitment. The Annual Volunteer Recognition Ceremony has seven different Angel Awards presented, along with the Volunteer Excellence Award and the pinning of Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal (MOVSM) recipients.

Please take the time to thank your volunteers.
For more information on how to nominate someone for an award, please contact the A&FRC at 634-3366.

Traditional Volunteer
If you have some extra time and would like to volunteer to help your community, contact the A&FRC for assistance. We work with all base agencies available and can point you to many great volunteer opportunities.

Annual Volunteer Recognition Ceremony
The Annual Volunteer Recognition ceremonies provide an opportunity for the community to acknowledge the volunteer effort by presenting a letter of appreciation, certificate of appreciation, and parking pass for the nominated volunteer.  Participating organizations also have individual recognition ceremonies for their volunteers, including luncheons, Commander’s Calls and annual recognition functions.

Casualty Assistance
Prompt, accurate reporting, dignified notification, and efficient, thorough, and compassionate assistance to the next of kin are our primary goals. Your Casualty Assistance Representative (CAR) is with you every step of the way to ensure that all benefits are applied for and paid in a timely manner.

For more information, please call 634-3228/3366 or email 18fss.fsfrcasualtyassistance@us.af.mil

Casualty Assistance Representative • Thomas D. Determann

Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP)
Military pay stops when a retiree passes away. The SBP is a government program that makes it possible for retiring members to ensure their eligible survivors receive a portion of their military retired pay in the form of a monthly annuity.

All Air Force personnel (regardless of marital status) with an approved retirement date must attend a one-on-one SBP briefing prior to retiring. Spouses are highly encouraged to attend. The SBP counselor will notify you via email with an appointment date/time, SBP cost, and annuity estimates.

Your SBP counselor can be reached at 634-3228/3366 or 18fss.fsfrcasualtyassistance@us.af.mil

SBP Counselor • Thomas D. Determann

Moving to Japan can offer you a great opportunity to learn about the local culture, history and traditions. With a greater understanding of how to adapt to life in Japan, you may discover new and exciting ways to make your Okinawa tour perfect! All the classes are free!

Japanese Language Class
An integrated study of the fundamentals of Japanese, with an emphasis on listening comprehension and speaking skills. This class also teaches information on Japanese and Okinawan customs and cultures. Class registration is free, but students will be required to purchase a textbook.

Japanese for Busy People
Learning useful phrases and pronunciation can help you communicate more effectively while in Japan. These classes offer the basics of Japanese language and are an excellent way to discover how you can communicate in Japanese.

Newcomers Island Excursion
A bus tour of Zakumi Castle ruins, Yomitan Pottery Village, Onna Glass Factory, Onna Station Market, and Ryukyu Mura.  You’ll also learn how to use yen and navigate the expressway, as well as a bit of Okinawan history and culture.

Japanese Kimono Wearing
Kimono is a Japanese traditional costume. You will learn not only the techniques on how to wear Kimono but also history, protocol, and care of the garment. Take home the pictures of yourself in elegant Kimono. All materials are provided.

Washi Paper Crafts
Washi is a paper made out of mulberry pulp. These colorful bits and pieces of paper are used to make decorations. All materials are provided. All materials are provided.

Sanshin Class
Sanshin is an Okinawan traditional instrument. This three-stringed instrument is similar to a banjo and is used to play Okinawan music. The music can range from soft and gentle to highly energetic and fun. No musical experience necessary.

Bi-Cultural Marriage Workshop
Designed for foreign-born spouses to learn about military and American culture. This workshop is most beneficial for Japanese spouses. Topics change every month.

Additional Programs

Respite Care
The A&FRC and the Air Force Aid Society (AFAS) have teamed up to provide those active duty Air Force families with ill or disabled family members who are in financial need with a respite care grant. This program is intended to provide a break for a few hours a week or month for those families who provide 24 hour care for a special needs family member. This program is not an ongoing benefit, rather assistance until a family can manage financially without the grant. Contact the A&FRC for more information regarding the program and the referral process.

Resource Center
The A&FRC has an abundance of free reading materials available for checkout. Books cover topics such as IEPs, the Autism Spectrum, health-related issues, ADD/ADHD, parenting survival guides, and a large assortment of other medical, educational, and behavioral materials.

Referrals
Whether you are new to the island, have been here for years, or are about to PCS to your new duty station, your EFMP coordinator can help link you to services you and your special needs member may need, or not even know about! The EFMP coordinator can also give referrals for respite care through the Air Force Aid Society.

Identification & Enrollment Assistance
If you believe you or a family member should be enrolled, or if you’re unsure about your enrollment status, the EFMP coordinator can help. Form 2792 and 2792-1 are available from the A&FRC, and assistance in completing them is available. The EFMP Coordinator and the base medical Special Needs Identification and Assignment Coordinator work very closely to ensure you and your family will have access to the services your family needs at your current and future duty locations.

Workshops and Events
Exceptional Family Member Programs strive to be all-inclusive, or “purple.” Whether it’s a program on Kadena, Torii, Foster, or any of the other installations on island, we aim to include everyone and share our knowledge with special needs families.

Training
Enrollment in EFMP is mandatory and we want everyone to know this is to ensure all necessary members are enrolled. The EFMP aims to help active duty members to complete their mission while having the comfort of knowing their special needs family members will be taken care of no matter where they go. We strive to have educated commands, sponsors, and key spouses to spread the word about the program and available resources for our families.

EFMP Coordinator
For assistance with any of the above information, or if you have any other questions, please feel free to contact the Airman & Family Readiness Center’s EFMP Coordinator at 634-3366. It would be our pleasure to help you and your special needs family members while you live on Kadena Air Base and future duty locations.

Financial Management
One of the greatest challenges facing most individuals is managing finances and planning for the future. The Personal Financial Management Program offers the opportunity to learn the basics of sound financial management via classroom instruction or during individual consultations. From learning to balance a checkbook to planning for your retirement, let the experts at the Airman & Family Readiness Center help you discover how to take control of your financial future.

Financial Foundations
Budgeting and goal setting are critical to your financial success. Learn to take control of your finances from the basics of budgeting through beginning investment strategies. We can help you with:
• Basic Banking and debit cards
• Budgeting and goal setting
• Investing for Beginners and Thrift Savings Plan
• Understanding your credit

Here is a tool to help you develop a simple budget and work towards meeting your financial goals:
Click here for the Simple Budget Worksheet

First-Time Home Buying Workshop
This workshop teaches you how to use a realtor, determine which financing programs are best for you, decide which loan package to select, discover how to best qualify for a loan, assess a home’s value, and learn the benefits of home ownership. This class is essential for all first-time home purchasers or individuals seeking to expand their knowledge of the home buying process.
Click here for great information from Housing and Urban Development on Home Buying

Individual Assistance
If you would like individualized assistance, our staff of experts is available to assist you on an appointment basis. Individual appointments are recommended if you are facing particularly difficult financial problems. Our staff can assist with establishing a basic budget, managing debit cards/checkbooks, repairing credit, buying a car, buying a home, Thrift Savings Plans, and other basic investing information. For an appointment, call 634-3366.

Helpful Financial Management Links
myPay
SaveAndInvest.org
Annual Credit Reports
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
Federal Register
Military OneSource
Air Force Aid Society
Servicemembers Civil Relief Act

Personal, Family, & Work Life

HeartLink Spouse Orientation
Are you an Air Force spouse that wants to expand your military knowledge? This spouse orientation offers valuable tools to help you successfully adapt to the military lifestyle. We provide a catered breakfast and lunch, guest speakers, games, and assistance with childcare. Bring a friend with you for this day of fun! Registration required.

Couples Communication
Good communication is the key to a successful relationship. Learn communication skills and conflict resolution techniques that really work! Couples will be introduced to the “Five Love Languages” and the Prevention and Relationship Enhancement Program (PREP) approach to building a lasting and loving relationship. Registration required.


Programs and Events for Deployed Spouses

Deployed Spouses’ Dinner
This free dinner is held two times a year (June and December). The dinner is open to all spouses and children of a deployed or TDY service member from any service. Child care is available onsite. This is a great opportunity to network and meet other spouses of a deployed service member.

Give Parents a Break 
This program is designed to give relief through free childcare while the military member is deployed or TDY for more than 30 days. This program is offered on the second Saturday each month at the Child Development Centers for children 6 weeks to 5 years old and the Himawari School Age Program for children 5 years (in kindergarten) to 12 years old. Vouchers are distributed at the Airman and Family Readiness Center. Please bring a copy of your spouse’s deployment orders. Vouchers must be submitted to the CDC/SAP by noon on the Wednesday prior to the designated Saturday.

Deployed Family Activities
Join us each month for an fun filled deployed family activity. We will offer various activities dealing with the four pillars of wellness to help support spouses through the different stages of deployments. All deployed family activities are open to all spouses and children of a deployed or TDY service member from any branch of service. This is a great opportunity to network and meet other spouses.

Operation Rest
This program is designed to boost the morale of the entire family using a visual reminder of loved ones during separation. The Airman and Family Readiness Center will provide personalize pillowcases or T-shirts with photo transfers of both military and family members.

Car Care Because We Care 
This is a preventive maintenance program offered in conjunction with the Kadena Auto Hobby Shop. This program is designed to allow spouses of personnel deployed or TDY for over 30 days to take their car in for a free oil change, have all fluids topped off, and have a safety and road inspection completed. Services are free and if any problems are detected, a written report will be given to the spouse. Stop by the Airman and Family Readiness Center with a copy of your spouse’s orders to receive the voucher.

Morale Calls
The Airman and Family Readiness Center has worldwide DSN access. We can place a morale call during normal duty hours of 8 am – 5 pm or after duty hours when arrangements have been made. Calls are placed in a private room and kids are welcome. Calls are limited to 15 minutes in duration but you can call as often as needed during the deployment. You are also authorized two 15 minute calls per week from your home. To access the Morale Call operator just dial 632-HOME (4663), tell the operator that you would like to make a morale call.

Free Auto Towing
Free island-wide towing from the Kadena Auto Hobby Shop for all deployed spouses! Spouses need to provide a copy of the active duty member’s orders. Towing is good only between the start and end dates on orders. Service applies to towing of the vehicle to on/off base residences, AAFES Auto Repair, Auto Hobby Shop, or off base auto repair facilities. Towing to an off base auto repair facility may require a wait until the next duty day. Call the Kadena Auto Hobby Shop at 966-7355 to schedule an appointment.


Programs for Re-deploying/Returning Service Members

Returning Home Care Program
Air Force members returning from overseas deployments of 30 days or longer (not to include going to the states to attend school) are entitled to 16 hours of free child care under the Extended Duty Child Care Program. This program is available to active duty members and is designed to help returnees settle back into their home stations. The care must be used within 30 days of returning home from deployment. Service will be provided on a space-available basis. If care is not available when requested, the Family Child Care office will work to have it reserved for a later date. Contact the Family Child Care Program at 634-0514 to schedule an appointment regarding registration and child care providers.

Re-deployment Action Plan
Click here for the Re-deployment Action Plan


Other Programs

Key Spouse Program
The Key Spouse Program is a formal unit program that offers informal peer-to-peer wingman support to families. Imperatives for revised emphasis on this program is clear: impact of the long war’s TEMPO, force reduction, and the Community Action Information Board feedback shows signs of spouse stress with increases in domestic situations and suicidal gestures and attempts. The Key Spouse Reference Guide below recognizes that everyone on the unit’s team-Commander, Key Spouse mentor, First Sergeant, Key Spouse, and Airman and Family Readiness Center (A&FRC) impacts the unit’s culture and contributes to its ability to accomplish the mission at home and abroad. This guide will help you define your role as a Key Spouse and provide information and referral resources that may be tailored to include local information.
Click here for the Key Spouse Reference Guide      Click here for the Key Spouse Mentor Reference Guide

Okinawa Area Emergency Evacuation Plan (OAEEP) Program
This program ensures SOFA personnel are prepared for emergency evacuation.
Click here to watch the OAEEP Video 

Sponsorship Workshop

An opportunity for sponsors to learn more about Kadena’s current policies and procedures when sponsoring incoming personnel. Representatives from base agencies will be present to answer questions. All first-time sponsors must attend the Sponsorship Workshop.

e-Sponsorship Application & Training (eSAT)
A great tool for sponsors! This 10 minute computer based training module provides tips on how to make initial contact, assess sponsoree’s needs, and access to the Sponsorship Tool Kit is also available. Go to the Training Website (CAC enabled website) to complete the training.

Loan Locker
Visit the Kadena Loan Locker to borrow household items such as dishes, microwaves, cookware to use while you are arriving or departing the island. Items are loaned out for 30 days at a time and extensions may be requested. Please bring a copy of your PCS orders.

Plan My Move
This information session gives you a chance to talk to representatives from base agencies such as TMO, housing, and TriCare that will help you have a stress-free PCS move. A copy of your PCS orders is required.

Be sure to check out the Exchange’s Smooth Move website for more helpful moving tips and tricks.

Helpful Relocation Websites
Military OneSource
Military Installations
Plan My Move
Kadena Air Base
Kadena Force Support Squadron
Air Force Housing
US Department of Defense Education Activity
Pet Import, Public Health Command District-Japan
Okinawa Conventions and Visitors Bureau

Pre-Separation Counseling
All members separating with more than 180 days of continuous active duty service must receive counseling on DD Form 2648. The counseling must be provided no later than 90 days prior to separation/retirement. Pre-separation counseling consists of providing information, assessment, and referral to separating and retiring members. Topics include, but are not limited to, employment assistance, relocation assistance, education and training, health and life insurance, finances, and veterans’ benefits. Contact the A&FRC to make an appointment or to attend the group session.

Transition Assistance Workshop
The seminar covers career exploration, job search skills, stress management, resume writing, interview skills, appropriate business attire, educational resources, and more to help prepare for life after the military!

VA Benefits Briefing
A Veterans Affairs representative is available for individual appointments every Thursday and Friday at the A&FRC. A group briefing is also available the fourth Friday of the month. Call for an appointment or to reserve the group briefing.

Résumé and Application Review
Transitioning military members and their spouses may bring in résumés and federal applications to be reviewed by a trained consultant. When customers bring in their applications or résumés, an individual appointment is scheduled to discuss the document in depth, which gives the consultants an opportunity to thoroughly review the document and research additional resources that might enhance it.