Airman and Family Division

Airman and Family Division Airman and Family Division’s (AFPC/DPFF) mission is to provide unequaled operational oversight to Airman and Family Readiness Centers across the Air Force.
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Federal Voting Assistance Program - FVAP
12/19/2019

Federal Voting Assistance Program - FVAP

Military Spouses: Did you know that married military members are more likely to vote absentee than those who are unmarried? We want to thank you for continuing to share helpful absentee voting resources with your military member!

Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS)The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) offers compassionate ...
12/05/2019
Tragedy Assistance Program For Survivors (TAPS) Is Here For You!

Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS)

The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) offers compassionate care to all those grieving the loss of a loved one who died while serving in our Armed Forces or as a result of his or her service. Since 1994, TAPS has provided comfort and hope 24/7 through a national peer support network and connection to grief resources, all at no cost to surviving families and loved ones. https://www.taps.org

The TAPS program offers help, hope, and healing to all those grieving the death of a loved one serving in America's Armed Forces.

Whew! Hurricane Season ended 30 November 2019.
12/03/2019

Whew! Hurricane Season ended 30 November 2019.

The 2019 Atlantic hurricane season -- which ends on November 30 -- marked the 4th consecutive above-normal season The only other period on record that produced four consecutive above-normal seasons was 1998-2001.

The 2019 season produced 18 named storms, including 6 hurricanes of which 3 were “major” (meaning, a Category 3, 4 or 5). Four storms made landfall: They were Barry, Dorian, Imelda and Nestor.

NOAA’s updated hurricane outlook, issued in August, indicated that an above-normal season was most likely. The outlook called for 10-17 named storms, 5-9 hurricanes and 2-4 major hurricanes.

See our recap at http://bit.ly/34lfZyA where you can find out images and graphics.

AND LOOKING AHEAD: Hurricane season 2020 officially starts June 1. It's never too early to prepare!

via U.S. National Weather Service (NWS) NOAA NWS Climate Prediction Center

Check out this article on ways military members can improve their well-being post combat trauma.
12/03/2019

Check out this article on ways military members can improve their well-being post combat trauma.

Military members experience negative social, physical, & emotional consequences from combat trauma. For service members, veterans, & others who have experienced trauma, spiritually-based programs may help improve well-being.

#MilitaryREACH #MilFams #ServiceMembers #Veterans #Trauma #ResearchIntoPractice #TRIPReport

Full Report: Aub.ie/MilitaryREACH-KnoblochOwensTRIP

12/02/2019
Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS)

Coping with Grief during the Holidays...A message from our partners at the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS).

Holidays can be tricky after a loss. Dr. Tina Barrett, TAPS advisory board member, shares some thoughts on doing what feels right for your children and family.

6-Hours a Week to a Better Realtionship
11/25/2019

6-Hours a Week to a Better Realtionship

11/21/2019

Making the Move Easier for Military Kids

Moving with kids can be a little like assembling a jigsaw puzzle. A little perspective and patience is needed for you to fit all the pieces together. Here are a few tips to make your next move a smooth one for your kids – and you.

Tell your kids about the move as soon as possible. Give your kids plenty of time to adjust to the idea of moving and say goodbye to all their friends.
Give your kids space and answers. They may also have a lot of questions, so listen patiently and answer as best you can. Help your kids research their new school, nearby parks and base activities. The adjustment — for you and your kids — will take time.

Give your kids a task. Depending on the age of your kids, there are many ways to help. Older youth might be able to help plan portions of the move, such as searching for new houses online or researching fun things to do on the new installation. Younger kids can help by packing their own "first day box."

Reassure your kids. Let them know they'll have a new home address, but the important things in life — like how much you love each other — won't change. Your kids take their cues from you. Stay positive and make the move fun to help them feel involved and excited.

Enjoy your kids' favorite things and places. Before you go, make a point to visit the park, the frozen yogurt shop or another favorite place. You might take something from one of those places to the new house and encourage your child to find a new favorite spot.

Moving is part of military life. Plan ahead as much as possible and know: The more you talk about your new home ahead of time, the easier the relocation will be for your kids — and you.

This astronaut cast his vote from the International Space Station
11/20/2019
This astronaut cast his vote from the International Space Station

This astronaut cast his vote from the International Space Station

(CNN) -- Defying their earthly bounds doesn't stop many astronauts from exercising their civic duties. Andrew Morgan cast an early vote from space last month, weighing in on a Pennsylvania election, NASA says. According to his official biography, Morgan is a physician who was selected to join the as...

Federal Voting Assistance Program - FVAP
11/20/2019

Federal Voting Assistance Program - FVAP

Military spouses and eligible family members: Did you know you can vote from anywhere? Here are two simple steps you can take to get your absentee ballot sent on time for the 2020 election. Happy Military Family Month!

Make sure your family knows how to communicate with you in case of an emergency.
11/19/2019

Make sure your family knows how to communicate with you in case of an emergency.

If you're traveling over the holidays, make sure your family knows how to communicate in case of an emergency.

✅ Write down important phone numbers & keep it with you.
✅ Memorize your emergency contact number.
✅ Text don't call!

Fill out the plan here: https://go.usa.gov/xp9K5

#SafeTravels

Travel smart for the holidays.
11/19/2019

Travel smart for the holidays.

As you prepare for your holiday travels, stay weather aware:

📱Download our app and set alerts for your destination: http://fema.gov/mobile-app

✅ Follow Ready.gov for #SafeTravels tips

Military REACH
11/19/2019

Military REACH

Excellence in Research (Award Winner)

Allen, E., Knopp, K., Rhoades, G., Stanley, S., & Markman, H. (2018). Between- and within-subject associations of PTSD symptom clusters and martial functioning in military couples. Journal of Family Psychology, 32(1), 134-144. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/fam0000363

Open Access for 3 months

https://aub.ie/MilitaryREACH-AllenTRIP

Higher levels of #PTSD symptom clusters (emotional numbing, hyperarousal, effortful avoidance, & re-experiencing) were related to poorer #couple functioning (marital satisfaction, positive bonding, & conflict behavior). Seek out resources to help your relationship to thrive.

Military Family Research Institute at Purdue University Auburn University HDFS Auburn University College of Human Sciences Auburn University #ExcellenceInResearch

Military Health
11/19/2019

Military Health

Take control of the holiday season and reduce #holidaystress with these tips.

Military Health
11/19/2019

Military Health

The holidays can be stressful. If you find yourself feeling overwhelmed, manage your stress by scheduling down time, and feel comfortable saying “No” to certain engagements to maintain balance.

Reminder, 12 days remaining to submit your application for the Survivor Advocacy Council. The Air Force is standing up a...
11/18/2019

Reminder, 12 days remaining to submit your application for the Survivor Advocacy Council.

The Air Force is standing up a Survivor Advocacy Council to serve as a senior forum for Air Force to champion survivor programs, recap key initiatives and next steps, and validate the ongoing role of survivors in the larger Air Force family.
To be eligible for consideration, applicant must be a surviving Next-of-kin (spouse, adult children, guardian of a minor child who is a survivor, parent, or sibling) of Regular Air Force and Reserve Component Airmen who died in an active duty, Inactive Duty for Traininng (IDT), or annual training (AT) status.

Dawn Goldfein - Air Force Chief of Staff Spouse
11/13/2019

Dawn Goldfein - Air Force Chief of Staff Spouse

BIG NEWS: Congratulations to Ms. Katelyn N. Madison for winning the FIRST EVER Air Force-level #KeySpouseoftheYear award for 2019!

Mrs. Madison attended the 2019 Fall #CORONA conference where the top leadership of the Air Force recognized her for her accomplishments, including Secretary of the Air Force Barbara Barrett, my spouse, Chief of Staff of the Air Force, Gen. David L. Goldfein, and CMSAF Kaleth O. Wright, as well as Mrs. Madison's MAJCOM commander, Air Mobility Command's General Maryanne Miller.

Mrs. Madison is the Key Spouse for the McChord AFB 62nd APS, and she distinguished herself by going above and beyond to care for deployed military members and their families across Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

Thanks to the HQ AF Airman and Family Services for the hard work that made this new Air Force-level award possible. Finally, thanks to all of our United States Air Force Key Spouses! You keep our Air Force family strong and #resilient.

AF Key Spouses Network
General Maryanne Miller

Please mark your calendar and plan to join us for the upcoming EFMP Facebook Live Event on Wed, 20 Nov 2019.  More Delai...
11/12/2019

Please mark your calendar and plan to join us for the upcoming EFMP Facebook Live Event on Wed, 20 Nov 2019. More Delails below!

Please mark your calendar and plan to join us for the next Exceptional Family Member Program Family Facebook event on 20 November 2019, 8:00 A.M. (CST)

With the holiday season approaching, it's important to know how to access FREE counseling services via the Military Fami...
11/08/2019

With the holiday season approaching, it's important to know how to access FREE counseling services via the Military Family Life Counseling (MFLC) Program. AD, Guard and Reserve Military and family members are eligible.

Face-to-face confidential non-medical counseling may occur in an office setting with a counselor located in the local community or with military and family life counselors on an installation (contact your local Airman & Family Readiness Center).

Military OneSource offers free counseling sessions in three other formats: Telephone (1-800-342-9647), secure on-line chat and secure video. To speak with a military and family life counselor, contact one of the following:

- Military and Family Support Center
- Unit commander / First Sergeant / Key Spouse
- National Guard and Air Force Reserve family programs

WHAT TO HAND CARRY WHEN YOU MOVEMake the first days of your permanent change of station as smooth as possible. Important...
11/07/2019
Military Relocation-What to Hand Carry When You Move

WHAT TO HAND CARRY WHEN YOU MOVE

Make the first days of your permanent change of station as smooth as possible. Important items should be carried personally, by hand, rather than going with a mover. From important documents to materials you need on day one, here's what to keep close.

Important documents
The most important items to keep with you during a PCS are your vital documents. Check off each item in this list and make multiple copies of them in case you misplace one along the way. Don't just rely on electronic copies either; make physical copies.

Orders - Keep your original set of orders with you at all times and make more than one copy.

Identification for each family member - Bring your military IDs and driver's licenses, but also Social Security cards, passports and birth, marriage and naturalization certificates.

Vehicle documentation - Take your vehicle title or lease information and proof of vehicle inspection, registration and insurance.

Financial information - Bring personal checks, any hard copies of recent bank statements, and all credit and debit cards - even the ones from department stores you never use.

Housing information - Carry the household inventory list your moving company provided, as well as lease or mortgage paperwork.

Legal documents - Bring divorce or annulment paperwork from a previous marriage, wills, custody or adoption paperwork, and any active power of attorney documents.

School or employment records - Carry all transcripts, report cards or grade sheets your children may need for school registration. If your child has an individualized education program, it's important to carry this with you. If you are moving with a child with special needs, please check out Military OneSource.
Medical and physician information - Previous medical and dental records and vaccination records will likely be needed for school registration and for some employment.

Many of these items can easily be carried in a big folder. You may want to take an extra step and back up important files on a flash drive, external hard drive or in the cloud.

Essentials for your trip and first nights in your new home

Here's a list of items to consider carrying with you to help the transition:

Medication for each family member - Prescription medications for each family member should be close at hand. You might want to bring some headache meds for you too in case of a sibling screaming match on the way there.

Phones and chargers - Surviving without your smartphone and charger today is almost inconceivable.

Valuables - If you can't imagine living without a family heirloom or treasured item, carry it with you.

Home items - If you are doing a stateside PCS and you have your vehicle with you, you might want to bring some basic kitchen, bath, cleaning and bedroom items with you like a pot, paper plates and a blow-up mattress so you don't wind up sleeping on a hardwood floor on the very first night.

Through the Relocation Assistance Program, Military OneSource provides relocation help as well as online tools and personalized support that will help you master your move. Speak to a consultant about how to best prepare and what essential items you need to bring with you. Tap into the resources that can help you master your PCS and focus on your new and exciting chapter in your life.

Reprint from militaryonesource: https://www.militaryonesource.mil/moving-housing/moving/planning-your-move/what-to-hand-carry-when-you-move?inheritRedirect=true

Through the Relocation Assistance Program-Military OneSource provides relocation help as well as online tools and personalized support that will help you master your move. Heres what you should hand carry when you move.

The Air Force is standing up a Survivor Advocacy Council to serve as a senior forum for Air Force to champion survivor p...
11/04/2019

The Air Force is standing up a Survivor Advocacy Council to serve as a senior forum for Air Force to champion survivor programs, recap key initiatives and next steps, and validate the ongoing role of survivors in the larger Air Force family.

To be eligible for consideration, applicant must be a surviving Next-of-Kin (spouse, adult child, guardian of a minor child who is a survivor, parent, or sibling) of Regular Air Force and Reserve Component Airmen who died in an active duty, Inactive Duty for Training (IDT), or annual training (AT) status.
The Survivor Advocacy Council will consist of 10-12 survivor advocates who represent a diverse survivor population.
The panel will select survivor applicants who represent as many of the following criterion as possible:
• Relationship to Airman: parent, sibling, spouse, and child
• Survivor who was the Primary Next of Kin
• Regular Air Force and Reserve Component Airmen who died in an active duty, Inactive Duty for Training (IDT), or annual training (AT) status
• Male and female survivors of deceased Airmen
• Officer and Enlisted Airmen
• Survivor whose Airman died from combat or terrorist activities
• Survivor whose Airman died from a service-connected accident
• Survivor whose Airman died from a non-service connected accident, illness, or natural cause
• Survivor who was dual military
• Custodial parent of a minor dependent child survivor where the parent is not a Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System identification card holder
• Survivor whose Airman died by apparent suicide
• Survivors representing current and past conflicts (i.e. Vietnam, Korea, Post 9/11, etc.)

If you would like to apply to be on the Air Force Survivor Advocacy Council, application can be downloaded at https://www.afpc.af.mil/Benefits-and-Entitlements/Air-Force-Families-Forever/ . Completed applications must be submitted NO LATER THAN close of business on 30 November 2019 to the Air Force Families Forever organizational box at [email protected].

If you have any questions or issues with your application please contact 866-299-0596.

10/29/2019
EFMP - Assignments

Greetings EFMP Families,

AFPC will host the EFMP Facebook Live event for families on Wednesday, 20 November, 0800 Central Time.

This forum is simply an opportunity for EFMP families to ask questions of the three components (EFMP-Medical, EFMP-Assignment and EFMP-Family Support) headquarters. The EFMP-Assignments page feed will be open to accept questions, feedback, etc., from 0800 – 1500 Central Time.

The session will be available for viewing later on the AFPC/EFMP-Assignments page.

If you would like to join us, click on the link: https://www.facebook.com/EFMPAssignments/ Make sure you click the “going” button on your preferred session to be notified when we go live. See attached and help disseminate to your families.

The Air Force Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) is designed to provide support to military families. There are three components: Assignments, Medical & Family Support functions under the EFMP umbrella.
We are EFMP-Assignments for the AF @ AFPC.

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