Airman & Family Readiness
Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday
7:30 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.
750 Arnold Ave.
Whiteman AFB, MO
Our programs and services include training and information that can help you identify and reach your employment and career development goals, manage employment challenges associated with a mobile lifestyle and develop job search skills. Career consultants provide career planning classes, career counseling, local labor market information, employment trend tracking, skills and interests’ identification, job bank referrals, resources for self-employment and much more.
Pre-Deployment: The A&FRC provides support services to help single, married and families meet challenges associated with all phases of the deployment. Deployment-related programs deliver information, support and assistance, which foster competencies, coping skills and help personnel and their families deal with mission demands and family responsibilities. Pre-deployment services help reduce the stress of the military life-cycle, increase morale and unit cohesion, and support operational and family readiness. Pre-deployment briefings are held on Thursday's at 1300. Please call to RSVP. Spouses are highly encouraged to attend to learn about the resources that are available to them while their spouse is away.
Operation Dream Catcher: Deployed/remote personnel and/or family members are entitled to receive one free pillowcase per family member with a special photo to cherish during the time of separation. This program is designed to assist in keeping individuals/families close and memories alive during the separation period.
Hearts Apart Program: Heart’s Apart provides newsletters and social/educational events for deployed and remote families. Social events are a monthly activity designed to educate spouses and build a network of support.
Operation Spirit: A fun-filled annual deployment event for children to inform and educate them about what their parents experience when deploying. Every year children experience a recall, deployment line, command briefing, and a mock deployment challenge.
Car Care Because We Care: This program allows a spouse whose sponsor will be deployed for over 30 days (or first-term Airman) to receive $35 toward an oil change on the family’s primary vehicle at Spirit Auto.
Give Parents a Break: This program is offered once a month for the purpose of allowing respite time to families under stress. Families with member deployed over 30 days may receive four free childcare hours/month at the Give Parents a Break event at the CDC and Youth Center. Contact the local CDC and Youth Center for dates and times.
Plan My Move: Stateside, Overseas and Remote classes are designed to ensure you receive the valuable information that is necessary to make thorough and informed decisions regarding your pending move. You will receive information from Finance, TMO, Military Housing, Balfour Beatty, Tricare, Legal, Medical, School Liaison Officer and the A&FRC. Classes are offered monthly and spouses are highly encouraged to attend. Register early, orders are not required.
Newcomers Orientation: Newcomer’s Orientation is the best way to start off your time at the Whiteman Air Force base. It is the Wing Commander’s formal welcome to newcomers. This is a mandatory day of briefings designed to inform you on the mission, introduce you to key support agencies and base policies. It is held twice a month at the Mission’s End from 0730-1430. Spouses are highly encouraged to attend.
Child Care for PCS: Do you need some time to unpack or take care of mandatory appointments? You can receive 20 hours of free childcare per child with a licensed day care provider. This is available to all ranks and needs to be used within 60 days of your PCS both inbound and outbound. Bring a copy of your PCS orders to us, in order to get your voucher for each child and a list of daycare providers.
Pre-Separation/Pre-Retirement Briefings: Congress mandates this briefing be conducted 90 days or more prior to official date of Separation/ Retirement for all Active Component members separating after 180 days of continuous service, and Reserve & National Guard members being released from active duty after at least 180 days of mobilization. Informs service members on benefits, entitlements, and the vast resources available prior to and after they separate or retire. Spouses are encouraged to attend.
TAP Workshops: Hosted by A&FRC and facilitated by the U.S. Dept. of Labor and the VA, this employment/career-focused workshop assists participants with employment self-appraisal, developing effective job search & networking techniques, resume writing, interviewing skills, dress for success, and negotiating salary and benefits. The VA briefs on all VA benefits and entitlements. Highly recommended for all separating or retiring personnel; spouses are encouraged to attend.
PERSONAL & WORK LIFE PROGRAMS:
Key Spouse: The Key Spouse Program is a partnership between the Key Spouse, organizational leadership, and the Airman and Family Readiness Center. Key Spouses are volunteers appointed by Command and work closely with organizational leadership. Key Spouses are trained to become the focal point for community resources. Want to get connected with your Key Spouse? Please contact your First Sergeant or Airman and Family Readiness Center at (660) 687-7132.
Heart Link: A spouse orientation and education class to help new military spouses become accustomed to the Air Force mission, customs, traditions, protocol, and support services and resources available to military families.
Bundles for Babies: This is a parent education program. The highlights are budgeting for baby, TriCare education, and New Parent Support. Upon completing this class, AFAS provides a $50 gift card for each family to get them started planning for baby!
Career Focus: This program assists spouses and family members to prepare for seeking employment on base or in the Whiteman community. Our services range from assisting with a new resume to navigating the USAjobs website to conducting skill building workshops.
Personal Financial Readiness: Provides information, education, and one-on-one financial counseling to assist members and families maintain financial readiness. Services are designed to address pertinent money management issues throughout an Air Force member's active duty lifecycle and into retirement. Financial readiness educational opportunities include spend planning, saving and investing, credit/debt issues, and student loan repayment, and the blended retirement system.
Budgeting: Want to enhance your budgeting skills, focus on saving and investment goals, or work on a debt reduction plan? Please join us for our budget workshop, held monthly at the A&FRC from 0800-0930. This class is a requirement to be placed on the BAH wait list.
Financial Focus: Enhance your financial knowledge with various financial focus classes. Topics covered: Car Buying, Home Buying, Thrift Savings Plans, Blended Retirement System, Credit and Debt Management, Student Loans. Looking for a specific topic? Give us a call!
Air Force Aid Society: Air Force Aid Society supports the mission of the air force by relieving the financial distress of service members and their families with educational assistance and through proactive programs. It provides emergency assistance for basic living needs and financial hardships in the form of interest free loans or grants. For more qualifying information, contact an AFAS caseworker at the A&FRC or visit https://www.afas.org/.
Military Child Education (MCE) Program: The School Liaison officer manages the Military Child Education (MCE) Program. The MCE serves to promote systems which improve transitional support for military families by establishing partnerships between base and local schools, and advocating for the educational needs of military students. In addition, the program works to develop initiatives that increase awareness of the unique needs of military families and provide a process to address and resolve education issues.
Exceptional Family Member Program-Family Support (EFMP-FS): (EFMP-FS) is designed to provide support to military family members through a variety of personal, medical, and family support functions. The EFMP coordinator provides community resources and support programs for EFMP families.
Veterans Affairs Disability Claims Review: A representative from Department of Veteran’s Affairs is available at the A&FRC by appointment only to assist in processing disability claims and answering questions.
VA Benefits Advisor: Veterans’ services representatives are available through a contractor located at the A&FRC. The advisor serves to provide information about veterans’ benefits and eligibility.
Volunteer Resources Program: This program provides information on volunteer opportunities on Whiteman AFB. Volunteering is an opportunity to become involved in the community and gain valuable skills.