Airman and Family Readiness Center
55 S. Mitchell St., Bldg. 677
Hour of Operation:
Mon - Fri: 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
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 ranges from basic spend planning to long-term investing.
Employment Assistance -- The training and information provided 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. Centers 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. Assistance available for dependents and spouses.
Personal & Work Life Education -- Provides you with information and education about a variety of life cycle issues to assist you in developing resilience skills that assist in navigating a mobile military life style. Includes parenting, healthy relationships, and communication skills, among others, to help you strengthen your interpersonal competencies and social relationships.
Volunteer Resources -- The Volunteer Resources mission is to recruit, train and recognize our outstanding volunteers at Maxwell-Gunter AFB as well as make a difference in the Montgomery community.
OSC Welcome to Montgomery
ACSC Trade Day
Volunteer Job Fair
Teen Summer Volunteer Program
Base Wide Events
Monthly, Quarterly and Annual Awards
Make A Difference Day: The largest base volunteer event of the year.
On the last Saturday of October we select a community organization to do some hands on work. We have been active in this project for several years and have been recognized by USA Weekend Magazine for our efforts.
Information, Referral, & Follow-Up
An integral function of the family center, information and referral services can assist you in identifying and clarifying needs to determine appropriate forms of assistance and help locate needed services and programs available both on and off your installation, and national resources.
Programs offered include:
Maxwell-Gunter Playgroup: The Maxwell-Gunter play group gives Maxwell-Gunter moms, dads and their babies through pre-school an opportunity to socialize, participate in outings and special events. The Maxwell play group meets at the MEC (Maxwell) 0930 -1100 every Wednesday; and at the Gunter Community Center (Gunter) every Tuesday from 0930 -1100. For more information, contact the Airman & Family Readiness center
Heart Link Spouse Orientation: An orientation program designed for those who are newly married or just interested in learning more about the Air Force Life. Information is given about community resources, TRICARE, deployments, and more. This program is offered quarterly. For more information and to learn the class dates, contact the Airman & Family Readiness Center.
Latch Key: This program is for children ages 10-13 who spend time alone at home before or after school and during the summer when school is out. Our goal is to give your children the skills they need to feel more confident about taking care of themselves. This class is required for children who live in base housing but is open to all dependents in the Maxwell/Gunter Community. Refreshments will be provided..
Air Force Aid Society
The mission of the Air Force Aid Society is to provide assistance to service members and their dependents in time of need.
Interest free loans/grants are available for:
Basic Living Expenses
Emergency Travel Essential Car Repair
Pay or Allotment Problems
Medical/Dental expenses not covered by TRICARE
Education Programs: The General Henry H. Arnold Education Grant Program: College education grants for Air Force family members.
Baby and You: This Air Force Aid Society (AFAS) sponsored program provides incentive for Active Duty military members and their spouses to attend Family Advocacy Nurse Specialists (FANS) class for new parents. The AFAS provides each attendee with a Bundle (layette) of clothing items for their new baby. This gift is valued at over $70 and includes such items as blankets, towel set, crib sheets, and onesies.
Child Care for PCS Program for Family Care Providers: This program helps families who are PCSing. Participants can receive up to 20 hours of child care (per child) at the base they are departing or arriving, if both bases offer the program. This program is open to all ranks.
Car Care Because We Care: This program allows a spouse whose sponsor will be deployed for over 30 days to receive preventive maintenance (oil/filter change and lube) on the family’s primary vehicle. If additional repairs are needed, referrals can be made to Air Force Aid.
Give Parents a Break/Purple Pledge: This program is offered twice monthly (first and third Saturday) for the purpose of allowing respite time to families under stress. Families are given certificates to use the program for a specific time. Contact the local CDC for dates and times.
Respite Care: This program is offered to active duty Air Force families with a family member(s) enrolled in the EFMP program. The goal of the program is to provide a “break” for a few hours a week/month to families who have the responsibility of 24 hour a day care for an ill/disabled family member.
The Transition Assistance mission is to provide assistance to separating and retiring military members and their spouses who are transitioning from a military to a civilian career.
5-Day Transition Seminar: This three-day program is designed to prepare military members and families for their transitional journey from military to civilian life. It covers such topics as skill transferability, interviewing, job searching and résumé writing and VA Benefits.
Small Business Workshop: This workshop will cover information on how to start your own business and how to start a home based business. This briefing is conducted by Alabama State University Small Business Administration.
On Site VA Appointments: A representative from the Department of Veteran's Affairs is available each week to assist you with personal benefit counseling.
Employment Resource Center: An employment resource Center is available on a daily basis for computer job search, Federal job application assistance, and Internet job searching and resume preparation.
Resume Writing Workshops: This workshop will cover the different types of resumes and help you develop the best resume to get an interview. This workshop will provide information for inexperienced resume writers.
Pre-Separation Briefing - This class is mandatory for all personnel retiring/separating from the military. Active-duty personnel separating from the military are required to take this class at least 90 days before retiring/separating.
The Relocation Assistance mission is to eliminate the stress associated with frequent moves by providing move assistance planning, inbound and outbound relocation services and on-going relocation workshops.
Individual Inbound and Outbound Relocation Assistance: The Relocation Program provides one-on-one services. Moving can be an overwhelming experience and brings numerous questions. Let us help you step-by-step! The latest computer program (Military HomeFront) is explained and used to provide the service member with a step-by-step moving calendar for PCSing.
Right Start: (Newcomers) welcome is the wing commander’s program to welcome newcomers to Maxwell-Gunter. Right Start is a half day series of informative briefings presented by base agencies for the benefit of the newcomer. Right Start is mandatory for military members and spouses are cordially invited to attend with their spouse. Military members will be scheduled for Right Start by the MPF or CSS.
Sponsorship Training: The Relocation Assistance Program offers sponsorship training for members who are sponsoring an inbound member or family. The training is Web based and available from the site listed below:
Sponsor Packages: The Relocation Assistance Program provides specialized sponsor packages for sponsors of incoming personnel. Base and community information is available for sponsors in one location at the A&FRC.
Family Services Lending Closet: Provides essential items for the PCSing family while they are awaiting arrival of their household goods and also to TDY students attending AU schools. A copy of orders must be presented in order to use this service.
Loan Closet Items Available for Checkout: Dishes, Toasters, Futons, Strollers, Silverware, Coffee Pots, Card Tables, High Chairs, Pots/Pans, Mixers, Folding Chairs, Pack and Play, Tupperware, Irons, Ironing Boards.
School Liaison Office for Maxwell/Gunter serves as your conduit for information and is the primary point of contact for public and private school matters. The office can help you discover educational options for children in grades K through 12. There are four educational options here in Alabama: Public, Private, Home and Virtual School. We can also help you advocate for your children and serve as your intermediary to help you resolve issues at the lowest level possible. Two major challenges faced by our military members are transition and deployments. As military families move from place to place, the educational requirements for school-aged children are different, so we help you to understand the requirements in Alabama. Deployments are challenging to those in uniform, but they also challenged the family, to include children who are in school. we help our schools understand the challenges of the military family so they are better equipped when engaging with military children. The location of the School Liaison Officer is in the Airman and Family Readiness Center. If we can be of assistance, please feel free to call or email.
School Liaison Officer
The mission of the School Liaison Officer is to eliminate barriers and build bridges for the academic success of military dependent children through networks and partnerships with our local and global communities. The office serves as a conduit for school information and the primary point of contact for public and private school matters. The office seeks to promote and educate the installation, parents and schools about the unique needs of military children. It makes connections to partners who can provide support and assistance for military families and their educational needs. Information is communicated through the School Liaison Office that allows families to effectively advocate for their children in the educational setting.
The School Liaison Officer’s responsibilities are:
- Advocate for your child.
- Serves as an intermediary to resolve issues.
- Understand educational requirements.
- Understand district requirements.
- Make PCS moves smooth when moving with school-age children.
- Discover educational options.
- Find educational resources.
- Understand the Interstate Compact.
Military Family Life Consultant
Adult MFLC - 334-202-6814
CYP MFLC - 334-202-6372