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Airman and Family Readiness Center

55 S. Mitchell St., Bldg. 677
Phone: 334-953-2353

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.

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.

Recruitment
OSC Welcome to Montgomery
ACSC Trade Day
Volunteer Expo
Base Wide Events

Recognition
Annual Awards:
Volunteer Excellence Award and President's Volunteer Service Award (PVSA)

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:

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 10-12 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 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. Services Available:
Interest free loans/grants are available for:
Basic Living Expenses  
Emergency Travel Essential Car Repair
Natural Disasters  
Dependent Funerals  
Pay or Allotment Problems
Medical/Dental expenses not covered by TRICARE   
Falcon Loans

Education Programs: The General Henry H. Arnold Education Grant Program provides $2500 in grants for college education for Air Force family members.

Community Enhancement Programs:

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: Active duty members on a Permanent Chance of Station (PCS) move who need hourly care, priority for vacant full-day and hourly care spaces 7 days prior to their departure from the base and 7 days after arrival on a new base. Care will be provided at the child and youth centers based on space availability. Members can obtain Certificate of Eligibility from the A&FRC, building 677, or call 334-953-9694.

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.

Relocation Assistance
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 One Source) is explained and used to provide the service member with a step-by-step moving calendar for PCSing.

Right Start: This newcomers orientation program is the wing commander's program to welcome newcomers to Maxwell-Gunter. Right Start is a series of informative briefings presented by base agencies for the benefit of the newcomer. Right Start is mandatory for military members and their spouses are cordially invited to attent. Military members will be scheduled for Right Start by the MPF or CCS.

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:
Military One Source

Family Services Lending Closet: The Lending Closet provides essential items for the incoming PCSing family while they are waiting on the arrival of their household goods and also to outgoing families and 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.

Transition Assistance Program
Transition Assistance Program Goals, Plans, and Success (TAPGPS) part of the VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011, is provided through the Airman and Family Readiness Center to assist personnel and family members when they separate from the military. The process begins with the Military Personnel Flight's Retirement and Separation Section for approval, then to the Airman and Family Readiness Center's Transition office in completing a mandatory pre-separation counseling checklist and sign up for the mandatory 5-day TAP workshop. The TAP workshop includes information on job search techniques, resume writing, interviewing skills, financial assessment anda full VA benefits briefing. Contact the Airman and Family Readiness Center. 334-953-9694, DSN 312-493-9694.

Pre-Separation Counseling
Mandated by law for all separating (1 year prior) or retiring (2 years prior) Service Members to ensure personnel are aware of benefits and entitlements available to them. For more information or to register for an upcoming class, please call 334-953-9694.

School Liaison Specialist:
Serves to promote and institutionalize systems which improve transitional support for our military families by establishing partnerships between base and local schools, and advocating for the educational needs of military students. Develop initiatives that increase awareness of the unique needs of military children/families and provide a process to address and resolve education issues in accordance with national, DOD, Air Force and Major Command (MAJCOM) policies and objectives. Coordinate delivery of Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) services in conjunction with installation EFMP components of the Medical Treatment facility. Also work with the Military Personnel Section which handles assignments for active duty sponsors of family members who have physical, developmental, emotional or intellectual impairments/disabilities.

Military Family Life Consultant

Adult MFLC - 334-202-6814
CYP MFLC - 334-202-6372

Casualty Services/Survivor Benefit Plan
Casualty Services The Air Force Casualty Services Program primary goals are to provide prompt, accurate reporting, dignified and humane notification, and efficient, thorough, and compassionate assistance to the next of kin for as long as needed. The Casualty Assistance Representative (CAR) works closely with commanders at all levels to ensure the success of the program. The CAR works closely with survivors of retired Air Force members to ensure potential benefits applied in a timely manner. The CAR provides limited casualty service to members of sister services, certain foreign nationals, and civilians.
Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) Military pay stops when a member dies. The SBP is a government program, which makes it possible for retiring members to ensure that after their death, their eligible survivors receive a portion of their military retired pay in the form of a monthly annuity. The SBP was structured so that a surviving spouse cannot outlive the annuity, and it has Cost-of-Living Adjustments (COLAs) incorporated so the annuity increases with inflation. An active duty member who has eligible dependents is automatically covered by SBP at the maximum level at no cost to the member while he/she remains on active duty. Prior to retiring, each member must decide whether to continue SBP coverage into retirement. The retired pay of those members who elect to participate is reduced by monthly premiums. The SBP is a unique plan: Government-subsidized premiums deducted from a participating member’s retired pay before taxes. The SBP is the sole means for a member to continue a portion of their military retired pay to their eligible survivors. If a member chooses (with the concurrence of their spouse) not to participate in the SBP, an annuity cannot be paid.
Have A Casualty/SBP Question? Do you have a casualty or SBP question you wish someone could answer for you? Your Airman & Family Readiness Center at Maxwell AFB can help. One-on-one casualty/SBP counseling is available to all military members at Maxwell AFB. Do not have time to come, just email us your casualty or SBP questions. We will research and respond to your questions within three business days. Most questions answered within 24 hours. Email us at 42fss.fsmpc@us.af.mil. For more information about these programs, call (334) 953-5048 or DSN493-5048.