Airman & Family Readiness Center
The Airman and Family Readiness Center is all about Readiness...
Our goal is to provide Airmen, supervisors, commanders and family members with the information, services and resources available to successfully adapt to the unique and sometimes difficult stressors of military life; and to assist in the preparation of transition to civilian life.
Whether you are a newcomer or a long-time member of the Grand Forks team, you are encouraged to visit us at 575 Holzapple Street (Building 207) or give us a call at 747-3241 to find out more about the many programs we offer.
Welcoming Newcomers to Grand Forks Air Force Base
We would like to assist you in your new surroundings by offering a variety of resources, programs, and information to include:
Newcomer’s Orientation Seminar held the first Thursday of every month at 7:30 a.m.
The Newcomer’s Orientation Seminar is a commander directed program. It is designed for all inbound military personnel, spouses of military members and civilian employees who recently arrived at Grand Forks AFB.
The goal is to provide useful information about living in this region of the United States, while having fun and staying safe. Whether you are returning to Grand Forks or arriving for the first time, plan to attend Newcomer’s and find out more about your new home.
The Loan Locker should be your first stop when setting up your temporary household while waiting for your household goods to arrive. Some of the items include futons (a foam mattress approximately single bed size), folding tables and chairs, irons and ironing boards, dishes, cooking utensils, toasters, and many baby items such as highchairs, port-a-cribs, and car seats. All items are loaned free of charge to military personnel and their families
Child Care for PCS. A PCS move is stressful for adults as well as children. The intent of this Air Force Aid Society (AFAS) program is to provide Moms and Dads the opportunity to have their children cared for in a calm, safe environment while they are transitioning in or out of Grand Forks AFB. This is never more essential than while you’re packing/unpacking, out-processing/in-processing, house hunting, or attending briefings.
PCSing active-duty military members are eligible to receive up to twenty (20) hours of child care, which is provided through on-base licensed Family Child Care providers. Visit your Airman & Family Readiness Center to obtain your certificate.
Air Force Aid Society
The Air Force Aid Society (AFAS) exists to provide military members and their families assistance in times of need. The philosophy of AFAS assistance is to meet immediate needs in emergency situations as a step toward lasting solutions to a problem.
Loans and Grants. Emergency Assistance can be given as an interest free loan, a grant, or a combination of both. The majority of AFAS assistance is provided in the form of interest-free loans with repayment of these loans used to fund future assistance.
Assistance Policy. Each case is evaluated on its own merits. Emergency assistance is given when:
• A member cannot otherwise pay for specific basic needs - lack of which would affect the member’s Air Force job or the essential quality and dignity of life.
• The need is essential.
• It is aimed at specific needs and generally limited to relatively short-term periods.
Emergency assistance is not given:
• If it postpones a long-term inability to exist on present pay and allowances.
• For continuous long-term assistance.
• To replace funds due to garnishment (e.g. AAFES Military Star Card, government issued travel cards and military fines).
Casualty Assistance Program. The Air Force provides casualty assistance to family members and other designated beneficiaries of deceased members. Casualty assistance includes counseling regarding rights, benefits and entitlements; completing claim applications for monetary benefits and privileges; and to help resolve any problems or concerns the next-of-kin may encounter. For additional information or to schedule an appointment, please call 747-6493.
Deployment & Personal Preparedness
Deployment briefings are held twice a week and provide military members with practical preparation skills. Pre-Deployment Briefings are conducted on Tuesday at 2 p.m. and Friday at 10:30 a.m. If you are married, please invite your spouse to attend! During the briefing we cover:
• Automated Health and Morale Call System (AHAMS) for military members.
• Hearts Apart Program - morale call program for family members.
• Give Parents a Break - FREE daycare program.
• Car Care Because We Care - FREE oil change.
No appointment is needed to attend, just show up!
For our frequent deployers, you are only required to attend pre-deployment briefings once a year. If you are unable to attend the scheduled pre-deployment briefings, due to a short notice tasking, you can be seen by appointment by calling 747-3241.
Military & Family Life Consultants
The MFLC program provides psycho-education to help military members and their families understand the impact of repeated stress, deployments, and family reunions following deployments. They also offer short term, situational, problem-solving counseling services to members and their families. MFLCs are mandated reporters of child abuse, domestic abuse and duty to warn situations.
Parent & Child Center
The Parent & Child Center is located at 410 7th Avenue, across from the Auto Skills Center. It is a no-charge parent and child facility offered by the Airman and Family Readiness Center. Hours of operation are Monday – Friday, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
You are welcome to come and go anytime during those hours and you do not have to register or call prior to coming. The Parent & Child facility offers a large and spacious area with a fun, relaxing, and colorful environment. Different crafts and activities are offered on a daily basis in the craft area. It also features a separate room for large motor movement where your child/children can play on the bouncy balls, ride the toy vehicles and climb through tunnels, among other things. There are several other large areas for free play, including everything from puppets and puzzles, Legos, a play house and a toy kitchen area. We also have a “real” kitchen area that enables you to have some fun cooking with your kids!
The Parent & Child Center also has various speakers and agencies from both on and off the Grand Forks Air Force Base. They offer both their services and useful information on nutritious snacks, parenting, dental care for young children, and more. The Military Family Life Consultants also visits the Center on a regular basis.
One benefit of the Parent & Child Center is getting out of the house and meeting other Air Force families – a great opportunity to both visit and learn from each other! It’s also a great place to find out about what’s happening both on and off the base! More information on the Parent & Child Center can be obtained by calling 747-3837.
Personal Financial Management
Financial matters can often be a major concern for everyone....families, single individuals, and single parents. With the higher standards of financial management required by the Air Force for their members, and the additional financial stresses due to the Air Force mission, difficulty with personal finances may often be an issue. Your Airman & Family Readiness Center staff is available to assist Airmen and their families with managing their finances. They assist in identifying options to improve personal financial issues through increased understanding, behavioral changes, educational courses, individual consultations, and a variety of resources.
Individual consultations are available through your Community Readiness Consultant to assist you with your financial issues and concerns. A sample of topics include: credit report correction, FICO scores, debt reduction, spending plans, expenditure tracking, checkbook reconciliation, financial records management, money management, credit issues, deployment and your bills, bankruptcy, foreclosure, and more. Call 747-3241 to for additional information or to schedule an appointment.
FREE Carfax Reports
You can obtain a FREE Carfax report by contacting your A&FRC at 747-3241 and providing the vehicle identification number (VIN).
The Key Spouse Program is a formal unit program that offers informal peer-to-peer/Wingman support to families. The primary purpose of a Key Spouse is to work with unit leadership to plan, coordinate and execute the unit’s Key Spouse Program and to maintain contact with family members of the deployed. This program impacts mission readiness and retention by ensuring families have appropriate information and resources to meet their needs. The Key Spouse is appointed, in writing, by the unit commander
Training is offered at the A&FRC, quarterly or whenever there is a need by appointment. Classroom training takes approximately 4 hours. Training can be coordinated by contacting the A&FRC, 747-3241.
Transition Assistance & Employment
Planning for your transition starts when you enter the military. Your plan to leave the military should be a well thought out family decision. It’s about investing in your future financially, academically, and emotionally. Transition planning should begin early, whether you plan to serve only four years or 20 or more years.
The goal of the transition program is to equip separating and retiring military and civilian personnel, and their families, with the skills and knowledge for re-entry into the private sector.
Resume’ Writing Seminar. This seminar is held monthly during Day 2 and 3 of the Transition Assistance Seminar (TAP). The Resume’ Seminar is open to active duty military who are separating or retiring; all military spouses and family members; and federal employees and contractors working on Grand Forks AFB. Seminar topics will include Personal Appraisal, Career Cataloging, Analyzing Your Skills, The Job Search Process, Interviewing and Reviewing Your Offers. As a bonus to the two day Resume’ Class, a Human Resource Specialist from a local business will be a speaker. Space is limited; therefore, call the A&FRC, 747-3241, to register.
Preseparation Counseling, DD Form 2648. Everyone who has served more than 180 days and is now separating or retiring from the military is required to receive the DD Form 2648 NLT 90 days prior to discharge according to Public Law 101-510. In order to receive this form, military members are required to attend the Preseparation Counseling held at the A&FRC every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Appointments are not required. The briefing can be received up to 2 years prior to retirement and 1 year prior to separation. Call 747-3241 if you have questions.
Transition Assistance Seminar. The monthly 4-day Transition Assistance Seminars for 2011 are now available. Opening the TAP Seminar on day one is the Fargo, North Dakota Veteran’s Administration. The County Veteran’s Service Officer will be presenting and informing military members about the vital need to have accurate paperwork completed on disabilities for benefits can be received after leaving the military.
Day 4 of TAP usually has 2 seminars: Getting That Government Job! And Homeland Security: Working for the Border Patrol. Call 747-3241 or 747-6456 if you have any questions. Registration is necessary.
The Airman and Family Readiness Center has a Resource Center containing information on various topics in the form of books, magazines, and newspapers. Transition Assistance resources address a variety of topics on starting your own business, resume writing, interviewing, home buying, dress for success, top careers, how to do what you love, and much more. Most books can be checked out for two weeks at a time.