Beale AFB Community
Airman and Family Readiness Center – 9TH FSS
Military life can be challenging for service members and their families. The Airman & Family Readiness Center (A&FRC) helps individuals and families prepare for those challenges with workshops, counseling services, special events, self-help books, reference material and computer programs. If you’re unsure of where to turn, the A&FRC should be your first stop.
The A&FRC is at 17800 13th St., on the corner of 13th and B streets. The A&FRC website has further details and links at www.bealefss.com/afrc, or call 530-634-2863 or DSN 368-2863 for more information. The following is a general description of services available.
PERSONAL AND FAMILY READINESS
Personal and Family Readiness provides support services to assist military members and their families during deployments and TDYs longer than 30 days. At pre-deployment briefings, information and material on emotional changes, relationships and children’s reactions and tips on how to stay connected are provided. Morale calls are available to all deployed members (single or married). Authorized individuals can make two 15-minute phone calls per week to the deployed member, provided there is a designated DSN line available at the deployed or remote location. The AFAS Car Care Because We Care program offers a free oil change and safety inspection. Returning Home Care Program offers 16 hours of free child care in a licensed Family Child Care Home. Give Parents a Break certificates are available for spouses of deployed members for free child care at the Child Development Center. Hearts Apart Dinners are offered quarterly for families of deployed and remote members. Food, entertainment and door prizes are provided, as well as free on-site child care with child-appropriate activities. The A&FRC website has further details and links at www.bealefss.com/afrc, or call 530-634-2863 or DSN 368-2863for more information.
PERSONAL FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT PROGRAM
Many people cite financial problems as their primary cause of stress. The Personal Financial Readiness (PFR) program can assist Airmen and families in managing their finances more effectively. Whether you’re struggling to make ends meet or are planning a major purchase such as a vehicle or home,PFR can help with classes and individual consultations. The A&FRC also offers classes in managing credit, banking, car buying, homebuying, investing and budgeting.
AIR FORCE AID SOCIETY
The Air Force Aid Society (AFAS) is the official charity of the Air Force and is in the A&FRC. AFAS provides special Community Enhancement Programs (Child Care for PCS, Give Parents a Break, Car Care Because We Care and more). AFAS can also provide interest-free loans or grants to help with essential needs when an Airman is dealing with an unforeseen emergency. Basic living expenses, emergency travel and vehicle repairs are some categories of assistance that AFAS might be able to help with. Each case is evaluated individually on its own merits.
The Relocation Assistance program educates Airmen and their families to help alleviate some of the stress associated with a PCS move. Personal consultation and workshops such as Smooth Move help members limit the amount of out-of-pocket expenditures incurred during a PCS move.
Information is provided to newcomers at the Wing Right Start and Information Fair to assist Airmen in getting settled into their new work center and community. Happy Landings is a “Welcome to Beale” event designed to assist newly arrived spouses in quickly developing their connections at Beale Air Force Base and with the local community. Paid child care is available; morning refreshments and lunch are also provided. Members are encouraged to take advantage of the AFAS community enhancement initiative, Child Care for PCS, which offers 20 hours of child care per child for members arriving at or departing from Beale. The Child Care for PCS program also extends the 20 hours of child care per child to members who are retiring (TDRL included).
SCHOOL LIAISON OFFICER
The school liaison officer (SLO) provides up-to-date educational resources and information to military families with school-age children. Whether you are en route to Beale, are currently assigned here or are PCSing to a new duty station, the SLO is available to assist you at 530-634-3539.
EXCEPTIONAL FAMILY MEMBER PROGRAM
The Exceptional Family Member Program is designed to provide support to military family members with special needs. EFMP services include a variety of personnel, medical and family support functions. The family support function of EFMP is provided by the A&FRC. That includes, but is not limited to,on- and off-base information and referral, parent training, support groups, relocation assistance, financial management and school information.
TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
The Transition Assistance Program (TAP) provides a five-day workshop co-sponsored by the Department of Labor, Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense designed to provide job assistance and separation services for Airmen and their families. The program provides opportunities and aids in the successful transition into a career-ready civilian. TAP encompasses transition information and counseling for pre-separation, employment assistance, resources and referrals for education and training, health and life insurance, finances, Reserve affiliation, disabled veterans and retirement. The TAP program maintains a variety of employment resources in the Discovery Resource Center such as books, newsletters and magazines about resumes, cover letters, interviewing and identifying a career that is suited to your personality type. Also, current job postings and job fair listings from both the surrounding areas of Beale Air Force Base and nationwide are also available for job seekers.
The Career Focus program offers group classes and individual appointments to assist in the job search process in both civilian and federal employment. Family members are able to find a variety of tools at the A&FRC to assist with career planning and development, with topics including resume writing, interviewing, self-assessment, networking and education. We also have information about the new Military Spouse Employment Partnership, which partners Fortune 500 companies with the Department of Defense in an effort to make it easier for military to find employment and keep employment during their multiple PCSs. Our goal is to provide family members with the resources and tools that will increase their success for employment in today’s labor market, with an emphasis on portable skills and careers.
Your A&FRC provides information about volunteer opportunities at Beale and in the local community. Anyone can be a volunteer: Airmen, retirees, family members, students or DOD civilians with access to Beale Air Force Base. Base agency volunteers qualify for paid child care while they volunteer through the AFAS’ Child Care for Volunteers Program. The volunteer program is a great way for spouses to expand their networks, develop skills and gain work experience in this tough economy. Volunteering is a great way to help your community, is good for morale and can help bolster an individual’s EPRor OPR.
PERSONAL AND WORK LIFE
The Personal and Work Life program empowers Airmen and families to increase their skills in daily living and relating to others, to cope with life events and to realize personal potential. The program encourages and enhances communication skills in an effort to enrich and improve the quality of individual and family life needed for effective living. Programs and classes focus on wellness and planning for change, helping build interpersonal skills necessary for family and personal growth.
MILITARY & FAMILY LIFE CONSULTANT PROGRAM
The Military & Family Life counselor (a licensed therapist) is available for counseling with marriage or relationship issues, parenting issues, deployment issues and daily life issues. These sessions are anonymous, and no records are kept. The MFLC is housed within the A&FRC; however, you can contact the MFLC directly at 530-457-7363.
CASUALTY ASSISTANCE REPRESENTATIVE
Located in the A&FRC, the CAR provides dignified, compassionate and humane assistance to family members of active-duty military and other designated persons as promptly as possible when a member is placed in casualty status. The CAR also provides assistance to retired personnel, including change of address to pay records, change in federal and state income tax withholding allowances, answering questions on the Survivor Benefit Plan and assisting spouses with the processing of all claims associated with the death of a retired military member.
The CAR helps process the following forms: Emergency Family Member Travel (EFMT), Servicemembers Group Life Insurance (SGLI), Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP), Traumatic Servicemembers Group Life Insurance (TSGLI), Family Servicemembers Group Life Insurance (FSGLI) and Virtual Record of Emergency Data (vRED). In an emergency, contact the Beale Command Post at 530-634-5700 for assistance.
DISCOVERY RESOURCE CENTER
The Discovery Resource Center (DRC), within the A&FRC, provides walk-in customer access to computer software programs and public Internet (including Wi-Fi connection), free printing and access to scanners and a fax machine. The DRC houses a substantial library with hard-copy resources, CDs and DVDs for individually paced and self-directed exploration on all readiness subjects such as job searching, financial planning, family issues, relocation and much more.
KEY SPOUSE PROGRAM
The Key Spouse program is the official family readiness program that supports Airmen and their families during deployments, separations and emergencies, as well as enhances and encourages regular communication between units and families. The A&FRC provides oversight for this program by offering training and resources and by helping the Key Spouse unit volunteers make connections with other helping agencies. The Key Spouse program enhances mission readiness and offers informal peer-to-peer and wingman family support in an effort to strengthen family resiliency.
Your sponsor is a personal representative of your gaining squadron commander and your new unit. They are trained and assigned to assist you and your family in all aspects of your relocation to Beale Air Force Base. He or she will be knowledgeable about Beale and the surrounding communities and available to aid you from the time you receive notification of assignment to Beale until you are settled in your home and work center. Do not hesitate to ask questions of your sponsor, as they have the resources of the squadron and the relocation assistance professionals at the A&FRC to help them address your concerns and needs. Remember, Beale is a relatively isolated base and unless you are arriving by car, you should coordinate transportation arrangements from the airport to the installation with your sponsor. If you need assistance in obtaining a sponsor, please contact the A&FRC at 530-634-2863 or DSN 368-2863.