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Family deployment support

The Airman & Family Readiness Center helps military and DoD personnel and their families to prepare for and cope with separations due to deployments, remote assignments, natural disasters, and evacuations. By addressing emotional, financial, legal, and family issues prior to these events, as well as providing support programs during times of separation, the Airman and Family Readiness Center can help members balance quality of life and mission readiness needs more adeptly.

Pre-Deployment Briefings Pre-Deployment Briefings cover the emotional cycles of deployment, morale call procedures, family support services, legal briefing, and EFMP. Classes are tailored to married and single military members. Married members (spouses highly encouraged to attend) can attend the briefing every Wednesday from 0930-1100 and single members from 1030-1200 at the Airman & Family Readiness Center. Information Packets contain information designed to help reduce the stress endured by loved ones during separation and can be obtained at the Airman and Family Readiness Center.

Hearts Apart Program The Hearts Apart Program supports the deployed member’s family by offering monthly newsletters, activities, and social networking. During the pre-deployment briefing, the military member fills out a Family Information Sheet which provides the A&FRC with family contact information. A monthly newsletter is emailed to the family to update them on monthly events and support services available. Monthly Hearts Apart events are geared to support spouses and children with activities that promote networking to other military families, resources and referrals to helping agencies.

Morale Call Program Morale Call Program allows deployed military members and their spouses/loved ones the opportunity to make two 15-minute calls per week to and from their home by calling the Hill AFB morale call system at 801-586-2426. (DSN 312-586-2426)

Hill Heroes Any military member who deploys or goes on a remote assignment can go to the Airman & Family Readiness Center to have their picture taken and order either a Hill Heroes doll or pillowcase for each of their dependants. Base volunteers meet monthly to sew the items. For more information, contact the Airman & Family Readiness Center at 801-777-4681 or DSN 312-777-4681.

Webcams Webcams are available for check out at the Readiness Office located in the Airman & Family Readiness Center. Spouses can check them out for 30 day increments, with extensions made for duration of deployment. Deployed members and their loved ones can speak to one another with the added ability of seeing each other on a computer monitor via Skype or other type internet service. Call 801-777-4681 or DSN 312-777-4681 for more information.

Car Care Program Paid by the Air Force Aid Society, the Car Care Program provides a voucher so that the familiy’s primary vehicle can be given basic maintenance service. This service includes oil/filter change and a vehicle safety check. The goal is to identify and repair problems before they become serious and more costly to repair. one oil change per deployment. Military members on a remote assignment for 12 months or longer are entitled to 2 free oil changes per year. Military members on a deployment are entitled to a single oil change service per deployment. The service is provided at the on-base Firestone location. A referral certificate is required and can be obtained by bringing in a copy of orders to the Airman & Family Readiness Center.

Give Parents a Break Give Parents a Break is offered one weekend per month, typically the third Saturday of the month. The Child Development Center and Youth Center provide four hours of child care at no cost to eligible families. Funded by the Air Force Aid Society, eligible personnel receive a referral certificate by taking a copy of deployment or PCS orders to the Airman & Family Readiness Center. Eligible families include spouses of deployed or remote tour Air Force .Dates are provided on the Hearts Apart Newsless or by calling the A&FRC, CDC, or Youth Center. Air Force members may also be eligible for the program is special situations such as family crisis, emergencies, extended TDYs and special needs children.

Special situation referrals may be made by commanders, first sergeants, Airman & Family Readiness Center/Family Advocacy, a medical adviser, chaplain, or CDC directors. Referrals can be made for families who are dealing with stressful situations in their lives.

Reintegration Briefing Provides education to returning deployers concerning reintegrating with family and community. Classes are held every Tuesday and Thursday from 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. in Bldg 900. Call 801-777-4681 for more information.

Spouses Reintegration Briefing Provides education to spouses of returning deployers concerning reintegration with family and community. Classes are held quarterly. It is recommended for spouses to attend at least 30 days prior to their military member’s return. Contac the Airman & Family Readiness Center at 801-777-4681 for dates and more information. Hill Air Force Base Enlisted Spouses Club

The Hill Enlisted Spouses Club (HESC) is a social group for military spouses stationed at Hill Air Force Base. Our purpose is to promote, within its resources interesting social, cultural and educational activities for its member and promote in every way possible the welfare of the members, their families and the community. The HESC is organized and operated exclusively for educational, social, cultural, welfare and other non-profit purposes. Membership is extended to spouses of military enlisted personnel on active duty assigned to Hill Air Force Base of the greater Northern Utah area; dependant adults age 18 or over of enlisted personnel, spouses of retired enlisted members of the US Armed Forces, widow/widower of an enlisted member of the Armed Services. Outside of monthly socials there are other opportunities for members to meet and socialize. For information email us hillenlistedspouses@yahoo.com or find us on Facebook (Hill Enlisted Spouses Group).

Hill Air Force Base Officers’ Spouses’ Club (HOSC) The Hill Officers’ Spouses’ Club is a private non-profit organization whose purpose is to organize, develop, and sponsor social and cultural activities for our members. We also strive to improve Hill Air Force Base and U.S. Air Force communities through awarding educational scholarships and making charitable contributions. Membership in the HOSC is open to spouses of active duty officers, spouses of Air Force Reserve Officers currently assigned to the 419th Fighter Wing, spouses of retired officers, international officers, and civilians GS-9 and above. The Hill AFB Officers’ Spouses’ Club offers support, friendship, information, creative ideas, fun activities and new skills. For an introduction to the OSC, newcomers to Hill AFB may contact the OSC Welcoming Committee or Membership by emailing membership@hillosc.com or online at www.hillosc.com.

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