Airman & Family Readiness Center

The 92 FSS Airman & Family Readiness Center (A&FRC) is an information and referral resource at Fairchild AFB. The A&FRC offers support to assist and sustain military personnel and their families. Classes are offered on a regular basis, on demand and as needed. We are able to assist families transitioning to Fairchild and are standing by to help, call us. If it has anything to do with your family's readiness, the Airman & Family Readiness Center has a point of contact ready for you. Simply call to speak with one of professionals, or check out the monthly calendar and come to a class or workshop, and ask a question, make friends and let us be of service!

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Support When You Need It

Welcome to the A&FRC at Fairchild Air Base!

Our goal is to provide targeted force and family support and services, contributing to the mission readiness, resiliency, and well-being of the total force community.

The Airman & Family Readiness Center (A&FRC) offers support services to personnel and their families through individual consultations, several member and family support programs, classes, workshops, and special events.

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Personal Work & Life Education

Enriches and improves the quality of individual and family life at Fairchild by providing the knowledge and skills needed for everyday living, relating to others, coping with life events, easing adaptation to the military lifestyle. Personal & Work Life offers the following program:

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. The overall goal of the program is to ensure that spouses are aware of their importance to the Air Force, and feel as though they are a part of the Air Force team. 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.

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 money management issues throughout a service member’s military life cycle. Financial readiness educational opportunities ranges from setting up a simple budget to understanding long-term investment options.

Employment Assistance

Provides training and information to support the customer in achieving short and long term employment, education/training and career goals. Provides skills development workshops, local labor market information, employment trend tracking, skills and interests’ identification, job bank or job referrals, linkages to alternatives to paid employment (e.g. volunteerism and education), annual employment fair.

Volunteer Resources

Assists in the recruitment, training, placement, and recognition of base personnel who provide volunteer service both on and off base.

Information, Referral, & Follow-Up

Assists military individuals and families in identifying specific needs, provides appropriate connections to resources, to include exceptional family member resources. I & R offers the following program:

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 Fairchild Community.

Personal and Family Readiness

Assists service members and their families in managing the challenges of deployments and separations before, during, and after they occur. Personal and Family Readiness offers the following programs:

Pre-deployment Briefing: Mandatory briefing for the military member (spouses encouraged to attend) covering, Red Cross, services for families during deployment, AFAS services, and overview of handouts.

Reunion Workshop: Mandatory briefing for the military member (spouses encouraged to attend). This class covers the stress of reunion on the family; communication challenges that can occur, and the truth about expectations for those returning from deployment. Post-deployment workshop features briefings by: A&FRC, Mental Health, Chaplain, Sexual Assault Response Coordinator, Family Advocacy and the Military Family Life Counselor (MFLC).

Hearts Apart Program: Open to immediate family members who have a loved one currently deployed, on a remote tour or TDY. Allows deployed family members to network and interact with fellow families.

Relocation Assistance

Relocation Assistance:
The Relocation Assistance mission is to eliminate the stress associated with frequent moves by providing moving assistance planning, inbound and outbound relocation services and on-going relocation workshops.

Right Start:
This Newcomer’s Orientation program is the Wing Commander’s program to welcome newcomers to Fairchild. Right Start is held monthly on scheduled Fridays. Right Start is mandatory for military members and DoD civilians. Spouses are cordially invited to attend. Military members will be scheduled for Right Start by the MPF or CCS. Right Start consists of two parts. Part I is held from 0800-1200 at the Airman & Family Readiness, Building 2365. Participants have approximately an hour and a half for lunch before Part II begins. Part II is for active duty military only. It is held from 1345-1600 at the same place, Airman & Family Readiness, Building 2365.

Sponsorship Training:
The A&FRC Relocation Program is here to support Sponsors and Command Support Staff who are charged with managing and monitoring the unit level Sponsorship Program. The first step to becoming a successful Sponsor is taking the e-sponsorship application training (eSAT). This is a Department of Defense training, is mandated for all new Sponsors and Sponsors who have not taken the eSAT training within the year prior to a new Sponsorship assignment. Training certificates must be submitted to your unit Command Support Staff for unit Sponsorship Program record keeping. In addition to offering the Sponsorship training, this site provides Sponsors with information on the MilitaryInstallations and Plan My Move websites. It also provides a sample welcome letter, a Sponsorship duty checklist, and a Newcomer and Family needs assessment, which should be tailored to fit the needs of the inbound member and their Family.

Relocation/Sponsorship Awareness Class:
This class is open to everyone! The focus is to gain knowledge on relocation resources, connect with bases and local agencies, understand how to utilize electronic tools, and be the best sponsor possible through all phrases of relocation. Please call (509) 247-2246 to register.

PCS Brief/Remote Tour Briefing:
Relocating from Fairchild AFB? Whether this is your first PCS or your fifth, the relocation manager can help guide you through the steps to a smooth move. Call (509)247-2246 for your one on one session today.

OTS Smooth Move:
Assists service members and their families with preparing for PCS assignments overseas or stateside. Representatives from the Airman & Family Readiness Center, Tricare, and Housing provide necessary information for planning your upcoming PCS.

Exceptional Family Member Program

EFMP Goal:
To establish, implement and maintain the Exceptional Family Member Program-Family Support (community support) entity of the Air Force’s Exceptional Family Member Program-Family Support coordination with the Medical Assignments components by enhancing the quality of life of special needs family members.

There are currently 99 EFMP-FS coordinators who provide full-time assistance to families at all major Air Force Installations. EFMP-FS provides coordination of family support services on and off-base through family needs assessments to determine the needs and resources required for each family. Below are some of the services offered.
• Maintain in-depth information on local, state and federal resources for families
• Develop Individualized Service Plans
• Provide information, education, and briefings to leadership and overall community in an effort to raise program awareness
• Offer workshops, seminars and various support group and educational briefings for school personnel, base professionals and members/families
• Market Air For respite child care program where parents receive free child care to help reduce the stress associated with caring for an EFM
• Advocate for improved services for families

DoD ID Cardholders and their families may obtain assistance with EFMP-FS at the local A&FRC
Phone: 509-247-2246, DSN 657-2246

Additional support through Military OneSource is available 24/7 under “EFMP & Me”
Phone: 800-342-9647

Transition Assistance Program

On November 21, 2011, the president signed the Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) to Hire Heroes Act which made service members participation in the Transition Assistance Program mandatory. TAPGPS is provided through the Airman and Family Readiness Center to assist Service Members and their dependents when they separate/retire from the military. The current mandatory components include:

Pre-Separation Counseling: the first step to ensure all separating service members are informed of the transition services, resources and benefits available. This is a pre-requisite before attending the 5-Day GPS Workshop. Start the process 1 year out for separatees and 2 years for retirees.

Transition Goals, Plans, Success Workshop: (5 days) – Consist of (1) DoD Military Occupational Crosswalk, Finances, and Resilience (2) Department of Labor Employment Workshop (3 days, with some exemptions) (3) Veterans Affairs Benefits Briefings I & II (NO EXEMPTIONS).

Capstone – One-on-one counseling to verify Career Readiness Standards are met (verification of resume, 12-month post separation budget, ITP, GAP Analysis A&B, Continuum of Service counseling, DOL Gold Card and eBenefits registration. A&FRC and Commander Signature required.

Casualty Services/Survivor Benefit Plan

The Air Force Casualty Services Program’s 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 are 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 monthly annuities and VA benefits. 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. 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.

Casualty/SBP Questions: Do you have a casualty or SBP question you wish someone could answer for you? Your A & FRC at Fairchild AFB can help. One-on-one casualty/SBP counseling is available to all military members at Fairchild 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. For more information about these programs, call (509) 247-4488 or visit us in Building 2040.

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. Below are the various programs Air Force Aid Society offers:

Financial Assistance:

  • 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 up to $2000 in grants for college education for Air Force family members. Applications can be submitted online:

Air Force Aid Society’s Community Enhancement Programs:

Baby and You: This Air Force Aid Society (AFAS) sponsored program offers an educational class for Active Duty Air Force members and their spouses. This class is facilitated by the Family Advocacy Nurse Specialists (FANS) and is geared towards new parents. The AFAS provides each participant with a $50 gift card to be used at the Base Exchange to purchase items for the expectant mother or for their new baby.

Child Care for PCS Program for Family Care Providers: Active duty members on a Permanent Chance of Station (PCS) move and members on retirement orders who need hourly care. Care will be provided at the local CDC or the child and youth centers based on space availability. A copy of PCS orders is required to receive a certificate. Members can obtain Certificate of Eligibility from the A&FRC, Building 2365, or call (509) 247-2246

Car Care Because We Care: The program was designed to ease the impact of a deployment on Air Force families by providing a cash-equivalent voucher so that a member’s primary vehicle can be given basic maintenance service. 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: The Air Force Aid Society (AFAS) recognizes that Air Force families are subject to unique stresses due to the nature of military life – deployments, remote tours of duty, extended working hours, etc. This program is offered twice monthly (first and third Saturday) for the purpose of allowing families a few hours break from the stresses of parenting. Families may use this time to suit their personal needs. 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. AFAS assistance for respite is based on need — the need for respite time.

Phone Home Program: The Air Force Aid Society’s (AFAS) Phone Home Program provides prepaid calling cards for deployed Air Force members, to include single and married service members, when they deploy for 30 days or more in the Area of Responsibility (AOR). This program makes it possible for the service member to phone home to family or friends during deployment and to make emergency contacts when necessary, without added expense to the service member. Cards are provided in the AOR.

Air Force Voter Assistance Program (AFVAP)

The Air Force Voting Assistance Program (AFVAP) works to ensure airmen, their eligible family members and overseas citizens are aware of their right to vote and have the tools/resources to successfully do so from anywhere in the world.

Air Force Voting Assistance Program
The local Airman & Family Readiness Center (A&FRC) serves as the Installation Voter Assistance (IVA) Office. The IVA Office provides uniformed service members, their family members and overseas citizens with information and assistance on how to request an absentee ballot and vote absentee. These functions are accomplished through the use of two forms:
• Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). Which serves as a request for registration and a request for an absentee ballot
• Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB), which serves as a backup in the event an official absentee ballot is not received.

Installations Voting Assistance Officers (IVAOs) at the A&FRC also provide civilians with access to the IVA Office Information and assistance on procedures for registering to vote and updating voter registration information (e.g. change of address). This is accomplished by completing the National Mail Voter Registration Form (NVRF).

In addition to IVAOs, each Air Force unit is required to appoint Unit Voting Assistance Officers (UVAOs) to provide unit personnel with voting information regarding their home state election dates and absentee voting registration and procedures.

To successfully vote absentee, UOCAVA citizens should:
• Allow sufficient time to request, receive, and return an absentee ballot
• Notify your election office each time your mailing address changes
• Know your state’s absentee voting deadlines and procedures to ensure your ballot is properly executed and counted
• Complete a Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB) if you do not receive your state absentee ballot in time to return it to your election office by the state deadline

Fairchild Installation Voting Officers (IVOs) can be reached at the local Airman & Family Readiness Center (A&FRC) Phone 509-247-2246, DSN 657-2247

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(509) 247 - 2246


Mon-Wed: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Thu: 8 a.m. - Noon
Fri: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Sat-Sun: Closed


4 W. Castle St.
Fairchild AFB, WA 99011

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