Personal, Family, & Work Life
HeartLink Spouse Orientation
Are you an Air Force spouse that wants to expand your military knowledge? This spouse orientation offers valuable tools to help you successfully adapt to the military lifestyle. We provide a catered breakfast and lunch, guest speakers, games, and assistance with childcare. Bring a friend with you for this day of fun! Registration required.
Good communication is the key to a successful relationship. Learn communication skills and conflict resolution techniques that really work! Couples will be introduced to the “Five Love Languages” and the Prevention and Relationship Enhancement Program (PREP) approach to building a lasting and loving relationship. Registration required.
Programs and Events for Deployed Spouses
Deployed Spouses’ Dinner
This free dinner is held two times a year (June and December). The dinner is open to all spouses and children of a deployed or TDY service member from any service. Child care is available onsite. This is a great opportunity to network and meet other spouses of a deployed service member.
Give Parents a Break
This program is designed to give relief through free childcare while the military member is deployed or TDY for more than 30 days. This program is offered on the second Saturday each month at the Child Development Centers for children 6 weeks to 5 years old and the Himawari School Age Program for children 5 years (in kindergarten) to 12 years old. Vouchers are distributed at the Airman and Family Readiness Center. Please bring a copy of your spouse’s deployment orders. Vouchers must be submitted to the CDC/SAP by noon on the Wednesday prior to the designated Saturday.
Join us each month for an fun filled deployed family activity. We will offer various activities dealing with the four pillars of wellness to help support spouses through the different stages of deployments. All deployed family activities are open to all spouses and children of a deployed or TDY service member from any branch of service. This is a great opportunity to network and meet other spouses.
This program is designed to boost the morale of the entire family using a visual reminder of loved ones during separation. The Airman and Family Readiness Center will provide personalize pillowcases or T-shirts with photo transfers of both military and family members.
Car Care Because We Care
This is a preventive maintenance program offered in conjunction with the Kadena Auto Hobby Shop. This program is designed to allow spouses of personnel deployed or TDY for over 30 days to take their car in for a free oil change, have all fluids topped off, and have a safety and road inspection completed. Services are free and if any problems are detected, a written report will be given to the spouse. Stop by the Airman and Family Readiness Center with a copy of your spouse’s orders to receive the voucher.
The Airman and Family Readiness Center has worldwide DSN access. We can place a morale call during normal duty hours of 8 am – 5 pm or after duty hours when arrangements have been made. Calls are placed in a private room and kids are welcome. Calls are limited to 15 minutes in duration but you can call as often as needed during the deployment. You are also authorized two 15 minute calls per week from your home. To access the Morale Call operator just dial 632-HOME (4663), tell the operator that you would like to make a morale call.
Programs for Re-deploying/Returning Service Members
Returning Home Care Program
Air Force members returning from overseas deployments of 30 days or longer (not to include going to the states to attend school) are entitled to 16 hours of free child care under the Extended Duty Child Care Program. This program is available to active duty members and is designed to help returnees settle back into their home stations. The care must be used within 30 days of returning home from deployment. Service will be provided on a space-available basis. If care is not available when requested, the Family Child Care office will work to have it reserved for a later date. Contact the Family Child Care Program at 634-0514 to schedule an appointment regarding registration and child care providers.
Key Spouse Program
The Key Spouse Program is a formal unit program that offers informal peer-to-peer wingman support to families. Imperatives for revised emphasis on this program is clear: impact of the long war’s TEMPO, force reduction, and the Community Action Information Board feedback shows signs of spouse stress with increases in domestic situations and suicidal gestures and attempts. The Key Spouse Reference Guide below recognizes that everyone on the unit’s team-Commander, Key Spouse mentor, First Sergeant, Key Spouse, and Airman and Family Readiness Center (A&FRC) impacts the unit’s culture and contributes to its ability to accomplish the mission at home and abroad. This guide will help you define your role as a Key Spouse and provide information and referral resources that may be tailored to include local information.
Non Combatant Evacuation Operations (NEO)
This program ensures SOFA personnel are prepared for emergency evacuation.