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Learn more about the Airman and Family Readiness Center

Spouse Employment
Looking for a job can be a daunting task, but you’re not alone when it comes to finding employment. The staff at the Airman and Family Readiness Center is here to help you open doors! Our goal is to ensure you have the information needed to improve the effectiveness of your job search. You’ll be guided through the process from cover letters to how to conduct yourself in an interview. In addition to classes, you can schedule a personal consultation with one of our experts to assist you personally!

Career Classes
Classes include instruction in the assessment of skills and accomplishments, time management and goal setting, career options, finding your dream job, utilizing head-hunter programs, developing a portfolio, writing résumés and cover letters, and learning to interview effectively.

Résumé Assistance
Ever wonder why you aren’t getting referred for the job you want so badly? We can help you make your résumé stand out from all the rest.

Interviewing Skills
Most employers assess a candidate’s value within the first 30 seconds of an interview. We can teach you how to make those 30 seconds the key to opening up employment opportunities.

Personal Assistance
We know the job hunt can be stressful and confusing. When you’re ready to look for work, visit us for valuable counseling. We can help you locate job opportunities and assist you with completing your application and résumé.


Volunteer Resources

Volunteer Recognition Ceremony
This ceremony is held once a year in April during National Volunteer Week. This is an opportunity for the community to acknowledge and thank volunteers for their outstanding commitment. The Annual Volunteer Recognition Ceremony has seven different Angel Awards presented, along with the Volunteer Excellence Award and the pinning of Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal (MOVSM) recipients. The Annual Volunteer Recognition ceremonies provide an opportunity for the community to acknowledge the volunteer effort by presenting a letter of appreciation, certificate of appreciation, and parking pass for the nominated volunteer.  Participating organizations also have individual recognition ceremonies for their volunteers, including luncheons, Commander’s Calls and annual recognition functions.

Please take the time to thank your volunteers.
For more information on how to nominate someone for an award, please contact the A&FRC at 634-3366.

Traditional Volunteer
If you have some extra time and would like to volunteer to help your community, contact the A&FRC for assistance. We work with all base agencies available and can point you to many great volunteer opportunities.

The Air Force Aid Society recognizes that our Air Force families may be faced with extra expenses due to the virtual schooling environment that has been prompted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

For a limited time, the AFAS is offering a one-time $250 grant to eligible Air Force families with a financial need to help with virtual schooling costs for school supplies of their dependents in grades K through 12.

Please continue to the following link for more information and to apply:

https://staging.afas.org/virtual-schooling-grant/

Respite Care

The A&FRC and Air Force Aid Society (AFAS) have teamed up to provide those active duty Air Force families with ill or disabled family members who are in financial need, with respite care. This program is intended to provide a break for up to 40 hours per month, per child to include their non-EFMP siblings. This program is not an ongoing benefit, rather, assistance until a family can manage financially without the service. Contact the A&FC for more information regarding the program and the referral process.

Resource Center
The A&FRC has an abundance of free reading materials available for checkout. Books cover topics such as IEPs, the Autism Spectrum, health-related issues, ADD/ADHD, parenting survival guides, and a large assortment of other medical, educational, and behavioral materials.

Referrals
Whether you are new to the island, have been here for years, or are about to PCS to your new duty station, your EFMP coordinator can help link you to services you and your special needs member may need, or not even know about! The EFMP coordinator can also give referrals for respite care through the Air Force Aid Society.

Identification & Enrollment Assistance
If you believe you or a family member should be enrolled, or if you’re unsure about your enrollment status, the EFMP coordinator can help. Form 2792 and 2792-1 are available from the A&FRC, and assistance in completing them is available. The EFMP Coordinator and the base medical Special Needs Identification and Assignment Coordinator work very closely to ensure you and your family will have access to the services your family needs at your current and future duty locations.

Workshops and Events
Exceptional Family Member Programs strive to be all-inclusive, or “purple.” Whether it’s a program on Kadena, Torii, Foster, or any of the other installations on island, we aim to include everyone and share our knowledge with special needs families.

Training
Enrollment in EFMP is mandatory and we want everyone to know this is to ensure all necessary members are enrolled. The EFMP aims to help active duty members to complete their mission while having the comfort of knowing their special needs family members will be taken care of no matter where they go. We strive to have educated commands, sponsors, and key spouses to spread the word about the program and available resources for our families.

EFMP Coordinator
For assistance with any of the above information, or if you have any other questions, please feel free to contact the Airman & Family Readiness Center’s EFMP Coordinator at 634-3366. It would be our pleasure to help you and your special needs family members while you live on Kadena Air Base and future duty locations.

Financial Management
One of the greatest challenges facing most individuals is managing finances and planning for the future. The Personal Financial Readiness Program offers the opportunity to learn the basics of sound financial management via classroom instruction or during individual consultations. From learning how to budget to planning for your retirement, let the experts at the Airman & Family Readiness Center help you discover how to take control of your financial future.

Financial Foundations
Budgeting and goal setting are critical to your financial success. Learn to take control of your finances from the basics of budgeting through beginning investment strategies. We can help you with the following financial touch points listed below:

Here is a tool to help you develop a simple budget and work towards meeting your financial goals:
Click here for a simple budget worksheet!

Individual Assistance
If you would like individualized assistance, our staff of experts is available to assist you on an appointment basis. Individual appointments are recommended if you are facing particularly difficult financial problems. Our staff can assist with establishing a basic budget, managing debit cards/checkbooks, repairing credit, buying a car, buying a home, Thrift Savings Plans, and other basic investing information. For an appointment, call 634-3366.

Helpful Financial Management Links
myPay
SaveAndInvest.org
Annual Credit Reports
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
Federal Register
Military OneSource
Air Force Aid Society
Service members Civil Relief Act

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.

Couples Communication
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.

Hearts Apart
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.

Operation Rest
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.

Morale Calls
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.


Other Programs

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.

Sponsorship Workshop

An opportunity for sponsors to learn more about Kadena’s current policies and procedures when sponsoring incoming personnel. Representatives from base agencies will be present to answer questions. All first-time sponsors must attend the Sponsorship Workshop.

e-Sponsorship Application & Training (eSAT)
A great tool for sponsors! This 10 minute computer based training module provides tips on how to make initial contact, assess sponsoree’s needs, and access to the Sponsorship Tool Kit is also available. Go to the Training Website (CAC enabled website) to complete the training.

Loan Locker
Visit the Kadena Loan Locker to borrow household items such as dishes, microwaves, cookware to use while you are arriving or departing the island. Items are loaned out for 30 days at a time and extensions may be requested. Please bring a copy of your PCS orders. The Loan Locker is open Monday – Friday from 1 pm to 4 pm.

Plan My Move
The workshop is designed to assist individuals and families departing from Kadena, by providing information that can help during the relocation process promote a smooth transition to their next duty assignment.  Briefers include SME from the following areas:  A&FRC, Traffic Management Office (TMO), Finance, Lodging, Housing, AMC Terminal, TRICARE, Vet Clinic, and DODDS.

Helpful Relocation Websites
Military OneSource
Military Installations
Plan My Move
Kadena Air Base
Air Force Housing
US Department of Defense Education Activity
Okinawa Conventions and Visitors Bureau

Pre-Separation Counseling
Starting 1 October 2019, in accordance to NDAA 19, all separating and retiring service members must complete their Individual Counseling and Pre-Separation Brief at least 365 days prior to their last day of service. Pre-separation counseling consists of providing information, assessment, and referral to separating and retiring members. Topics include, but are not limited to, employment assistance, relocation assistance, education and training, health and life insurance, finances, and veterans’ benefits. Contact the A&FRC to make an appointment or to attend the group session.

Initial Counseling

Initial Counseling: The first step in starting your Transition Assistance Program (TAP) requirements is the completion of Initial Counseling. During Initial Counseling the Service Member will complete an assessment to assist in gaging their preparedness for transition in to the civilian sector. A TAP counselor will work with you to establish an individual focused plan to ensure you receive all needed and required transition assistance services.

Transition Assistance Workshop
The seminar covers career exploration, job search skills, stress management, resume writing, interview skills, appropriate business attire, educational resources, and more to help prepare for life after the military!

VA Benefits Briefing
A Veterans Affairs Benefits advisor is available for individual appointments every Thursday and Friday at the A&FRC. A group briefing is also available Monday – Friday, please call for an appointment or to reserve the group briefing. The Veterans Affairs Disability Claims representative will give a briefing on benefits during the Transition Assistance Program (TAP).

Résumé and Application Review
Transitioning military members and their spouses may bring in résumés and federal applications to be reviewed by a trained consultant. When customers bring in their applications or résumés, an individual appointment is scheduled to discuss the document in depth, which gives the consultants an opportunity to thoroughly review the document and research additional resources that might enhance it.

Bundles for Babies
A free class held quarterly for expectant mothers and their spouses. Although the class is open to all military branches, a gift card is only offered to pregnant military spouses or members from the active duty Air Force, Army, & Coast Guard.

Car Care Because We Care
Spouses of active duty Air Force members who are deployed for 30 days or more may request vouchers for a free oil change and safety inspection.

Spouse Employment Programs
Short-term training for spouses that focuses on teaching basic skills that will lead to employment opportunities.

Spouse Tuition Assistance 

The General Henry H. Arnold Education Grant program, also known as the Hap Arnold Grant, is the centerpiece of AFAS education support. The application process for the Arnold Education Grant serves as the platform for other key education support opportunities at the Society.

The Hap Arnold Grant is competitive in its needs-based selection criteria and is uniquely tailored to recognize the proper weighing of family income and education costs.

Grants ranging from $500 to $4,000 are awarded to eligible Air Force dependents each year. The specific amount awarded correlates to a student’s particular level of financial need.

Japanese Language Class
An integrated study of the fundamentals of Japanese, with an emphasis on listening comprehension and speaking skills. This class also teaches information on Japanese and Okinawan customs and cultures. Class registration is free, but students will be required to purchase a textbook.

Japanese for Busy People
Learning useful phrases and pronunciation can help you communicate more effectively while in Japan. These classes offer the basics of Japanese language and are an excellent way to discover how you can communicate in Japanese.

Japanese Kimono Wearing
Kimono is a Japanese traditional costume. You will learn not only the techniques on how to wear Kimono but also history, protocol, and care of the garment. Take home the pictures of yourself in elegant Kimono. All materials are provided.

Bi-Cultural Marriage Workshop
Designed for foreign-born spouses to learn about military and American culture. This workshop is most beneficial for Japanese spouses. Topics change every month.

Japanese English Conversation Group

Fridays • 5 pm – 8 pm
Experience a language and cultural exchange between American and Japanese local nationals with no set time required- come and go as you please.