Airman and Family Readiness Center

AIRMAN & FAMILY READINESS CENTER  

  


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Mon. - Fri. 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
location
Bldg. 1240
phone
781-225-2765

The Hanscom Airman and Family Readiness Center offers a variety of services and programs for all single and married active-duty military personnel, Department of Defense civilians, retired military personnel and family members. Programs are free of charge and held on base.

You're invited to stop by the A&FRC any time; check out our wonderful classes and services, take a tour of our center. Wi-Fi available (not to be used for government business).

Air Force Aid Society Assistance 781-225-2765 (emergency travel only); 877-272-7337 during non-duty hours >>

Casualty/Crisis Support 781-225-2765; 781-858-2300 during non-duty hours >>

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Military Family Life Counselors (MFLC) | Employee Assistance Program (EAP) | Private Sector & Federal Resume Critique | Individual Transition Plan Checklist - Capstone Verification | School Liaison Program | Veterans Affairs Disability Claims Review | VA Benefits Advisors | Veterans Services Representatives


FREE WORKSHOPS, CLASSES & PROGRAMS
*Please note that all workshop and class times are subject to change. Please call the Airman & Family Readiness Center at (781) 225-2765 to confirm date/time and to register.

  • PCS'ING SOON? Contact the A&FRC to set up an individual Smooth Move appointment with a Relocation team member.
  • MOVING WITH CHILDREN? Contact the Military Family Life consultant (781-879-7654) to receive tips and techniques to help make moving and adjustment to a new school easier for your children - whether it's their first move or their fifteenth. 
  • e-Smooth Move | January 17, February 21 & March 14
    All classes are in the A&FRC Conference Room from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • "PLASTIC SURGERY: GETTING OUT OF DEBT" Lunch & Learn | Wed., Jan. 25, 12 - 12:45 p.m.
    Join us to find out about: the 11 warning signs of trouble, establishing financial goals, creating a spending plan, debt reduction options, and credit report basics. Presented by the Hanscom Federal Credit Union.  Email 66.fss.fsfr.cmb@hanscom.af.mil  or call 781-225-2765 to register. FREE lunch is provided.
  • THE ABC'S OF HOME BUYING Lunch & Learn | Wed., Feb. 15, 12-12:45 p.m.
    Before making one of the biggest investments of your life, receive tips that will ensure this home purchase is a wise decision: How much house you can afford? How has getting a mortgage has changed? What is the right loan? Steps to take before you go house hunting. Presented by the Hanscom Federal Credit Union.  Email 66.fss.fsfr.cmb@hanscom.af.mil  or call 781-225-2765 to register. FREE lunch is provided.
  • "ESTATE PLANNING" Lunch & Learn | Tue.,  Mar. 21, 12-12:45 p.m.
    Join us for Estate Planning to find out: Why you should have an estate plan to protect your family's future. How a revocable trust often enhances your family's financial security. How an estate plan can reduce or eliminate estate taxes.
    Presented by the Hanscom Federal Credit Union.  Email 66.fss.fsfr.cmb@hanscom.af.mil  or call 781-225-2765 to register. FREE lunch is provided.

WEEKLY PROGRAMS
*Please note that all workshop and class times are subject to change. Please call the Airman & Family Readiness Center at (781) 225-2765 to confirm date/time and to register.

  • Individual Transition Plan Checklist - Capstone Verification
    Every Tuesday | 1-2:30 p.m.
    Please call the A&FRC at (781) 225-2765 to schedule an appointment with a consultant. All AF service members who completed Preseparation Counseling and TAP/GPS are required to complete DD Form 2958, Service Member’s Individual Transition Plan Checklist (referred to as “Capstone”), prior to separation/retirement. This is a mandatory requirement for out-processing.
  • Preseparation Counseling
    Every Wednesday | 
    9-11 a.m.
    Weekly sessions for separating and retiring service members to complete the mandatory DD Form 2648, Preseparation Counseling. This counseling MUST be provided at least 90 days prior to date of separation or retirement and is a prerequisite for attending the Transition-GPS Workshop.
  • Predeployment Briefing
    Every Friday | 
    2-3 p.m.
    Mandatory for personnel tasked with a TDY/Deployment of 30 days or longer. Spouses are highly encouraged to attend. Briefings are held every Friday atthe A&FRC. Please call the A&FRC to sign up.
  • Family Welcome - Anytime!
    Stop in after you arrive at Hanscom for a personal welcome to the community and a tour of the A&FRC! Learn what services and information we have for newly arrived service members and families. Children welcome.
  • Private Sector & Federal Resume Critique - By “in person” appointment only 
    Resumes are reviewed by an employment specialist with HR experience. Receive feedback to improve your format and content. Email your resume to 66.fss.fsfr.cmb@us.af.mil and receive a response within 7 business days. Prior attendance at an A&FRC Resume Writing class is recommended.

AIR FORCE AID SOCIETY

The Air Force Aid Society supports the Air Force mission by providing worldwide emergency assistance, sponsoring education assistance programs and offering an array of base community enhancement programs that improve quality of life
for Airmen and their families.

Air Force Aid Society emergency assistance is available to Airmen and their eligible family members to meet immediate needs in an emergency situation.

Give Parents a Break:
The Air Force Aid Society in cooperation with the Air Force child care community, has agreed to provide funding for child care for active duty Air Force families with the "Give Parents a Break" program.

Falcon Loans:
Active duty Air Force military personnel assigned to Hanscom AFB may now receive emergency assistance in the form of an interest-free loan of up to $750 (previously $500), repayable within 3 to 10 months or before ETS. Military personnel are limited to four Falcon Loans in a career (increased from two). Through a streamlined process, these loans are designed to meet the several types of short-term emergency financial needs.

Eligibility applies to all active duty Air Force personnel and their spouses with Power of Attorney (when the
servicemember is away from his/her duty station) and Air Force Reserve/Air National Guard personnel activated under Title 10 U.S.C. orders stationed at Hanscom AFB and who have no outstanding loan balance with the Air Force Aid Society.

To apply for a Falcon Loan, simply stop by the Airman and Family Readiness Center, Bldg. 1218, or apply online at www.afas.org.

RELOCATION ASSISTANCE

Whether inbound to or outbound from Hanscom AFB, receive the latest base and community information, education and skills development to help manage the mobile military lifestyle. Services and information are designed to meet the needs of each relocating family member, including pets. E-mail relocation questions or sign up for classes at 66.fss.fsfr.cmb@us.af.mil.

IMPORTANT RELOCATION LINKS FOR INBOUND & OUTBOUND PERSONNEL:

FOR NEW ARRIVALS:

  • Family Welcome
  • "T" and City Orientation
  • Installation Commander's Welcome and Information Fair Mandatory for newly arrived AF military and DoD civilian personnel.

FOR OUTBOUND PERSONNEL & FAMILIES:

  • Electronic Smooth Move
  • "Kids on the Move
  • Moving with Children

Lending Library includes: area road atlases, books on New England fun and family activities, hiking trails, pet friendly places, getting around without a car.

Loan Locker:
Household items (kitchenware, pots, pans, small appliances) are available for loan while in transition.

Child Care for PCS:
Air Force Aid Society covers the cost of 20 hours of child care through the Family Child Care Program for sixty days prior to and after a PCS move; for active duty AF families, all ranks. See an A&FRC staff member for details.

EMPLOYMENT & TRANSITION ASSISTANCE

Department of Labor Transition GPS Workshop 2016 Schedule

PERSONAL FINANCIAL READINESS

The Personal Financial Readiness (PFR) Program offers information, education, and personal financial counseling to help individuals and families maintain financial readiness. Services are designed to address pertinent money management issues throughout an individual's military lifecycle.

DEPLOYMENT READINESS

Hanscom Services for All Phases of Deployment

Check out these services during deployments, extended TDYS, or remote tours, they're here for you!

  • PRE-DEPLOYMENT BRIEFING
  • SUPPORT PACKETS
  • CONTACT CALLS DURING DEPLOYMENT
  • MORALE CALLS
  • PHONE CARD PROGRAMS
  • SMILES-ACROSS-MILES
  • MORALE E-MAIL PROGRAM
  • VIDEO CALLS
  • VIDEO E-MAIL
  • VIDEO TAPING SESSIONS
  • READINESS EMERGENCY SLEEPING TOOL (REST)
  • CAR CARE BECAUSE WE CARE
  • GIVE PARENTS A BREAK
  • HEARTS APART GROUP
  • PERSONAL FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT PROGRAM (PFMP)
  • AIR FORCE AID SOCIETY

PERSONAL & WORK LIFE

The Personal and Work Life Program is designed to enrich and improve the quality of individual and family life by providing the knowledge and skills needed for effective living. P&WL services help ease adaptation to the military lifestyle and facilitates the empowerment of Airmen and families to increase the effectiveness of their skills in daily living, in relating to others, in coping with life events and in realizing personal potential.

The Heart Link new spouse orientation program is offered quarterly.

EXCEPTIONAL FAMILY MEMBER PROGRAM

The Exceptional Family Member Program is a program for active duty servicemembers who have family members with special needs. EFMP exists in all branches of the service. In the Air Force, EFMP services include a variety of personnel, medical and family support functions.

Download the EFMP Guide

CASUALTY ASSISTANCE & SURVIVOR BENEFIT PLAN

Casualty Assistance

The Department of Defense strives to support the families of wounded or deceased service members by providing them with accurate and compassionate services through the Casualty Assistance Program. The Casualty Assistance Program covers a wide spectrum of services ranging from supporting severely injured service members who are working to regain a level of normalcy in their lives to assisting family members of deceased, unaccounted for, or missing service members with final arrangements and with understanding and accessing certain benefits and entitlements.

Survivor Benefit Plan

When a military retiree dies their retirement pay stops. This means that the surviving spouse will be left without a substantial income source. Retirees must give serious thought to how they can protect their spouse from the hardships caused by the loss of retirement pay.

One option available is the Survivor Benefit Plan. The SBP is an insurance plan that will pay the surviving spouse a monthly payment (annuity) to help make up for the loss of retirement income. Premiums are taken by reducing retired pay, so they don't count as income - less tax and less out-of-pocket cost for SBP. Eligible children, former spouses and other "insurable interests," such as a business partner or parent, may also be SBP beneficiaries.

Please contact the Airman and Family Readiness Center at (781) 225-2765 for more information on either of these important programs.

EMPLOYMENT & RELOCATION ASSISTANCE RESOURCE CENTER

The ERRC offers computers, printers, phones, fax & copy machine, scanner, a large lending and reference library as well as job listings and other resources for A&FRC customers.

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