Our goal at Airman & Family Readiness Center (A&FRC) is to provide mission-ready personnel our diverse offerings of family programs and services throughout their military life cycle. Airman, Guardian, families, and retirees, we have something for everyone. Our core services include workshops on Air Force Aid Society, (AFAS), Transition Assistance Program (TAP), Employee Assistance, Relocation Assistance, Personal Financial Readiness Services, Volunteer Resources, Exceptional Family Member-Family Support Program (EFMR-FS), Deployment Assistance, Personal and Family Readiness, Referral Follow-up, Crisis, and Disaster Response, and Casualty Assistance Representative (CAR).
Welcome to Seymour Johnson Air Force Base Air!
A world of wonderful opportunities awaits you. From the scenic drives along Highway 795, hiking trails, wine tasting, day trips to Fort Fisher Air Force Recreation Park & many more activities for you and your family. Though your relocation can bring its share of stress, there are many services available to assist you on your journey.
The Airman & Family Readiness Center (A&FRC) offers services to personnel and their families through thirteen core programs offering workshops, special events, and one-on-one consultations. Each staff member works as a Community Readiness Consultant and can provide services in the center or via outreach.
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Promotes community wellness and assists with the readiness and resiliency of the force across the life cycle. Our programs provide education and enrichment services that focus on helping families build and maintain healthy relationships, strengthen interpersonal competencies and problem-solving skills, and master respective roles, tasks, and responsibilities throughout the family life cycle. We focus on promoting, enriching and improving work/home balance, resulting in increased quality of life and resiliency.
Couples Communication (Prevention & Relationship Enhancement Program) – PREP attempts to help couples reduce or limit risk factors and raise protective factors. The program includes topics: communication danger signs of future problems, gender difference, using structure to promote safety, the Speaker Listener technique, problem solving, ground rules for handling conflict, strategies for dealing with issues and events, clarifying core beliefs and expectations, forgiveness, commitment, and how to preserve and enhance fun, friendship and sensuality. This program is co-facilitated with Family Advocacy.
Five Love Languages/Four Lenses/True Colors – The Five Love Languages and Four Lenses/True Colors workshop can be utilized to enhance relationships by teaching couples to understand their partner’s personality/communication style as well as their preferred way of expressing/receiving love. These workshops are also offered for singles, provides limited child care and dinner for attendees.
Heart Link – The Spouse Orientation Program “Heart Link” is designed to strengthen military families and enhance mission readiness. The overall objective is to increase retention of members in the Air Force by increasing spouse awareness of the Air Force mission, customs, traditions, protocol, and support resources and services available to them. Spouses will be presented with a Heart Link coin during graduation. Limited free child care is available, call the Airman & Family Readiness Center for details.
Key Spouse – The Key Spouse Program is an official unit/family program designed to enhance readiness and establish a sense of Air Force community. It is a commander’s program that promotes partnerships with unit leadership, volunteer Key Spouses appointed by the commander, families, the Airman & Family Readiness Center and other community and helping agencies. The program has been standardized across Air Force to address the needs of all military families with special emphasis on support to families across the deployment cycle. A Key Spouse is a spouse’s point of contact within their sponsor’s unit that can answer questions, provide support, and share information that comes from unit leadership. If you are interested in becoming a Key Spouse, please contact your sponsor’s commander or first sergeant to express interest. If you would like to be contacted by your unit Key Spouse, but are unsure who it is, please call 919-722-1123 and the A&FRC will assist you in making initial contact with your Key Spouse.
Successful Relationships – Too many relationships result in a broken heart, pain or in divorce and many of the risk factors that surround some of these cases are negative communication styles, trouble handling problems as a team, unrealistic beliefs about the relationship, different attitudes/expectations and low commitment to the marriage. The Successful Relationships class will cover Psychogeometrics (one’s personality), Prevention & Relationship Enhancement, Generational Cycle of Violence, Communications and Equality, plus Tips for a Successful Relationship. This four hour class is held at the Family Life Center and is co-facilitated with Family Advocacy.
Offers information, education, and counseling to enhance your abilities to manage money and invest in your future. Personal Financial Management services include:
Credit Reports & Understanding Credit – 25% of credit reports have serious errors. These errors will impact your ability to take out a loan or significantly increase the interest rate you pay, restrict employment opportunities, affect your security clearance, determine how much security deposit is required for utilities, rent, etc. The Fair Credit Reporting Act requires each of the three major consumer reporting companies, Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion, to provide you with a free copy of your credit report, at your request, once every 12 months. You can access your free reports through the following website at Annual Credit Report.
Financial Planning – Money does matter! Living paycheck to paycheck leaves little breathing room. Budget your money and you’ll see where you can cut back and begin building emergency funds. Call to schedule a one-on-one appointment to meet with a financial counselor.
Where are you financially? – Analyzing your spending habits will allow you to see where your money is going, enable you to institute changes, and prevent you from making a financial commitment before you are ready. No matter what your results are, financial counseling is FREE at the Airman and Family Readiness Center and can assist you in finding solutions that will benefit you, your family, and your career.
Debt Management – Would you like to see exactly how much interest you are paying to your creditors and have got a plan to get out of debt? The University of Utah developed PowerPay Take a minute to establish an account.
Keys to Investing Success: Building Your Financial Foundation – This workshop is designed to give Airmen a general overview of personal financial management. Topics covered include spending plans, financial goal setting, emergency savings, debt management, investing, and much more.
Improving your credit score – This workshop is designed to help Airman understand the importance of maintaining a good credit score, how to access their credit score, what makes up a credit score, and how to improve their credit score.
Investing in your future: Thrift Savings Plan – This workshop is designed to help Airman understand the importance of saving for retirement. The workshop will cover an overview of the Thrift Savings Plan, how to enroll, and investment options.
Home Buying Seminar – This workshop is designed for Airmen looking to purchase a home.
The Airman & Family Readiness Center assists spouses, individuals who are transitioning out of the military, and other authorized personnel with obtaining employment. We provide employment skills training to prepare you for the job search – resume writing, interview skills, local job market information, and so much more! We can also help you learn about the local area, state, and federal job markets.
Check out our Facebook page: Job Opportunities – Seymour Johnson AFB Community
Explore opportunities and apply for jobs in the Federal Government: USAJobs
Wayne Community College has partnered with College Central Network, an interactive web-based tool designed to connect employers and job candidates locally and across the state. This program allows employers to directly post positions and contact jobseekers. Job seekers can search for jobs, upload employment documents, and access career information.
One-on-one career counseling – Individual assistance is available for career coaching, resume review, learning about the local area job market, etc.
Employment Skills Classes:
Civilian Resume/Job Search Class – Learn how to develop an effective resume, conduct a job search and get important tips on the interview process.
Federal Resume Writing – Learning the ins and outs on how to write the USAJOBs Federal resume as well as understanding how to read and interpret the job announcement.
LinkedIn Class – Learn how to develop a professional networking profile to aid in your job search.
Career Readiness Certificate (CRC) Testing – North Carolina’s CRC is a portable credential that promotes skills and career development for individuals and confirms to the employer whether a potential employee has the necessary literacy, numeracy, and problem-solving skills to be “job-ready.”
Military Spouse Employment Partnership (MSEP) – MSEP provides military spouses with access to employment opportunities available thru a broad range of industries and trades with opportunities in finance, healthcare, retail, staff, technology, and specialty areas to name just a few.
MyCAA Scholarship (Military Spouse Career Advancement Account) – MyCAA provides up to $4,000 of financial assistance to eligible military spouses who are pursuing a license, certification, or Associate’s degree in a portable career field and occupation.
Military OneSource Spouse Education and Career Opportunities (SECO) – SECO can help you search for information on portable careers, get you started on your education, finalize that perfect resume, or assist you with your career planning.
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.
Reintegration Briefing: 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. The 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.
Assists our military families with their relocation needs–both in and out of SJAFB
Newcomers orientation/information fairs – Wing-wide program, held monthly to welcome military members and their families to the base; briefers include representatives from the base and community to provide information on SJAFB and the local area. Newcomers Orientation is mandatory for all active duty newcomers; family members and new DOD employees are welcome to attend. For scheduling, active duty see MPS during in-processing and DOD employees see CPO.
Sponsorhip – Sponsors must be trained upon appointment to sponsorship duties. This training expires one year from the date of the training.
MILITARY INSTALLATIONS– Provides information on over 250 military installations and communities worldwide
Travel Planner/Street Atlas USA/Auto Map – Web-based program with timelines, maps, and other items you can personalize based on your relocation plans and needs
ABCs of PCSing – Assists military members and their families who are leaving SJAFB; points you in the right direction, i.e. who you need to see and when … especially helpful if this is your first PCS
EFMP is a community support program for military family members with special needs and is offered by all branches of the services. EFMP-Family Support is the community support function provided by A&FRCs to enhance the quality of life of special needs family members. It is all-encompassing and includes DoD military, DoD civilians, Air Force Reserve, Air National Guard, retirees, spouses of deployed members, contractors and personnel from other military branches of service.
There are many circumstances where EFMP can provide support: information fairs, school assistance, training for parents, or relocation. If your child is struggling in school with tests and needs extra time due to a disability, we'll help you understand Section 504 or the Individualized Education Program (IEP), which ensures educational accommodations. There are many programs through TriCare ECHO and benefits that you should be aware of. The EFMP-FS will ensure that you will be transitioned into a base that has all the support your family requires.
If you have any questions, we are happy to assist you with information and referrals in the local area. Additional classes are available upon request through the Airman and Family Readiness Center.
The Transition Assistance Program (TAP) provides retiring, separating, and demobilizing Service members the information, skills, and knowledge needed to make a successful transition to the civilian sector. TAP services should be started at the one-year point for separating and the two-year point for retiring Service members.
Step 1: Pre-Separation Counseling (Mandatory) - Pre-separation counseling must be accomplished no less than 90 days before separation but optimally at the one-year point for separating and two-year point for retiring Service members. Pre-Separation counseling represents the most holistic, personal, and extended component of TAP. Counseling is offered most Wednesdays.
eBenefits Account (Mandatory) - This portal is a one-stop shop for benefits-related online tools and information for Wounded Warriors, Veterans, Servicemembers, and families of Service Members. Members must register with their CAC at www.ebenefits.va.gov. Members should bring proof of registration to their pre-separation counseling.
Step 2: 5-Day TAP Workshop (Mandatory) - Department of Defense, Department of Labor, and Veterans Affairs partnership. The workshop will cover Transition Overview, Military Occupation Code Crosswalk, Financial Planning, DoL Employment Workshop, and VA Benefits Briefing I & II.
Step 3: Capstone (Mandatory) - One on one appointment with Community Readiness Consultant/Specialist.
Step 4: 2-Day Tracks (Optional)
Entrepreneurship Track: Boots to Business – Facilitated by Small Business Administration, this track is for those individuals who are interested in developing a small business or franchise.
Higher Education Track – Facilitated by the Department of Defense, this track is for those who plan to focus on their academic goals after they transition from the military.
Career Exploration and Planning – Facilitated by Veterans Affairs, this track is for individuals who have determined that technical training best supports their career goal.
Serves to promote and institutionalize systems that improve transitional support for our military families by establishing partnerships between the base and local schools, and advocating for the educational needs of military students. Develop initiatives that increase awareness of the unique needs of military children/families and provide a process to address and resolve education issues in accordance with national, DOD, Air Force, and Major Command (MAJCOM) policies and objectives.
School Liaison Office for Seymour Johnson serves as your conduit for information and is the primary point of contact for public and private school matters. The office can help you discover educational options for children in grades K through 12. There are four educational options here in North Carolina: Public, Private, Home and Virtual School. We can also help you advocate for your children and serve as your intermediary to help you resolve issues at the lowest level possible. Two major challenges faced by our military members are transition and deployments. As military families move from place to place, the educational requirements for school-aged children are different, so we help you to understand the requirements in Washington. Deployments are challenging to those in uniform, but they also challenge the family, to include children who are in school. We help our schools understand the challenges of the military family so they are better equipped when engaging with military children. The location of the School Liaison Officer is in the Watkins-Das Learning Center (Bldg 3660).
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 Seymour Johnson AFB can help. One-on-one casualty/SBP counseling is available to all military members at Seymour Johnson 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 are answered within 24 hours. For more information about these programs, call (919) 722-7192 or visit us in Building 3010.
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:
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: www.afas.org.
Air Force Aid Society’s Community Enhancement Programs:
Bundles for Babies: 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 Change 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 a Certificate of Eligibility from the A&FRC, Building 3801, or call (919) 722-1123.
Car Care Because We Care: The program was designed to ease the impact of deployment on Air Force families by providing a cash-equivalent voucher so that a member’s primary vehicle can be given basic maintenance service at the FSS Auto Hobby shop. 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 hours-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, including 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.
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