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NEWS | Aug. 23, 2017

Service member centers support readiness one family at a time

By Airman 1st Class Tristan Biese 633 Air Base Wing Public Affairs

Airmen and Soldiers of Joint Base Langley-Eustis commit to ensuring the warfighter is supported through various mission sets every day. However, if morale is low, or if there are issues in their personal lives, that support is prone to suffer.

The Airmen and Family Readiness Center at Langley Air Force Base and Army Community Services at Fort Eustis, aim to help military members and their families avoid such issues by providing tools and support, allowing them to better perform the task at hand.

“Our goal is to support military members and their families with navigating the challenges of an expeditionary military lifestyle,” said Dawn Teagle, 633rd FSS military and family readiness flight chief. “We provide our services from the moment a service member enters the military through retirement and beyond.”

Opportunities offered by the AFRC and ACS include events for spouses of deployed service members, socials, job fairs and more. These activities are open to anyone with a government-issued ID from any branch of service.

Both organizations also hold workshops and classes to help individuals traverse through the challenges that come with a military life. Some of the activities provided include cooking classes, a workshop on what to expect when having a newborn and how to make military separation an easier process.

While each agency offers group activities, both facilities also offer one-on-one consultations for more in-depth questions and issues an individual may encounter.

The centers also take advantage of being a part of a joint base as they provide members of each installation the opportunity to participate in a wider array of classes and events.

“It would be a disservice to everyone if, at a joint base, we offered the exact same thing to both set of customers,” said Havelis. “If that were the case, you would not be getting any kind of diversity.”  

To keep the classes diverse, each center also holds at least one different class or workshop every week. Additionally, the AFRC and the ACS are always accepting new ideas for ways to help service members maintain readiness.

For a list of events or additional information, call the AFRC at Langley AFB, 764-3990; ACS at Fort Eustis, 878-3638.