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NEWS | Aug. 13, 2013

FSS helps deployed members and families 'PLAY'

By Airman 1st Class Kimberly Nagle 633rd Air Base Wing Public Affairs

Imagine the sound of a bowling ball crashing into pins at the Langley Lanes bowling center or reaching the green on a par-4 hole at the Eaglewood Golf Course, but at a discounted price.

The PLAYpass program is offered by the 633rd Force Support Squadron, allowing single Airmen returning from deployments, in addition to families of Airmen abroad, to participate in activities such as trips, sports and other recreational activities on Langley Air Force Base, Va., at a reduced cost or free of charge, through coupon blocks on discount cards.

Eligible families are issued two PLAYpass cards, each valued at $500, allowing the family to utilize morale, welfare and recreation-focused social, recreational, fitness and learning programs on Langley.

"Costs and additional fees can be a major frustration, forcing Airmen and families to be more conscious of their spending decisions," said Sheila Robinson, chief of Airman and Family Services. "PLAYpass offers Airmen and their families the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of MWR activities at no or minimal cost."

For families to be eligible for the card, the Service member must be on official orders for deployment, temporary duty assignment lasting more than 30 days or a 365-day dependent-restricted permanent change of station.

The first card is issued when the Service member is deployed or on dependent-restricted assignment. The card may be used until 90 days prior to the member returning to home station. The second card is issued upon completion of mission and valid for 90 days after.

To pick up the PLAYpass card, visit the Airman and Family Readiness Center and present a Department of Defense identification card matching the sponsor's or single Airman's name.

"It's just come in, get the card and go utilize it," said Master Sgt. Flerida Taylor, 633rd Force Support Squadron readiness noncommissioned officer in charge.

For the single Airmen, the coupon values are the same as the family card. To help encourage participation of single Airmen, they can bring a friend or guest.

For a single Airman with a dependent child, a family-only card is issued for 90 days after returning to home station, unless they have a guardian able to utilize the card with the child during the Service member's absence.

"We see it as something to give back [to Service members]," said Taylor.

For more information on the PLAYplass card, contact the AFRC at 764-3990.