The RAF Lakenheath Airman and Family Readiness Center (A&FRC) offers an array of specialized programs and services aimed at improving the quality of life for military members and their families. The A&FRC offers experienced Staff members that are able to bring any program or service that we offer in our center into the squadron. Staff members also take individual appointments for more personal services. A key resource on your installation and a gateway to accessing all of the resources available to you, they provide information, support and services to help you balance the demands of family and the military lifestyle.
The A&FRC is one part of the overall installation family support system, which is the network of agencies, programs, services, partnerships and individuals that supports your personal and family life readiness, mobilization and deployment readiness, and mobility and economic readiness. And should be one of your first stops upon arriving at an installation; its programs and services are an important resource for you and your family.
Air Force Aid Society
The Air Force Aid Society (AFAS) is administered through the A&FRC. This service provides emergency financial assistance to active duty Air Force members, Title 10 reservists, retirees, and their families. The Society provides interest free loans based on situation for needs such as:
Basic Living Expenses
Additionally, the AFAS supports a number of base programs such as Car Care Because We Care (for deployed spouses), Give Parents a Break, Childcare for Volunteers, Respite Care, and the H. H. Arnold Educational Grant program for the spouses and children of active duty and retired members.
Employment Assistance Program
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 are 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!
Join us for Employment Wednesdays! Every Wednesday we have a different employment class designed to assist you. Classes include Resume 101 (civilian resume), Federal Employment Part 1 (USAJobs website navigation), Federal Employment Part 2 (federal resumes), Interview Insight (interview skills) and LinkedIn.
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.
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.
We know the job hunt can be stressful and confusing. When you’re ready to look for work, visit us for valuable consulting. We can help you locate job opportunities and assist you with completing your application and résumé.
Helpful Links & Documents
- RAF Lakenheath Employment Guide
- Resume Guide
- Military Spouse Employment Partnership
- Checklist for Exemption Vignette - Visa
Exceptional Family Member Program
Do you have a family member enrolled in EFMP, or who might meet EFMP criteria? The EFMP Family Support Office is here to help. We provide information & referral to local services, and we also offer non-clinical case management. In addition, we host educational workshops and EFMP family events designed to support community connectedness and resiliency.
For more information, contact the Airman & Family Readiness Center at 01638-52-3847.
Be sure to look for additional resources online at: https://www.militaryonesource.mil/special-needs
Key Spouse Program
The U.S. Air Force Key Spouse Program (KSP) is an official Air Force Unit Family Readiness Program designed to enhance readiness, personal/family resiliency and establish a sense of Air Force community. Key Spouses are trained volunteers hand-selected by their unit leadership to provide personal, peer-to-peer support for their squadron's families. Their role is to care for families by providing them with information from their squadron's leadership about events, programs, and other available resources. As an official unit representative, they also serve as a point of contact when spouses need to communicate any difficulties they may be experiencing. As fellow military spouses who also live with and adapt to military lifestyle cycles and changes, they are passionate about what they do! Key Spouses are critical team members. They are informed, equipped, and empowered to make a difference on base and in the lives of their squadron's families.
Why is the key spouse program important?
- Promotes individual, family, and unit readiness and resiliency
- Establishes and maintains continuous contact with spouses and families
- Encourages peer-to-peer Wingman support amongst spouses and families
- Builds family links to leadership
- Provides an informal sounding board to leadership
- Strengthens leadership’s support team
What are the key spouse program outcomes?
- Increased awareness of installation and community resources
- Identified/resolved issues at lowest levels
- Enhanced up and down information flow
- Prepared and supported families during separations/deployments
- Increased sense of unit support
- Improved quality of life amongst unit families
- Increased readiness and retention
- Enhanced individual and family resilience
The goal is to have a team of trained volunteers who can support your unit’s military families in an official capacity.
If you are interested in having an active role in your squadron as a Key Spouse, please schedule a meeting with your squadron commander in order to obtain an official appointment. (Key Spouses are official commander appointed volunteers who represent the unit and MUST be appointed in writing prior to attending Key Spouse Initial Training.) Volunteers of any gender, age, or rank are encouraged to become Key Spouses.
The Commander’s Desktop Guide provides commanders with information and resources to help units manage their official KSP. The guide is designed to provide a practical approach to develop an effective unit KSP, with tips and tools to assist commanders in recruiting, interviewing and selecting unit Key Spouse(s) and Key Spouse Mentor(s).
The KS and KSM Desktop Guides provide volunteers with guidance, information and resources on how to meet the expectations of their role and vision set forth by their unit commander.
Military Family Life Counselors
The Military and Family Life Counseling (MFLC) Program is based out of the Airman and Family Readiness Center.
The program is designed to deliver short term, situational, problem-solving nonmedical counseling services to all branches of the military and their families. MFLC support addresses issues that occur specifically within the military lifestyle and helps Service members and their families cope with normal reactions to the stressful/adverse situations created by deployments and reintegration. The services of MFLCs are intended to augment existing military counseling services.
- Completely confidential and private, except for duty-to-warn situations.
- Flexible service delivery: Outreach/rotational and On-demand. The consultants rotate installations every 180 days and they operate on flexible hours.
- Services can be provided on or off military installations. The consultants cannot meet you at your home or your car.
- Services provided to individuals, couples, and families.
- They are mandated reporters of child abuse, domestic abuse, and other duty-to-warn situations.
To schedule an appointment call: 07748-983-894 or 07879-051-499
Personal Financial Readiness
The RAF Lakenheath A&FRC Financial Readiness Program mission is assist individuals and families attain financial security throughout their lives. A&FRC Counselors and Educators are available in a group or one-on-one setting for all members of the military community including active duty, reservists, family members, civilian employees, and retirees of any military service. We provide the following, FREE:
- Preventative Education: We help you develop financial goals and improve money management skills needed to be financially ready for the challenges of military and adult life. Common topics include basic investing, Thrift Savings Plan / retirement planning, credit & debt management, PCS/deployment readiness, student loan management including Public Service Loan Forgiveness, purchasing a vehicle or home, moving out of the dorms, getting married or divorced and planning for a new baby.
- Crisis Education: If you are experiencing a financial crisis such as an unexpected emergency, death of a loved one or stressful credit loads we can help you develop a workable budget or a debt management plan.
- Proactive Education: Learn about how to effectively plan for your long-term financial security and wellness. We’ll help you feel more prepared in planning for long-term goals such as retirement, home buying, education financing, or opening a business.
A&FRC Financial Counselors and Educators hold certifications through the Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education or the Center for Financial Certification. We strive to serve our community as the most trusted resource for quality financial education that is always free from conflict of interest.
We have a Certified Financial Planner available for one to one appointments and to provide training and workshops, both at the A&FRC or at the work site, courtesy of the DoD Office of Financial Readiness Program. Take advantage of this FREE service.
*Be aware of predatory financial practices!
If you are seeking financial services from off base companies, we recommend seeing us before you sign or buy anything.
Please contact the A&FRC if you want information, have questions or need anything financial related. We are here to educate and advocate for you.
Helpful Documents and Links
- Spending Plan
Thrift Savings Plan
o Dedicated site for managing your TSP retirement account.
o Central hub for up-to-date information on all aspects of military life including links to budget and credit counselors.
Blended Retirement System
o Central hub for up-to-date information regarding the Blended Retirement System.
Consumer Finance Protection Bureau
o A U.S. government agency that makes sure banks, lenders, and other financial companies treat you fairly as well as providing the information you need to make more informed choices about your money.
Consumer Federation of America
o An advocacy, research, education and service organization that gathers facts, analyzes issues, and disseminates information to the public, policymakers, and the consumer movement.
Federal Reserve Board
o "The Fed," as it is called, offers comprehensive personal financial education. Topics include consumer banking, consumer protection, economics, home mortgages, interest rates, loans/credit, and other general information.
Social Security Administration
o Advances the economic security of the nation's people through compassionate and vigilant leadership in shaping and managing America's Social Security programs.
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.
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.
Couples Connection/Team Building in the Units: The 4 Lenses™ assessment: is a proven personality assessment which helps organizations build a solid understanding of the innate talent and potential of its individuals. The 4-Lenses™ instrument was created from the research of the Myers Briggs’ Personality Type Indicator, as well as David Keirsey’s modifications to this instrument in his book, Please Understand Me. This instrument has been simplified to create a more enjoyable experience with longer-lasting application retention. Couples Connection utilizes both the 4-Lenses™ and the 5 Love Languages to enhance relationships and provide marriage enrichment.
The RAF Lakenheath Relocation Program provides timely comprehensive relocation services. The program has been developed to incorporate the needs of the military and family members, geographically separated units, DoD civilians and contractors. We provide:
- Weekly Newcomers Orientation
- PCS Childcare
- GPS (for house hunting purposes)
- Loaner Kits
- Cultural Adaptation
- Managing your Move classes (PCSing out)
We have services from the day you receive your orders until the transition is complete as we understand your unique challenges. It is important that you become acclimated into the new community.
To learn more about any military Installation visit: www.militaryinstallations.dod.mil
Helpful Links & Documents
Transition Assistance Program
The Transition Assistance Program (TAP) provides the tools and training to retiring or separating Air Force members, DoD civilians and their family members, necessary to help them make a successful transition from the military. It provides individualized transition counseling to help clients explore and assess their employment strengths. The bottom line is to provide the customer with as many transition options as possible.
The program also teaches subjects outside the normal transition time parameters (i.e. resume writing, skills assessment, etc.) so that potential separatees/retirees can anticipate future needs. The Transition Assistance Program (TAP) prepares separating, retiring, and demobilizing service members (and their families) with information, skills, and knowledge necessary for a successful transition from military to civilian life. The first step in your transition process is to complete the congressionally-mandated Pre-separation Counseling session, which furnishes detailed information on the various benefits and services available to you. The second step is TAP, the 5-day Transition course facilitated by the A&FRC, Department of Labor and VA. The final step is Capstone, which is a one-on-one appointment with one of our trained staff members to further develop your future plans.
Other optional 2-day courses provide more in-depth information on Higher Education (hosted by the Education Center), Career Technical Track facilitated by the VA, and the Boots to Business track facilitated by the Small Business Administration.
Each A&FRC is staffed to provide personalized assistance for all your transition-related needs.
Voting Assistance Program
The 48th FW Installation Voter Assistance (IVA) Office is part of the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) and is a Department of Defense (DoD) organization that works to ensure Air Force members, their eligible family members, and overseas citizens are aware of their right to vote and have the tools and resources to successfully do so from anywhere in the world.
The IVA Office offers three main services to assist U.S. citizens with their ability to vote: 1) Assistance with registering to vote by absentee ballot and requesting an absentee ballot; 2) Assistance with completing a back-up ballot in the event an official ballot is not received; 3) Assistance with registering to vote for first time voters. For more information visit fvap.gov, call FVAP at 1-800-438-VOTE, or call the Air Force Total Service Center (TFSC) at 1-800-525-0102 for 24-hour voting assistance.
Installation Voter Assistance Office Contact Information:
Monday: 10:00 – 11:00
Wednesday: 13:00 – 14:00
Friday: 10:00 – 11:00
Wing Volunteer Resource Program
Do you have a passion to help others? Do you want to make a difference or even explore new interests?
Try Volunteering. You will be glad you did! The Volunteer Resource Program enhances volunteerism by creating a central base resource for volunteer recruitment, training and recognition.
If you are interested in volunteering, call at 01638-52-3847 or visit the A&FRC. The Volunteer Resource Coordinator can meet with you to assess areas of interest and provide information on other possible volunteer opportunities.
Information Referral / Other Services
The Information and Referral Program’s core function is to link individuals and families with the right resource to meet their needs. Whether you are new to the United Kingdom and/or Air Force – you may have questions about living overseas or about different base agencies. An integral function of the family center, information and referral services can assist you in identifying and clarifying needs to determine appropriate forms of assistance and help locate needed services and programs available both on and off your installation, and national resources. The A&FRC has a database of on- and off-base resources available to active duty and family members. Our goal is to make this an easy experience you enjoy.
Deployment Readiness Program
The Airmen & Family Readiness Center provides information, referral and a variety of resources to help active duty personnel and families meet the challenges of deployments, extended TDY's (30 days or longer) and remote tour assignments. Assistance is provided through a variety of programs before, during and after all mission related separations. Weekly Pre Deployment Briefings are held every Thursday and Reintegration Briefings are held every Monday and Thursday. Spouses are highly encouraged to attend briefings with their active duty sponsor to receive education and information on topics of resilience, personal & family readiness and services available. Additionally, The Airmen & Family Readiness Center offers "Car Care Because We Care" and "Give Parents A Break" vouchers and hosts "Deployed Family Dinners" every third Wednesday of the month. Please contact the Readiness NCO or the A&FRC front desk for more information.
Casualty/Survivor Benefits Program
The Air Force Casualty program provides prompt, accurate reporting, dignified and humane notification and efficient, thorough and compassionate assistance to family members and other designated persons after a member is placed on a casualty status.