Airman and Family Readiness Center

The Minot Airman & Family Readiness Center is the US Air Force’s key to personal readiness. Whether preparing to deploy, sustaining you and your family during deployment, or facilitating a smooth reunion and reintegration after deployment, the Minot Airman & Family Readiness Center is the place to get the help you need.

The Minot Airman & Family Readiness Center offers assistance in the following key areas of your work life—Personal and Family Readiness including the Key Spouse Program, Transition Assistance including Career Focus, Relocation Assistance including Spouse Employment, Family Life Education including Relationship Enhancement & Volunteer Resources, as well as Personal Financial Skills Development including the Air Force Aid Society.

We invite you to explore this website for the many programs and resources offered by your Minot Airman & Family Readiness Center. Serving DoD military and civilian personnel and families, including Guard and Reserve, uniformed members of other branches, military retirees, eligible family members and annuitants.

Programs

Click on each program below to learn more.

Air Force Aid Society
The Air Force Aid Society (AFAS) is the official charity of the U.S. Air Force. The philosophy of AFAS assistance is to meet the needs in emergency situations as a step towards lasting solutions to a problem. The AFAS may help with assistance in the form of an interest-free loan, a grant or a combination of both for such things as basic maintenance, emergency leave, dependent funeral, essential car repair, fire or other disasters and medical/dental problems not covered by Tricare.

CHILD CARE FOR VOLUNTEER SERVICES
Free childcare may be available when you volunteer at some base agencies. Please call the A&FRC for more information.

FALCON LOAN
An interest-free loan of $1,000 or less that can be used for emergency needs such as basic living expenses (phone, rent, utilities, food and gas), vehicle-related expenses (payments, repairs, insurance), emergency travel, and medical/dental bills. Appointments are required to begin the application process. Please call the A&FRC if interested.

HEARTLINK/SPOUSE ORIENTATION
An activity-based, interactive “Right Start for Spouses” where attendees can learn about benefits, the local community, on and off base resources, AF protocol, and much more. The quarterly workshop provides participants with the opportunity to network with other spouses, and a unique forum to ask questions to our base leadership panel. See our monthly calendar or call the A&FRC for upcoming dates.

BUNDLES FOR BABIES
This class is for expectant mothers in their last trimester. It offers information on A&FRC programs and the financial impact of having a baby. A gift card is provided to attendees at the end of each class. Please see our monthly calendar or call the A&FRC for more information and the next available class date.

GIVE PARENTS A BREAK
This program is designed to provide relief for parents who are experiencing parenthood stress in their lives. This program allows the parent to receive four hours of free childcare twice a month at the Child Development Center or Youth Center. A referral certificate is required for participation in the program. Agencies who can refer families to the GPAB program include the Squadron Commander or First Sergeant, doctor or other medical professionals, Family Advocacy personnel, a chaplain, Airman & Family readiness Center Staff, or the Child Development Center or Youth Center Director. Please contact the A&FRC for more information and upcoming dates.

CHILD CARE FOR PCS PROGRAM
This program is intended to help families who are in the process of a PCS move. All ranks may be eligible for 20 hours of free childcare, per child, at both the base you are departing and the base where you are arriving for up to 60 days. Call the A&FRC for an appointment to obtain your certificate.

CAR CARE BECAUSE WE CARE
This program is designed to help keep the primary vehicle of active duty Air Force members running. First-term Airmen assigned to their first duty station and spouses of active duty members assigned to a remote tour or deployed for more than 30 days are eligible. Please schedule an appointment with the A&FRC to obtain your voucher.

Casualty Assistance
Provide compassionate assistance in applying for benefits in times of injury, illness or death of active duty members and their families. Provide assistance with the Emergency Family Member Travel program to ensure family members can be at the bedside of an active duty member who is seriously ill or injured. Provide assistance with all SGLI programs.
Discovery Resource Center
The Discovery Resource Center is the heart of the Airman & Family Readiness Center, providing valuable resources that include FREE internet (Wi-Fi & PCs), fax, copier, scanning and printing. The DRC is also an Information & Referral resource, with an expanded library and other reference materials available for check out.
Emergency Family Assistance Center
The Airman and Family Readiness Center also serves as the EFAC before, during and after times of local or national disaster/emergencies with a primary mission to integrate services that will address the practical and emotional needs of families through the provision of disaster relief, contingency information and services.
Employment Assistance Program
One-on-one career coaching, job search, résumé writing, job application assistance, and interview skills appointments are available, along with “walk-in” on- and off-base opportunity notices, updated daily. The Discovery Resource Center has free internet service to assist with online job searches, résumé writing software, and a wide array of other library resources.

FEDERAL RÉSUMÉ WRITING and INTERVIEW SKILLS WORKSHOPS
These workshops provide the tools necessary to write an effective federal Résumé and to interview successfully for any job. See our monthly calendar for available workshop dates.

SPOUSE PREFERENCE INFORMATION
Provides a basic understanding and explanation of how to write a federal résumé, as well as the process for enrolling in the Spouse Preference program.

MY CAA
My Career Advancement (My CAA) is for eligible spouses of AD members who are interested in obtaining education toward a portable career. Up to $4,000 may be available to spouses for training or associate degrees. For more information go to militaryonesource.com and search for My CAA.

Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) Family Support
Families with a special-needs family member can benefit from the Exceptional Family Member Program-Family Support services offered by the Airman & Family Readiness Center. We can assist with on- and off-base information and referral on needs including parent training programs, support groups, relocation assistance, financial management, and school information.
Financial Skills Development
UNDERSTANDING CREDIT
Learn how to build, maintain, and/or restore good credit, one on one consultations and classes are available.

THRIFT SAVINGS PLAN
One-on-one consultations and semi-annual workshops offer information about the Thrift Savings Plan, including types of investments available, rates of return, or limitations.

SPENDING, SAVING & DEBT REDUCTION EDUCATION
One-on-one consultations to help military members and their families with the various financial issues affecting their lives. Using a variety of tools, the object of these sessions is to help you evaluate where your money goes and help you develop a plan to maximize your financial potential.

OFF-BASE BUDGET WORKSHOP
These classroom sessions are for single first-term Airmen to assess their ability to afford to live off-base. Income, debt, and expenses are assessed, and a copy of the completed budget is provided to the member. The workshop is offered four times per month. To register, call or visit the A&FRC.

HOME BUYING SEMINAR
This seminar focuses on financial planning, shopping for a real estate agent, property evaluation checklist, preparing to complete a mortgage application, the various loan options, and other pertinent topics. VA counselors will be on hand to answer VA home loan questions.

Key Spouse Program
The Key Spouse Program enables volunteer spouses from each squadron to learn all facets of support services available to assist families in their squadrons
Military Child Education
A&FRC staff will advocate for the educational needs of military children and assist Airmen and families with information and referrals regarding local school districts and other educational options including: home schooling, private schools, charter schools and cyber schools. A&FRC staff will ensure school personnel is aware of the unique issues impacting military children, i.e. deployment and frequent moves.
Military Family Life Counselor
MFLCs are here to listen and are available to help address deployment/integration, relationship, communication, stress anxiety, and daily life issues, etc. Group or off-site meetings can be arranged. Consultations and training are free and anonymous. No records are kept.
Call (701)425-8679
Personal Work/Life
Self-development topics for Airmen and their family members include: Communication, Stress Management, Time Management, and Goal Setting. HeartLink Spouse Orientation is offered quarterly. 4-Lenses Temperament Assessment, a model for understanding yourself and others based on your personality traits, is offered periodically throughout the year, as well as to units and groups upon request.
Readiness/Reintegration
All personnel who will be going TDY or to a Remote Assignment/Deployment for more than 30 days are required to attend a Pre-Deployment Briefing, held weekly at the A&FRC. Upon return to Minot, attendance is required at a Reintegration Briefing, held twice weekly, prior to R&R. Spouses are welcome and encouraged to attend these briefings.
Relocation Assistance
MILITARY INSTALLATIONS
www.militaryinstallations.dod.mil
This is the official DOD website for base information to assist you in your upcoming move. The site can be accessed from any computer. Click on Military Installations and type in the base you are looking for. From there you will find base information. A listing of the major units and contact phone numbers. Contacts, which is a mini phone book of the base services with phone numbers, websites and hours of operation. The site also contains photos of the base and surrounding areas.

MILITARY INSTALLATIONS/PLAN MY MOVE
www.militaryinstallations.dod.mil
This service will give you 30, 60 and 90-day checklist and other useful tools. You can print calendars to track appointments. Proper planning is the key to every successful move. Get a jump start with Moving 101 that is available in the Plan My Move area or under the Troops and Family tab. You can check your entitlements and calculations to assist in the planning.

AUTOMATED PLAN MY MOVE
Are you ready to PCS? Training is mandatory for all members PCSing from Minot. Simply go to AF Portal: Bases orgs>My Base. Remember, at the end of the training it will ask you to send a
confirmation email to the A&FRC. This is what we will use to clear VMPF. This training will familiarize you with Military Installations and other useful links.

AUTOMATED HOUSING REFERRAL NETWORK
AHRN.com is sponsored by the Department of Defense and is designed to improve the process of securing available housing for relocating military members and their families. A trusted source for finding housing fast!

Right Start
The Military Personnel Element will register you upon arrival on station. This Intro Program is designed to inform newly assigned personnel of services and resources available on base and in the surrounding area. Newly assigned military/civilian personnel are required to attend. Spouses are highly encouraged to attend.
Sponsorship Training
www.myhubmilitaryonesource.mil Sponsors provide assistance to service members and their families who are changing duty stations. Training for effective sponsorship is available online via the eSponsorship Application & Training Course, which is located at the website above.
Survivor Benefit Plan Consultation
Provide a one-on-one briefing to all retiring members and their spouses ensuring they understand the Survivor Benefit Plan and the benefits that it can provide in estate planning. Ensures completion of proper documentation for establishing retirement pay and deductions, designation of beneficiaries for unpaid retired pay, and Survivor Benefit Plan elections.
Transition Assistance Program (TAP)
PRE-SEPARATION COUNSELING
Mandatory pre-separation counseling is required by all separating or retiring military personnel. This briefing must be accomplished prior to your final 120 days of service. For maximum effect attend this briefing up to one year prior to your separation or two years prior to retirement! The briefing is scheduled by appointment only.
MANDATORY TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (TAP) WORKSHOP
This five-day comprehensive workshop will provide separating service members and their spouses with job search skills. A VA representative provides information on veteran’s benefits. Other presenters include the A&FRC, and US Department of Labor. For maximum effect attend this workshop up to 1 year prior to your separation or two years prior to retirement! Pre-registration is required.
CAPSTONE APPOINTMENT
This appointment is required to complete the TAP process after all other required areas of TAP program are completed. Contact the A&FRC to schedule you capstone appointment.
Volunteer Resources
Volunteer on- or off-base to gain job experience and help the community. Free childcare may be available. Keep up to date on current volunteer opportunities by checking our website.