Information and Referral Program
Information & Referral is a clearing house which provides telephone and in-person assessments to help determine your needs and the right resource. You may be referred to an Airman & Family Readiness Center program or to another organization on or off base. They maintain an extensive list of available services and contact information. If you are unsure of where to turn, call (937) 257-3592 and a specialist will point you in the right direction.
1. Family Services provides assistance to troops and their families experiencing financial difficulties after they have seen and Airman and Family Readiness technician and all military relief organizations have been exhausted.
2. Another way Family Services assist our troops is through Grocery Assistance and the Pantry. Grocery assistance is done on a case by case basis. Items available through the pantry are non food items for personal hygiene.
3. Operation Stork provides layettes to all newborns at WPAPB, delivering them twice weekly to the base hospital.
4. The Loan Closet can loan, free of charge basic household items for short term use for anyone holding DOD ID. The closet's primary use is for PCS moves.
For more information call (937) 257-2910.
The Family Readiness Program provides assistance to military, civilians and their family members before, during, and after separation due to extended TDYs, deployments, and remote assignments. The Family Readiness Office provides a variety of educational and support services in an effort to reduce the stress for members and their families caused by these events. Please contact the NCOIC, Airman and Family Readiness, at (937) 257-1147 for additional information.
Personal Financial Management Services provides financial education, information, and one-on-one counseling. Goals are to help maximize your purchasing power, improve your standard of living, reduce stress and anxiety during financial crisis, and increase personal productivity. The free services include a personal financial evaluation, budgeting information, credit management, debt liquidation, investment information, insurance information, and workshops/seminars.
Employment resource program supports military, civilians, and family members in achieving short- and long-term employment and goals by referring for education/training and obtaining career goals in the private and public sector. The A&FRC team provides counseling and several classes to enhance individual employment skills. These skills will prepare you and your family for careers in private and public sectors. Services include:
- Job referrals to full and part-time employment
- Resume and job application assistance
- Career counseling and planning
- Information about educational opportunities
- Workshops with emphasis on career and personal development.
- Resource room with access to personal computers, printers and information on careers and jobs
- Job board with listings of current job vacancies on base and in the community
- Job fairs are an integral part of the employment program. Several are held each year in the local area
Looking for an interesting and rewarding experience? Become a volunteer! Volunteers provide support to the base community, donating thousands of hours each month at agencies across the installation. Opportunities range from Wright-Patterson Medical Center to the National Museum of the USAF. Volunteers enjoy personal satisfaction that comes from helping others and contributing to the mission. Plus, volunteers grow professionally from their experiences and help build on their resume. Free childcare is often available for volunteers!
Air Force Aid Society (AFAS)
The Air Force Aid Society (AFAS) is the official charity of the United States Air Force. The mission of AFAS is to "relieve the distress of Air Force members and their families." Financial assistance is available in the form of a loan or a grant for emergencies such as, rent/mortgage, food, utilities, car repairs, funeral expenses, emergency travel, special medical and dental needs. All requests for assistance will be channeled to AFAS by the A&FRC staff.
AFAS also sponsors several education assistance programs and offers a variety of base community enhancement programs that improve quality of life for Airmen and their families. If you are having a financial emergency or would like more information, call the A&FRC or visit www.afas.org.
A&FRC has information about Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and neighboring communities available for newly arriving members, as well as Airmen and families preparing to depart the area. Our services include individual assessments, information on local schools, Smooth Move Seminars, Kids on the Move and seminars for buying & selling homes. Come by to see our loan locker and to sign up for PCS for Childcare (have orders with you). Our loan locker contains household items to make your transition comfortable while awaiting your household goods. Check out our Smooth Move Checklist.
"E" Sponsorship Program
The Transition Assistance Program (TAP) offers separating or retiring personnel an individual transition plan to ease re-
entry into civilian life. Consider beginning transition planning at least one year prior to retirement or separation. A&FRC provides TAP workshops and pre-separation counseling. TAP is designed to provide necessary tools to effectively transition from the military to the civilian community. The pre-separation counseling checklist (DD Form 2648) is a mandatory briefing for all separating/retiring service members and must be accomplished at least 90 days prior to the individual's separation/retirement to facilitate out-processing. Also, based on Vow to Hire Heroes Act, TAP has changed from a 3.5-day optional program to a 5-day program with mandatory requirements. It is highly recommended that both pre-separation counseling and TAP be accomplished one year prior to retirement and/or separation.
Mandatory pre-separation counseling and TAP are two separate requirements. Members attending TAP are automatically signed up for pre-separation counseling and will receive counseling the morning before TAP begins at 8:00 a.m. The TAP workshop begins at 9:30 a.m. after pre-separation counseling has been completed. Depending on circumstance, members may receive pre-separation counseling on a walk in basis prior to attending TAP. Members must complete pre-separation counseling before attending TAP.
The 2016 TAP schedule is available by clicking this link.
Taking care of newly assigned and soon-to-be assigned members as a sponsor is one of the most important roles you can have as a military member. Being a great sponsor helps relieve new members of much of the tension and anxiety of moving and settling in at a new or first duty station. Sponsorship training is required for all sponsors. E-Sponsorship Training is your first source for sponsorship needs. Resources for training and post-training tools and information are available through this online resource: "E" Sponsorship Application & Training: http://apps.mhf.dod.mil/esat.
Exceptional Family Member Program- Family Support (EFMP-FS)
This program is designed to give information to military families with members in need of special assistance due to physical, developmental, emotional, or intellectual impairments. The EFMP Coordinator provides resources from local, state/county, and federal agencies, both educational and medical to accommodate the special needs member and their family.