SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. --
Challenges are always present in military life and can sometimes feel overwhelming, however, there is a place for Airmen to go so they don’t have to face them alone.
Schriever’s Airman and Family Readiness Center is there for base members and their families to help overcome challenges by providing a variety of tools and resources. They offer consultations, workshops, briefings and programs that have been instrumental in the lives of military members.
“We provide a work-life balance for people on the installation,” said Andrea Hernandez, A&FRC section chief. “We are a part of one’s everyday life if you think about it. There are resources for everybody.”
The programs in place provide assistance and focus on various aspects of one’s life to include transitioning from military to civilian life, financial management, employment opportunities, relocation and deployment and family readiness.
The transition assistance program is a mandatory program for anyone leaving or retiring from the military. It is a five-day course that includes all the information a separating service member would need to be successful outside of the military.
The A&FRC financial management encourages everyone to become more educated on financial matters.
“Many Airmen have sought assistance when they were already far in debt,” Hernandez said. “We offer personal financial management briefings to equip service members in addressing their financial situation as well as maximizing financial resources.”
The A&FRC is there to help before and after an emergency or disaster; for example they can help in the case of a personal emergency by coordinating monetary requests with the Air Force Aid Society or counseling requests with a military and family life counselor.
“I think what we do is very important,” Hernandez said. “If we can provide people with information and everything they need to go out and conquer, then we have done our job properly.”
The A&FRC may not always be able to directly assist with situations that arise, but they do connect Airmen and their loved ones with helping agencies and organizations to provide assistance.
Especially for Airmen just starting their careers, having information and knowledge about the numerous programs offered can have lasting impressions.
”I’ve had a great experience being here for the past few months,” said Airman 1st Class Marcel Dorsey, casual status in the A&FRC. “There are a lot of resources here I know I’ll be able to use. I’ve always enjoyed helping people; one of the ways I do this is through Airmen Against Drunk Driving. Being here is a great extension of that. I may not have all the answers, but it feels good to know I am one of the links in the chain in assisting people and getting them the answers they need.”
Located in Building 101, the Airman and Family Readiness Center is open 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Fridays.
“I’ve been doing this for 15 years,” Hernandez said. “I didn’t even utilize the A&FRC until I started working here. I thought to myself ‘what have I been missing all these years?’ The resources are incredible and I think we have been improving every year. Hopefully we are making a difference to people who walk through these doors.”
For more information about the A&FRC, call 567-3920.