Core Programs Several core programs are available to meet the needs common to all Air Force members, single or married, and families. Our programs include: Deployment Readiness Relationship Assistance Personal Financial Readiness Transition Assistance Employment Assistance Relocation Assistance Volunteer Resources Casualty Assistance Survivor Benefit Program Air Force Aid Society
Personal Financial Readiness
We offer information, education, and personal financial counseling. Information and referrals are also available to assist in your personal financial management.
Moving to a new base or community is a normal part of life in the Air Force. We assist single and married members and their families prepare for relocation or adjust to life at Ellsworth AFB by providing:
Seminars on special topics such as: Budgeting Credit Home Buying Investments Counseling is available to assist with: FICO Credit Score / Credit Report analysis Budget/Spending Plan development Debt Reduction Plan Consumer protection Credit management ID Theft
Deployment Readiness Deployments, TDYs and remote tours are a reality, sometimes on short-notice. To be mission ready, you must plan ahead. We can help you be prepared for the practical aspects of the deployment/separation by:
Providing support for families (Hearts Apart morale calls, Car Care, Give Parents a Break)
Operation Dream Pillowcases
United Through Reading
Deployment/Remote Family Events
Pre-Deployment and Reintegration Briefings for which family are encouraged to attend!
Life Skills / Relationship Assistance Whether single or married, our lives revolve around relationships. We provide assistance to all members and their families with challenging relationship situations by providing:
Relationship Building Skills Couples Retreats Information and Referral Crisis Assistance The No Airman Left Inside Project Heart Link Spouse Orientation
Key Spouse Program Individual and Family Resiliency
28th BW Commander Right Start orientation
Happy Landings Information Fair
Child Care for PCS provides up to 20 hours of free child care (per child) for all active duty members with PCS orders. Bring in a copy of your orders for your Certificate. The hours can be used within 60 days or your arrival or departure
Volunteer Resource Program Transition Assistance Program TAP provides retiring and separating service members (and their family members), the information, skills, and knowledge needed for a successful transition to civilian life. DOD civilians impacted by reductions in force and restructuring are also eligible for assistance in TAP. We provide:
Mandated Pre-Separation Counseling Briefings Mandated Transition Assistance Program Workshops
Those that utilize TAP workshops will leave with information to help them access both Federal and State Veteran’s benefits, as well as the resources to help them find employment information and opportunities. Employment Assistance Thinking about a new career? A&FRC staff can help enhance your marketability by teaching the skills and techniques required for a successful job search. We provide personal assistance and classes to:
Explore local labor markets Network with agencies and employers Improve job search skills Provide resources for self-employment, small business and entrepreneurial efforts
Looking for an interesting and rewarding experience? Become a volunteer! The A&FRC collaborates with other base volunteer agencies to provide information on a wide variety of volunteer activities. Volunteers acquire skills that will enhance their personal and professional development.
Presidential Volunteer Service Program Air Force Volunteer Excellence Award (VEA) Resources for volunteers Information and referral services to agencies
Air Force Aid Society (AFAS) The Air Force Aid Society is the official charity of the U.S. Air Force. Through the years, AFAS has become increasingly effective in helping individuals with personal emergencies -- as well as extremely useful when used by commanders to help solve personnel problems in their units. It offers worldwide emergency financial assistance to members and their families, sponsoring educational assistance programs, and offering a variety of base community enhancement programs that impact member/family welfare. Visit our web page for more information or call us if you need assistance.
The Discovery Resource Center
The Casualty Assistance Representative will help surviving family members of deceased active duty and retired Armed Forces members (all branches of the military). Counseling is available to assist with: Applying for government benefits Answer questions regarding federal benefits from: - Department of Veterans Affairs - Social Security Administration
Available to all active duty members, retirees, DoD civilians, and dependents the Resource Center is located in our lobby and provides a wealth of information and resources, as well as: Public access computers are available with Windows, Microsoft Office, and Internet Free local and DSN faxing Scanning of documents Library with 200 + books and reference materials Job listings book for information about available jobs provided to the center
Family members should contact the Casualty Assistance Representative as soon as possible after the death of their loved one and personal assistance will be provided in applying for benefits as applicable to the member. Survivor Benefit Plan The Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) is a monthly annuity paid by the Air Force to a beneficiary after the death of a military retiree. Participation is voluntary and elected at the time of retirement and premiums are paid by the retiree. The Survivor Benefit Plan Counselor can assist with:
Provide general information on SBP Assist with SBP elections/changes/termination requests Assist widows/widowers in applying for their Survivor Benefit Plan Annuity Exceptional Family Member Program Resources The Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) assists Active Duty Service Members in managing the dual demands of a military career and having a family member with special needs, whether medical, emotional, or educational. The purpose of EFMP is to give consideration to the special needs of the family member during the assignment process and help minimize the disruption that those needs might have upon the family during relocation. The Ellsworth AFB EFMP coordinator can assist you with the following:
Connections with local and national resources
The Airman & Family Readiness Center hosts the two following programs within our offices: Military & Family Life Consultant The Military and Family Life Consultant (MFLC) program is an OSD funded program designed to address issues that occur across the military lifestyle. The MFLC program is a free, confidential, “off-the record” non-medical counseling program. No records are kept, and consultations are completely private (except in “duty to warn” cases). All military personnel, civilian employees, and family members are eligible to utilize this service. To make an appointment call (605) 351-6931. School Liaison Officer The School Liaison Officer (SLO) is the central point of contact for school related matters between commanders, military families and local school systems. We’re here to smooth the transition, whether it’s helping handle registrations, getting the most current information about schools, advising parents about which documents are required and other issues surrounding student placement or adjustment in a new school.
Your Airman & Family Readiness Center is here for you! 1000 Ellsworth Street, Suite 1500 Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota 57706
(605) 385-HOME (4663) DSN: 675-4663
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Our offices are open: Monday Tuesday — Friday 0900 to 1600 Hrs 0730 to 1600 hrs