The Airman & Family Readiness Center (A&FRC) plays a critical role in personal and family readiness, helping to prepare Team Hill and their families to meet ever increasing mission demands.
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Air Force Aid Society (AFAS)
The Air Force Aid Society assists in supporting Airmen and enhancing the Air Force mission by relieving emergency financial distress, helping Airmen and their families achieve their educational goals, and improving their quality of life through proactive programs.
AFAS loan services include:
Apply online at www.afas.org Once application is complete, call the A&FRC center at (801)777-4681 to make an appointment.
-Falcon Loan - The Falcon Loan is a no-interest loan that can provide Airmen with expedited financial assistance up to $750. Less information is required to apply for this loan. The Falcon Loan is intended more for emergency situations such as: basic living expenses, vehicle expenses, emergency travel, etc.
-Standard Loan - AFAS Standard Assistance Loan may be in the form of a no-interest loan or grant for amounts over $750. The Standard Assist loan is intended for unexpected emergency situations such as: basic living expenses, funeral expenses, pay/allotment problems, vehicle repair, emergency travel, etc. A budget is required and payment is made to the final vendor/recipient (i.e. landlord for rent, mechanic for car repairs, etc.).
*No appointment needed for Emergency Travel cases. Please contact the A&FRC at 801-777-4681 for more information on emergency travel procedures.
-General Henry H. Arnold Education Grant Program - The Arnold Education Grants range from $500 to $4,000 and are awarded to eligible Air Force dependents each year. The specific amount awarded correlates to a student’s particular level of financial need. The grant application process opens in November and closes in March.
-Give Parents a Break Childcare - The purpose of this program is to offer eligible families a few hours break from the stresses of parenting because of the unique stress due to the nature of military life—deployments, remote tours, extended working hours, etc. For more information check out the Give Parents a Break section on our Child Development Centers page.
-Child Care for PCS Program - The Child Care for PCS Program is intended to provide assistance for families in the process of a PCS move. The Air Force Aid Society will pay up to 20 hours of child care (per child) in certified Family Child Care homes on Hill AFB and off base locations. Check out the Family Child Care page for more information about their services.
-Car Care Because We Care - Provides a cash-equivalent voucher to the spouse of a deployed/remote military member for basic maintenance on the member’s primary vehicle while the service member is away.
-Bundles for Babies - The Bundles for Babies class teaches parents basic parenting skills, as well as essential financial skills to help them budget for their new baby – from birth to college. After completing the class, eligible parents will receive a gift card from AFAS to help purchase some of baby’s first essentials. Schedule
Casualty Assistance Services and Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP)
Casualty Assistance Services
The Air Force Casualty Services Program’s primary goals are to provide prompt, accurate reporting, dignified and humane notification, and efficient, thorough, and compassionate assistance to the next of kin for as long as needed. The Casualty Assistance Representative (CAR) works closely with commanders at all levels to ensure the success of the program. The CAR works closely with survivors of retired Air Force members to ensure potential benefits are explained and applied for. The CAR provides limited casualty services to members of sister services, certain foreign nationals, and civilians. If you have questions about Casualty Services please visit the AFPC site at Hill Commander’s Casualty Guide
Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP)
The SBP protects a portion of the income a retiree receives and makes it payable to a surviving spouse or eligible children after death. SBP protection is provided for all active duty service members at no cost. If an active duty service member with a spouse and/or children dies, dependents will continue to receive 55% of the retirement income they would have received. At retirement, service members must elect to continue SBP coverage. After retirement the government subsidizes a portion of the cost for SBP protection, but the service member is required to pay a share of the premiums equal to roughly 6.5% of the amount protected. For more information, please call our Survivor Benefit Plan Counselor at the A&FRC at 801-777-4681 or access the Defense Finance and Accounting website at https://www.dfas.mil/retiredmilitary/provide/sbp.html. If you are soon to retire and would like to generate an estimate of retired pay versus SBP costs please visit the cost estimator at https://w45.afpc.randolph.af.mil/retsepcalcnet40/Default.aspx
Exceptional Family Member Program-Family Support (EFMP-FS)
The Airman & Family Readiness Center Exceptional Family Member Program-Family Support (EFMP-FS) is available to ensure each military family with a special needs family member receives comprehensive coordinated family support through the military and/or civilian community.
The EFMP-FS Specialist services include, but are not limited to:
-Information and Referral/ Resources
-Informational Workshops & Family Events
-AF EFMP Respite Information (Link to Respite Brochure, this will need to be updated when the new one comes out)
-Support Group (Link to SG Flyer, this will need to be updated every year)
-Relocation & Financial Assistance
-Early Intervention & Special Education Information:Utah Parent Center (UPC):
Special Needs Parent Support Group Schedule (Dates are subject to change. Please call to verify at (801)777-4681)
Personal and Work Life Program
The Airman & Family Readiness Center Personal and Work Life Program is designed to provide information and referral for on base and community resources, programs and services in areas including: communication, relationships, parenting, personal growth and development, work life, and family readiness.
Commonly Utilized Resources:
-Military and Family Life Counselors (MFLC): Free in-person confidential counseling is available for adults, children and families through the Military and Family Life Counseling Program. This non-medical counseling is available to help members of the military community to build life skills and cope with the unique challenges of military life. Adult: (801)391-5460, School: (801)719-7769, Youth: (801)391-4836, and Child: (801)391-4393
-Hill AFB Family Advocacy & New Parent Support Program (Hill AFB Family Advocacy and New Parent Program Facebook):
*Family Advocacy Program (801)777-3497: Works to prevent domestic abuse and child abuse and neglect by providing education and awareness programs
*New Parent Support Program (801)777-0634: The program offers home visitation, parenting education, and other services to help young families provide a safe and nurturing environment for children under 3 years of age
-Military OneSource (militaryonesource.com): Military OneSource is your central hub and go-to-place for the military community.
-211 (211utah.org): Your instant resource for crisis and emergency, disaster assistance, food, health, human trafficking, jobs, support and much more.
-Healthy Relationships Utah (healthyrelationshipsutah.org): Healthy Relationships Utah offers free research-based relationship education courses throughout the state of Utah as part of Utah State University Extension.
-Heart Link: Heart Link is a quarterly event offered by the Airman & Family Readiness Center. The goal of Heart Link is to increase spouses’ awareness of the AF mission, customs, traditions, protocols and available resources and services. This allows them to capitalize on the availability of on- and off-base community resources, helping to strengthen military families and enhance mission readiness.
-Key Spouse Program: The Key Spouse Program is an official unit/family program designed to enhance readiness and establish a sense of Air Force community. Your Key Spouse will serve as an ongoing community connection at all times and especially across the deployment cycle. Contact the A&FRC at (801)777-4681 to locate your Key Spouse.
Personal Financial Readiness Program
The Airman & Family Readiness Center offers information, education, and personal financial counseling to help individuals and families maintain financial readiness and build resiliency.
Financial education workshops include:
-Blended Retirement System
-Thrift Savings Plan
-Ditch the Dorms
-FTAC (as part of briefing): Car Buying, Consumer Awareness, Financial Management, Investing
-TAP (as part of workshop): Financial Transitioning, Credit Reports/Scores, 12-month post separation budget
-Miscellaneous other topics throughout the year
One-on-one financial counseling provided for the following:
-Managing credit and debt problems
-Moving out of the dorm financial analysis
-Buying a home financial analysis
-Pulling/reviewing credit reports
-Thrift Savings Plan
-Blended Retirement System
-Financial Analysis for reduced childcare fee packages
-First Duty Station Officer Financial Briefing (Mandatory for first duty station officers)
-Military Family Life Financial Counselor Program: One-on-one confidential personal financial counseling to help you and your family manage finances, resolve financial problems and reach long-term goals such as getting an education, buying a home or planning for retirement. Email PFC.Hill.USAF@zieders.com or call (801)360-6725 to schedule an appointment.
School Liaison Services
The School Liaison Officer (SLO) serves as the installation point of contact for local military child education matters (K-12th). The SLO assists families with information, resources and referrals regarding local school districts, charter, public, private, virtual and homeschooling. School Liaison Services include, but not limited to:
-Students in Special Programs
-Special Needs Students
-Calendars and Schedules
For more information, please contact Tracie Atkins, School Liaison Officer, (801) 777-4681 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Transition Assistance Program (TAP)
Through individual counseling, workshops and seminars, the Transition Assistance Program (TAP) prepares members to transition into a second career. Individuals identify their skills, learn to search the job market, and successfully market themselves to quickly secure employment in the civil sector.
The briefing is mandatory and is a prerequisite to the TAP Workshop. If you have not done so, please call the A&FRC at (801)777-4681 to schedule a one-on-one appointment.
This congressionally MANDATED briefing is designed to assist those making a decision to separate from the military. Attendees will receive valuable information on benefits, resources, and assistance available to separating/retiring personnel.
Members should attend this briefing immediately upon deciding to leave the Air Force. At a minimum, schedule attendance at least 180 days before your date of separation. It is mandatory that the entire TAP process is completed 90 days prior to separation date. Spouses are encouraged to attend.
Members deploying should attend the briefing prior to departure if they plan to separate upon their return.
Transition Assistance Program Workshop
The workshop lasts 5 days. During TAP, members receive information and instruction on tools that will help them be successful and thrive after their military careers. These tools include identifying your current skills and abilities and how they translate to a variety of occupations outside of the military that go beyond your current civilian equivalent. You will be given information and tools to help with resume writing, cover letters, dressing for the job, and effective interviewing skills.
In addition to employment resources, a TRICARE representative, a Military Personnel Section representative, an Air Force Guard and Reserve recruiter will brief along with a Veteran Affair’s representative who will provide an overview of Veteran benefits/entitlements, how to file a disability claim, current Post 9/11 GI Bill opportunities and the Vocational Rehabilitation Program.
TAP prepares participants to:
-Analyze skills and experience, likes and dislikes, work values, and how these affect their job search.
-Identify needs and goals, then compare them with information about jobs in various industries.
-Respond to job offers and answer questions in a job interview and identify behaviors to strengthen or change.
-Identify agencies available to provide job search assistance and information on veteran's benefits.
-Analyze your spending and project your budget for the next 12 months after separation.
For further information, please call the A&FRC at (801)777-4681