The Airman and Family Readiness Center is an agency that is here to help families, couples and singles stationed overseas in Okinawa adapt, understand and thrive throughout their military careers. Most of our services are provided to military members of all branches, DOD employees and their families.
If you need anything, we're just a call away at 634-3366.
Information and Referral Program
Information & Referral provides telephone and in-person evaluations to help determine your needs to guide you to the correct resource. You may be referred to an Airman & Family Readiness Center program or to another organization on base. If you are unsure of where to turn, call 634-3366 and a specialist will point you in the right direction.
Family Services Loan Locker
The loan locker is available to newly-arrived, TDY, and permanent change of station personnel. Loan locker items such as dishes, pots and pans, irons and ironing boards, some small appliances, baby items and much more are available for use for 30 days free of charge.
For more information call 634-3366.
Deployments, TDYs and remote assignments are all a part of the military life. The Airman and Family Readiness Center offers assistance to military members and families with the challenges of deployments and extended TDYs.
We do our best to prepare families for extended separation by offering a variety of programs to make the absence bearable. We do this through planning deployed spouse events, readiness education, and operation rest and by offering hearts apart morale calls to connect loved ones during the separation.
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.
Looking for a job can be a daunting task; however, you're not alone when it comes to finding employment. The staff at the Airman and Family Readiness Center are here to help you open doors of opportunity! Our goal is to ensure you have the information needed to improve the effectiveness of your job search. From learning how to conduct yourself during an interview to preparing a cover letter, we'll guide you through the process. In addition to classes, you can schedule a personal consultation with one of our experts to assist you personally!
We at the Kadena Airman and Family Readiness Center offer assistance with identifying available careers based on skills, abilities, experience and education. We can also help with developing a resume and cover letter, assistance finding employment and navigating job websites. To meet with an employment consultant please come to building 220 on Kadena AB or call 634-3366 to make an appointment.
Personal and Work Life
Adapting to the challenges facing life in the military can be difficult. To
help military and civilian families adapt to these challenges, the Personal
& Work Life program offers classes such as Heart Link, which is a military
spouse orientation program, and Couples Communication Workshops. For
individual consultations or to register for a workshop please call 634-3366.
Volunteers are important to the mission and support of the Kadena Air Base community. We will gladly assess your interests and commitments of time and talent to a list of available volunteer opportunities so you can choose what is right for you. We also offer Job Experience Training which is a great opportunity to obtain on-the-job training in a career field of your choice. Many of our volunteer programs offer free child-care service. If you have any questions or want to meet with our volunteer coordinator please call our office at 634-3366.
Relocation Assistance Services
Moving can be difficult and stressful. Our goal is to provide you with the knowledge, skills and tools needed to make your move as stress free and simple as possible. Whether you’ve just arrived on Okinawa or are about to depart, make sure the Airman and Family Readiness Center is your first stop. We provide “Childcare for PCS” vouchers which offers up to 20 hours of free childcare in an on-base, licensed Family Child Care home for families arriving on or leaving the island. We also offer Plan My Move Workshop; to prepare you for your upcoming PCS as well as Sponsorship Training; to educate sponsors on current in-processing procedures. Don’t forget to visit our Loan Locker, whether you are PCSing in or out—we offer basic kitchen and dining supplies as well as small appliances for a 30 day loan. Please call 634-3366 for more information on all we offer through our Relocation Assistance Services
Our transition assistance program is designed to help with transitioning from military life back to civilian live. We offer Pre-separation counseling which consists of providing information, assessment and referral to separating and retiring military members. Topics include, but are not limited to; employment assistance, relocation assistance, education and training, health and life insurance, finances, and veterans’ benefits. 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. We also offer a transition assistance workshop and resume and application review. Contact the A&FRC to make an appointment or to attend the group sessions.
Caring for People Coordinator
The Caring for People (CfP) Coordinator supplements and supports other individuals and organizations working with airmen, children and families through the deployment process. Caring for People Coordinators advise installation and command leadership on the pressing concerns and issues facing military families before, during and after a deployment. They provide information for the local school systems in concert with the School Liaison Officer, Flight Chief and Installation Commander. CfP Coordinators may serve on the boards or volunteer in the community in order to build additional linkages between the military and civilian communities to build support to serve airmen and their families through deployment. CfP Coordinators provide access to up-to-date information, coordinate outreach programs and participate in support groups for spouses.
Air Force Aid Society - AFAS
The Air Force Aid Society (AFAS) is the official charity of the United States Air Force, with the mission to "relieve the distress of Air Force members and their families." Air Force Aid Society has supported the Air Force mission by providing worldwide emergency assistance, sponsoring education assistance programs, spouse tuition assistance and offering an array of base community enhancement programs that improve quality of life for Airmen and their families. Financial assistance is available either in the form of a loan or a grant for rent/mortgage, food, utilities, car repairs, funeral expenses, emergency travel, special medical and dental needs, etc. If you are having a financial emergency or would like more information, call the Airman & Family Readiness Center at 634-3366.
Culture Awareness Program
Moving to Japan can offer you a great opportunity to learn about the local culture, history and traditions. With a greater understanding of how to adapt to life in Japan, you may discover new and exciting ways to make your life richer and your tour. Our center offers guided island excursions, Japanese language classes and a plethora of cultural enrichment workshops including Japanese brush writing, Washi craft, Sanshin and Kimono wearing. Walk in to our office or call 634-3366 to register for any of our culture classes.
Prompt, accurate reporting, dignified and humane notification, and efficient, thorough and compassionate assistance to the next of kin are the casualty program’s primary goals. Your Casualty Assistance Representative (CAR) is with you every step of the way to ensure that all benefits are applied for and paid in a timely manner. For more information, please call 634-3228/3366 or email email@example.com
Air Force Wounded Warrior
The Air Force will take care of its Wounded Warriors. We will fully support the Office of the Secretary of Defense programs to keep highly skilled men and women on active duty. If this is not feasible, the Air Force will ensure Airmen receive enhanced assistance through the AFW2 program. The AFW2 Program supports and assists Airmen and their families in three overlapping phases: Recovery, Rehabilitation and Reintegration. The Recovery Phase involves the actual medical evacuation from the battlefield and then onto the most appropriate Medical Treatment Facility (MTF). The Rehabilitation Phase begins when the AFW2'S condition stabilizes and they are on the road to recovery. The Reintegration Phase is by far the most critical "CAN'T FAIL" phase of the program. This is the phase where the member is returned to duty, retrained or transitioned to civilian life.
Okinawa Area Emergency Evacuation Plan
OAEEP and Safe Haven operations and procedures are key to the safety of personnel and their families here on Okinawa. Through timely preparations and coordination with local agencies we can ensure the safe evacuation of all U.S. citizens in case of emergency.
Military and Family Life Consultants (MFLC)
Military and Family Life Consultants provide solution-oriented consultations to individuals, couples, families, and groups. The MFLC Program is designed to provide support and assistance to active duty military, National Guard & Reserves, military family members and civilian personnel. Military and Family Life Consultants can help people who are having trouble coping with concerns and issues of daily life.
Some Examples of Issues Include: Adjustment/Transition, Stress, Marital/couples, Anxiety/Sadness, Deployment Cycle Issues, Communication, Aggression, Work, Parenting and Grief or Loss. The MFLC’s have Flexible appointment times and meeting places. They are *Confidential, keep no record and are completely FREE. Call 634-3915 or 634-4451 to make an appointment.
Exceptional Family Member Program
The Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) is a mandatory program for all active duty Air Force service members, as well as all other branches of the armed forces. This program's purpose is to identify those members with special medical and/or educational needs. It is intended to document all services they require to make the assignment process more effective and to ensure necessary services are available at the receiving bases.
The EFMP Family Support (EFMP-FS) Coordinator at the Airman and Family Readiness Center is available to help navigate the EFMP process from start to end! Whether a family has questions about the base services before they arrive, have questions while they are here, or about to PCS to a new duty location, the coordinator is here to help. We work very closely with the base personnel center, military treatment facility, mental health office, DODs school system, housing, and special education office to assure we get the answers to your important questions.
We are here to assist commands, sponsors, and key spouses to be as well-educated as possible about the program. Our mission is to ensure our family members are well taken care of so our active duty members can remain career-focused, while assuring their special need members can continue to thrive here on Okinawa. For all questions about available resources here and other duty locations, referrals for respite care, upcoming workshops, enrollment assistance, or any other questions or concerns, please contact the EFMP-FS Coordinator at the A&FRC at 634-3366.