The Airman and Family Readiness Center is the service organization and focal point for Air Force family matters. One of its major functions is ensuring military members and their families are connected with the appropriate services on and off base. The A&FRC serves all single and married Active Duty, DoD Civilian Personnel and their eligible family members, to include Guard and Reserve Members while on Active Duty, other eligible uniformed members, military retirees, and their eligible family members.
Resources and Programs Available
The Ft. Meade A&FRC offers a variety of services in alliance with the Army and Navy to include information, referral, and financial services, relocation assistance, transition assistance, employment programs, spouse orientations, and more!
Hearts Apart is designed to assist family members of all services in making prolonged separations more bearable. It provides a source of information for all families and offers spouses of deployed members to informally meet others in the same situation, share information, and enjoy fun activities with each other. Location and times of events are to be determined. Please call 301-677-5990 for more information.
Newcomers’ Brief/Right Start
This is a mandatory briefing which is held the 2nd and 4th Fridays of each month at 0730 at the A&FRC. You must pre-register with the Military Personnel Element (MPE) when you in-process. Spouses are highly encouraged to attend with their service member. However, child care is not available at this time.
For any extended TDY assignment of 30 days or longer, a mandatory pre-deployment briefing is offered at the A&FRC on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month from 1000-1100. Please contact the A&FRC to pre-register for this briefing. Spouses are highly encouraged to attend this briefing as well, as many of the programs discussed will be applicable to them while the service member is deployed.
Key Spouse Program
The Key Spouse Program is a partnership between the Key Spouse, organizational leadership, and the A&FRC. It is drastically different from a traditional spouses group in that organizational leadership empowers a volunteer to assist with quality of life programs and services directed at the family members. The appointed individual or individuals will work closely with organizational leadership and may become the focal point for information and support to families in their unit. To volunteer for this role or find out more information, please call the A&FRC.