Airman & Family Readiness Center

The Airman & Family Readiness Center serves as a one-stop information and referral center for single, married, active-duty, Guard, Reserves and retired members as well as their families. One of its major functions is linkage–ensuring military personnel and their families are connected with the appropriate services on and off base. Call the Center for assistance any time you have a question and do not know where to find the answer.

 

Readiness Resources

The Airman & Family Readiness Center can assist you and your family in preparing for deployment, unaccompanied remote tours, or TDY for more than 30 days. Information applies to single members as well as those with dependents. For assistance call 951-655-5350

All service members are required to attend mandatory 1-hour pre- and post-deployment briefings. These are given during the week and also on the UTA weekends. Spouses are highly encouraged to attend. All attendees will receive a package of resources to help them deal with pre-deployment and post-deployment issues. After the briefings, members can pick up additional resources such as letter-writing kits, Battalion Buddies and deployment calendars.


Relocation Assistance

Preparation and knowledge are the keys to a successful PCS. The Airman and Family Readiness Center is a great first step. Prior to your PCS move, or upon arrival at March ARB, contact the Airman and Family Readiness Center for information on the local area.

For a variety of resources, tools and articles to assist you and your family in dealing with your deployment, go to www.militaryonesourc.mil/deployment.

When you arrive at March ARB you will be notified by 452 FSS/FSMPS to attend a 1-day Newcomers Briefing. This briefing is held on the Saturday of the UTA.


Military Installations Website

To get information on your next base, visit the military installations website at www.militaryinstallations.dod.mil. Click on “Installation / Agency Lookup,” then enter the desired installation and hit the “Search” button. The page contains resources for everyone who is relocating from one duty station to another, as well as those working or living at or near an installation. Installation information includes phone numbers, addresses, and email addresses of key personnel, as well as local community facts and organizational contacts. Military Installations replaced the well-known “SITES” website in 2007.


Military One Source Moving Resources

Visit www.militaryonesource.mil for:

  • Spouse Employment
  • A relocation budget planner
  • Resources for Single Airmen
  • Housing: buying vs. renting and financial counseling

Moving Benefits and Allowances

Frequently asked questions about moving benefits and allowances can be found at: www.defensetravel.dod.mil/site/perdiem.cfm
Automated Housing Referral Network (AHRN). Sponsored by the Department of Defense, the Moving Station helps with home buying, selling, and rentals. Go to: www.ahrn.com


For Children

Military Youth on the Move is a great website for children, pre-teens, and teenagers adjusting to relocating and other military specific experiences. Go to: www.militaryonesource.mil/pls/psgprod/f?p=MYOM:HOME2:0


Employment Assistance

The Airman and Family Readiness Center (A&FRC) assists individuals in reaching their career goals. We provide a variety of employment resources to prepare you for a job search. We maintain an Employment Resource Binder with information on Job Fairs, Job Postings, Spouse Employment, Veteran-Friendly Employers, Federal Jobs, and Non-Appropriated Funds (NAF) Jobs. Open to all DoD ID card holders, including DoD civilians and their family members.

Spouse Employment

Spouses are welcome to stop by and check out our Employment Resource Binder which is updated regularly. Spouses can also go to the Military Spouse Employment Partnership (MSEP) site at: https://msepjobs.militaryonesource.mil/msep . Here military spouses can browse postings by keyword or location, apply for job openings with partner companies, get matched to careers that suit their skills, access career advice and resume tips, and view a listing of all MSEP partners. MSEP partners represent a broad range of industries and trades. With opportunities in finance, healthcare, retail, staffing, technology, and specialty areas, these organizations deliver a broad spectrum of career opportunities for military spouses.

Military One Source has a Spouse Career Center. Go to www.militaryonesource.mil or call them at 1-800-342-9647. The Military One Source Spouse Career Center offers comprehensive spouse education and career opportunities that aim to put spouses on a solid career path.


10 Steps to a Federal Job

One person on the A&FRC staff is certified to teach this course. This course will take you through the 10-step process in applying for a federal job. We will discuss the federal job process, networking, researching announcements, finding key words, proper format, supplemental questionnaires and KSA’s. We will take a look at the USA JOBS website during the class. You will be armed with all you need to prepare you for the federal hiring process. This 4-hour course is held quarterly during the week. This course is not offered on UTA weekends.


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Volunteering at March ARB

Welcome to the March ARB Volunteer Program! Anyone who wants to volunteer at March ARB, in any way, needs to sign-up as a volunteer.

 

Where can you volunteer?

  • The Airman & Family Readiness Center
  • The Tax Center (through the Legal Office)
  • The Retiree Activities Office (RAO)

Stopping by the Airman and Family Readiness Center is your first step. All you need to do is to fill out the Volunteer Application Form and we will let you know what volunteer opportunities are available.


452 AMW March ARB Yellow Ribbon Program (YRP)

The Yellow Ribbon Program is a Department of Defense-wide effort to support National Guard and Reserve Service Members and their families with information on benefits and referrals before, during and after deployments.

The Yellow Ribbon Program Manager for March ARB can be reached at DSN 447-2571, Commercial 951-655-2571.

Click here for more detailed information about the Yellow Ribbon Program.


Personal Financial Management

March ARB does not have a certified financial planner. However we can assist you in Developing a Spending Plan (Budget), Obtaining a Credit Report, Obtaining Emergency Financial Assistance, Relocation Planning, Budgeting for A New Baby, Retirement Planning, Establishing a Savings Account, Enrolling in TSP and more.

Learn what it means to Build Wealth, Not Debt. Contact (951) 655-5350 for an appointment today.

Helpful Financial Websites

(not necessarily endorsed by the HQ-USAF and the DoD)

  • Military Saves (www.militarysaves.org) – Encouraging members to Build Wealth, not Debt
  • Practical Money Skills (www.practicalmoneyskills.com) Educators, parents, and students can access free educational resources including personal finance articles, games, lesson plans, and more.
  • Troops Against Predatory Scams (TAP$) (www.corp.ca.gov/Education_Outreach/taps/default.asp) A partnership with the California Department of Corporations to report scams against servicemen and women.
  • Military One Source (www.militaryonesource.mil) Certified financial counselors available free of charge.
  • Bank Rate (www.bankrate.com) You can monitor a variety of consumer rates such as: daily mortgage rates, home loans, refinancing, credit cards, and CD rates.

Military BAH Rates in Any Location:

www.defensetravel.dod.mil/site/bah.cfm


Emergency Financial Assistance

Emergency assistance usually combines an assessment of the emergency situation and an evaluation of the personal budget to arrive at a decision to make an interest free loan, a grant, or combination of both. Financial assistance is given when a qualifying individual cannot otherwise pay for specific basic needs essential to continued personal effectiveness as a military member. Funds may be given for verifiable emergency situations including food, emergency travel, vehicle repair, rent (initial rent and security deposit or eviction), and the prevention of utility disconnection.

Application Process

The Air Force Aid Society can service active duty members and active duty spouses with Power of Attorney in all military branches. Air National Guard or Air Force Reserve personnel on extended active duty over 15 days, under Title 10, USC can be assisted if the emergency is incident to, or resulting from the applicant’s active duty tour. The application procedures are different for certain branches, please find your branch and classification and follow the application procedures. For questions, please call 951-655-5350.

Due to only one Air Force Aid Society officer assigned to March ARB, Air Force Aid Society Financial Assistance will not be provided to retirees, widows or widowers or anyone not assigned to the base.

Call the American Red Cross at 877-272-7337 for assistance or go to your nearest military installation.


Air Force

Active Duty
Active Duty Spouse with Power of Attorney
Guard or Reserve members on Title 10 USC for 15 days or more (and their spouses with Power of Attorney)

Please access the following website https://my.afas.org/memberportal/Login/Login.aspx and complete an application for Air Force Aid. If you never used the system before, you will need to register as a new user.

After you have submitted your application online, you will need to call the Airman and Family Readiness Center at 951-655-5350 to schedule an appointment.

In addition to your application, there will be other documents that are required to support your case. When you call for your appointment please make sure to ask what additional documents you will need to bring with you.


Counseling Resources

Military One Source (MOS) Counseling

  • Can help with:
    • Problem solving
    • Coping with stress
    • Financial Management
    • Family Issues
    • Marital Issues
    • Dealing with Deployments
    • Grief and loss
    • Crisis situations and more!
  • Counseling available for:
    • Individuals
    • Families
    • Children
    • Couples
  • Counselors located in your local community:
    • Professional
    • Licensed
    • Knowledgeable of military life
    • Private
    • Pre-paid; no cost to you
  • Contact information 24/7

Air Force Psychological Health Advocacy Program (PHAP)

As an Air Force reservist, there are experts to assist you in getting the psychological assistance you or your family needs. The Psychological Health Advocacy Program (PHAP) has members to assist you and your family in obtaining these services.

What is the PHAP?

  • Regional fulltime mental health teams dedicated to serving Air Force reservists
  • Experienced in assisting people with mental health needs
  • Able to find resources for you or your family regardless of income, insurance or location
  • Can connect you with agencies such as: Tricare, United Way, American Red Cross, Military One Source, Center for Women Veterans, Department of Veterans Affairs, United States Air Force Medical Services and more!
  • Can consult with leadership on Psychological Health needs

How do I contact the PHAP?

  • Case Facilitator, 707-424-2704
  • Outreach Specialist, 707-424-8896

Military Families Initiative (A Service of Alternatives to Domestic Violence)

The Military Families Initiative is a counseling service provided by Alternatives to Domestic Violence. They will provide counseling and support to help strengthen and heal the families of the men and women who serve our country.

What is covered?

  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Substance abuse and related problems
  • Marital problems
  • Sexual assault and related problems
  • Special programs for children
  • Individual counseling
  • Family counseling
  • Group counseling
  • Referral to other resources and services

How does the program work?

  • Clients can be referred from the Airman and Family Readiness Center or leadership on March ARB, or they can contact the center without referral.
  • Military personnel and dependents from other service branches and veterans may make use of their services without referral.
  • Their counseling services are approved for coverage under the TRICARE Military Health Plan.
  • Clients not covered by TRICARE are charged according to a sliding scale based on ability to pay.
  • Special programs are offered to address the unique problems experienced by children of military families.
  • Counseling services are available at centers in Riverside and Corona.
  • Future counseling centers are planned for Hemet and Temecula
  • All services are confidential

Contact

  • Alternatives to Domestic Violence, Riverside Office, 4150 Latham Street, Riverside, California, 92501, Phone: 951-320-1370
  • Alternatives to Domestic Violence, Corona Office, 515 So. Corona Mall, Corona, California, 92879, Phone: 951-739-0208
  • www.alternativestodv.org
  • www.military-families.info

Air Force Recovery Care Coordinator (RCC)

Air Force Recovery Care Coordinators (RCCs) are the Air Force Warrior and Survivor Care Program’s focal point for non-clinical case management for seriously wounded, ill and injured Airmen, including members of the Reserve and Guard components, and their families. They work to streamline and improve the way care and support are delivered, minimize bureaucracy, advocate for, and offer a single point of contact for Airman and their families along the road to recovery.

Those eligible include wounded, ill and injured Airman who:

  • Have a serious illness or injury
  • Are unlikely to return to duty within a specified amount of time; and
  • May be medically separated from the military

Referrals

  • Airmen who may benefit from the support of an RCC may self-refer, or be referred at any point by command staff, medical or non-medical support, Wounded Warrior Program personnel, or a family member

The Comprehensive Recovery Plan (CRP)

  • RCC’s are trained to develop and implement a Comprehensive Recovery Plan or “Life Map,” which identifies needs and lays out a path to enable the Airman and family to reach their personal and professional goals during recovery, rehabilitation and reintegration.

The RCC for March ARB is stationed at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California

  • 338 South Dakota Avenue, Building 13850, Room 1-327, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California 93437
  • Commercial: 805-605-1819
  • DSN: 275-1819

Air Force Aid Society Community Programs

Car Care Because We Care

Free 18-point safety inspection, oil change, and lube for the primary family vehicle. This is available to Spouses of active duty Air Force members (including Air Guard and Air Force Reserve members activated under Title 10 USC) when the military member is TDY for over 30 days or is deployed/remote for over 90 days. Spouses can call the Airman & Family Readiness Center at 951-655-5350 to make an appointment to receive these vouchers. This is not available for single service members.


Bundles For Babies

This 2-hour workshop is for expectant parents. We will discuss:

  • Budgeting for Baby
  • Airman & Family Readiness Center Services
  • Couples Communication
  • Air Force Aid Society Overview

A “bundle” of baby items will be given to each active duty family and Title 10 Guard or Reserve member on orders for 15 days or more. Call the Airman & Family Readiness Center at 951-655-5350 to sign up for the next workshop.


Transition Assistance

Pre-separation Counseling. This is a mandatory 3-hour briefing for active duty personnel who are separating or retiring and Title 10 Reserve and Guard members who are coming off orders of 180 days or longer. Please contact the Airman and Family Readiness Center for an appointment at 951-655-5350.

Transition Assistance Program (TAP) 5-Day Workshop

Mandatory for all active duty members who are retiring and separating, and all Guard and Reserve members coming off Title 10 Orders of 180 days or more. These workshops are held at Los Angeles Air Force Base Airman & Family Readiness Center and cover: Transition Overview, Transition Resiliency, Military Occupational Crosswalk, Financial Resiliency and Department of Labor Employment in the 21st Century, job search skills, networking, marketing yourself, negotiating salaries and much more.

To register for the next workshop call 310-653-5428 or visit www.laafbforcesupport.com.


Useful Websites