Osan’s A&FRC relocates by USO

Julie Taufa'asaum, Airman and Family Readiness Center flight chief, speaks during the A&FRC ribbon cutting ceremony at the McPherson Center on Osan Air Base, Jan. 12, 2021. The A&FRC provides services and resources such as career management, volunteer resources, personal financial readiness, military child education and family life counselor services. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Branden Rae)
Julie Taufa'asaum, Airman and Family Readiness Center flight chief, speaks during the A&FRC ribbon cutting ceremony at the McPherson Center on Osan Air Base, Jan. 12, 2021. The A&FRC provides services and resources such as career management, volunteer resources, personal financial readiness, military child education and family life counselor services. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Branden Rae)

Osan’s A&FRC relocates by USO

by Senior Airman Branden Rae
51st Fighter Wing Public Affairs

OSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea -- Osan’s senior leaders and base populace celebrated the Airman & Family Readiness Center’s relocation during a ribbon-cutting ceremony, Jan. 12, 2021. 

Newly situated at Building 916 inside the McPherson Community Center, service members and their families are encouraged to experience the AFRC’s resources. 

During the opening remarks, Julie Taufa’asau, A&FRC flight chief, was proud to see the relocation come to fruition.

“We’re excited to provide an enhanced interactive environment for our service members and their families to enjoy,” said Taufa’asau. “This relocation allows us the opportunity to raise awareness of our mission and programs. We encourage our community to proactively seek out our resources as we begin this new path.”

For Jerry Melton, A&FRC community readiness consultant, the mobilization of the A&FRC and its newly ideal location enhances the A&FRC’s purpose.

“The mission of Osan’s A&FRC is to provide service and support that promotes self-sufficiency, enhances mission readiness, retention and adaptation to the military community,” said Melton. “We emphasize building and sustaining cooperative relationships with families. We understand the challenges of Osan’s environment, so we strive to provide spouses and children with resources and a place to connect with others.”

Melton explained that there are 14 different programs that are offered through the A&FRC. He mentioned the main ones that are used on Osan are:

Finance Program:

Helps build personal financial management skills and information through all walks of life. The program shows how to be on the right path to become a Thrift Saving Plan millionaire without much trouble.

Air Force Aid:

Provides assistance to military members and families who are having financial emergencies or situations. Offering interest free loans or grants in certain circumstances.

Non-combatant Evacuation (NEO) Program:

Organization of authorized departure of civilians and nonessential military personnel from danger to a designated safe haven.

Employment Program:

Geared towards more members who are looking to separate or spouses. Teaches the skills of how to write a resume, job searching techniques, interviewing skills, career planning, and navigating USAJobs.

Transition Assistance Program (TAP):

A congressionally mandated transition program for anyone that is separating from the military that provides information, tools and training to ensure service members and their spouses are prepared for the next step in civilian life. 

Relocation Program:

Designed to ease the personal and family stressors experience associated with a permanent change of station by providing assistance, counseling, sponsorship training, and education throughout all phases of the relocation process. 

Personal Work Life Program:

Helps to increase the effectiveness of everyday living skills, learn to cope with life events and realize one’s personal potential resulting in increased quality of life and resilience for military members and their families.

Bundles for babies:

New or expecting parents learn about the resources on the installation that could help through the transition, plus a $50 gift card.

Heart Link Program:

Aimed more towards spouses new to the military to increasing awareness of the Air Force mission, customs and traditions, protocols and available resources, and information about accessing helping agencies. As a bonus there is free lunch available. 

Key Spouse Program:

Designed to enhance readiness, personal/family resiliency and establish a sense of Air Force community. Aimed to increase resiliency and unit cohesion amongst military members and their families.

Volunteer Program:

Coordination with other base agencies for the purpose of referring Airmen, spouses, and other family members for volunteer opportunities.

Personnel at the A&FRC have many resources to help the military community or the proper contact to assist in life.  

“There are numerous opportunities for people here that they might not realize,” said Sam Kinard, military spouse. “Osan has a lot of ways to plug into the community and the Airman & Family Readiness Center is good at offering those tools.”

For more information, interested participants can seek out AFRC resources at https://51fss.com/afrc/ and https://www.facebook.com/OsanABAirmanFamilyReadinessCenter/.

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