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Ellsworth AFB Annual Fire Prevention Week Events – October 1-9

Come out and support your local Fire House while they spread this year’s Fire Prevention Week message!  This year’s focus will be all about “Learning the Sounds of Fire Safety”.  Your Ellsworth Fire and Emergency Services flight will be kicking things off starting on 1 October 2021 at the Fire House.  They will be out and about in the local community, schools, and base housing all week.


Base Housing Parade – 2 Oct 2021 @ 1000 (Parade route below)

–  They would greatly appreciate some candy donations (drop off at the Fire House before 1 Oct)


Open House – 2 Oct 2021 @ 11-1400 @ Fire House (bldg. 7502) – Bring the kiddos down!

–          Bounce house, taco truck, smoke house training, cook top fire demo, and much more.


The flyer is attached below for you to download:

Heart Link Spouse Orientation – September 16, 2021

Registration is now open for the second Heart Link of 2021 that will be held at the Dakota’s Club on Thursday, September 16th starting at 9 AM and going until 1 PM. Join us for lunch to hear about the 28th Bomb Wing and resources available to you.

Heart Link Spouse Orientation is an Air Force program that is targeted to spouses of less than 5 years.

This orientation “links” new spouses to other new spouses, the Key Spouse Program and targeted topics to help adjust to Air Force/Military lifestyle, while connecting spouses with resources accessible throughout their life as a military spouse.

  • MASKS ARE REQUIRED (regardless of vaccination status)
  • SOCIAL DISTANCING WILL BE OBSERVED
  • Childcare is not available

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED and will be accomplished via Eventbrite. Scan the QR Code below or click on the link below it. Registration closes September 12th, 2021.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/heartlink-spouse-orientation-september-16th-tickets-168971064001

Please call Ms. Garwick at 385-4663 if you have questions.

Heart Link Spouse Orientation – September 2, 2021

Registration is now open for the first Heart Link of 2021 that will be held at the Dakota’s Club on Thursday, September 2nd starting at 5 PM and going until 8 PM. Join us for dinner to hear about the 28th Bomb Wing and resources available to you.

Heart Link Spouse Orientation is an Air Force program that is targeted to spouses of less than 5 years.

This orientation “links” new spouses to other new spouses, the Key Spouse Program and targeted topics to help adjust to Air Force/Military lifestyle, while connecting spouses with resources accessible throughout their life as a military spouse.

  • MASKS ARE REQUIRED (regardless of vaccination status)
  • SOCIAL DISTANCING WILL BE OBSERVED
  • Childcare is not available

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED and will be accomplished via Eventbrite. Scan the QR Code below or click on the link below it. Registration closes at 4 PM on August 27th, 2021.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/heart-link-spouse-orientation-tickets-166961471255

You can download the flyer below to share with a new spouse.

Please call 385-4663 if you have questions.

Upcoming EFMP Events

A Parent’s Perspective with Kelly Oakley – 18 August 2021 from 11 AM to 1 PM. 

At the Ellsworth AFB Airman & Family Readiness Center, EFMP-FS will host Mrs. Kelly Oakley, who will provide a parent’s perspective on raising a child with challenging behavior, receiving a diagnosis and about navigating helpful resources.  You won’t want to miss this insightful discussion.  This event is open to ALL Ellsworth connected families, Active Duty, Civilians, Guard and Reserve families.  The flyer is attached below.

EFMP Presents: CMSgt Kimberly Pollard – 20 August 2021 at 11 AM local time.

EFMP invites you to celebrate with them Special Guest Speaker CMSgt Kimberly Pollard as she tells her story of her son’s Autism diagnosis and their resilience as a family to overcome the struggles. This is a free virtual event. See the flyer (below) if you wish to attend the virtual presentation from home.

There will be a group viewing opportunity at the Ellsworth AFB Airman & Family Readiness Center starting at 11 AM. Bring you lunch and join in the conversation.

DoD Active Duty Spouse Survey

The Department of Defense announced today the launch of its long-running biennial Active Duty Spouse Survey. For the first time, every active-duty spouse will have an opportunity to provide feedback about their military life experience. The Department encourages all active-duty spouses to participate in this survey. 

“We are committed to taking care of our military spouses, and these surveys will allow us to engage in deeper dialogue with them and help us prioritize solutions that meet their most pressing needs,” said Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy Patricia “Patty” Montes Barron. “We’re proud of the progress we have made on important spouse issues, especially around stress, relationship support and employment. We know there is more to do, and these survey results will help guide our next steps.”

The Active Duty Spouse Survey provides the DOD with a barometer on how to adjust family policy and programs in the coming years, gathering data on issues, such as military benefits, financial stability, spouse employment, child care, and the overall health and well-being of spouses, children and families.

“Our surveys can create meaningful change for military families, and each one has highlighted important trends,” said Director of the Center for Retention and Readiness in the Office of People Analytics Dr. Paul Rosenfeld. “For example, the 2019 survey brought attention to the increasing lengths of time for spouses to find a job after a permanent change of station move, which led to adjustments to spouse licensure and other programs. Hearing the voice of all military spouses is critical for gaining the insight the DOD needs to deliver on its priority to help military families thrive.”

While some spouses will be randomly selected for the scientifically sampled survey, this year the department is also offering an opportunity to all active-duty spouses to provide their feedback on key issues, challenges, and concerns. Spouses can visit the Department of Defense Office of People Analytics survey portal to complete the short survey.

For important information about the military community, including the most recent survey results, infographics, research reports, and demographic profiles, visit Military OneSource.

Source: https://www.defense.gov/Newsroom/Releases/Release/Article/2709878/dod-prioritizes-military-spouse-input-launches-2021-active-duty-spouse-survey/


About Military Community and Family Policy 

Military Community and Family Policy is directly responsible for establishing and overseeing quality-of-life policies and programs that help our service members, their families and survivors be well and mission-ready. Military OneSource is the gateway to programs and services that support the everyday needs of the 5.2 million service members and immediate family members of the military community. These Department of Defense services can be accessed 24/7/365 around the world.

HOT TOPIC ISSUES

Key Spouses/Key Spouse Mentors:

There currently is a group tasked by AFGSC to gather information about issues being faced by service members and their families here at Ellsworth AFB.

A CES Key Spouse and I met with them and mentioned the following:

Childcare (to include CDC wait list; lack of FCC providers)BAH rates Housing availabilityMedical care access

If you or any of your unit’s families have issues that you would like added to their radar, please email me details at david.brinkworth@us.af.mil.

I will pass the info to them before they leave at the end of next week. They may want to speak with you or the affected families if you or they are willing to speak with them.

Give Parents a Break

The Child Development Center and the School Age Care Program host Give Parents a Break monthly on a Saturday afternoon from 1200 to 1600.  Dates for the upcoming GPAB Days are: July 24, August 28, September 25, October 23, November 20 and December 18.

Parents eligible to participate in the Give Parents a Break Program can get a referral from the A&FRC, a first sergeant or a chaplain. 

Once a referral is acquired the family can make reservations at the Child Development Center (385-2488) or the School Age Care Program (386-2277). 

Enrollment forms must be completed prior to attending the program.  Enrollment requirements include an up to date immunization record for each child.