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NEWS | June 1, 2007

Heartlink connects spouses, base

By Airman 1st Class Katie Hickerson 12th Flying Training Wing Public Affairs

Spouses, especially those new to the military and newly stationed at Randolph Air Force Base, are invited to attend the next Heartlink orientation program, presented by the Airman and Family Readiness Flight.

Two sessions are scheduled this quarter, June 14 and August 23 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the A&FRF ballroom, Building 693.

"This is a fantastic way for newly married military spouses, as well as spouses new to Randolph, to meet and network with their peers stationed here and become familiar with some important organizations around base," said Amy Welch, A&FRF community readiness consultant. "We try to provide them with a fun, interactive, informational seminar to introduce them into the Team Randolph family."

Attendees receive briefings from representatives from TRICARE, finance, Army and Air Force Exchange Service, Services Division, the youth center, child development center, the base chapel and life skills. Also, attendees will receive a Heartlink coin and an explanation of the history of the coin. This gift is presented by Col. Richard Clark, 12th Flying Training Wing commander.

"We have designed a very interactive program," Ms. Welch said. "Those who attend our orientation recommend our services to others they meet."

In addition to briefings, attendees enjoy a local emcee, games, free childcare, a light breakfast and lunch, door prizes, and a tour of the A&FRF.

The A&FRF will begin regular programs once per quarter, beginning in July.

"This is a day that spotlights the spouse and their commitment and sacrifice to the military," said Vicki Beaudoin, transition assistant program consultant. "Military life is significantly different than the civilian life these spouses are accustomed to. Our goal is to help subside some of that anxiety and welcome them into the Air Force."

For more details, contact Ms. Welch at 652-5321.