AF Key Spouses vital link to command, families
By Cathy Thews, 477th Fighter Group Key Spouses
/ Published April 28, 2017
JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska --
Never heard of the Key Spouse program?
The Air Force Key Spouse program is a squadron/unit commander program that can be tailored to meet the needs of each individual unit. Key Spouses are a focal point of information and support for families and members. All Key Spouses must go through a formal training session which covers Personal Identifying Information included in the Privacy Act of 1974, suicide awareness and SAPR, disaster preparedness, resilience, communication, social media, deployments, generational diversity and the Exceptional Family Member Program.
Air Force Key Spouse Program offers additional deployment support resources
- Key Spouses serve as an intermediary between squadron peers and the formal command structure, providing a personal touch to information flow.
- Key Spouses answer peer-level questions that many spouses just would not ask the commander or their spouse
- The current climate brings additional stressors and Key Spouses help individuals and units stay connected
Why is the Key Spouse Program Important?
- Provide someone to listen when people need to talk and points families in the right direction for existing, formalized support services
- Directly linked to the Airman and Family Readiness Center, which provides greater information and support
- Peers who have "been there, done that"
- Invaluable link to our younger population
Key Spouse Program Benefits
- Promotes individual, family and unit readiness
- Establishes continuous contact with spouses/families
- Encourages peer-to-peer/Wingman support
- Links to leadership
- Provides an informal sounding board
- Strengthens leadership's support team
- Vital to building strong AF communities
Key Spouse Program Benefits who??
ALL of us!! No experience is required, all training is provided by the A&FRC and is free and fun, all that is really required of you is a positive attitude and a compassion and commitment to help others.
Unit spouses that would like to be a Key Spouse should contact their unit commander, first sergeant, Key Spouse Mentor or the Air force & Family Readiness Center.
Key spouse Mentor:
Cathy Thews firstname.lastname@example.org Cell - 707-332-4165 Home - 907-357-3137