KEY SPOUSE PROGRAM

Joint Base Andrews Military & Family Support Center 

Address

Bldg 1191 Menoher Dr

Joint Base Andrews, Maryland

20762

Phone

301-981-7087

Email

316.FSS.MFSC@us.af.mil

Hours of Operation

Mon: 0730-1630

Tues: 0730-1630

Wed: 0730-1630

Thurs: 0730-1200

Fri: 0730-1630

(Closed on Holidays and AFDW Family Days)

The U.S. Air Force Key Spouse Program (KSP) is an official Air Force Unit Family Readiness Program designed to enhance readiness, personal/family resiliency and establish a sense of Air Force community. Key Spouses are commander-appointed and serve as a vital resource to command teams in an effort to support Air Force families. The strategic vision is to increase resiliency and unit cohesion amongst military members and their families throughout the military life cycle.

This commander program promotes partnerships with unit leadership, Key Spouses, family members, the Airman & Family Readiness Center (A&FRC) and other community and helping agencies. In March 2009, the KSP was standardized across the Air Force to address the needs of all Air Force families. The KSP provides service-minded volunteers an opportunity to contribute to their communities, with a special emphasis on support to families throughout all phases of the deployment cycle.
Mission

The mission of the Key Spouse Program (KSP) is to provide information and resources to military spouses, supporting families in successfully navigating throughout the military lifecycle.

Vision

The Air Force Family--empowered and resilient.

Guidance

Air Force Instruction (AFI) 36-3009, Airman and Family Readiness Centers, paragraphs 3.9.2 - 3.9.2.7., provides guidance. In addition, this KS Guide provides further clarification on the roles and responsibilities of each KS team member.

The Commander’s Guide provides commanders with information and resources to help units manage their official KSP. The guide is designed to provide a practical approach to develop an effective unit KSP, with tips and tools to assist commanders in recruiting, interviewing and selecting unit Key Spouse(s) and Key Spouse Mentor(s).

The KS and KSM Guides provide volunteers with guidance, information and resources on meeting the expectations of their role and vision set forth by their unit commander. Key Spouse Program forms required for the Military & Family Support Center and Squadrons.

Key Spouse Program Forms

  • Key Spouse Guide LINK 

  • Key Spouse Mentor Guide LINK 

  • Key Spouse Commanders Guide LINK 

  • DD Form 2793 Volunteer Agreement Form LINK 

  • Key Spouse Appointment Letter LINK 

  • Key Spouse Mentor Appointment Letter LINK 

  • Key Spouse Statement of Consent LINK 

  • Key Spouse Statement of Understanding LINK 

  • Key Spouse Resignation Letter LINK 

Key Spouse Training

Training is provided on a quarterly basis, at a minimum, or as requested by installation leadership IAW AFI 36-3009.

 

Provide 3 Required Standardized Training

  • Key Spouse Initial Training (8 standardized modules, 6 hours)*Key Spouse Virtual On-line Training for "Initial Training Only" (used as a secondary option for GSU’s and must be coordinated and approved by both the Commander and M&FSC KS Program Manager, Lead or Director of M&FSC)

  • Key Spouse Refresher Training (standardized, 1 hour, required recurring training only upon PCSing) Developed for KS’s and KSM’s returning to official KS/KSM duties (signed appointment letter by a unit commander needed) following a PCS to a new duty location.

 

  • ​Key Spouse Mentor Training (standardized, vary from 1-2 hours in length/one-time mandatory training for all new KSMs and intended to be taken after Initial/Refresher Training) on a quarterly basis at least per guidance (Training can be via in-seat, classroom, virtually).

 

  • Continuing Education Training have mandatory requirements and various topics covered on a quarterly basis. Training is facilitated via traditional classroom/in-person training, as well as different platforms, such as computer-based training (CBT’s), Webinars, Skype, Video, Podcasts, and via online Military OneSource

- Certificates provided to KS’s/KSM’s upon completion of training
- Information and referral resources provided to KS’s/KSM’s

 

  • Annual Training Requirements:

- Suicide Awareness Training
- Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SARP)

  • Suggested Continuing Education Training Topics:

- Heat Link (one-time attendance is recommended for all
KS’s/KSM’s to gain understanding of the important role they play
in recruiting and encouraging new AF spouses to attend Heart Link.)
- True Colors/Four Lenses Personality Assessments
- Deployment Readiness
- Air Force Personal Accountability and Assessment System (AFPAAS)

- Social Media
- American Red Cross
- Cyber Security
- Military OneSource Training/Podcasts
- Public Affairs
- Local Community Agencies
 

Key Spouse Program Resources:

  • Key Spouse Facebook Page LINK

  • Military & Family Support Center Facebook Page LINK

  • Wingman Toolkit LINK

  • Spouse Resiliency Website/Toolkit LINK

  • Need Childcare please apply here LINK

  • Spouse Education and Career Opportunities Team LINK

  • Need to sign up for a Hearts Apart Event? LINK

 

 

Community Resources:

  • Chapel: 301-981-2111

  • Equal Opportunity: 240-612-6345

  • Family Advocacy: 240-857-9680

  • Military & Family Support Center: 301-981-7087

  • Military and Family Life Counselor: (to schedule an appt) 301-232-8481 or 301-232-8465

  • Military OneSource 24/7: 800-342-9647 - LINK

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 24/7 hotline: 1-800-273-8255 (press 1 if you're military)

  • Sexual Assault Hotline 24/7: 877-995-5247 -  LINK

  • American Red Cross 24 hour contact number: 1-877-272-7337 - LINK

  • Military Crisis Line 24 hour contact number: 1-800-273-TALK (8255), press 1

Additional Websites:

Joint Base Andrews Base Contacts

Air Force Personnel Accountability and Assessment System (AFPASS)

Finances


National Resource Directory

Tricare

Voting

For additional information, contact the Key Spouse Program Manager at 301-981-7087

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