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  • The Key Spouse Program; unlocking family resiliency

    Deployments and temporary assignments do not only affect military members. Spouses get left behind and can often feel isolated and lost. Having to deal with the daily grind of everyday life alone can become a daunting task. That is where the 97th Air Mobility Wing’s Key Spouse Program comes in. The role of the Key Spouse Program is to assist the spouses of military members through communicating, relaying information, and providing referrals to necessary support agencies. Currently, there are approximately 52 key spouses assigned to commanders across the wing. These key spouse teams are entirely made up of volunteers that report to their respective unit commanders for their vision of their squadron’s program.
  • Family, deployment and COVID-19 – a lesson in resilience

    COVID-19 changed the way the Air Force is doing business. New measures, precautions and innovative learning ensured the mission continues, but Airmen weren't the only ones who made adjustments—families did too.
  • Being deployed while battling COVID-19

    Throughout the outbreak of COVID-19 there have been changes, increased security measures and suggestions on how to stay healthy and protect your family. What about those who are away from family doing what they raised their right hand for, protecting our country?
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  • Deploying pride in the mission

    A unit deployment manager is responsible for educating the unit on its expeditionary role, ensuring personnel and equipment are ready to deploy and support contingency operations required by their unit. The 81st Security Forces Squadron takes pride in Staff Sgt. Lane Sanchez, 81st SFS unit deployment manager, who coordinates unit deployments with the Air Expeditionary Force Center, Air Education and Training Command, Security Forces Contingency Branch.
  • Deploying the power of happiness

    A single tear fell from her crystal blue eyes as she embraced her father, wishing him well on his deployment. She may have only been 7 years old, but she knew he was defending her way of life. “I remember how hard it was to say goodbye to my dad when he deployed last year, but I also learned a valuable lesson while he was gone,” said Meddie Tuckey, daughter of Tech. Sgt. Gregory Tuckey, 338th Training Squadron instructor supervisor. “I was inspired to share it with others.”
  • Planning for deployments - 97 IDRC prepares mobility Airmen

    Nearly every day, Airmen across the Air Force prepare to deploy around the world in support of air superiority for the defense and protection of our nation and national interests abroad.
  • The Key Spouse Program; unlocking family resiliency

    Deployments and temporary assignments do not only affect military members. Spouses get left behind and can often feel isolated and lost. Having to deal with the daily grind of everyday life alone can become a daunting task. That is where the 97th Air Mobility Wing’s Key Spouse Program comes in. The role of the Key Spouse Program is to assist the spouses of military members through communicating, relaying information, and providing referrals to necessary support agencies. Currently, there are approximately 52 key spouses assigned to commanders across the wing. These key spouse teams are entirely made up of volunteers that report to their respective unit commanders for their vision of their squadron’s program.
  • Family, deployment and COVID-19 – a lesson in resilience

    COVID-19 changed the way the Air Force is doing business. New measures, precautions and innovative learning ensured the mission continues, but Airmen weren't the only ones who made adjustments—families did too.
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