Hanscom Air Force Base   Right Corner Banner
Join the Air Force

News > A day to appreciate military spouses
A day to appreciate military spouses

Posted 5/7/2013   Updated 5/7/2013 Email story   Print story


by Mark Wyatt
66th Air Base Group Public Affairs

5/7/2013 - HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. -- Established by President Ronald Reagan in 1984, Military Spouse Appreciation Day was set for the Friday before Mother's Day each year to recognize the many contributions and sacrifices military spouses make in support of military members and the country. This year, the special day falls on May 10.

Military spouses now more than ever serve one less seat at the dinner table, fill both roles as a parent and are often asked to pack and move families from one assignment to another while loved ones are deployed or on a remote assignment.

In addition to the support they offer their own families, military spouses are continually making positive contributions to their communities, President Reagan said in his initial Military Spouse Appreciation Day proclamation.

"As volunteers, military spouses have provided exemplary service and leadership in educational, community, recreational, religious, social and cultural endeavors," he said. "And as parents and homemakers, they preserve the cornerstones of our nation's strength - the American family."

This month the Airman and Family Readiness Center has several classes for military spouses to ease PCS transitions, help cope with deployments, to participate in workshops aimed at educating military spouses about new benefits offered to them, as well as marriage seminars.

Matri-Money will be held on May 14 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and will provide strategies to develop realistic financial goals and communicate them effectively to your partner in this free workshop. This class is presented by Hanscom's Military and Family Life Consultant.

Families new to Hanscom are invited to attend the A&FRC Family Welcome class May 21 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the A&FRC Loan Locker, Building 1216. Participants receive money saving tips and shopping information while learning about schools, recreation, local attractions, safety, security, employment and more in an informal setting. Children are invited to participate.

Learn how to navigate the local transportation system during a "T" Public Transportation and City Orientation class May 22 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Class participants will ride into Boston using the "T" for $5 for subway fares, children 11 and under are free with a paying adult. Bring your lunch or purchase downtown. This class is part of the official newcomer orientation and military servicemembers are not required to take leave to attend.

Hearts Apart Bowling will be held at the Hanscom Bowling Center on May 22 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. for families of deployed, remote tour and extended TDY servicemembers.

A Building Resiliency class is offered May 29 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the A&FRC. Donald Gonsalves, Hanscom's Community Support coordinator and master resiliency trainer, will provide tips on becoming more resilient in the midst of change.

Finally, an Organizing Work and Life class May 30 from noon to 12:45 p.m. will provide tips on becoming more organized, such as finding time to organize, handling big projects, simple steps to keep ahead of clutter and more. This class includes lunch.

For more information on any of these classes or to register for one of the Airman and Family Readiness Center classes, call 781-377-4222 or visit their website at www.hanscom.af.mil/units/afrc.asp.

No comments yet.  
Add a comment

 Inside Hanscom AFB

ima cornerSearch

tabMission NewsRSS feed 
Air Force acquisition lead moves to MITRE

Improving mission planning via the Hanscom MilCloud

Upcoming fraud working group to highlight current issues

Securing the future by Bending the Cost Curve

Global Broadcast Service: the military's 'direct TV', now available in a rucksack

tabHanscom NewsRSS feed 
Turkeys distributed to Airmen  |  VIDEO

Winter driving in New England  |  VIDEO

Gmytrasiewicz encourages graduates to 'take care of your troops'

Hanscom recognizes military families   |  VIDEO

Thanksgiving food preparation and safety tips

Gate improvement project under way

Senior NCOs set goal to collect 300 turkeys, hams for those in need

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month

FSS announces winter fitness assessments schedules

Still time to donate to CFC

tabNews Briefs and HappeningsRSS feed 
Upcoming events

News in Brief

School Notes  1

tabCommentaryRSS feed 
Veterans Day is a day to celebrate and honor

Choosing to live

Snack all day, get tooth decay

tabPhoto FeatureRSS feed 
Photo feature: This week at Hanscom, Nov. 20

Photo feature: This week at Hanscom, Nov. 13

tabFeaturesRSS feed 
Laying the foundation for future AF, Coast Guard enlisted leaders

Command chief focused on mission, careers of Airmen

From Army Air Corps to U.S. Air Force, 71-years and counting

Site Map      Contact Us     Questions     USA.gov     Security and Privacy notice     E-publishing  
Suicide Prevention    SAPR   IG   EEO   Accessibility/Section 508   No FEAR Act