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Welcome to Misawa
Personal & Family Readiness
Resource Center & Loan locker
Employment Assistance Resources
One-on-One Resume Assistance
Personal Financial Management
Transition & Relocation Assistance
Exceptional Family Member Program
Mobilization & Deployment Readiness
Classes & Workshops
Family & Readiness
Tuesday, July 13
11 a.m.–2 p.m.
Intercultural Cooking & Crafts
We will demonstrate and teach you how to make a Japanese dish using fresh, healthy and seasonal ingredients. Afterwards, we will enjoy a sampling of the finished dish and create a Japanese craft.
Friday, July 30
End of summer bonfire
This FREE event is for deployed, remote tour or post deployed (returned within last 180 days).
Friday, Sept. 24
Thursday, Nov. 18
Bundles for Babies
Bundles for Babies is designed to teach soon-to-be and new parents basic parenting skills, as well as essential financial skills to help budget for their new baby, from birth to college. This class is a great opportunity to connect with other expectant parents on base. Bundles for Babies is open to all ranks and services and is not limited to a first pregnancy. For more information about this FREE class or to reserve your spot in advance, contact the Airman & Family Readiness Center at 226-4735 or by cell at 0176-77-4735
Newcomer’s Orientation Right Start
Right Start is a newcomer’s in-processing briefing with information for new military and civilian personnel assigned to Misawa Air Base. Members must be inprocessed with their unit INTRO Program managers before attending Right Start. Members will report in uniform to the Mokuteki Ballroom at 7:30 a.m. for in-processing, completion of required paperwork, and briefings about available community resources.
Virtual Smooth Move
The Virtual Smooth Move briefing is available online at any time. For instructions on how to access it please call the Airman & Family Readiness Center at 226-4735 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cultural City Tour
The Cultural City Tour is a guided tour conducted most Fridays around Misawa City and Hachinohe City. Attendees will visit the Zuisenji Temple, Misawa International Center, Hachinohe Fish Market and the Kushihiki Shrine. Check the Misawa Airman & Family Readiness Center’s calendar for dates.
Provides emergency financial assistance to eligible military members for basic needs such as: basic living expenses, emergency leave, or unexpected vehicle repairs. Community enhancement programs sponsored by the agency include:
- Give Parent’s a Break
- Child Care for PCS
- Bundles for Babies
- Car Care Because We Care
Give Parent's a Break
Please call one of the facilities below to register. Children must be registered and meet all CDC criteria.
- Child Development Center at 226-4666 / 0176-77-4666
- Cheli School Age Care at 226-4470 / 0176-77-4470
Casualty/Survivor Benefits Program
Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP)
The Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) helps military families with special needs thrive. EFMP has more than just one connection point for families. There are three separate components: Identification and Enrollment, Assignment Coordination, and Family Support.
Identification and Enrollment (226-6356)
Enrollment in EFMP is mandatory for active duty military members when a family member has special medical or educational needs. The Special Needs Coordinator (SNC) at the Medical Treatment Facility will work with your family to determine if enrollment is appropriate for your family. If you are required to enroll, the SNC will notify the Military Personnel Flight. The Assignment Coordination Manager will take it from there.
Assignment Coordination (226-4682/7488)
Enrollment in the EFMP consists of adding a unique code to the sponsors’ record called a “Q-code.” Think of a Q-code as an insurance policy protecting you and your family members from being assigned to a location that cannot meet their unique needs. Assignment selection works the same for all airmen, but upon selection for an assignment, the Q-code causes a pause. During that brief pause, an evaluation of the goodness-of-fit between your family and the selected installation occurs. Suppose that installation cannot provide adequate support for your family member(s). In that case, you have the option to continue to that location unaccompanied or get a new match and a more suitable assignment. If the assignment is a good fit, you may proceed with confidence that your family will get the excellent care you are accustomed to receiving.
To get a sense of the advice that other families with similar needs received about a particular base:
- Visit the “Medical Provider Trends Tool” in MyVector.
- Within MyVector, select “See My Experience,” then “Medical Provider Trends Tool.”
- Locate the small hotlink in the paragraph and click on it to access the tool.
Family Support (226-4735)
EFMP Family Support plays a critical role in helping families to navigate the EFMP processes. They also connect families with resources and support, allowing them to become their own best advocates. Services include a) Information and referral for military support providers and community services, b) Education and outreach activities, c) Family Needs Assessments/Family Support Plans, and Warm Hand-offs to your next assignment promoting continuity of connectedness and services, and d) Non-clinical case management.
Personal Financial Counselor
If you want to know more about how to make the most of your hard-earned money, visit with the Personal Financial Counselor at the Airman & Family Readiness Center.
Call the A&FRC to make an appointment or contact Ms. Lisa Vincent directly at PFC.Misawa.USAF@Zeiders.com or 080-9331-4846.
The Department of Defense (DoD) transition Assistance Program (TAP) is an outcome-based program that bolsters opportunities, services, and training for transitioning service members in their preparation to meet post-military goals, and should not be confused with TAPS, an acronym for the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors.
The mandatory components of TAP are applicable for all service members who have at least 180 continuous days or more on active duty; this includes National Guard and Reserve.
Here’s a breakdown of what TAP looks like:
• TAP starts no later than 365 days prior to transition for those who are separating or retiring. It is recommended retirees begin the transition process at least two years prior to retirement. In the event of an unanticipated separation or retirement, or a member of the Reserve Component is demobilized with less than 365 days, TAP must begin as soon as possible within the remaining period of service.
• Individualized Initial Counseling (IIC) between the service member and a TAP counselor is the official start to the transition process. During the IIC session, service members complete their personal self-assessment and begin the development of their Individual Transition Plan to identify their unique needs of the transition process and post-transition goals.
• Once the IIC is complete, pre-separation counseling commences. Pre-separation counseling, just like IIC, must start no later than 365 days prior to transition. Pre-separation counseling covers by-law information to include benefits, entitlements and resources for eligible transitioning service members. Caregivers and spouses are especially encouraged to attend pre-separation counseling with their service member.
• The DoD Transition Day follows pre-separation counseling, and is mandatory for transitioning service members. This portion of TAP includes curriculum modules on building resiliency by managing your own transition (MyTransition), a Military Occupational Code Crosswalk to help define and translate military skills, and the financial plan for transition module, which fulfils the mandated financial literacy requirement.
• The Department of Veterans Affairs provides the VA Benefits and Services brief on the VA benefits and services available to service members and veterans.
• The Department of Labor (DOL) provides a mandatory DOL one-day brief on preparation for employment.
TAP also includes a service member election of two-days of instruction; these include the: DOL Employment Track, DOL Career and Credential Exploration (C2E) Track, DoD Managing Your (MY) Education Track, and the Small Business Administration Entrepreneurship Track. Certain transitioning service members must elect to attend at least one track, but anyone may attend more than one based on their post-transition goals.
The Capstone event, which is the culminating event where commanders verify achievement of career readiness standards and a viable ITP, must happen no later than 90 days before separation or released from active duty. Capstone remains the culminating event for TAP.
assists military personnel, their family members and all other voting-age citizens with access to the installation voter assistance office and to register by absentee ballot.
Bundles for Babies
Military & Family Life Counselor
Personal, Family & Work Readiness
- Pre-deployment / re-integration & reunion briefings
- Deployed family events
- Heartlink–Spouse Orientation strengthens military families and enhances mission readiness by increasing spouse awareness of the Air Force mission, traditions, protocol, as well as available resources and services.
- Key Spouse Training provides training for volunteers represented in squadrons across the base that provide vital support to all unit families.
help all military and DoD members prepare for relocation. We assist in planning moves, in providing information about the new location, and with unique situations and concerns that may occur.
Smooth Move is an outbound briefing to assist military members transitioning out of Misawa. This briefing is mandatory for O–3/E–4 and below and optional for O–4/E–5 and above.
Sponsorship Training provides information to newly assigned sponsors about their training duties and responsibilities.
Newcomers–Right Start is the newcomers’ in-processing briefing and information for new military and civilian personnel.
delivers individual assessment, assistance with resume and job searches for military members, families and DoD civilian members.
Spouse Employment Training Program
We are excited to announce that the Misawa Airman & Family Readiness Center was once again chosen to be a recipient of the Air Force Aid Society Spouse Employment Training Program Grant for 2021. We are partnering with the University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC) to offer 3 no-cost courses to Air Force Spouses beginning in March. Contact the Airman & Family Readiness Center for more information.
We provide non-medical, short-term, situational problem solving counseling to Service Members and their families to help you understand the impact of stress, deployments, family reunions following deployments and the stresses of military life. MFLC providers are mandated reporters of child abuse, domestic abuse and other duty-to-warn situations. Services are otherwise confidential and private.
Services include counseling for:
- Anger Management
- Conflict Resolution
- Decision-Making Skills
- Sadness, Grief and Loss
Military & Family Life Counselor
How You Can Get Involved
Do you have a passion for helping others? Would you like to make a difference in your community or explore new interests? Try Volunteering.
The Volunteer Coordinator at the Airman and Family Readiness Center (A&FRC) assists individuals who are seeking opportunities to fill a volunteer need. They also help base and local community organizations connect with volunteers.
If you are an agency that has a need for volunteers, please email your request to Ms. Nasira Mukendi, at email@example.com or call 315-226- 4735 for assistance with soliciting volunteers for your upcoming events. Request should include: agency name, location, duties, event date/time/frequency, how many volunteers needed, and POC contact info.
Want to Volunteer?
If you are interested in volunteering, click the button to learn about volunteer opportunities and to view current volunteer needs. If you do not see anything advertised that interests you, contact the Airman & Family Readiness Center at 315-226- 4735 to discuss other possible opportunities. You will also have to opportunity to be added to our volunteer contact list for updates on volunteer opportunities.
Current Volunteer Opportunities in Misawa
Sponsoring a Newcomer?
If you are assigned as a sponsor you are required to complete the eSponsorship Application & Training (eSAT).
Looking to provide information to your newcomer about Misawa? View the Installation Guidebook at the link below.
Driver's Training (USFJ Form 4EJ)
Building 653, Room 219
Bring your valid stateside driver’s license. Pass the test and you’ll leave with your 4EJ driver’s license. The test can also be completed virtually. The POC for Driver’s Training is 35 SFS Pass & Registration, 226-3995.
Building 656, Room 1130
Bring two copies of orders, plus all receipts. Please contact 226-2274 for more information.
Right Start Briefing
Mokuteki Ballroom or Virtual (your CSS will keep you informed)
Dress in uniform, bring multiple copies of orders, P.O. Box #, duty phone and cell phone number. The POC for Right Start Briefing Day is the A&FRC, 226-4735.
Cultural City Tour
See what the local area has to offer and start planning your future adventures. Wear civilian clothes, bring your ID card and at least ¥1,000 per person for lunch and souvenirs. Family members are welcome and encouraged to attend.
Monday–Friday | 8 a.m.–4 p.m.
CLOSED federal holidays, PACAF Family Days and every Thursday at 2 p.m. for training.