Voter Assistance
The Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) works to ensure service members, their eligible family members and overseas citizens are aware of their right to vote and have the tools and resources to successfully do so – from anywhere in the world.

Get everything you need to vote at FVAP.gov

Welcome to Misawa

Personal & Family Readiness

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Resource Center & Loan locker

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Employment Assistance Resources

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One-on-One Resume Assistance

Personal Financial Management

Transition & Relocation Assistance

Exceptional Family Member Program

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Mobilization & Deployment Readiness

Multicultural Program

Classes & Workshops

All workshops & classes are free. For more information and to sign up for any of the workshops listed below, please contact A&FRC at 226-4735.

Family & Readiness

Tuesday, Feb. 2
11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Principles of Healthy Relationships & Marriages

This seminar will focus on topics such as the origins of personal attitudes towards relationships, the characteristics of a healthy relationship, the importance of positive self-esteem, the stages of marriage, tips for writing love letters and tools for building a healthy relationship.

Wednesday, Feb. 3 & Thursday, Feb. 4
4–7 p.m.
Initial Key Spouse Training

Command appointed Key Spouse Initial Training enhances readiness, establishes continuous contact with spouses and families and encourages peer-to-peer wingman support! Participants must have an appointment letter before attending this two day training.

Every Wednesday
7:30 a.m.
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 briefi ngs about available community resources.

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Virtual Smooth Move

Instructions for accessing the Virtual Smooth Move briefing:

1. The Virtual Smooth Move briefi ng is available online at any time. Please visit: https://misawa.eis.pacaf.af.mil/35FW/35MSG/35FSS/FSH/Right%20Start%20SignUp/Forms/AllItems.aspx. You will need your CAC card to access the link.

2. Review the informational brochure and the “VIRTUAL Smooth Move” slides and relevant documents from multiple organizations involved with PCS.

3. Once you have completed this requirement, sign and date the Virtual Smooth Move Acknowledgement Form (located and can be downloaded from the same link as the slides) indicating that you have completed the above tasks and email it to mary_joy.orias@us.af.mil. You will be cleared from vMPF upon completion of this requirement and receipt of the acknowledgement form.

If you have any questions or need assistance, please call the Airman and Family Readiness Center at 226-4735 or email mary_joy.orias@us.af.mil.

Multicultural Programs

Thursday, Feb. 11
5:30–7 p.m.
Social Language Exchange

Cook while speaking Japanese and English with JASDF members at the A&FRC kitchen. This program aims to bring people together from different cultural backgrounds in a fun, social environment to encourage Japanese and American relations. Join us to gain confidence in the Japanese Language and culture through cooking with our JASDF friends.

Fridays
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.

Family Services

Air Force Aid Society

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
Give Parent’s a Break is a no-cost program for Air Force families experiencing stresses from PCS, deployment, a newborn child and family difficulties. Participation certificates are required Commanders, First Sergeants, Chaplains, Health Care Providers and Family Advocacy personnel for A&FRC.

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
The Air Force provides casualty assistance to family members and other designated beneficiaries of deceased members. Assistance includes counseling on rights, benefits, and entitlements, completing claim applications for monetary benefits and privileges, and helping to resolve any problems or concerns the next of kin may encounter.
Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP)
EFMP is designed to assist Air Force families with relocation when a special medical and/or education requirement exists, to ensure families are able to receive required resources and healthcare coordination on base or in the community and to assign members, based on manpower requirements, to locations where a family member’s special needs may be met.

What EFMP Does:

  • Identify family members requiring special or medical or education services
  • Formally determines availability of medical and educational services through either MTF or civilian TRICARE networks
  • Provides resource information for families on their new base along with information and referrals
  • Does not affect promotions or prevent members from being reassigned
  • Enrollment is MANDATORY if a family member has special needs

Exceptional Family Member Orientation

Are you recently enrolled in the Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP)?Your Misawa EFMP Team – Assignments, Medical, and Family Support, want to make sure you are well informed. We usually off er an EFMP Base-Level Orientation (EFMP 101) quarterly, but we don’t want you to miss out while in-person briefi ngs are on hold. Follow A&FRC on Facebook @misawa.afrc to see videos on the topics of Assignments, Medical and Family Support.

For any questions, please contact the respective Misawa EFMP Team Member: EFMP – Assignments – TSgt Andrew Johnson II 226-4682/7488
EFMP – Medical – Ms. Dania Guerrero 226-6356
EFMP – Family Support – Mr. Michael Welch 226-4735

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 Mr. Kooyman directly at PFC.Misawa.USAF@Zeiders.com or 080-9331-4231.

Transition Assistance

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.

Voting Assistance

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
This class is designed to help parents of ALL SERVICES prepare for their new arrival. Misawa organizations will discuss the support resources available to expecting and new parents. Families will receive the means and information needed to financially plan for their new bundle of joy, strengthen their relationships and enhance their parenting skills. Baby shower games, snacks and prizes make this informal class fun and educational. All families will receive a FREE gift.

 

Military & Family Life Counselor
Provides short term, situational, and problem solving counseling services to service members and their families to augment existing military support services. All consultants are Masters or PhD level, licensed Clinical Counselors who work with families, individuals, couples, and children to provide non-medical problem identification counseling services.
Personal, Family & Work Readiness
Provides proper planning, education, and training to alleviate some of the family stressors associated with deployments, evacuations, and peacetime/wartime emergencies. Programs include:

  • 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.
Relocation Services

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. Spouses are highly encouraged to attend.

Employment Assistance

delivers individual assessment, assistance with resume and job searches for military members, families and DoD civilian members.

MFLC Program

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
  • Communication
  • Relationships
  • Productivity
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Parenting
  • Decision-Making Skills
  • Stress
  • Separation
  • Sadness, Grief and Loss

Military & Family Life Counselor

Camille Green
226-2147
Building 656

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.

Need Volunteers?

If you are an agency that has a need for volunteers, please email your request to Ms. Nasira Mukendi, at nasira.mukendi@us.af.mil 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

Newcomers

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.

Right Start

STEP 1

Driver's Training (USFJ Form 4EJ)

Tuesdays at 9 a.m.
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 POC for Driver’s Training is 35 SFS Pass & Registration, 226-3995.

FInance inprocessing

Tuesdays at 1 p.m.
Building 656, Room 1130

Bring two copies of orders, plus all receipts. Please contact 226-2274 for more information.

STEP 2

Right Start Briefing

Wednesdays no later than 7:15 a.m.
Mokuteki Ballroom

Dress in uniform, bring one copy of orders, P.O. Box #, duty phone or cell phone number. The POC for Right Start Briefing Day is the A&FRC, 226-4735.

Inprocessing & Information fair

Wednesdays at 2 p.m.
Mokuteki Ballroom

Dress in uniform, bring one copy of orders, P.O. Box #, duty phone or cell phone number.

STEP 3

Cultural City Tour

Fridays at 7:30 a.m.
Mokuteki Ballroom

See what the local area has to offer and start planning your future adventures. Wear civilian clothes and bring your ID card and at least ¥1,000 per person for lunch and souvenirs. The bus departs from the Mokuteki Ballroom. Family members are welcome to attend.

A&FRC

Torii BLDG. 656
Monday–Friday  |  8 a.m.–4 p.m.
CLOSED federal holidays, PACAF Family Days and every Thursday at 2 p.m. for training.

HOURS CURRENTLY DIFFER, PLEASE SEE https://35fss.com/ FOR HOURS.

Phone

226-4735  DSN
0176-77-4735  CELL
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