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

Wednesday, Oct. 13
9–11 a.m.
Active Duty to Military Spouse Workshop

This workshop will provide information, tools and training to help service members and veterans prepare for, or adjust to civilian life as a military spouse; whether pursuing additional education, becoming a stay-at-home parent, homemaker, finding a new career or starting their own business. Participants will explore resiliency with values-based goals, receive an overview of military spouse benefits, as well as participate in a veteran panel discussion.

Friday, Oct. 1
Thursday, Dec. 16
9–11 a.m.
Bundles for Babies

AFAS-sponsored workshop for expecting families. Includes helping agencies and resources for moms and dads-to-be. 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.

Tuesday, Oct. 5
10–11 a.m.
Civilian Resume Workshop

Learn the basic fundamentals of writing a private sector resume. This class will teach you the tools necessary to create a resume that will get you to the interview for your desired job!

VIEW MORE DETAILS ABOUT EMPLOYMENT WORKSHOPS

Thursday, Oct. 21–Friday, Oct. 22
8 a.m.–4 p.m.
DOL Employment 2-Day Track

Presented by the Department of Labor for individuals planning on seeking employment immediately after separating from the military. This track assists members with resume writing, interview skills, networking, labor market information and federal employment. Upon completion of this track members will have a targeted resume. Spouses and high school aged students welcome.

Monday, Oct. 18
10–11 a.m.
EFMP & Me Information Session

In partnership with EFMP-Medical and the School Liaison Officer, EFMP-Family Support will host an informational session where EFMP families can learn about EFMP enrollment and resources available to them and more.

Wednesday, Oct. 27–Thursday, Oct. 28
8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Entrepreneur (Boots to Business) 2-Day Track

Two-Day Transition training for personnel transitioning who are interested in starting their own business.

Tuesday, Oct. 26
5–7 p.m.
Halloween Boo Bash

Join us for Spooktacular fun at the A&FRC! Come out and enjoy games, crafts, food and more! Children and youth of all ages are welcome. Free pumpkins while supplies last! Please call 226-4735 to register.

Wednesday, Oct. 6
8 a.m.–3 p.m.
Initial Key Spouse Training

Mandatory training for Key Spouses, must have appointment letter from commander prior to training.

VIEW MORE DETAILS ABOUT THE KEY SPOUSE PROGRAM

Monday, Oct. 4
4–5 p.m.
Key Spouse Talk

This is a virtual meeting via Zoom for Key Spouses, Mentors and Command spouses every other month. This networking meeting provides an opportunity to connect and discuss trends or developments. Virtual meeting accessibility information provided on Misawa AFB Key Spouse Facebook page and via e-mail distribution.

Thursday, Oct. 28–Friday, Oct. 29
8 a.m.–4 p.m.
Managing Your Education 2-Day
Track

Two-day workshop facilitated by the Base Education Office. Service members pursuing college education receive guidance to prepare for the college application process. Topics include identifying educational goals, education funding, and researching and comparing educational institutions. Upon completion, members will be ready to apply to the university or college of their choice.

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 briefings about available community resources.

Tuesdays, Oct. 12–Nov. 16
2:30–3 p.m.
Personal Finance for Teen$

Be your own superhero and get the skills to pay the bills by participating in this six week financial workshop. Attend one or all sessions. Topics: money habits, smart goals, spending plans, banking, pay checks, credit, debt, car buying, investing, insurance.

Wednesdays, Oct. 6 & 20
10–11 a.m.
Pre-Deployment Workshop

Whether it’s your first time preparing for a deployment or you’ve been through one before, military members and their family members face unique challenges and changes during a separation. The Pre-Deployment Workshop provides information and skills to help you manage a deployment. This workshop is required for military members with a firm deployment tasking of 30+ days or extended TDY assignment of 179+ days. Workshop completion is required NET 60 days and NLT 30 days prior to departure. Open to military members and spouses.

Friday, Oct. 15
1–4 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 26
8–11 a.m.
Pre-Separation Counseling Briefing

For more information about this class or to reserve your spot in advance, contact the Airman & Family Readiness Center at 226-4735 or by cell at 0176-77-4735.

Friday, Oct. 1
Friday, Oct. 8
Friday, Oct. 15
9–11 a.m.
Reintegration Workshop

The Reintegration process provides military members and their family members with information, assistance and other tools needed to handle different problems that often arise after a deployment or extended TDY. This workshop is required for military members returning from a firm deployment tasking of 30+ days or extended TDY assignment of 179+ days. Workshop completion is required within 7 days of returning to home station or release from ROM, but prior to beginning Rest and Relaxation (R&R). Open to military members and spouses.

Tuesday, Oct. 26
9–11 a.m.
The Stars Are Lined Up For Military Spouses For Federal Careers

This workshop will provide a detailed road map for military spouses who are hoping to secure a federal career.

VIEW MORE DETAILS ABOUT EMPLOYMENT WORKSHOPS

Monday, Oct. 18–Wednesday, Oct. 20
8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Transition Workshop

For more information about this class or to reserve your spot in advance, contact the Airman & Family Readiness Center at 226-4735 or by cell at 0176-77-4735.

Virtual
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 shannon.bolan@us.af.mil.

Multicultural Programs

Fridays, Oct. 12, 22 &29
7:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
Cultural City Tour

Sign-in: 7:30 a.m
Depart: 8:10 a.m
Return: 2:30 p.m. 
Meet at Mokuteki Ballroom
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.

Wednesday, Oct. 20 
11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Intercultural Cooking Demo

Join us to learn how to make a Japanese dish and try a sample.

Tuesday, Oct. 5
1:30–2:30 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 14
11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Japanese Language & Culture Class

Please join us to learn about the Japanese language and culture.

Wednesday, Oct. 27
11:30–12:30 p.m.
Lunchtime Language & Culture Class

Join us to learn basic Japanese that can be useful. Apply what you learned to your daily life in Japan!

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)

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:

  1. Visit the “Medical Provider Trends Tool” in MyVector.
  2. Within MyVector, select “See My Experience,” then “Medical Provider Trends Tool.”
  3. 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.

Click here for more details!

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.

Employment Assistance

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.

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 test can also be completed virtually. 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 7:30 a.m.
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.

STEP 3

Cultural City Tour

Fridays at 7:45 a.m.
Mokuteki Ballroom

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.

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.

Phone

226-4735  DSN
0176-77-4735  CELL
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