If your family will relocate during your deployment, ensure that you look into what TRICARE coverage is available in the location that they are going to. Additionally, they can seek services at most active duty military base, as well as guard bases. You can utilize this Local Community Resource Finder for a list of services available from guard bases depending on your family's location.
Emergency Communication Services- The American Red Cross provides Emergency Communication Services for military members and their families to keep personnel in touch with their families following the death or serious illness of a family member or other important events, such as the birth of a child. This is often the fastest method to inform the deployed/TDY service member and the information or verification in a message also assists the service member's commanding officer with making a decision regarding emergency leave. To find out how to contact the American Red Cross to utilize the Emergency Communication Services or other services they provide, click here.
Morale Call Program- Available to all deployed members (single or married). One designated family member (spouse, mom, dad, brother, childcare provider, or fiancée) is authorized to make two 15 minute phone calls per week, if there is a designated DSN (government) line available at the deployed/remote location. The calls can be placed from your home to the base operator (634-3000) who will connect you. Morale calls can be made Monday-Friday: 1630-0730 and anytime on weekends and holidays. Please have your deployed service member’s DSN number available when you call the Airman & Family Readiness Center to sign up for this program. Call the Airman & Family Readiness Center at 634-2863. Print out and complete the Morale Call Authorization form and bring it into our office.
Give Parents a Break Program- Every parent and child deserves a little break from demands of full time parenting! The “Give Parents a Break” program is designed to provide eligible parents with free child care one Saturday a month at the Beale Child Development Center. Children must be between 6 weeks – 12 years of age. “Give Parents a Break” is normally scheduled for the second Saturday of each month, from 0900-1500. This program is a collaborative effort between the Air Force Aid Society and the Beale Child Development Center. Please stop by the Airman & Family Readiness Center with a copy of the sponsor’s TDY/Remote PCS orders to obtain a certificate.
Car Care Because We Care- You can get a free oil/filter change, lubrication, and vehicle safety check on your primary vehicle at the Beale AFB AAFES Main Service Station, courtesy of the Air Force Aid Society. Service is limited to once per deployment/TDY and twice per calendar year if your spouse is assigned to a remote tour. To obtain a voucher from the Airman & Family Readiness Center, simply bring in a copy of the sponsor’s TDY/Remote PCS orders. Once you receive your voucher, you can arrange your own appointment with the service station.
Hearts Apart Dinner- This quarterly program is sponsored by the 9th Services Squadron, Beale First Sergeants, and the Airman & Family Readiness Center. It is held at the Contrails Inn Dining Facility. This is a chance for family members of deployed spouses to enjoy a delicious FREE dinner buffet along with information, entertainment, fellowship, and supervised children activities. It’s all part of a fun evening for parents and kids. Check out when our next dinner is scheduled to be served!
Key Spouse Program- Key Spouses serve as a communication and support link between the unit and its families. They understand the difficulties and rewards of military life. They know about community resources and can help you get answers to your questions. Contact your first sergeant or squadron orderly to learn who your unit key spouse is and how they provide information and support to family members.
AAFES Offers Lowered Interest Rate and No-Payment Option for Deployers
Active Duty and Mobilized or Activated Reservists or National Guard Military Members Who Deploy to OEF/OIF are eligible. Deployment is defined as travel to a contingency operation or other forward area in an overseas (foreign country) location in conjunction with valid orders. If you deploy for at least 90 days while on active duty, they will:
• Lower your interest rate to six percent (6%) for both your current balance and any new charges you make.
• Allow you to make no payments or have monthly allotment payments during your deployment.
To be eligible for the benefits below your account must be in good standing. That means you are current on your payments on the date you request this benefit. Additionally, you or your Unit Commander or representative must provide either a copy of your orders or a letter containing your name, your social security number, and your length/dates of deployment.
The options allow you the continued use of your account even if you choose to make no payments or have monthly allotment payments. Use of your account by authorized family members must be authorized by you as described in the Military STAR Terms and Conditions. Once your eligibility for this benefit ends, you will be required to comply with the current Military STAR Terms and Conditions. This will include making the minimum monthly payment at the interest rate effective at the time your eligibility ends. You are encouraged to consider making at least partial payments if you can, so as to avoid possible delinquency after your deployment, mobilization or activation ends.
Download the AAFES deployment policy document for specific details.