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The Air National Guard Airman and Family Readiness program provides assistance, guidance, and support that enhances the quality of life for service members and their families during peacetime and upon mobilization. This includes personal, financial, family, and community readiness, deployment cycle support, crisis intervention, transition assistance, outreach, training, management, information, referral and follow-up, life skills education, review and analysis of program effectiveness, and volunteer program management.

Airman and Family Readiness News

April 2023 Airman & Family Readiness Newsletter

Brothers at War Workshop

Key Spouse & Key Volunteer Group Kids Kloset

Vets 2 Sets Veteran Resources

  • 146th Key Spouse Program
    Our vision is to develop strong families and equip them to handle the challenges of life in the California Air National Guard.  The purpose of the Key Volunteer Program is to provide a basic foundation of training, education, and resources that encourages self-sufficient families during times of training, deployment, and mobilization.

    Key Volunteer areas of focus:
    Care of military members currently serving
    Care of family members
    Care of children, youth, and young adults from military families
    Care of veterans
    Organize community support and awareness

    Interested in becoming a Key Volunteer?  Contact the Family Readiness office at 805-986-7468.
Boys & Girls Club of America:
There is a partnership between Joint Military Services and Boys & Girls Clubs of America, providing free club membership to National Guard, Reserve and Active Duty children who do not live near or have access to a military Youth Center. Visit https://www.bgca.org/en/about-us/military for more information.
146 AW Home Child Care (HCC)
Program POC: MSgt Derrick Viray  Email: derrick.viray@us.af.mil  DSN 893-7833 Com: 805-986-7833.This program is currently on hold due to COVID 19, but questions should be directed to POC on when it will restart and enrollment procedures.
Child Care Aware (formerly NACCRRA):
Child care fee assistance and respite care for full time military and DoD personnel. Visit https://www.childcareaware.org/fee-assistancerespite/  for more information or call 800-424-2246.
(Armed Services YMCA): Taking applications for respite care. Visit https://www.asymca.org/ for more information and to apply.
Child Care & COVID-19:
*Contact the Active Duty installation nearest you to inquire about their child care center supporting Guard/Reserve Children.
To register for the Sittercity Military OneSource benefit https://www.sittercity.com/militaryonesource Please note you'll need your Military OneSource registration code in order to register. If you need help finding that code, please contact Military OneSource at 800.342.9647 for additional support. (the site is free but the service you select will have a cost). Need to find someone to help your family during the workday, weekends, or after school? Your Military OneSource benefit gives you free access to an extensive database of babysitters, elder companions, pet sitters, and housekeepers.
•Babysitters: hourly child care, after school, school holidays, extended work hours, Pet caregivers: dog walkers and pet sitters, Caregivers who can assist with special needs, companion care, homework help, and housekeeping.
Air Force Aid Society
The Air Force Aid Society recognizes many Air Force families have faced extra expenses resulting from school closings due to the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are an Air Force family experiencing a financial hardship and facing difficulty paying the additional costs associated with purchasing home school supplies and equipment for the fall 2020 academic year, we can help! ELIGIBILITY: Active Duty Airmen, AF Reserve (AFR) and Air National Guard (ANG) on continuous Active Duty orders for more than 15 days under Title 10, Air National Guard AGR (Full-Time, Title 32, 502(f) only) and Retirees and Widow(er)s. WITH Dependent(s) listed in DEERS in grade K-12
Congratulations on your upcoming transition into civilian life or coming off T-10 orders for more than 180 days. In order to best assist you with your transition you will be required to attend the 146th Airlift Wing Transition Program (TAP GPS). John McCain 2019 NDAA TAP is required in order to ensure that you will be well prepared for your transition. TAP is for all service members within 24 to 13 months from Date of Separation (DOS); NO LATER than 365 days from DOS.
The first step is scheduling a one on one Individualized Transition Assessment/Counseling appointment (TAP-IC). At that appointment individuals will be scheduled for the Pre-Separation Counseling & Managing Your TAP briefings. Based on the TAP assessment, individuals will also be scheduled for mandatory VA Benefits & Services Briefing, DOD TAP- Financial Planning & MOC Gap Analysis, and 1-day Dept of Labor (DOL) Fundamentals to Employment Workshop. Additional scheduling will be for 2 days of Employment Track, Vocational Track, Education Track AND/OR Entrepreneurship Track.

3-Day TAP Curriculum Workshop

This multi-day course provides members with information and skills needed for a successful transition.  This workshop is broken down as follows:

Day 1:  DOD Transition Day - This portion of TAP includes curriculum modules on building resiliency by managing your own transition (My Transition), a Military Occupational Code Crosswalk to help define and translate military skills and the Financial Plan for Transition module, which fulfills the mandated financial literacy requirement.  (Required for all – no exemptions)

Day 2:  VA Benefits and Services (Required for all – no exemptions)

Day 3:  DOL Employment Fundamentals of Career Transition (EFCT) – Some exemptions apply

This workshop is facilitated by briefings given by the A&FRC, Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Labor.

Additional Courses: 

Pre- Separating Counseling DOL Employment
DD 2648/ 1- Briefing DOL Vocational Track
Transition GPS 3-Day workshop DoD Education Track
VA Benefits Briefing Entrepreneurship Track 
Capstone Event  


146th Airlift Wing Military Life Cycle (MLC): Channel Islands Air National Guard members receive the Transition GPS curriculum at key touch points throughout their Military Life Cycle (MLC). This allows Guard members the time within their military career to plan for their civilian career.  Most importantly, it provides the resources to assist them in planning and aligning their military career goals with their civilian career goals. The curriculum is also available to spouses during the Guard member's transition planning.

Medical Benefits: If a guard member is ordered to active duty (Title 10) in support of a contingency operation for more than 30 consecutive days, family members may be covered under TRICARE for up to 180 days before the member reports to active duty and up to 180 days following release from active duty. For more information on Tricare for National Guard go to: https://www.tricare-west.com/content/hnfs/home/tw/bene/res/beneficiary-education-materials.html  For families who are covered by another health plan, TRICARE is ALWAYS the secondary provider of medical benefits.
You may also find information about TRICARE Reserve Select (TRS) a premium-based health care plan at https://www.tricare-west.com/content/hnfs/home/tw/bene/res/beneficiary-education-materials.html. TRS is for members who are not eligible for Federal Employee Healthcare Benefits (FEHB).
The following phone numbers will provide information and answers to your questions: 
United Health Care 1-844-866-9378-
www.tricare-west.com (State Side); Eligibility (DEERS) 1-800-538-9552
Mail-Order Pharmacy 1-866-363-8667
TRICARE Dental Program (United Concordia) 1-844-653-4061


DoD Financial Readiness Program:  The Department of Defense Office of Financial Readiness provides policy, education, advocacy and program oversight to promote financial readiness of Force and Family in support of mission readiness.

Facebook Link:  https://www.facebook.com/DoDFINRED

https://www.militaryonesource.mil/ or call 800-342-9647

Military OneSource is your 24/7 connection to information, answers and support to help you reach your goals, overcome challenges and thrive. As a member of our military family, you are eligible to use this Department of Defense-funded program anytime, anywhere. Turn to Military OneSource for tax services, spouse employment help, webinars and online training, relocation and deployment tools, and much more. Learn about some of the ways we serve you.

AFPAAS Reminder

Airmen required to update AFPAAS Bi-Annually

All Airmen are required to verify their contact information in the Air Force Personnel Accountability and Assessment System (AFPAAS) Bi- Annually:

To do this, go to https://AFPAAS.af.mil. Select "Click Here" under the "Airmen/Civilian" heading and then log-in using your CAC card. Once logged in, select the "My Info" tab and then “Contact Information.” Review your data, edit as needed, and then select “Verify Info as Current.” This must also be done for each dependent in the “Family Member Info” section. Members should also address any discrepancies by updating their information in DEERS, via the MilConnect Portal:  https://www.dmdc.osd.mil/milconnect.

AFPAAS standardizes the method for the Air Force to account, assess, manage, and monitor the recovery and reconstitution process for personnel and their families affected and/or scattered by a wide-spread catastrophic event.

In the event of an exercise or real world event, 146th Airlift Wing personnel and family members may be required to report their status in AFPAAS.  Additionally, family members may account for themselves by accessing AFPAAS, changing the log-in option to “Personal Information” and using their sponsor’s SSN, date of birth and last name to log in.  All personnel should remain cognizant of their AFPAAS reporting requirements, listed in AFI 36-3803, Personnel Accountability in Conjunction with Natural Disasters or National Emergencies, Section 2.8.

If you plan on leaving the area, please update your AFPAAS account prior to leaving and upon returning.

  • AFPAAS is the official record for 100% accountability
  • Ensures nearest center can provide assistance in case of emergency
  • Provides capability to locate in case of emergency


Julie Morency: 805-986-7468
Suicide Prevention: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Military Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255 (Press 1)
Sexual Assault Response: DoD Safe Help Line 1-877-995-5247


  • Services Provided
    • Financial plan and resources
    • Employment resources - Federal resumes, applications, networking
    • Counseling and follow-up
    • Information and Referral – EFMP, Child & Youth, Warrior & Survivor Care, Relocation