By Staff Sgt. Amanda Delisle
50th Space Wing Public Affairs
Ten spouses participated in Schriever’s Heart Link program June 5, attending several briefings from 50th Space Wing agencies and touring the 3rd and 22nd Space Operations Squadrons.
Heart Link, hosted by the Airman and Family Readiness Center, is an interactive program designed to strengthen Air Force families through knowledge about military programs, agencies and the mission. Additionally, the program’s goal is meant to enhance overall mission readiness.
The program is free and is offered once each quarter. It’s geared toward spouses associated with the military for five years or less, although all spouses are invited to attend. It helps spouses gain a better understanding of the Air Force and their base through guest speakers, interactive segments and briefings.
Heart Link teaches spouses about a range of subjects, but the most important one is that their Air Force family is here for them when they need help.
“The number one thing is that they are not alone as they negotiate the AF way of life,” said Loura Lopez, A&FRC community event planner. “They learn the mission of Schriever AFB, and that allows them to better understand how their spouse directly supports the mission. They also learn about resources and services available if they should need them.”
The group received informational briefings from 50th SW Protocol, casualty assistance, military personnel, Tierra Vista housing, first sergeants, a family life consultant and the finance office.
Following lunch at the Satellite Dish dining facility, Col. Cary Chun, 50th SW commander presented spouses with a coin. He expressed to them the importance of their role in the Air Force family and thanked them for all they do.
The event was a success due to the amount of support shown by the various agencies across Schriever, as well as the support and participation of Colonel and Mrs. Chun, said Ms. Lopez.
“This success of this program was a team effort,” she said. “Once again Team Schriever came together to put together an outstanding event. On behalf of the A&FRC, thank you to everyone who took an active part in making this event a success.”
“The look of excitement on a spouse’s face when they get a new piece of information that helps them better understand the Air Force is priceless. It’s the best reason to keep on providing Heart Link.”
Although Heart Link has proved successful, the A&FRC needs everyone’s help to spread the word about the program.
“If you know of a new military spouse, have them contact the A&FRC and we will provide them with the information they need to attend the next session,” Ms. Lopez said.
For more information on the Heart Link program, contact Ms. Lopez at 567-7391.