by Monica Mendoza
21st Space Wing Public Affairs staff writer
PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — In celebration of the Year of the Air Force Family, the Airman and Family Readiness Center here will issue “dePLAYment tags,” which give families of deployed military members access to free and reduced-priced family programs.
With the tags, which look like dog tags, Peterson Air Force Base family members qualify for 10 hours of child-care at the Child Development Center, free or reduced-price classes at the Peterson Youth Center, including programs like karate, free or reduced-price programs at the golf course and more.
“The Air Force is a great place to work, live, and play – our focus is to make it better,” said Beverly Price, Airman and Family Center community readiness consultant. “Our deployed families can use the dePLAYment packs to receive free and discounted programs to enhance their quality of life.”
Airman and Family Readiness Center officials distributed tags at the deployed family member dinner Jan. 8 at the base chapel. Tags also are available at the A&FRC, Building 350. Family members should bring a copy of the deployed member’s temporary duty orders to the center to receive the tags.
The dePLAYment tags program is an Air Force-wide program going on now through July.
“The tags look like dog tags and can be placed on your key ring, much like the ones used at stores in the United States to indicate a frequent shopper” said Carol Sudy, Air Force Services Agency marketing specialist. “The pre-printed numbered code on the back of the dog tag serves as a unique identifier for each family member.”
In addition to the dePLAYment tags, the Air Force launched MyAirForceLife.com Web site to help Airmen stay connected, informed and engaged in Year of the Air Force Family Programs, Ms. Sudy said. The dePLAYment tags can be registered on the site.
In an August speech to Air Force sergeants, Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley said: “An Airman’s deployment is really a family’s deployment. Airmen expect us to provide a stable environment for them and their families. And, doing so is part of our heritage and culture.”
For more information call the A&FRC at 556-6141 or go to www.myairforcelife.com.
‘Mendoza, Monica A CTR USAF AFSPC 21 SW/PA’