The U.S. Air Force Key Spouse Program (KSP) is an official Air Force Unit Family Readiness Program designed to enhance readiness, personal/family resiliency and establish a sense of Air Force community. Key Spouses are commander-appointed and serve as a vital resource to command teams in an effort to support Air Force families. The strategic vision is to increase resiliency and unit cohesion amongst military members and their families throughout the military life cycle.
This commander program promotes partnerships with unit leadership, Key Spouses, family members, the Military & Family Support Center (MFSC) and other community and helping agencies. The KSP provides service-minded volunteers an opportunity to contribute to their communities, with a special emphasis on support to families throughout all phases of the deployment cycle.
WHY IS THE KEY SPOUSE PROGRAM IMPORTANT?
- Promotes individual, family, and unit readiness and resiliency
- Establishes and maintains continuous contact with spouses and families
- Encourages peer-to-peer Wingman support amongst spouses and families
- Builds family links to leadership
- Provides an informal sounding board to leadership
- Strengthens leadership’s support team
WHAT ARE THE KEY SPOUSE PROGRAM OUTCOMES?
- Increased awareness of installation and community resources
- Identified/resolved issues at lowest levels
- Enhanced up and down information flow
- Prepared and supported families during separations/deployments
- Increased sense of unit support
- Improved quality of life amongst unit families
- Increased readiness and retention
- Enhanced individual and family resilience
Please review all tabs, and call your MFSC Key Spouse Coordinator at (808) 474-1999 for specific questions, or e-mail MFSCHawaii@navy.mil
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Key Spouse Initial Training: Schedule with MFSC upon receipt of your Key Spouse appointment letter from the Squadron commander. This is a one-time training requirement.
Key Spouse Mentor Training: If being appointed as a Key Spouse Mentor, schedule after completion of Key Spouse Initial Training. This is a one-time training requirement.
Key Spouse Refresher Training: Upon PCS to a new base if you’ll continue to be a Key Spouse at the new location.
Annual training requirements include:
- Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) IAW SAPR AFI 90-6001. Reach out to your MFSC Key Spouse Coordinator for current training delivery options. Training certificate must be provided to your MFSC Key Spouse Coordinator to document training.
- Suicide Awareness Training. Online, Family Suicide Prevention Training here: https://wingmanonline.org/Programs/Video-Training-Modules . Once complete, send training certificate to your MFSC Key Spouse Coordinator to document training.
Offered through the Key Spouse Connect meetings hosted by MFSC on a variety of topics that strengthen your skills as a Key Spouse.
Would you like a group training on any MFSC topic for your Key Spouse group or unit? Simply complete a GMT request form
To always have the most up-to-date resources, please check out:
Here, you’ll find:
- A copy of Initial Key Spouse Training Modules if you’d like to view as a refresher
- Current copies of Key Spouse Guides for: Commander, Key Spouse Mentor, and Key Spouse
- The following helpful documents:
- AFPAAS Family Information
- Authority to buy Key Spouse Items
- Communication Log
- DD Form 2793 – Volunteer Application
- KS Appointment Letter sample
- KS Mentor Appointment Letter sample
- KS Program Funding Brochure
- KS/Mentor Resignation Letter Sample
- KS Position Description
- KS Program Success Stories
- KS Program Tips
- KS Mentor Position Description
- Volunteer Hour Tracking form
Additionally, resources are provided on a recurring basis through Key Spouse Connect meetings, and via e-mail from your MFSC Key Spouse Coordinator. Please feel free to reach out if you have a specific need!
Heart Link is a strongly encouraged Continuing Education opportunity for Key Spouses. It also allows you an opportunity to connect with spouses new to Hickam, and to offer additional insight from your own experiences.
The program, offered 2-4 times per year by your MFSC team, is designed to provide broad education about the Air Force for new spouses, as well as detailed information about local resources and agencies available.
See course description:
“Are you a new Air Force Spouse, about to become one, or have been one for a while but still have questions about the Air Force way of life? Or a new AF spouse arriving in Hawaii? Are you interested in getting to know your community and all it has to offer and meeting other spouses? If so, Heart Link is just for you! Join us for this fun program that will introduce you to all aspects of Air Force life, provide you with an opportunity to establish a peer network with other spouses who have been in your shoes, and learn valuable tools to adapt to the military way of life.”
MFSC: Explore all the additional programs MFSC offers here on GreatLifeHawaii.com!
FOCUS Resilience Training: Grounded in decades of research on family resilience and prevention programs, FOCUS was adapted for military families by a team from UCLA and Harvard Medical School. Since 2008, FOCUS Program has provided state of the art family resilience services to military families, children and couples. Visit JBPHH FOCUS Project page for more information: https://focusproject.org/content/joint-base-pearl-harbor-hickam
Military OneSource: Active-duty military resource website, offering 24/7 support for service members, spouses, their family and survivors. https://www.militaryonesource.mil/ or 800-342-9647
- Confidential Counseling/Help
- Military Life Cycle
- Family & Relationships
- Moving & Housing
- Financial & Legal
- Education & Employment
- Health & Wellness
- Recreation, Travel, & Shopping
Military Crisis Line: Help is always available. Call the Military Crisis Line at 1-800-273-TALK (option 1), text 838255 or visit www.militarycrisisline.net for free confidential support, 24/7.
VA Benefit Advisors: Conveniently located within MFSC. Guidance on VA benefits such as transferring education benefits to family members, caregiver support, and more. Phone (808) 474-0031.