The Airman and Family Readiness Center’s mission is to support readiness by linking indviduals and families with the effective resources to meet their professional and personal needs. The AFRC offers 60 various services under the following nine core program areas: Information and Referral, Personal and Family Readiness, Transition Assistance, Relocation Assistance, Personal Financial Management, Air Force Aid Society, Volunteer, Spouse Employment Program and the Family Life Education. All services are available to military ID cardholders. The AFRC is located in Building 350, Suite 1203, and is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call (719) 556-6141 or DSN 834-6141.
A variety of programs are available at the Youth Center, Building 1555, on Peterson SFB. For parents who need child care for their kindergartener through 12 year old, the School-Age Program offers a before-and-after school program as well as a summer camp. This program is accredited by the National Afterschool Association and provides chances to participate in exciting and educational activities. We have strong pre-teen and teen programs that provide youth with opportunities to participate in BGCA and 4-H clubs, field trips, leadership clubs and computer labs while also receiving homework help. Additionally, youth can just hang out and play pool or video games, watch movies or grab a snack at the café. During the summer, teens can participate in Teen Adventure Camps, such as white water rafting, hiking and rock climbing. As a recipient of the excellence in Youth Sports Award from the National Alliance for Youth Sports in 2005, the Youth Sports Program is literally one of the best in the nation. League sports are recreational and include baseball, indoor/outdoor soccer, basketball and flag football. During the summer, youth can choose from a variety of sports camps, such as archery, flag football, baseball, soccer and tennis. For more information on any programs offered at the Youth Center, call (719) 556-7220 or DSN 834-7220 or check the Web site at www.21FSS.com.
This program is administered by the Child Development Program and is located in the R. P Lee Youth Center. This part-day preschool is for children 3 to 5 years of age. Hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. It is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. For more information, call (719) 556-7460 or DSN 834-7460.
The Child Development Program is comprised of two centers (Buildings 1350 and 1525) and offers care to 350 children between the ages of 6 weeks and 5 years. Both centers are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and certified by the Department of Defense. Full-time and hourly care is available at both centers. Additionally, the CDP supports the Give Parents a Break program and Parents Night Out program monthly. A central waiting list is maintained for the entire Child Development Program. For detailed information on the waiting list and enrollment procedures, parents should go to www.21FSS.com. Parents can also call (719) 556-7460 or DSN 834-7460 for information.
The Family Child Care (FCC) program offers an alternative to large-group child care. The 21 MSG/CC oversees the licensures of both on- and off-base military spouses who provide child care in their homes. The FCC Program providers offer full-time, part-time care, and hourly and before-and-after school care. Moreover, FCC providers can accommodate non-traditional care needs such as evening, weekend, and shift work. The FCC Program supports the Extended Duty Care program, Returning Home Care program, and Child Care for PCS program. Becoming a licensed or affiliated FCC provider offers family members a chance to operate a home-based business with minimal start-up costs. The FCC program makes it easy by providing all required training and an extensive, free equipment and supply lending program. For more information on the FCC program for parents or potential providers, call (719) 556-4322 or DSN 834-4322 or check out www.21sys.com. Additionally, a listing of providers is available outside the FCC office, Building 1465, as well as at the Youth Center and Child Development Centers.
The High Frontier Honor Guard fulfills a key role in the quality of life of active duty, retiree and veteran families by providing final tribute for deceased military members on behalf of the President of the United States and the U.S. Air Force. The High Frontier Honor Guard supports 41 counties in Colorado and eight counties in western Kansas. The area of responsibility of the High Frontier Honor Guard extends from the Utah border to Colby, Kansas and from the New Mexico border to Longmont, Colo. This area consists of approximately 91,000 square miles and contains two national cemeteries. Located at Peterson Space Force Base, Building 1465, next to the base post office. Telephone (719) 556-8228/3589 or Fax (719) 556-8205 also DSN 834-8228. The office is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. On call seven days a week.
The Forrest L. Vosler NCO Academy is one of nine NCO academies in the continental United States assigned to the College for Enlisted Professional Military Education, Air Education and Training Command. The NCO academy educates mid-level NCOs in areas of Profession of Arms, Leadership & Management, and Communications skills for a total of 220 curriculum hours.
The knowledge student’s gain from this level of PME enhances their supervisory skills and prepares them to meet the responsibilities of the next level of the enlisted corps. This course is a requirement for promotion to master sergeant.
Class sizes average 87 NCOs from bases located throughout the Northwestern Region. There are seven classes annually with a formal graduation banquet upon conclusion. For more information, call (719) 556-7592 or DSN 834-7592.
Education Services processes nearly $4 million in Tuition Assistance each year, provides education testing, guidance counseling, Satellite Downlink training, Distance Learning/testing, and on-base degree programs, sponsors quarterly education fairs, has information on the new GI Bill and administers the AWC, ACSC, SOS and Course 14 correspondence courses as well as the Career Advancement Accounts pilot program that delivers grants for spouses of active duty. Further services include Airman Education and Commissioning Program Airman Scholarship and Commissioning Program Scholarships for Outstanding Airman and Nurse Enlisted Commissioning Program.
Enlisted Specialty Training: provides Status of Training briefings and trend analysis for the wing commander; conducts staff assistance visits to provide commanders with training tools to maintain readiness, instructs the Air Force Trainers Course, manages the career development courses and is responsible for seven level school management.
Formal Training: manages in residence PME courses such as SOS, ASBC, SNCOA, NCOA, technical training schools, Joint PME and no name allocations for military formal training schools.
Civilian Formal Training: manages employee development for Peterson, Schriever, HQ AFSPC and NORAD/NORTHCOM, oversees three separate Management Training Committees, DTS Approval for Air Staff Funds, manages Civ Tech School Training, NCOA, ASBC and SOS and is responsible for DCPDC Training Updates.
Acquisition Professional Development Program: manages acquisition continuous learning (budget 60K to 100K), DTS approval authority, VTC scheduler and DISA facilitator. Updates certifications and warrants and is responsible for the coding of acquisition position.
Military Testing: manages enlisted promotion testing (WAPS, Weighted Airman Promotion System), aptitude testing (language and enlisted classification), Language Testing Defense Language Proficiency Testing, updates pay authorization for all (DLPT, I-V) and base management of enlisted WAPS study material.
Library: manages Circulating Book Collections (adults, juvenile fiction), Leased Book Collections—best sellers and newly published materials, Book Exchange/Periodicals Recycle, Rosetta Stone-152 user licenses for learning foreign languages, circulates non-print collections (CDs, DVDs, etc); access to electronic resources, Deployed Spouses Internet Computer Camera, provides young adult/teen programs, Game Zone Play Station 3, provides children programs—CDC Story Time and marketing for library services.
Professional Development: Career assistance advisor provides advice and current information on benefits, attends unit Commander Calls and has oversight for First Term Airman Center (FTAC)-12 day course transitioning Airmen from training to mission ready status, manages Right Decision Workshop, professional development seminars, i.e.: Effective Writing, Leadership, Four Lenses.
Airman Leadership School: Provides leadership training in four blocks of education (1) Combat Leader (2) Supervisor Communication (3) Supervisor of Airmen and (4) Military Professional this Professional Military Education course is required for career Airmen.