Key Spouses are trained volunteers hand-selected by their unit leadership to provide personal, peer-to-peer support for their squadron's families. Their role is to care for families by providing them with information from their squadron's leadership about events, programs, and other available resources during periods of separation. As an official unit representative, they also serve as a point of contact when spouses need to communicate any difficulties they may be experiencing to their leadership. As fellow military spouses who also live with and adapt to military lifestyle cycles and changes, they are passionate about what they do! They are a critical team member of each squadron's leadership, and they are informed, equipped, and empowered to make a difference on base and in the lives of their squadron's families.
If you are interested in having an active role in your squadron as a Key Spouse, please schedule a meeting with your squadron commander in order to obtain an official appointment. (Key Spouses are official commander appointed volunteers who represent the unit and MUST be appointed in writing prior to attending Key Spouse Initial Training.) Volunteers of any gender, age, or rank are encouraged to become Key Spouses.
If you are unsure how to get in contact with your squadron commander, get in contact with the current Key Spouses in the unit or if you would like to inquire further about this program please contact Shelley Merritt at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (707) 424-2486.
Description of Key Spouse Workshops
Key Spouse Initial Training: One day mandatory training held every other month from 8:30am-4:30pm at the Airman & Family Readiness Center. This class will provide newly appointed Key Spouses and Key Spouse Mentors with a basic knowledge about the resources and helping agencies on base and in the local community. Training topics include Suicide Prevention, Master Resiliency Training, Communication, Identifying Helping Agencies and the Four Lenses of Leadership personality assessment. If you have been a Key Spouse at another installation, you will be required to provide proof of your prior volunteer service and complete a one-on-one refresher training with the Key Spouse program manager. Before registering for Key Spouse Initial Training, please make sure you have met with your Unit leadership (Commander and First Sergeant). Requirements for registration and certification of this program are:
1) Must have an official Appointment letter signed by Unit Commander
2) Must register online as a Volunteer through our Volunteer Program and complete the Volunteer Agreement DD Form 2793 (Non-Appropriated)
3) Must attend upcoming Initial Training course. Additional training is provided on a quarterly basis and is optional, but highly encouraged. **Childcare is provided through FCC for NEW Key Spouse Initial Training only. Bring Appointment Letter to A&FRC for a voucher.
Key Spouse Mentor Training: Two-hour training held at the Airman & Family Readiness Center from 9:00am-11:00am for leadership spouses who are interested in taking an active role in mentoring Key Spouses in their units. Please note Key Spouse Mentor training is optional and encouraged, but ALL Key Spouse Mentors MUST attend the Initial Key Spouse Training per AFPC as of November 2015. If you have been a Key Spouse Mentor at another installation, you must complete a one-on-one refresher training with the Key Spouse program manager.
Key Spouse Quarterly Training: This is an additional training workshop held once a quarter for already trained and active Key Spouses at the Airman & Family Readiness Center. Workshops are held in the evening from 5:30-7:30pm with a potluck dinner. Workshops will cover various topics and will have various subject matter experts leading the topic of conversation. Topics vary from Communication, Program Management, Financial Matters, Resiliency, etc. Topics are developed based on the need at the time of the workshop.
Key Spouse Refresher Training: This is a one-on-one meeting with the Key Spouse program manager for those who have served as a key spouse at another installation. The refresher training is a one hour overview of the Key Spouse program and focuses on local and base resources. Proof of prior volunteer service as a key spouse must be provided.
Desktop Guides: The following desktop guides have been updated per AFPC as of 29 OCT 2015 and serve as a framework for creating and maintaining a successful Key Spouse Program.
Link to Desktop Guides: http://wingmantoolkit.org/key-spouse/
**To register for any of these workshops please go to the Main Page and click on "Sign up for a Class."