Key Spouses are trained volunteers that 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 approved 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 Betty Hart at email@example.com or call 424-2486.
Description of Key Spouse Workshops
Key Spouse Initial Training: One day mandatory training held every other month from 9:00am-3:00pm at the Airman & Family Readiness Center. This class will provide newly appointed Key Spouses with a basic knowledge about the resources and helping agencies on base and in the local community. Mandatory suicide prevention training and the "4 Lenses of Leadership" will also be provided at this one day training. Before registering for Key Spouse Initial Training, please make sure you have met with your commander and come to training with your appointment letter.
*Additional mandatory training for new Key Spouses includes Heartlink 101
Key Spouse Mentor Training: One day training held at the Airman & Family Readiness Center from 10:00am-12:00pm every other month for leadership spouses who are interested in taking an active role in mentoring Key Spouses in their units. If leadership spouses have not attended Key Spouse Initial Training then the completion of that course is also highly encouraged.
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 etc. Topics are developed based on the need at the time of the workshop.
**To register for any of these workshops please go to the Main Page and click on "Sign up for a Class."
Key Spouse Training Dates