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More "Year of the Air Force Family" events in 2010

MOFFETT FEDERAL AIRFIELD, Calif. -- The 129th Rescue Wing's Family Day Picnic kicked off the very first event commemorating the Year of the Air Force Family, with the recognition of "Military Spouse of the Year" presented by the State Adjutant General's Wife, Mrs. Leslie Wade, Oct. 3. The official celebration of "Year of the Air Force Family" is July 2009 through June 2010.

With the move toward a "one Air Force" concept, the 129th Family Readiness Office has done a name change consistent with things to come. Therefore, like our active duty Air Force counterparts, our very own Family Readiness Office is now called the "The Airmen & Family Readiness Program."

Not only has the New Year brought a new name to our office - we also moved our office. The Airmen & Family Readiness Program now sits in a prominent location where Airmen and families who may be visiting the 129th Force Support Flight offices in building 653.

This new location will be the hub of many activities slated for the New Year. Airmen and family meet and greets, joint service family program collaborations, family readiness meetings, community service meetings, recurring military spouse and family members training, and much more will all be taking place in the new office.

New spouses are also encouraged to visit the Airmen & Family Readiness Program office after obtaining their first military dependent ID card, which is located next door. New spouses should also attend the New Spouse Welcome Orientation brief.

The following are the Airmen & Family Readiness Program events for 2010:

Theme: New Beginnings
Event: "We Moved" Party Activity: Sunday/UTA early morning coffee & pastries to all visitors

Theme: Airmen Sweetheart Month Activity: Sweetheart Totes for girl/boyfriends, fiancés, significant others.

Theme: Going Green
Activity: The Volunteer Family Support Groups will be accepting your container recyclables in order to raise money to buy shirts for all the volunteers. Goal is to raise enough to wear these for the TAG Family Readiness Symposium in April. Clothing expenses are not funded through the program according to strict guidance.

Theme: Volunteer Appreciation Month / TAG Family Readiness Symposium in San Diego Event: Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon. Location TBD.

Theme: Military Spouse Day/Mother's Day
Event: Military Spouse of the Year
Activity: Three Swing Piñata fundraiser

Theme: Life Milestones
Event: Father's Day, Graduations, & Weddings are recognized through the Airmen & Family Readiness Program Event: Congratulation Certificates for Graduates (for children, spouses and Airmen!) Kids Father's Day Sentiments are posted.
Activity: Fundraiser TBD

Theme: Remembering our nation's Independence Day
Event: Family Readiness Volunteers will be visiting Wounded Warriors at VA Hospital Palo Alto as well as their families staying at the Fisher House.
Activity: Pie Throwing fundraiser

Theme: Back To School
Event: Back to school totes for families and airmen.
Activity: Fundraiser TBD

Theme: Air Force Birthday
Event: Nostalgia Lane. Airmen are invited to post one early career picture on our "Blast from the Past Wall"
Activity: Fundraiser TBD

Theme: Carving out the Best in You
Event: TBD
Activity: Best Pumpkin Contest fundraiser

Theme: Giving Thanks to our Veterans
Event: Veterans Wall
Activity: Thanksgiving Meal Drive

Theme: The Giving Tree
Event: Each Group hosts their own Holiday Tree
Activity: Holiday Giving Program (toy/meal drive)

Some events are tentative as of the time of this publication. Events will be hosted out of the new Airmen & Family Readiness Office, unless otherwise posted.