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Team Fairchild Key Spouses provide support to fellow spouses

92nd Air Refueling Wing leadership spouse mentors read questions from a resource game during the Key Spouse Conference at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington, Oct. 3, 2019.

92nd Air Refueling Wing leadership spouse mentors read questions from a resource game during the Key Spouse Conference at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington, Oct. 3, 2019. The resource game was designed to refresh and teach key and leadership spouse mentors about the resources that Fairchild offers to Airmen and their families. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Kiaundra Miller)

Tech. Sgt. Caroline Martinez, 92nd Force Support Squadron Airmen and Family Readiness Center readiness noncommissioned officer in charge, shows key and leadership spouse mentors ways to support deployed Airmen and their family members during the Key Spouse Conference at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington, Oct. 3, 2019.

Tech. Sgt. Caroline Martinez, 92nd Force Support Squadron Airmen and Family Readiness Center readiness noncommissioned officer in charge, shows key and leadership spouse mentors ways to support deployed Airmen and their family members during the Key Spouse Conference at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington, Oct. 3, 2019. The conference provided leadership spouse mentors with ways to support fellow spouses, specifically from the Airman and Family Readiness Center. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Kiaundra Miller)

FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. --

Team Fairchild leadership and key spouses came together during the second-annual Key Spouse Conference to brainstorm ideas on how to support Airmen and their families, Oct. 3.

 

The Key Spouse program is designed to support Airmen and their families during deployments, permanent changes of station and temporary duties; during the conference the key spouses played educational games to provide its members a fun approach to broaden their knowledge on the program.

 

“[The Key Spouse Conference] provides an opportunity for leadership to come together with key spouse members to take a tactical pause to think about how we can learn from each other,” said Kris Salmi, 92nd Air Refueling Wing key spouse advisor. “We wanted to take time to share best practices, go over program updates and become stronger together.”

 

During the conference, participants were able to develop tangible tokens such as cards and “What you missed while you were gone” jars to show Airmen’s spouses that their Team Fairchild family was thinking about them during a tough time.

 

These gifts will be delivered to front porches, doorsteps and hung on doorknobs to brighten a spouse’s day.

 

“The tangible tokens gives us a way to reach out and support our spouses and families physically,” Salmi said. “We care, we come together, but nothing beats a surprise waiting for you on your doorstep saying ‘Hey, your Air Force family cares about you.’”

 

Through feedback and Q & As, Key Spouse Program leadership and base leadership were able to come together as a group and establish additional ways to improve the support they give to spouses.

 

The Key Spouse Program is an Air Force-mandated program that facilitates care for Airmen and their families. For more information on the program, contact the Airman and Family Readiness Center at (509) 247-2246.