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New readiness center deploys into service

Aviano Air Base, Italy -- Airmen looking for the Family Support Center will find themselves in the new Airman and Family Readiness Center. 

Air Force officials changed the name of the support center across the service in late August to reflect the center's current mission. 

"The Family Support Center has been actively involved in a transformation process that began with significant shifts in mission dating back to Desert Shield and Desert Storm," said Ms. Barbara Wolcott, Airman and Family Readiness flight chief. "The center has expanded its scope from working primarily with the families of active-duty to a much broader mission." 

The centers today support and maintain mission readiness by assisting individuals and families with adaptation to the challenges and demands of the transforming military community. 

"We've changed our approach from specialists to general services," Ms. Wolcott added. "Instead of having to go to one person for something and another for something else, every person on our staff is trained in about 80 percent of the center's services. 

"That way, one person can assist that family or person in their transition in the military lifestyle." 

The new change also opens the center's doors to include all DOD military and civilian personnel and families, Guard and Reserve, other eligible uniformed members, military retirees and their family members.