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Heart Link celebrates, informs spouses

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Ruth Moore, Airman and Family Readiness Center community readiness consultant, briefs spouses during Heart Link at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Nov. 14, 2017. Seventeen spouses spent the day learning about helping agencies and touring the base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Halle Thornton)

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Spouses gather with 50th Space Wing leadership during Heart Link at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Nov. 14, 2017. Spouses spent the day learning about different helping agencies, and toured the restricted area to learn more about the base’s missions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Christopher DeWitt)

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. --

Family support is just as important to an Air Force base’s mission as the Airmen who serve.

Seventeen husbands and wives attended Heart Link, an event that informs spouses about Air Force life, Nov. 14.

The day began with a meet and greet, where attendees wrote five things they had in common with other spouses at various tables to identify common interests.

Ruth Moore, Airman and Family Readiness Center community readiness consultant and lead for the event, said the goal of Heart Link is to introduce spouses to the base and local community while working to create mission-ready spouses.

“As a military spouse, it is my passion to help spouses and families,” she said. “I love the military life, but there are challenges that go along with that.”

Col. Jacob Middleton, 50th Space Wing vice commander, kicked off the event with a history of his military experience for he and his wife.

“Regardless of whether you’re in the military or not, marriage is a team sport,” he said. “I think the whole team idea is accentuated in the military.”

Middleton added there is a lot of stress on the family, not just the military member.

“Coming together as a team helps us accomplish the mission,” he said.

He then gave a mission brief and provided information about Schriever’s mission partners and agencies on base, and explained why Heart Link is important.

“This program is going to inform you about the benefits the Air Force offers, all of which are intended to help you deal with the stressors and challenges of military life,” Middleton said.

He continued to explain how the Air Force provides not only military members but their families with financial and emotional support every step of the way, something that can be rare among non-military employees.

Other helping agencies briefed attendees, such as the First Sergeants, 50th Force Support Squadron and Family Advocacy.

Spouses spent the second half of the day touring the 4th and 22nd Space Operations Squadrons, where the majority of military spouses work.

(Capt.) Chaplain Portmann Werner, 50th SW chaplain and one of the briefers for the event, said the spouses were interested in all the things the chaplain’s office does.

“They had great questions,” he said. “When I saw some spouses’ husbands at the gate in the morning, they said, ‘My wife talked very highly of you!’ and that was a great way to start the day.”

Moore said the classes were successful in teaching spouses military language and helped them better understand their role in the Air Force family.

“It was a great opportunity to network and become familiar with key resources on and off base,” she said. “It also gave new spouses the chance to meet and learn from ‘seasoned’ spouses, who have been married to a military member longer and are used to the lifestyle.”

For more information about the A&FRC’s services, call 567-3920.

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