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50th FSS' Deployed Family Events provide 'unique' experiences

Master Sgt. Dawn Mathes, 50th Force Support Squadron Airman and Family Readiness Center noncommissioned officer in charge, smiles at her desk while sorting through files at the Airman and Family Readiness Center Feb. 25, 2020. Mathes uses the Deployed Family Events program to assist families of deployed Airmen. [U.S. Air Force photo by Marcus Hill]

Master Sgt. Dawn Mathes, 50th Force Support Squadron noncommissioned officer in charge, smiles at her desk while sorting through files at the Airman and Family Readiness Center Feb. 25, 2020. Mathes uses the Deployed Family Events program to assist families of deployed Airmen. [U.S. Air Force photo by Marcus Hill]

Master Sgt. Peter Jason Uson, former 50th Force Support Squadron Airman and Family Readiness Center noncommissioned officer in charge, reviews notes for the Deployment Family Events program Feb. 21, 2020. Uson ran the program for three years and Master Sgt. Dawn Mathes, 50th FSS NCOIC, will take over the program. (U.S. Air Force photo by Marcus Hill)

Master Sgt. Peter Jason Uson, former 50th Force Support Squadron Airman and Family Readiness Center noncommissioned officer in charge, reviews notes for the Deployment Family Events program Feb. 21, 2020. Uson ran the program for three years and Master Sgt. Dawn Mathes, 50th FSS NCOIC, will take over the program. (U.S. Air Force photo by Marcus Hill)

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. --

The 50th Force Space Squadron’s Deployment Family Events program attempts to curb stress families' and spouses' feel during an Airman's deployment.

The Deployed Affected Airmen Program funds DFE and provides about $6,000-$7,000 per year for DFE to conduct its activities for families.

Events include taking educational tours through Royal Gorge, swimming with the fish at the Denver Aquarium, pottery painting at Chapel Hills Mall, Painting with a Twist and more.

Master Sgt. Dawn Mathes, 50th FSS Airman and Family Readiness noncommissioned officer in charge, works to assure families know the squadron hasn’t forgotten about the family during their Airman’s deployment.

“(The Airman Family and Readiness Center) is here to take care of the family members when their spouse is here, but we’re also here even when they’re not,” Mathes said. “Giving them the opportunity to meet with people who might be going through similar things is a good way to network. We want to make sure we take care of the families while their loved ones are gone.”

Enrollment occurs through the A&FRC when an Airman out-processes with the center before deployment. The data assists people like Mathes to contact loved ones and keep them informed of planned activities.

“We let them know what the program is and what we do,” Mathes said. “If they’d like to be enrolled in the program, they’ll continue to get emails that their spouses provided. They get those emails from me on a monthly basis about what the event is. They can opt out, but they have to let me know.”

Activities must have a purpose, however, and cannot simply be for entertainment. Mathes is required to follow guidelines.

“It has to meet its mark just like every other funded program,” Mathes said. “It either has to be recreational, cultural, historical or educational. We can’t just do anything.”

Master Sgt. Peter Jason Uson, former A&FRC NCOIC, previously headed the program before Mathes took the reins.

During his three years running the service, Uson provided new experiences for most involved with the program.

“Many of the families and children hadn’t previously done the events,” Uson said. “They got to snorkel with the fish at Denver Aquarium and they really enjoyed it. They said these were unique events. These are a little different than a spaghetti dinner.”

The next event will take place March 22. Contact Mathes at 567-7393 for more information.

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