Heartlink enhances mission readiness, benefits spouses
By Staff Sgt. Debbie Lockhart, 50th Space Wing Public Affairs
/ Published October 06, 2015
SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- More than 30 Schriever spouses participated in the Heartlink program here, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015, including briefings from 50th Space Wing agencies and touring the installation's power plant as well as the 2nd Space Operations Squadron.
Heartlink is an interactive program hosted by the Airman and Family Readiness Center and is designed to strengthen Air Force families through increased knowledge of military programs, 50 SW agencies and Schriever's mission.
"The Heartlink is critical because it offers an introduction to the mission of the installation, as well as allows attendees to gain insight and knowledge about various services the Air Force offers," said Kendra Humphrey, Airman and Family Readiness Center work/life specialist.
Heartlink's target audience is spouses who have been married for five years or less however, any spouse interested in gaining information and networking can attend.
"My husband and I are new to the military as of last year, so I personally like hearing what the military has to offer," said Janell Canaan, key spouse and wife of 2nd Lt. John Canaan, 1st Space Operations Squadron. "It's nice to get a break down of who everyone is, what they do and the benefits they provide to the country."
Spouses in attendance were able to speak to representatives from wing leadership, A&FRC, chaplain's office, first sergeants, medical group, military and family life consultant, protocol and the casualty assistance/survivor benefits office.
"Even if you've been affiliated with the Air Force for a long time, it is just great to get the opportunity to get [familiarized] into the 50 SW and learn more about it," said Angela David, key spouse and wife of 2nd Lt. Joshua David, 3rd Space Operations Squadron.
Following the initial briefings, the group ate lunch in the Satellite Dish Dining Facility with wing leadership where Col. DeAnna M. Burt, 50 SW commander, presented a coin to each individual. During the lunch, Burt thanked the spouses for the support they provide, and stressed how important each of them is to the mission.
Attendees then caught a glimpse of two of the units located inside the restricted area.
"The [restricted area] is a big secret--everyone wants to see what is back there and know what is going on," said Canaan. "It's good to be able to open it up for people who don't normally have the opportunity."
Canaan and David both said they would recommend all spouses attend Heartlink.
"This is something that every new spouse needs," said David. "This is my first time attending Heartlink and it has been very beneficial and informative. I cannot pinpoint just one thing because everything, in my opinion, would be beneficial to everyone."
Heartlink is offered twice each year. If you are interested in attending or for more information about Heartlink, call the A&FRC at 567-3920.