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"Year of the Air Force Family" Website Launched

September 26, 2009 -- WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- Air Force officials have launched a new Web
site to showcase the Year of the Air Force Family effort.

Airmen and their families can log on to
to learn about AF-wide initiatives,
monthly themes and programs, as well as contact local installation Airman
Family and Readiness Centers to find out about local events and activities.

Earlier this year Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz and
Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley designated July 2009 to July 2010
as the "Year of the Air Force Family," a year-long focus on Air Force
programs highlighting the importance of, and commitment to, the entire Air
Force family: all Airmen, married and single; spouses; children; Air Force
civilians; extended families; and retirees.

"We will devote this year to identifying what we are doing right and what we
need to do better to support the entire Air Force family, and to rekindle
the sense of community that has been our tradition for so many generations,"
General Schwartz said.

Findings from the April "Caring for People" forum provided direction for the
year-long focus that highlights improvements to existing programs. It also
introduces new initiatives built on four pillars that meet the unique needs
of Air Force families to include health and wellness; Airman and family
support; education, development and employment; and Airman and family

Together with Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force James Roy, the
service's senior leaders are addressing key areas of concern to Airmen. Some
of the programs receiving special emphasis include deployment support,
fitness, family safety awareness, exceptional family member programs and
single Airmen Initiatives.

"You can rest assured that taking care of families is a solemn promise we
make to each Airman and family and one that Chief Roy, General Schwartz, and
I each take very seriously," Secretary Donley said. "And we make this
commitment not only because it's the right thing to do for our Airmen, but
because it is the smart thing to do for our Air Force."

Airmen and their families can expect programs and events tailored to the
needs of their individual communities. It may include reintroducing family
support programs already available to them today, as well as announcing new
initiatives that will serve as model Airman and family support programs long
into the future.

"The strength of the nation's Air Force is not the platforms we operate or
the technologies we employ, as good as they are," General Schwartz said.
"It is our Airmen and their families. The Air Force is a great place to
work, live, and play. Our intent is to make it even better."