The Key Spouse Program is an official Air Force Unit Family Readiness Program designed to enhance readiness, personal/family resiliency and establish a sense of Air Force community. Key Spouses are trained volunteers hand-selected by their unit leadership to provide personal, peer-to-peer support for their squadron's families. Their role is to care for families by providing them with information from their squadron's leadership about events, programs, and other available resources. As an official unit representative, they also serve as a point of contact when spouses need to communicate any difficulties they may be experiencing. As fellow military spouses who also live with and adapt to military lifestyle cycles and changes, they are passionate about what they do! Key Spouses are critical team members. They are informed, equipped, and empowered to make a difference on base and in the lives of their squadron's families.
WHY IS THE KEY SPOUSE PROGRAM IMPORTANT?
Promotes individual, family, and unit readiness and resiliency
Establishes and maintains continuous contact with spouses and families
Encourages peer-to-peer Wingman support among spouses and families
Builds family links to leadership
Provides an informal sounding board to leadership
Strengthens leadership’s support team
WHAT ARE THE KEY SPOUSE PROGRAM OUTCOMES?
Increased awareness of installation and community resources
Identified/resolved issues at lowest levels
Enhanced up and down information flow
Prepared and supported families during separations/deployments
Increased sense of unit support
Improved quality of life among unit families
Increased readiness and retention
Enhanced individual and family resilience
The goal is to have a cadre of trained volunteers who can support your unit’s military families in an official capacity.
If you are interested in having an active role in your squadron as a Key Spouse, please schedule a meeting with your squadron commander in order to obtain an official appointment. (Key Spouses are official commander appointed volunteers who represent the unit and MUST be appointed in writing prior to attending Key Spouse Initial Training.) Volunteers of any gender, age, or rank are encouraged to become Key Spouses.
The Commander’s Desktop Guide provides commanders with information and resources to help units manage their official KSP. The guide is designed to provide a practical approach to develop an effective unit KSP, with tips and tools to assist commanders in recruiting, interviewing and selecting unit Key Spouse(s) and Key Spouse Mentor(s).
The KS and KSM Desktop Guides provide volunteers with guidance, information and resources on how to meet the expectations of their role and vision set forth by their unit commander.
Source: AFPC Key Spouse Program
Best Practices Guide