The U.S. Air Force Key Spouse Program is an official Air Force Commander led program designed to enhance readiness, personal/family resiliency, and the Air Force community. Key Spouses are appointed by the Commander and serve as a vital resource to command teams in an effort to support Air Force families. The strategic vision is to increase resiliency/unit cohesion amongst military members and their families throughout the military life cycle.
This program promotes partnerships with unit leadership, Key Spouses, family members, the Military and Family Readiness Center, and other community helping agencies. In March 2009, the Key Spouse Program was standardized across the Air Force to address the needs of all Air Force families. Key Spouse provides volunteers with an opportunity to contribute to their communities, with a special emphasis on support to families.
The Commander’s Guide provides Commanders with information and resources to help units manage their official Key Spouse Program. The guide is designed to provide a practical approach to develop an effective unit program, with tips and tools to assist in recruiting, interviewing, and selecting unit Key Spouses and Key Spouse Mentors.
Key Spouses and Key Spouse Mentors provide volunteers with information and resources on meeting the expectations of their role set forth by their Unit Commander.
In order to officially appoint a Key Spouse or Key Spouse Mentor, the Military and Family Readiness Center needs to receive the following items:
Once these forms are complete, email them to Christina.firstname.lastname@example.org. The Key Spouse or Key Spouse Mentor nominee will be contacted to arrange training.
Training for Key Spouses is offered individually by the Military and Family Readiness Center, with the exception of continuing education trainings.
Key Spouse Initial Training: 8 modules designed to teach new Key Spouses the tools and resources that are available to them.
Key Spouse Refresher Training: Required recurring training. Developed for Key Spouses and Key Spouse Mentors returning to official duties after a PCS (signed appointment letter and form 2793 are still needed).
Key Spouse Mentor Training: One time mandatory training for all new Key Spouse Mentors.
Continuing Education Training: Mandatory training provided on a quarterly basis that Key Spouses must attend in order to maintain their status. Training is facilitated by the Airman and Family Readiness Center in-person or virtually. Topics include Suicide Awareness, Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SARP), Relocation/EFMP/SLO Resources, and American Red Cross.
Key Spouse Forms
Additional Key Spouse Resources
Click the links below to be redirected to an external website or document:
Military Spouses Education and Career Opportunities
National Resource Directory
American Red Cross: 1-877-272-7337
Equal Opportunity: 781-225-6397
Family Advocacy: 781-225-6385
Military and Family Life Counselor: 781-315-7992 or 781-654-1727
Military Crisis Line: 1-800 273-8255
Military OneSource: 1-800-342-9647
National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255
Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-877-995-5247