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AFRC hosts Key Spouses Appreciation Dinner

– More than 50 spouses and base leaders attended Ellsworth AFB’s key spouse appreciation dinner May 8, 2018, at the Airman and Family Readiness Center on base.

Col. John R. Edwards, 28th Bomb Wing commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Adam Vizi, 28th Bomb Wing command chief, provide remarks during the key spouse appreciation dinner May 8, 2018, at the Airman and Family Readiness Center on Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D. This is the second year the base has held a dinner to recognize the key spouses and thank them for everything they do for Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman James L. Miller)

– More than 50 spouses and base leaders attended Ellsworth AFB’s key spouse appreciation dinner May 8, 2018, at the Airman and Family Readiness Center on base.

Bernie McFarling, the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response program manager for Ellsworth Air Force Base, briefs during a key spouse appreciation dinner May 8, 2018, at the Airmen and Family Readiness Center on Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D. After the dinner concluded, the spouses completed their required annual training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman James L. Miller)

– More than 50 spouses and base leaders attended Ellsworth AFB’s key spouse appreciation dinner May 8, 2018, at the Airman and Family Readiness Center on base.

Ellsworth Air Force Base key spouses receive flowers at the end of an appreciation dinner May 8, 2018, at the Airman and Family Readiness Center on Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D. More than 50 spouses and base leaders attended the event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman James L. Miller)

Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D. -- More than 50 spouses and base leaders attended Ellsworth AFB’s key spouse appreciation dinner May 8, 2018, at the Airman and Family Readiness Center on base.

The dinner was a way for Team Ellsworth to show key spouses appreciation for the support they provide to the base.

“We couldn’t do it without our families,” said Col. John R. Edwards, 28th Bomb Wing commander. “We need to make sure they are taken care of, and the key spouses are an important piece of that.”

The Key Spouse Program is an official family unit program designed to enhance readiness and establish a sense of Air Force community.

It is a commander’s program that promotes partnerships with unit leadership, volunteer key spouses, families, the Airman and Family Readiness Center and other community and helping agencies. The program has been standardized across the Air Force to address the needs of all military families with special emphasis on support to families across the deployment cycle.

Edwards also discussed housing, readiness, child care and emphasized the importance of communication.

“It makes you feel important, hearing about how you matter from the base commander,” said Mounika Sessions, a 37th Bomb Squadron key spouse. “It also reiterates the idea that doing something small can make a big difference for our families and for everyone on base.”

For more information contact the Airmen and Family Readiness Center to find your key spouse.