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Key Spouse Program
Key Spouse Program

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

The Air Force Key Spouse Program (KSP) is a formal commander’s program that offers informal peer-to-peer/Wingman family support. Air Force leadership highly encourages involvement at all levels to strengthen family resilience--particularly during deployments and permanent change of station. The Key Spouse team is traditionally comprised of the commander, first sergeant, Key Spouse Mentor (KSM), Key Spouse (KS) and the Airman & Family Readiness Center (A&FRC).  Commanders may also elect to utilize a chief, superintendent and/or a SNCO as members of the KS team. The strategic vision is increase resiliency and unit cohesion among military families throughout the military life cycle.

 

The guides located on this page are designed to provide the foundation for effective KSPs. The ultimate goal is to have a cadre of trained volunteers who can support military families by providing information and referral services. 

 

WHY IS THE PROGRAM IMPORTANT?

-Promotes individual, family, and unit readiness

-Establishes continuous contact with spouses/families

-Encourages peer-to-peer Wingman support

-Provides family links to leadership

-Strengthen the leadership support team

-Vital to building strong AF communities

 

WHAT ARE THE OUTCOMES?

-Increases awareness of installation/community resources

-Identifies/resolves issues at lowest levels

-Enhances up/down information flow

-Prepares/supports families during separations

-Increases sense of unit support

-Improves quality of life among unit families

-Increases readiness and retention

-Enhances family resilience

 

CRITICAL ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES

Local commanders determine and prioritize KS roles and responsibilities based on unit demographics and needs. The commander’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

 

-Determining the goals and objectives of unit KSP

-Recruiting volunteers to serve as unit KSs

-Interviewing KS candidates to determine if the volunteer is an appropriate representative for the unit

-Appointing a KS in writing

-Establishing a KS file (to include the KS appointment letter, KS Position Description DD FM 2793, Volunteer Agreement, and training certificates

-Scheduling a recurring meeting (time/date/preferred method/frequency) with unit KS to allow the KS an opportunity to communicate unit needs, concerns or trends

-Emphasizing the KS program during unit tours, CC calls, or unit functions

-Recognizing the contributions of the KS 


The KSM serves as an adviser to the KS. This is not a supervisory role, but a supportive role. The KSM should be a volunteer who is knowledgeable of the military lifestyle. The unit commander may choose whomever he/she deems qualified to perform as a KSM. Duties include: 

 

-Contacting the A&FRC to schedule initial KS training

-Participating in quarterly continuing education

-Serving as a mentor to the unit KS (share experiences/provide encouragement)

-Assisting the KS in addressing concerns of unit family members

-Supporting KS with family events

-Assisting with KS recognition

-Meeting with command and KS unit leadership team

-Submitting resignation to unit commanders when necessary