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To link families of fallen Airmen to their Air Force Family promoting Survivor resilience, thereby fostering well-being and connectedness.


Remembering, Honoring, Connecting…Always a part of the Air Force Family. 


The Air Force Families Forever (AFFF) program provides long-term support and outreach to family members, specifically the next-of-kin, of those who have lost a loved one while serving on active duty or “in an active status” in the United States Air Force at the time of death. This outreach is conducted at designated increments in the years following an Airman’s death.  

Next of Kin (NOK): widow or widower (remarried or not), each parent (mother, father, stepmother, stepfather, mother through adoption, father through adoption, foster parents who stood in loco parentis), each child (natural, step-children, adopted), and each sibling (brother, sister, half-brother, half-sister) of an Airman.

Each active-duty installation’s Airman and Family Readiness Center (A&FRC) is the point-of-contact for NOK to receive long term support, including:

  • Engagement through targeted contact and incremental outreach
  • Support, information and referral resources
  • Connection to installation, community and national support groups/seminars/organizations
  • Recognize/memorialize deceased Airmen
  • Coordination with installation leadership to include family members in the AF culture
  • Sponsorship for NOK through the Defense Biometric Identification System (DBIDS) process

Commanders are encouraged to include surviving Air Force family members in installation activities such as: air shows, spouse luncheons, VIP visits and holiday activities.

Survivor Advocacy Council

The Air Force Survivor Advocacy Council serves as a forum for the Air Force to champion survivor programs, recap key initiatives and next steps, and validate the ongoing role of survivors in the larger Air Force family.  The first council meeting will be held in the spring of 2020. 

The Survivor Advocacy Council consists of senior Air Force leaders and survivor advocates who represent a diverse survivor population.

To be eligible for consideration, survivor advocates must be the NOK of an Airman in the Regular Air Force, or a Reserve Component Airman who died in an active duty status, Inactive Duty for Training (IDT) or Annual Training (AT) status.


Air Force Families Forever

550 C Street W
JBSA-Randolph AFB, TX 78150

Phone: 866-299-0596




The Surviving Family Member Representative is the Air Force advocate for surviving family members, created by Section 633 of the 2014 National Defense Authorization Act (Public Law 113-66). This representative is available to provide support and address complaints by spouses and other dependents of deceased Airmen regarding casualty assistance or receipt of benefits authorized by law.   

Contact the Air Force Representative
Phone:  703-693-0683, DSN:  223-0683


TAPS offers compassionate care to all those grieving the loss of a loved one who died while serving in our Armed Services or as a result of their service.

To find out more information about TAPS, call their 24-hour helpline at 800-959-8277 or visit their website at