Name change for Air Force's family support centers
May 10, 2006
RAF MILDENHALL — The family support centers throughout the Air Force will officially change their name to Airman and Family Readiness Flights on Thursday, a spokesperson from U.S. Air Forces in Europe said.
The name change will come as part of an ongoing Personnel Service Delivery transformation. And although the centers on RAF Mildenhall and RAF Lakenheath will have new names, the programs they offer will not be altered.
One of the reasons that prompted the change was the confusion surrounding the family support center name.
“The name doesn’t really describe all of the audience that we capture,” Patti Dybdahl, a community readiness consultant for RAF Mildenhall’s family support center, said.
She added that the center provides services to single and married active-duty members, retirees, Department of Defense civilians and family members.
Daisy Jones, also a community readiness consultant at RAF Mildenhall, feels that the family support center in the past has been viewed as a Betty Crocker, cookie-cutter type of organization, she said.
She mentioned that many of the center’s programs, including relocation, finance, education, transition and career focus workshops, are geared toward singles as well as families.
The family support center on RAF Lakenheath did not want to comment on the name change until the Air Force officially announces it on Thursday, Capt. Beth Kelley Horine, a spokesperson for RAF Lakenheath, said.