MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan — In an effort to emphasize its focus on both military and personal readiness, the Family Support Center is changing its name to the Airman and Family Readiness Center.

The name swap, which the Air Force directed in early May, will take place across the service this year, said Maj. Victor Baumgarten, the center’s director.

“It’s just symbolic because we’ll still provide the same services,” he said. “But the emphasis is more and more on readiness and we support military readiness by supporting the family.”

Despite the “Airman” in the name, services still will be provided to the entire base community, Baumgarten noted. “It doesn’t mean exclusivity, it just means it’s an Air Force function,” he said, in the same vein as the Army Community Service Center and the Fleet and Family Support Center.

Air Force family support centers provide transition and relocation assistance, volunteer placement, financial management, Air Force Aid Society and other services. They were established in 1981.

Air Staff specifically directed that “Airman” in the title be singular, Baumgarten said, implying “we provide services to individual servicemembers and their families.”

On Wednesday at Misawa, base officials had a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new name appearing over the center’s doors, in the Torii Building: The Airman and Family Readiness Flight.

That’s the new name for the flight; changing the center’s name will be a longer process, Baumgarten said. Literature with the old name will be used until it runs out and personnel at the center probably still will answer the phone “Family Support Center” until the word gets out, Baumgarten said.

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Jennifer reports on the U.S. military from Kaiserslautern, Germany, where she writes about the Air Force, Army and DODEA schools. She’s had previous assignments for Stars and Stripes in Japan, reporting from Yokota and Misawa air bases. Before Stripes, she worked for daily newspapers in Wyoming and Colorado. She’s a graduate of the College of William and Mary in Virginia.

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