Joint Base Andrews


Combat Care event brings spouses of deployed servicemembers together

By Margo Turner | staff writer | June 15, 2007

ANDREWS AFB, Md. -- A Hawaiian luau is the theme of the next Combat Care event, for the spouses of servicemembers who are deployed or on a remote assignment for a year or more.
The Airman and Family Readiness Center and the 316th Services Squadron are the sponsors for the event, which will begin 6:30 p.m. July 7 at The Courses at Andrews. 

"The Hawaiian luau was chosen because it's associated with people having fun and a relaxing time," said Master Sgt. Glynis K. Fresia, A&FRC family readiness coordinator. 
"This night is for the spouses. They come together with others who are in similar situations." 

Combat Care will be held in conjunction with Parent's Night Out, which is offered 5 to 11 p.m. the first Saturday of each month as a part of the 316 SVS Family Member Programs.
As spouses arrive at The Courses at Andrews for the event, they will be given name tags, which include their name and loved one's unit, said Sergeant Fresia.
The dinner buffet will start at 7:30 p.m. 

Gifts will be given away to spouses throughout the evening, said Sergeant Fresia. Some of the base agencies will have booths to provide information about the services they offer to help spouses cope and deal with the demands of deployment. 

The Combat Care event will also include a performance by a group of Hawaiian dancers at 8 p.m. 

Additionally, spouses can have their photos taken in front of Hawaiian scenery, which will include an inflatable palm tree, she said. The photos will be sent to deployed and remote assigned servicemembers. 

Child care is provided for children 6 weeks to 5 years old at Child Development Center 1. Children ages 6 to 12 meet at the Andrews Youth Center. The cost is $4 per hour at CDC 1 and $15 per hour for youth center members and $20 for noncenter members.
Spouses are encouraged to register for Combat Care as soon as possible by calling the A&FRC at 301-981-7087. 

Spouses can register their children for Parents Night Out at the Child Care Registration Office, at 301-981-9981 or the youth center at 301-981-5430.