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Family Readiness

Family Readiness

To reach the 185th Family Readiness office call: 712-233-0817

The 185th Air Refueling Wing (ARW) Family Readiness Office is available to assist all military members and their families. The goal of family readiness is to prepare guard members and their family for deployments prior to mobilization, TDY, or training events. It is imperative that both the military member and their family are prepared before a separation. Proper preparation allows the unit member to focus on the mission and allows the family to be self-sufficient while the member is away. Family readiness also aims to contribute to morale and welfare of the 185th ARW team members by providing family activities throughout the year. The goal of these activities to provide an opportunity to build relationships and mutual support, particularly during times of separation.

Family Readiness Office also assists in various situations as needs are identified. The Family Readiness Program serves as a liaison with the member and their family to provide a link between the National Guard and the Siouxland community. Anyone can become involved with the Bats Family Club, including members, spouses, significant others, parents, youth, extended family, retirees, and friends. Essentially, the organization is open to anyone who has the best interest of the 185th at heart.

Financial Readiness

To reach the financial readiness office call 712-422-0118

The 185th Air Refueling Wing financial readiness office aims to provide private and confidential financial education. Services provided include education concerning debt management. Other services include education on savings and retirement options available to military members as well as DOD civilian employees and family members.

Transition Assistance

The goal of the Transition Assistance Program is to equip separating and retiring military and civilian personnel and their families with the skills and knowledge necessary for a smooth, successful transition into the private sector.

strong bonds

Strong Bonds is a unit-based, chaplain-led program, which assists commanders in building individual resiliency by strengthening the Air Guard Family. The core mission of the Strong Bonds program is to increase individual Airman and Family member readiness through relationship education and skills training.


Offutt AFB exchange also has remote sites at the Des Moines, IA, Lincoln, NE and Sioux Falls, SD Air Guard facilities as well as Camp Dodge in Johnston, IA and Camp Ashland in Ashland, NE. See the Offutt exchange website for store hours and locations.


Iowa National Guard Records Center Camp Dodge
515-252-4313 or 4329


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Military One Source

Military One Source - whether its help with child care, personal finances, emotional support during deployments, relocation information, or resources needed for special circumstances, Military OneSource is there for military personnel and their families... 24/7/365!

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Our mission is to provide Service Members and their Families and Supporters with services, proactive outreach opportunities, reintegration communication skills throughout each phase of their deployment cycle.


Tricare insurance has a variety of plans available depending on your military status. The Tricare website can assist with your inquiry concerning your current plan and eligibility requirements to enroll.

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ESGR, a Department of Defense program, was established in 1972 to promote cooperation and understanding between Reserve Component Service members and their civilian employers and to assist in the resolution of conflicts arising from an employee's military commitment.