Air Force Aid Society

Air Force Aid Society & ProgramsAFAidSociety

DSN 742-2790
Commercial: (662) 434-2790
FAX: (662) 434-2483

Air Force Aid Society

The Air Force Aid Society, (AFAS) is the official charity of the United States Air Force. It promotes the Air Force mission by providing worldwide emergency assistance to members and their families, sponsoring educational assistance programs, and offering a variety of base community enhancement programs that impact member/family welfare.

Emergency Assistance

Emergency assistance usually combines an assessment of the emergency situation and an evaluation of the personal budget to arrive at a decision to make an interest free loan, a grant, or combination of both. Financial assistance is given when a qualifying individual cannot otherwise pay for specific basic needs essential to continued personal effectiveness as a military member. Funds may be given for verifiable emergency situations including food, emergency travel, vehicle repair, rent (initial rent and security deposit or eviction), and the prevention of utility disconnection.

To Apply:

AFAS Member Portal – Complete an application for Air Force Aid and submit online, you will need to call the Airman and Family Readiness Center at 662-434-2790 to schedule an appointment.

In addition to your application, there will be other documents that are required to support your case, when you call for your appointment please make sure to ask which additional documents you will need to bring to your appointment.

Additional Links:

Army Emergency Relief

Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society

AFAS Community Programs 

EDUCATION ASSISTANCE: Gen. Henry A. Arnold – Beginning with the 2016-2017 academic year, the amount awarded is dependent on each student’s particular level of need, with the highest levels of assistance going to the students who show the greatest need. Grants ranging from $500 to $4,000 are awarded to selected sons and daughters of Active Duty, Title 10 AGR/Reserve, Title 32 AGR performing full-time active duty, Retired, Retired Reserve and deceased Air Force members; spouses of Active Duty members and Title 10 AGR/Reservists; and surviving spouses of deceased personnel for their full-time undergraduate studies.

Bundles of Joy: Discusses finances, labor and delivery, and infant care for active duty AF and/or their spouses assigned to Columbus AFB who are pregnant or have a child up to 4 months of age. Includes a FREE $50 gift card!

Child Care for PCS: Members can receive 20 hours of childcare per child within 60 days of arrival or departure from Columbus AFB. Child care is provided by the CDC or Youth Center. Please stop by the A&FRC with your orders to get the certificate!

Give Parents A Break Program: Allows eligible parents to have a break from child care. This program pays for child care at the CDC or Youth Center 4 hours per month for 3 months.

Career Exploration & Planning Track @ A&FRC
Jul 23 @ 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

Conducted by CALIBRE, private company contracted by DVA. Must register 10 days prior, company requires 10 days notifiaction and must have minimum of 8 participates to make.  Call 434-2790 to register.



EFMP Children Art Camp @ A&FRC
Jul 23 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
EFMP Children Art Camp @ A&FRC

Art Class for  EFMP Children.  Supplies will be provided.  Limited seating, must RSVP by calling 434-2790/434-3323.

Participants will embellish foam visors and wooden fish cutouts with acrylic paint, gems, beads and glitter glue.

Please wear clothing you don’t mind getting pain on.

Local Employment Workshop @ AFRC
Jul 24 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Discussion of employment information and opportunities in the local area for spouses, dependents, veterans, and Government employees.  For additional information or to register call (662) 434-2790.


local employment workshop

Heart Link/Spouse Welcome @ Airman & Family Readiness Center @ A&FRC
Jul 25 @ 8:30 am – 12:00 pm

This spouse orientation program is designed for spouses new to the military or new to Columbus AFB. This is a great opportunity to increase knowledge of the Air Force mission, customs, traditions, protocols and available programs and services in a fun, relaxed atmosphere. Make new friends while learning more about Air Force life. To register and more information please call (662) 434-2790.



Key Spouse Mentor Training @ A&FRC
Jul 29 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
Key Spouse Mentor Training @ A&FRC

Key Spouse Mentor Training.  Call 434-2790 for details.

Wing Newcomers Orientation @ Columbus Club
Jul 30 @ 8:00 am – 2:30 pm
Wing Newcomers Orientation @ Columbus Club

The Wing Newcomers Orientation is from 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. This event is
mandatory for all newly arrived military and DoD civilian personnel, and spouses are
encouraged to attend. This base-wide CONNECTION orientation begins at the Kaye
Auditorium and consists of a guided base tour. To register, please contact your unit CSS, or for more information, please call the A&FRC Relocation Manager at (662) 434-2701/2790.

Smooth Move @ AFRC @ A&FRC
Jul 31 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Updated information about relocating held at AFRC. TMO, Housing, Military Pay, Billeting, Tri-Care, Medical Records, and A&FRC, spouses are encourage attend call (662) 434-2790 to register.



Local Employment Workshop @ AFRC
Jul 31 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Discussion of employment information and opportunities in the local area for spouses, dependents, veterans, and Government employees.  For additional information or to register call (662) 434-2790.


local employment workshop

Hearts Apart Social @ TBD
Jul 31 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The Hearts Apart Social program is a monthly event to provide community bonding, fun and appreciation for the families of active duty personnel who are deployed, remote, or on an extended TDY. Food and activities are provided.

Call 434-2790 to register. 


hearts apart

(STOMP) Specialized Training of Military Parents Webinar @ AFRC
Aug 7 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
STOMPThis is an interactive webinar. Participants can attend the training as a webinar workshop offered at the A&FRC.
Part 3 of a 4 Part Series–Financial Planning: SSI, SBP, ABLE Act & SNT
Finances are an important aspect when planning for the future of your special needs child. Learn the different options and elements of financial planning. Call 434-2790 to register.