Team Kadena to host Spouse Orientation

by Airman 1st Class Nick Emerick, 18th Wing Public Affairs
Kadena Air Base

KADENA AIR BASE, Japan- -- The Airman and Family Readiness center will be hosting a Welcome to Kadena Spouse Orientation Jan. 26, in the conference room at building 128 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.

According to Lisa Velez, 18th Wing community support coordinator, the goal of the orientation is to address prevalent questions and concerns reported by spouses who are new to Kadena, and to mitigate the risk of isolation and connect the intended audience to the resources.

"It came about through seeking out our community members and truly listening to their expressed needs conveyed through various discussions, forums, and surveys; it will now come to fruition through the collaborative efforts of many agencies and resources committed to the care and keeping of this exceptional community," said Velez.

The orientation will feature guest speakers from base clubs and organizations including Red Cross, the Okinawa Enlisted and Officer Spouses clubs and several others, ending with a lunch with your key spouse.

"I find it particularly exciting not only as a volunteer in the community support coordinator office but also as a key spouse that there will now exist a forum for our new spouses to learn more about the opportunities, resource, and fun, accessible to them on Kadena," said Peggy Vinyard, 18th Wing volunteer.

To sign up for the orientation, please RSVP here by Jan. 22.

For those that miss the Jan. 26 date, there will be new spouse orientations held throughout the year, including June 14, Aug. 30, and Oct. 18.

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