21 episodes

We want to keep you and your family connected with Team Charleston’s support resources. We’re interviewing helping agencies from around the joint base about what they’re providing and how they’re providing it.

Check out Joint Base Charleston’s Military and Family Readiness Center on social media @jbcmfr or online at jbcmfr.com.

Team Charleston Family Readiness Podcast JBCMFR

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We want to keep you and your family connected with Team Charleston’s support resources. We’re interviewing helping agencies from around the joint base about what they’re providing and how they’re providing it.

Check out Joint Base Charleston’s Military and Family Readiness Center on social media @jbcmfr or online at jbcmfr.com.

    Col Greene, 628th Air Base Wing Commander Talks Families

    Col Greene, 628th Air Base Wing Commander Talks Families

    How does a culture of respect and caring for people impact the mission? 

    Today, we discover how important family is and how vital it is that you, the Joint Base Charleston community is well cared for, but it doesn't stop here at Charleston; what we talk about today impacts the entire military as a whole.  

    We specifically focus on two programs that directly impact families both well before they arrive at the base and long after they get here. These programs are essential to what we refer to today as a "winning culture." 

    Everyone has been impacted by these programs in one way or another. 

    We're talking about Key Spouse and Sponsorship with the 628th Air Base Wing Commander, Col Marc Greene!

    For more information on the Key Spouse or Sponsorship Programs check out:

    Air Force Personnel Center Airman and Family Readiness Page:


    JBCMFR Facebook Key Spouse Group:

    Joint Base Charleston Key Spouse Network

    Joint Base Charleston Website:


    • 35 min
    A Conversation With The Command Chief - CMSgt Jason Colon

    A Conversation With The Command Chief - CMSgt Jason Colon

    Today, we have a conversation with the 628th Air Base Wing Command Chief, CMSgt Colon about how the Air Force and Joint Base Charleston enhance cross-cultural awareness and promote diversity among our team members and families. We hear about how diversity and inclusion have impacted the Chief's Air Force career and why the Department of Defense has special observances such as Hispanic Heritage Month.

    Hispanic Heritage Month is September 15th through October 15 and will consist of a variety of events to include:

    2 October/7:30pm/Air Base - Drive-in Movie: Coco & Candy Bags 

    3 October/7:30pm/Weapons Station - Drive-in Movie: Coco & Candy Bags

    7 October/9:00am/Air Base Theater - 11:00am & 1:00pm - 3:00pm - Hispanic Airman Stores w/ CMSgt Colon

    15 October/9:00am/Air Base Gym - Fun Run (or walk) with Live DJ

    15 October/11:00am - 1:00pm/Location TBD - 11:00am - 1:00pm

    • 34 min
    JBCARES About Your Resilience - Michelle McMeekin

    JBCARES About Your Resilience - Michelle McMeekin

    A 2017 survey measured individual's levels of stress, burnout, sleep problems, the likelihood of depression. It also measured work characteristics: job demands, job influence, and social support.

    It turns out that High strain work environments have an unfavorable effect on all outcomes.  BUT this is where today's guest comes into play...and essentially every one of the guests we've had....This research discovered that

    Resilience has a protective effect on all outcomes. For stress, burnout, and sleep, higher resilience has a more protective effect under low-strain conditions. For depression, anxiety, and productivity, resilience has a more protective effect when job strain is high.

    Workers with high resilience have better outcomes in challenging work environments (Shatte et al., 2017).

    Lucky for us, today, we talk resilience and community support with the Joint Base Charleston Community Support Coordinator, who is all things resilient and in addition to their role as the chair of the Community Action Team, responsible for the enhancement of the military community's quality of life.

    JB Cares Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/JB.CHS.CARES

    Sign up for AMC Virtual Spouse Resilience Courses held every Tuesday @10am, Wednesday @3pm, Thursday @6pm.

    Spouse Resiliency Toolkit: http://spousert.wpengine.com/

    Shatte, A., Perlman, A., Smith, B., & Lynch, W. (2017). The Positive Effect of Resilience on Stress and Business Outcomes in Difficult Work Environments. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 59(2). DOI: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000000914

    • 29 min
    5 Money Tips Before Your E-5 (Or O-3)

    5 Money Tips Before Your E-5 (Or O-3)

    The National Financial Educators Council states that 63% of military respondents experience stress due to their current financial situation, and 37% of respondents are unsure about their financial futures.* That's why today we're going to help secure those futures. 

    We've got five money tips before your e-5 (or an O-3). Truth be told, though, these are for everyone, it's just better if you start early. 

    Today we cover TSP, Emergency Funds, Credit Scores, Financial Documents, and Home Buying for military families. 



    Sign up for Military & Family Readiness financial workshops at:


    Plan for a lifetime with the TSP at https://www.tsp.gov/

    Ways to help build an emergency fund: https://www.militaryonesource.mil/financial-legal/personal-finance/budgeting-and-saving/building-a-solid-emergency-fund-and-creating-financial-readiness

    Find out your credit score: https://www.annualcreditreport.com/index.action.

    Joint Base Charleston Legal Office:

    Air Base: 843.963.5502

    Weapons Station: 843.794.7500

    How to safeguard a vital document: https://www.ready.gov/sites/default/files/2020-03/fema_safeguard-critical-documents-and-valuables_0.pdf

    Military One Source home buying tips: https://www.militaryonesource.mil/moving-housing/housing/specialized-housing/buying-a-home-off-military-installation

    • 29 min
    Spouse Employment - Scott Bowermaster

    Spouse Employment - Scott Bowermaster

    Nearly 400,000 service members PCS every year, and if you haven't experienced a Permeant Change of Station yet, odds are you will find one day. 

    On top of making preparations for your departure, which include getting the movers scheduled, packing up your household, and researching your child's next school, you probably think about what you or your civilian spouse may do for work at this new unknown location. 

    This may seem daunting, and you may not know where to start...but that's ok! Your Military and Family Readiness Center team is here to help.

    Call the M&FRC at 843.963.8883 to sign up for workshops or speak to an employment team member.

    Sign up for workshops: https://jbcmfr.com/workshops-appointments/

    For a list of employment programs: https://jbcmfr.com/our-programs/employment-readiness/

    MyCAA: https://mycaa.militaryonesource.mil/mycaa/

    Spouse licenser and reimbursement program: https://myseco.militaryonesource.mil/portal/content/view/8576

    The Military Spouse Employment Partnership (MSEP)

    The MSEP program offers spouses professional employment opportunities and “portable” careers. For more information, visit https://msepjobs.militaryonesource.mil/msep/.

    The Spouse Education and Career Opportunities (SECO)

    The SECO initiative seeks to strengthen the education and career opportunities of military spouses by providing career exploration tools to help them understand their skills, interests, and goals. Visit https://myseco.militaryonesource.mil/portal/ for more information.

    The Spouse Career Advancement Account (MyCAA)

    MyCAA provides up to $4,000 of financial assistance to eligible military spouses pursuing a license, certification, or Associate’s degree in a portable career field and occupation. Visit https://mycaa.militaryonesource.mil/mycaa to create an account.

    Priority Placement Program (PPP) For Military Spouses

    If you’re a military spouse, you may be eligible to apply a non-competitive process designed to help you get a job in the federal government. Visit https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/unique-hiring-paths/military-spouses/ for more information. To find out if you’re eligible, please visit OPM’s Questions and Answers for Noncompetitive Appointment of Certain Military Spouses at https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/hiring-information/veterans-authorities/#url=Appointment-of-Military-Spouses.

    The eMentor Program

    eMentor is a cutting-edge online mentoring program for military personnel, veterans, and military spouses. eMentor connects individuals for dynamic mentoring experiences that powerfully move them forward in their personal and professional lives. Designed to bridge the gap between organizations and job seekers, the eMentor Program offers support, trusted networking, and success. Visit https://www.ementorprogram.org/ for more information.

    • 32 min
    Get Your Next Career Started Now! Jackie Ford/Sel Stephens

    Get Your Next Career Started Now! Jackie Ford/Sel Stephens

    What if I told you that you or your loved one could start their next career while still on active duty? Or maybe you want to start using your GI bill for a certification or licensure full time while even on active duty? The Skill Bridge program allows you to do just that. 

    You or your active duty spouse can start their apprenticeship, internship, or certification while on active duty, six months before they separate or retire!

    Maybe you want to become a chef, electrician, computer programmer, or underwater welder; the skill bridge program can make those dreams a reality. 

    Find out how you can do this today on the podcast.

    Joint Base Charleston Education Office: 628mss.dpe@us.af.mil

    Ms. Ford's Email: jacqueline.ford.3.ctr@us.af.mil

    Military & Family Readiness Center - Weapons STation: 843-863-8883

    SkillBridge Website: https://dodskillbridge.usalearning.gov/index.htm

    SkillBridge Locations: https://dodskillbridge.usalearning.gov/locations.htm

    Military Guidance Covering Skillbridge: DODI 1322.29, NAVADMIN 222/15

    • 35 min

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Great topics!

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A must listen for Charleston families

There are a bunch of programs on base I never knew about.

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