Military and Family Support Center (MFSC)

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WELCOME TO THE THE MILITARY & FAMILY SUPPORT CENTER (MFSC)!
MFSC JB MDL McGuire

Bldg. 3435 Broidy Road

609.754.3154

Hours of Operation:

Monday – Friday: 7:45am – 4:30pm

MFSC JB MDL Lakehurst

Bldg. 488-2 Highway 547

732.323.1248

Hours of Operation:

Monday – Friday: 8am – 4:30pm

The Military & Family Support Center (MFSC) incorporates the Airman and Family Readiness Center, Army Community Service and Fleet & Family Support Center. The Military and Family Support Center (MFSC) supports individuals, families, and leadership with programs and services to strengthen communities, encourage self-sufficiency, enhance mission readiness and ease adaptation to the military way of life. The center serves singles, couples and families alike. Services are provided to military members of all branches of service, DoD employees and their families. Whether you are new to the military, new to the Joint Base or a seasoned pro, the MFSC is here to support you and your family. Services are provided on a walk-in basis, individual appointments, workshops, events or just a phone call away.

Military OneSource Is Now Available to Veterans and their Families for a Full Year After Separating from the Military

Washington, D.C., (Aug. 13, 2018) —The Department of Defense announced extended eligibility for Military OneSource benefits from the current 180 days to 365 days after separation or retirement from military service to ensure all service members and families have access to comprehensive support as they transition to civilian life. This change goes into effect 13 Aug 18 in accordance with the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2019.

As a DOD program, Military OneSource offers a wide range of services designed exclusively for the military community. Services include help with relocation, tax support, financial planning, health and wellness coaching, as well as confidential non-medical counseling and specialty consultations for spouse employment, education, adoption, elder care, special needs and much more.

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The United States Immigration and Citizenship Services*

The United States Immigration and Citizenship Services (USCIS) works in conjunction with the Military & Family Support Center to provide Naturalization information including guidance, information and procedures for Military and Civilians (DoD ID Cardholders) to become Naturalized United States Citizens. To schedule a one-on-one–appointment, call the Military and Family Support Center at 609.754.3154 (JB MDL McGuire) or 732. 323.1249 (JB MDL Lakehurst). *Note, must be a DoD ID holder with base access.

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF VETERAN AFFAIRS

Department of Veterans Affairs Benefits Advisors are available on JB MDL in Bldg. 3011 and Bldg. 5418. If you have questions about your VA Benefits, please contact us for assistance at; 609.754.0563/0558 or 609.562.3683/4830/2105, or email: Brian.Harriett.ctr@calibresys.comShannon.brinton2.ctr@calibresys.comMichael.Scheck.ctr@calibresys.com.

VISIT OUR CAREER CENTER!

Visit the MFSC Career Center where you will find a collection of all career-related classes, special events, links, and local job postings. To access the career center, you can click on the Career Center icon at the bottom of GoMDL.com at any time or, click here to learn more.

Scholarship opportunity for NJ active, guard, reserve, retired or fallen for Military Spouses

The National Military Family Association has extended a scholarship opportunity for NJ active, guard, reserve, retired or fallen for Military Spouses. This program is specifically looking for spouses from NJ with $1,000.00 scholarships. Scholarships can be used for traditional degrees along with certification programs and professional licensure (i.e. Nursing, teaching).

Please send NJ spouses to apply for a scholarship today! Apply here!

The MFSC covers a wide scope of programs that includes:
Information and Referral Program

Information & Referral is a clearing house which provides telephone and in-person assessments to help determine your needs and the right resource. You may be referred to a Military and Family Support Center program or to another organization on or off base. The MFSC maintains an extensive list of available services and contact information.

If you are unsure of where to turn, please call one of our MFSC locations and a specialist will point you in the right direction.

Discovery Room

Located within the MFSC there is a Discovery Room with Free Wi-Fi as well as access to computers with Internet, printers, and base/local community information. Employment opportunities are also posted on a jobs board.

Family Readiness/Resiliency

Deployments, temporary duty travel and remote assignments are synonymous with life in the military and present unique financial, legal and relationship challenges for members and their families. Family Readiness prepares the entire family for separation through planning. In addition to education, support groups are available to assist the family member during the separation.

The Hearts Apart Program connects spouses, children and family members with others experiencing separation via emails, activities and monthly events. Hearts Together morale calls connect deployed members with loved ones. Pre & Post -deployment briefings are held every week. Spouses are encouraged to attend.

Exceptional Family Member Program – Family Support (EFMP)

EFMP is a mandatory enrollment program that works with other military and civilian agencies to provide comprehensive and coordinated community support, housing, educational, medical and personnel services to families with special needs (child or adult). Any physical, emotional, developmental or intellectual disorder that requires special treatment warrants enrollment.

EFMP Services include:
  • Family Support Services and Crisis Intervention
  • Medical and Educational Information and Referral
  • Relocation Assistance
  • Advocacy Services
  • Accessibility and housing
  • Support groups
  • Respite information
  • Recreational and cultural activities
  • EFMP Coordinating Committee
  • EFMP overseas screening

Please click here for more information.

Personal Financial Readiness Program

Personal Financial Readiness provides financial education, information, and one-on-one counseling. Goals are to help maximize your purchasing power, improve your standard of living, reduce stress and anxiety during financial crisis, and increase personal productivity. The Financial Readiness Program assists service and family members with improving their credit reliability, reducing indebtedness and making their money work for them. Services include a personal financial evaluation, budgeting information, credit management, debt management resources, basic investment information, credit report/score, and workshops/seminars.

For a comprehensive overview of the Personal Financial Readiness Program, please click here.

Emergency Financial Relief Services

Air Force Aid Society, Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society & Army Emergency Relief provides emergency financial assistance to active duty service members, retirees, National Guard and Reserve Component on active duty for over thirty consecutive days and their family members with ID card and power of attorney.

Employment Readiness / Career Focus Program

The Career Focus Program is an employment resource program. The Career Focus Program provides no-cost consultations, programs and services to help families in the job search process. Consultants are available to guide spouses and DoD civilians on career planning, job seeking and resume writing, as well as to help them prepare for interviews and negotiate offers. Services include: Civilian & Federal Resume reviews/assistance and job application assistance, Information about educational opportunities and workshops with emphasis on career and personal development. Job fairs are an integral part of the employment program. Several are held each year in the local area. NEW! For upcoming career events, please click here to visit our Career Center.

Volunteer Program Opportunities

Looking for an interesting and rewarding experience? Become a volunteer! Volunteers provide invaluable support to the base community, donating thousands of hours each month at agencies across the installation. Volunteers enjoy personal satisfaction that comes from helping others and contributing to the mission. Plus they can grow professionally from their experiences.

Relocation Program

Family Support Center has information about Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst and neighboring communities available for newly arriving members, as well as service members and families preparing to depart the area. Our relocation services include individual counseling with a personalized needs assessment, information on local schools, and Smooth Move Seminars and workshops for parents and children, overseas information, Sponsorship Training, Citizenship and Immigration Services and International Spouse Group.

We encourage relocating service members and spouses to attend the monthly Newcomers Orientation and Spouse Newcomers Orientation Seminars that provides an overview of the Joint Base and includes a base tour.

“E” Sponsorship Program

Taking care of our newly assigned and soon to be assigned folks is so very important. Being a good sponsor is one of the most important yet under appreciated roles you can take as a military member. Sponsorship training is required for all sponsors. Being a great sponsor does so much to relieve the tension and anxiety of moving and settling in at a new or first duty station. E-Sponsorship Training is your first source for sponsorship needs. All of the resources for training and post training tools and information are available through this online resource.

Transition Assistance

The Transition Assistance Program (TAP) renamed Goal, Plans, Success (GPS) offers separating or retiring personnel an individual transition plan to ease reentry into civilian life. Consider beginning transition planning at least one year prior to retirement or separation. MFSC provides both TAP/GPS workshops and pre-separation counseling as well as information about additional training tracks. TAP/GPS is designed to provide necessary tools to effectively transition from the military to the civilian community. Mandatory pre-separation counseling, TAP and CAPSTONE are three separate requirements. Pre-Separation briefings are held most months weekly and must be completed prior to the attendance of TAP/GPS. CAPSTONE is held weekly via appointments after the completion of Pre-Separation and TAP/GPS.

Personal and Work Life Program

Provides information and education about a variety of life cycle issues to assist you in developing resilience skills that assist in navigating a mobile military life style. Includes parenting, healthy relationships, and communication skills, among others, to help you strengthen your interpersonal competencies and social relationships.

Provides training and support for Spouse Leader Program (Key Spouse, Ombudsman & Family Readiness Group leaders). Military Spouse Link orientation program designed for those who are newly married or just interested in learning more about military Life. Information is given about community resources, TRICARE, deployments, and more. This program is offered quarterly and is offered to all branches of service.

School Liaison Office (SLO)

The School Liaison Specialists work in partnership with local school districts. Services include: Educate parents on the school choice program, local school system policies, procedures, programs and schedules. Coordinates education transition resources and points of contact in the school system and community. Assist home school families with information and local resources. For more information, please click here.

Other services located in the Military and Family Support Center are:

Casualty Assistance Representative – The Casualty Assistance Representative (CAR) works closely with commanders at all levels to ensure the success of the program. The CAR works closely with survivors of retired Air Force members to ensure potential benefits applied in a timely manner. The CAR provides limited casualty service to members of sister services, certain foreign nationals, and civilians. The CAR provides information about the Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP).

Military and Family Life Consultant - Provides non-medical short-term, situational problem-solving counseling to all branches of the military and their families. Completely confidential and private, except for duty-to-warn situations. Services can be provided on or off military installations. The consultants cannot meet you at your home or your car. Services provided to individuals, couples, and families. They are mandated reporters of child abuse, domestic abuse, and other duty-to-warn situations.

Military Family Support 360 Project - SPAN’s Military Family 360 Support Center is a one-stop center assisting military families — active duty and retired military and National Guard and Reserve personnel throughout New Jersey, who have infants, toddlers, children and youth ages birth to 26 with disabilities. Military Family 360 assists military families by: Developing a Family Plan to address concerns; Assisting with access to Family Resources; Offering training sessions on advocacy for accessing quality services, health care, education; Offering family to family emotional support and information; Linking you to leadership opportunities to ensure the family voice in decisions about military assistance programs and services.

Other Useful Numbers:

Army Emergency Relief: 609.562.2767

Air Force Aid Society: 609.754.3154

Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society: 732.608.3444

Events at MFSC
Blended Retirement System
Blended Retirement System (BRS) Briefing

Open for all service members who will have 12 or less years in the service as of 1 January 2018. Each member will have to decide to either stay with your current High Three Retirement System or opt in to the new Blended Retirement System. What system will be best for you and your family? This will be a decision that can have life-long implications and you need to be informed as soon as possible. Spouses are welcome and encouraged to attend. Pre-registration is required.

Time: 9:00am - 10:30am

Location: MFSC at JB MDL McGuire

Dates: October 10, November 14

Entrepreneurship Training Track

The two-day Transition Assistance Program (TAP) Self- Employment Intensive Training Workshop is offered in collaboration among the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University (IVMF), the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs. Pre-registration is required.

November 1, from 9:00am to 4:00pm at MFSC at JB MDL McGuire.

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Resume Writing (10 Steps to a Federal Position)

A must if you are planning on seeking a Federal Position. Topics include: Setting up your USAJOBS Account, Navigating USAJOBS and Application/Resume Musts. Attendees will receive the Kathryn Troutman’s “10 Steps to a Federal Job” book to take home.

Pre-registration required.

Location: MFSC at JB MDL McGuire

Time: 9:00am-12noon

Dates: October 10, November 14 

VA Benefit Advisor – Benefits Overview Brief (BOB)

Do you have questions about Veteran Benefits? Do you want to know more about your benefits and how to apply? JB MDL Veterans Affairs Benefit Advisors will be available to provide Benefits Overview Brief (BOB) for service members, veterans, retirees and family members.

JB MDL Lakehurst: October 4, November 8

JB MDL McGuire: October 12

VA Benefits Counseling
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Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) Family Forum

An opportunity for families with a special needs family member(s) and community members who support these families to gather together to ask questions, discuss resources and help us learn about barriers and challenges in order to increase our support to families. If you are unable to attend in person, there is a virtual option available; just call 1-877-668-4493 and use access code 647 101 710. No registration required. 

Thursday, November 15 from 10:00am to 11:00am at the MFSC, Bldg. 3435 Broidy Rd., JB MDL McGuire.

GROUP PRE-SEPARATION COUNSELING 

Initiate DD 2648 eForm (Pre-separation Counseling Phase). MANDATORY attendance requirements for separating or retiring Service Member. Registration required in order to receive an email link for online Pre-separation Counseling Phase. For information about transition or to sign your eForm before/after the briefing visit https://www.dodtap.mil.

JB MDL McGuire: 1:00pm-4:30pm.             October 11, October 18, November 15. 

JB MDL Lakehurst: 9:00am-11:00am.         November 29.

Military Classroom
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Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) AND Blended Retirement System – Invest in Your Future

Have you been putting off investing for retirement or making the decision to invest? This workshop is targeted to military members unfamiliar with TSP and will provide a basic overview of TSP. Some of the topics to be covered will be the rules governing TSP enrollment/participation. This workshop is also for all Service Members who will have 12 or less years in the service as of 2018 who will be making a decision about their Blended Retirement option. Pre-registration required.

Time: 9:00am - 10:30am.

Dates: October 19, November 16.

U.S. Immigration and Citizenship Services (USCIS) One-on-One Appointments Available!

Information on how to apply for U.S. Citizenship, both as a military service member and as a civilian, how to petition for family members to immigrate to the United States, and on all other immigration applications such as work authorization, employment authorization, etc.

Pre-registration required.

Dates: October 1, November 5

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Ditch the Dorm

Consolidated information on moving out of the dorm. Includes budgeting, government housing info, United Communities, legal and much more.

Pre-registration is required.

Location: MFSC at JB MDL McGuire.

Time: 9:00am-11:00am.

Dates: October 15, November 15

Newcomers’ Orientation…The Way to Start!

Newly arrived military personnel, spouses and civilians from all branches of service are encouraged to attend this orientation. The orientation includes briefings about the installation, support agencies and community services. 

Pre-registration is required.

Location: Timmermann Center, Bldg. 5441 8th Street, JB MDL Dix.

Time: 7:45am to 4:30pm

Dates: November 6

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Newcomers’ Information Fair

Newly arrived military personnel, spouses and civilians from all branches of service are invited to attend this fair. Attendees will be able to talk to on base banks, colleges, Military One Source, 87FSS ITT and Outdoor Rec, 87FSS NAF Human Resources plus other helping agencies. The fair will be held in conjunction with the Newcomers' Orientation. Pre-registration is requested.

Location: Timmermann Center, Bldg. 5441 8th Street, JB MDL Dix.

Time: 9:30am-10:30am

Date:  November 6

VETERAN AFFAIRS VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION PROGRAM (DTAP)
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The JB MDL VA Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor will facilitate DTAP Briefings providing information about and how to apply to the VA’s Vocational Rehabilitation Program for the following: individuals being separated due to a service-connected disability; individuals who will be medically discharged /retired; individuals who suspect they have a service-connected disability or veterans with a VA disability rating.

Pre-registration is required.

Location: MFSC at JB MDL McGuire (Bldg./ 3435 Broidy Road)

Time: 9:00am - 11:00am

Dates: October 9, November 6

Bridging the Gap

Learn to jumpstart your career transition from the military to the civilian world leveraging unique and innovative tactics, techniques and procedures that have been proven to be very successful for the 21st Century employment model.

Location: MFSC at JB MDL McGuire

Time: 8:30am - 12:00pm

Dates: October 12, November 30 

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Transition Assistance Program (TAP) / Goals, Planning, Success (GPS). This 5-day transition program gives the foundation for service members and their families to be better prepared to transition from military to civilian life. Topics include: Transition Overview, Financial Planning, Military Occupation Crosswalk (MOC), Unemployment, SBP, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) / DTAP Benefits Briefing, and Department of Labor Employment Workshop (DOLEW). Pre-Separation Counseling must be completed prior to attending TAP. Spouses are encouraged to attend. Pre-registration required.

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Hearts Apart

A program designed for spouses, children, and loved ones of Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force or Coast Guard military members currently deployed on extended TDY (more than 30 days), or serving a remote tour. Program features dinner, activities for children and resources.

Pre-registration is required.

Time: 5:30pm - 7:30pm.

Dates: October 19, November 16.

Bundles for Babies

2-hour monthly workshop for expectant parents to be. Topics include: Budgeting for Baby, MFSC Overview, Child/Youth Programs, FAP New Parent Support Program and MFLC. All branches of service welcome! Qualified attendees will receive a "Baby Bundle Gift". Reservists must be on Title 10 Orders. *Both member and spouse must register if both will attend.

Pre-registration is required.

Time: 9:00am - 11:00am.

Dates: October 31, November 13

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Smooth Move One-on-One Appointments

Moving in the near future, and unsure where to begin? Your Military and Family Support Center has the answers for you! We are offering individual Smooth Move appointments on the 4th Wednesday of the month from 9:00-11:00am. We can give you information on your new installation, help you with planning your move and other moving resources.

Time:  9:00am - 11:00am.

Dates: October 31, November 26

Resume Writing Workshop (Civilian)

This class is a great first step to making your civilian resume the best it can be. Workshop is hands on with topics such as: Basics of Resumes/Cover Letters as well as creating your Career Portfolio.

Pre-registration required.

JB MDL McGuire: October 17, 9am-12pm; November 13, 9am-12pm.

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Car-Buying 101

Buying a car soon? New or Used? Learn about your options and how to avoid any pitfalls at the dealership and arrive prepared! Feel free to bring a brown-bag lunch.

Pre-registration required.

October 18 from 11:00am - 12:30pm

Inclusive By Design: A Gathering of Influencers Conference…Something for Everyone!

October 24 from 10:00 am - 2:30 pm

Please join us to bring together families and professionals to reflect on inclusive practice, learn new tools for creating change in the community and to identify areas of strength and opportunities for change, in order to better serve families who experience disability.

Pre-registration is required.

Inclusive by Design
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Mandatory Voting Training for USAF Active Duty Members

All USAF Active Duty Members must attend annual Military Voting Training. Attendance/completion is tracked. Highly recommended for other branches as well. Attendees will leave with a better understanding of Absentee Voting, Registering to Vote, National Mail Voter Registration Form and how to use www.fvap.gov.

Register through Appointment Plus: https://booknow.appointment-plus.com/3yjbr5kq/ .

Two sessions available, only need to attend one; November 7, 9:00am-10:00am or 1:00pm-2:00pm, at the Timmermann Center, Bldg. 5441 8th St., JB MDL Dix.