Family support center set to continue great service with new name, location

Airmen from the 362nd Training Squadron move a shelf from the old family support center to the new facility in Bldg. 962. (U.S. Air Force photo/Robert Fox)

Airmen from the 362nd Training Squadron move a shelf from the old family support center to the new facility in Bldg. 962. (U.S. Air Force photo/Robert Fox)

SHEPPARD AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- In the past 25 years, the Family Support Center has had three homes on Sheppard. Now, just a few months before its 25th anniversary, it has relocated again and has changed its name as well. 

The Family Support Center, now the Airman and Family Readiness Flight, is settling into its new home in Bldg. 962 after 11 years in Bldg. 796. 

Jim Gillespie, chief of the Airman and Family Readiness Flight, said the move gives them an additional 3,000 square feet. 

Mr. Gillespie said the extra space will also allow them to expand the loan room and the resource room. Both should be open again within the next two weeks, he said. 

He said the Airmen's attic, which has been shut down since March because of renovations, should be up and running again in about a month. 

"We'll be able to provide all of Team Sheppard with better services," he said. 

Saber Project Manager Red Whitmore said the $347,303 renovations to Bldg. 962 included new tile, carpet, lighting, tearing down a few walls to open space for offices, a kitchenette, a computer room, a lobby and updating the electrical wiring. He said the work on the building began in mid-January and was completed at the end of July. 

Mr. Gillespie said the flight started moving Aug. 15, a little at a time. 

The staff is dedicated to serving team Sheppard. During the organized chaos of the move, members of the staff continued to perform their daily functions. 

"We work hard together and we play hard together," Mr. Gillespie said. "Some of us have been together since '85." 

Mr. Gillespie said Master Sgt. Paul Pacheco from the 362nd Training Squadron, saw everyone packing up while he was attending a transition assistance class and got some volunteers to help get the move started. 

"(Our) extreme thanks to the 362nd TRS, the Army, the Navy and all of team Sheppard for their understanding, support and helping us move," Mr. Gillespie said.