Military Family Programs (MFP)

The MFP's objective is to support US Army War College students and their spouses to prepare for their future roles as senior leaders responsible for developing and implementing personal, unit and community family programs around the world. To accomplish these objectives, the MFP will present a series of lectures, seminars and workshops throughout the academic year. These programs are structured into four modules: Family Growth and Fitness, Personal Growth and Fitness, Personal Financial Management, and Leadership and Readiness. The specific activities in each module are listed below.

All of these activities are open to all resident and non-resident USAWC students and spouses. We will also stream video of these events to support geographically separated spouses, USAWC Fellows and our Distance Education Program.

Dates are subject to change based on USAWC needs.


Leadership and Readiness

  Facilitating, Leadership and Group Skills (FLAGS) Program

FLAGS Facilitator Training

A Facilitating, Leadership and Group Skills (FLAGS) facilitator is responsible for assisting FLAGS training participants reach decisions and accomplish goals. Your duties include working with groups to clarify meeting content, objectives and to establish ground rules that govern behavior. Facilitator duties also involve selecting appropriate methods and tools that will enable participants to achieve results. When problems or issues come up, facilitators work with the group to resolve conflict and return to goals. Other duties as a FLAGS facilitator include creating environments that allow civil dialogue and input from all participants and above all -- remaining neutral throughout the process.

As a FLAGS facilitator, you must be comfortable with working with group dynamics while managing the meeting or activity process. You must be competent at making observations and recognizing when interactions, situations or group dynamics change. And if there are disruptive behaviors, promptly intervene to disperse or extinguish them. Facilitators are assertive enough to get things on track with appropriate suggestions or redirecting group efforts.

A FLAGS facilitator interest meeting will be held 14 AUG at Upton Hall - Bradley Auditorium, Bldg 22 from 10:00 to 1130. If you are interested you will be asked to complete the application and interview process to be considered for a FLAGS facilitator.

Specific requirements: Complete application and interview process to be considered for the FLAGS facilitator.

Facilitating Leadership and Group Skills (FLAGS) Workshop

FLAGS workshop participants will have the opportunity to develop new skills or enhance skills through a combination of classroom experience, self-assessment instruments and small group activities.

Participants will engage in activities structured to increase self-awareness and improve group leadership skills to assist senior leader spouses to become advanced thinkers and problem solvers, the goal of the workshop is to promote effective team and leadership skills through the exploration of communication, leadership styles, conflict and stress management and decision-making as well as preferences for learning and inclusion.



  Senior Spouse Leadership Seminar (SSLS)

Sponsored by the USAWC Military Family Program, and offered only at Carlisle Barracks. SSLS is designed to deliver a workshop covering topics relevant to Senior Military Spouses. This leadership seminar is designed to provide senior spouses training to enhance their roles as program mentors and advisors and to provide them with relevant, useful information as they serve the military community. Previous seminar topics included "Working With Volunteers", "Coaching/Mentoring/Advising", the "Balancing Act" for a volunteer, and "Senior Spouse Protocol".



  Protocol Workshop

Participation in many official and unofficial, formal and informal events are expected everywhere you go. The knowledge, skills and experience presented by the AWC Executive Services will enhance what you already know and will provide you with an in-depth understanding of the various layers of protocol and formal rules you will encounter as a senior leader.



  Public Speaking Workshop

The Public Speaking workshop will review the principles for preparing and delivering a speech effectively, with practical exercises to apply and test the principles and develop confidence in audience-centric speaking. Your questions will be welcome in this interactive session.



  Using Social Media and Security

Social media: powerful tools or danger zones? Yes and yes. As individuals, parents, and participants in volunteer organizations, entrepreneurships – you know that social media offer relationships, information exchange, alerts and delights. Information is power: learn more about using social media tools in a world of privacy concerns and constant change



  Ethical Issues for Leaders

Not a week goes by that the news doesn't carry a story about another military leader that is either under investigation or relived from command or their duties. These tragedies negatively affect the units, staffs, and family members as well as the military profession itself. As military leaders achieve more rank they assume greater responsibility and visibility. Strategic leadership is a very complex endeavor that always involves risk and tensions as well as great rewards in the service of our nation. "Ethical Challenges for Strategic Leaders (and approaches to help you in the future)" is a short seminar on the unique challenges and actions that one can take to avoid the dangerous ethical pitfalls of strategic leadership.




Personal Growth and Well-being

  Dress for Success

The way you dress has a remarkable impact on the people you meet professionally or socially, and greatly (sometimes crucially) affects how they treat you. The way you dress speaks volumes about who you are as a person and as a professional. When you enter a room, it takes only a few seconds for people you've never met to form perceptions about you. You don't have to utter a word because, regardless of who you are, your clothes and body language always speak first.

Unfortunately, many AWC students "dress for failure" for the following reasons:
  • They let their spouse choose their clothing
  • They let their favorite sales clerk choose their clothing
  • They let their military backgrounds "choose" their clothing

To assist future senior leadership in "dressing for success", the USAWC Military Family Program provides a series of informative (and always entertaining) lectures providing sartorial advice for both students and their spouses.

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  Spouse Employment Transition Workshop

The Spouse Employment Transition Workshop is a 2 day workshop offered by Army Community Service in partnership with the USAWC Military Family Program office, Hiring Our Heroes, and the Local Chamber of Commerce. The goal is to assist spouses in developing their career seeking skills, networking, resume critiques, salary negotiations, and LINKEDIN profiles.

The workshop will also offer an employer panel discussion and extensive information on various career portals and assistance to aid our military spouses as they transition from a military to civilian lifestyle and beyond. The workshop is facilitated by our Hiring Our Heroes, Employment Readiness Program Manager and local subject matter experts from the Carlisle community.



  Mindfulness Training

Over the past several years, mindfulness has gone from an obscure Buddhist spiritual practice to a mainstream, secular training that has been embraced by psychologists, doctors, teachers and school districts, Fortune 500 corporations, Olympic, college, and professional athletes, the military, and popular media. Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) involves training in meditation and being in the present and has proven useful in the treatment of stress and anxiety.



  Relaxation Training

Relaxation techniques are often employed as one element of a wider stress management program and can decrease muscle tension, lower the blood pressure and slow heart and breathe rates, among other health benefits. This training includes teaching participants the benefits of deep breathing as well as other techniques that can help us relax.



  Beating the Winter Blues

Winter has a large effect on our body. The Pennsylvania Winters are cold. Your skin desiccates and often cracks, especially on the fingers, making it difficult to use a computer. You bundle up against the cold until you feel like the kid in the “Christmas Story” movie.

We eat differently in the winter as well, as the cold weather triggers an unconscious desire to store fat against some prehistoric seasonal famine.

Even our exercise routines become more challenging in the winter, and often surrendered. Gain insight on how to beat the winter blues and join us and learn.



  Overeating Awareness

Rather than controlling cravings and overeating - which doesn't work. During this presentation, you will learn steps to integrate mindfulness into your eating behaviors as well as other aspects of your life. You will walk away from this session knowing how to derive greater satisfaction from your food and more awareness of the sources of problematic behavior patterns.



  Managing Stress

The participants of this presentation will look at the holistic approach to stress management. It treats both cognitive skills and relaxation techniques with the intention of preventing and/or alleviating the physical symptoms of stress.




Military Financial Management Programs

  Financial Planning: Three Part Seminar

These presentations will cover specific factors and benefits applicable to military personnel and their Families that should be considered in developing a financial program. Information will be provided on investments, insurance, tax requirements, and how each works together to provide a financially secure future. Specific investment and insurance plans and programs will not be covered. The informal setting of the presentations, and the experience of the presenter, is intended to facilitate the sharing of ideas and answers many of your questions.

  College Financial Planning

There are many places to find general information about paying for college, But does all this information and misinformation - really help your family with one of the most expensive and complex decisions you'll ever make, each family’s situation is different when it comes to paying for a college education. Financial aid opportunities vary from state to state but the information provided in this presentation will lead you in the right direction. The Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA), Subject Matter Expert will provide you with valuable information on tools and how to access them to assist in the decision about colleges and universities your child is interested in.

  Post 9/11 GI Bill

The Post-9/11 GI Bill provides education benefits for Servicemembers who have served on active duty for 90 or more days since Sept. 10, 2001. There is so much more to know. The Education Center Specialist for the Army Continuing Education System on Carlisle Barracks will provide an in depth presentation on how to understand the benefit and the eligibility requirements.


Family Growth and Resilience

  Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) for Families

When you understand personality preferences, you can more readily appreciate differences between you and people closest to you in your life such as partners, children, and friends. In most areas of life, when differences between yourself and another person bother you too much, you can avoid the other person in some way. But when that person is a family member or close friend, you have a lot to lose by walking away.

Knowledge of MBTI® type allows you to see those differences as just those—different ways of seeing things. Instead of labeling a person and putting value judgments on his or her behavior, you can learn to see your partner's behavior as reflecting personality type, not something designed to offend you.

Military family lifestyles require the harmonious melding of all members of the family. Understanding of MBTI type can lead the way. When family members understand type, they are less likely to assume they are "right" and others are "wrong." This is true across many issues including management of time, schoolwork, decision making, family recreational activities and vacations, or rules of the household. You can request a copy of the instrument by stopping by the Military Family Program office, Room B10 Root Hall (between the library and Barber Shop), or by contacting the Military Family Program Director

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  Solving the Eldercare Puzzle

Caring for elderly parents, even in the best of situations, can be difficult for anyone. But it can be even more of a challenge for senior military service members. Trying to make long-term care and emergency decisions for elderly parents while simultaneously carrying a great deal of responsibility at work can cause a lot of worry. War College students are also often deployed overseas, far away from their aging parents, which makes it more difficult to monitor their parents’ well-being. As parents age, they may need assistance with daily activities such as home maintenance, personal hygiene, and meals. And if a medical emergency occurs without a contingency plan in place, it adds to the burden of guilt and anxiety over what could happen in the service member’s absence.


  • Communicating with Elderly Parents
  • When a Lifestyle Change May Be Necessary
  • Elder Care Options
  • Aging in Place
  • Paying for Long-Term Care
  • Medicare/Medicaid
  • Recognizing Danger Signals
  • Legal Aspects of Elder Care


  Resiliency Lecture

Just as senior leaders can build resilience, their families can also take steps to boost their resilience or “family fitness.” Family fitness is every military family’s ability to use physical, psychological, social and spiritual resources to prepare for, adapt to and grow from military lifestyle demands. By helping family members feel more secure and connected in daily life, families can build resilience to cope with common military stressors like deployment, permanent change of station, combat injury and operational stress. This resilience also helps protect the psychological health of children who may struggle with change, fears or missing a parent. What’s more, the more fit military families are, the better able they are to support their service member.



  Effective Advocacy for Children with Special Needs for Their Next School Experience

Military families face challenging education transitions for their children when moving to new locations on a regular basis. These challenges are magnified for students with special needs. How can parents prepare well for these moves and find ways to quickly work with the new school? How can parents and school districts jointly insure that the child who has special needs will make a smooth transfer to another school? This presentation will help you be prepared to make the next move to a new school easier and more satisfactory for a child with special needs- and for their brothers and sisters too! By being a better advocate, and not an adversary, you can transfer your child from school to school with confidence and skill!



  Marriage Seminar

The evening event is the collaborative efforts of the Army Community Service and the Military Family Program. The environment is fun, non-threatening, and sometimes hilarious. And it's a wonderful time for couples to refresh good marriages or heal troubled ones. The Seminar will provide practical insights to help with everyday issues.



  Relocation 101 Workshop

This workshop is designed specifically for the USAWC Student and their Spouse. The workshop focuses on ensuring support and assistance are available for those who are moving to or from Carlisle Barracks. Housing, transportation, legal claims, EFMP, school, and financial management information is provided, along with pre-departure counseling and relocation planning as needed. Students and tier Spouse may register to receive a personalized welcome packet from their next assignment.