Key Spouse Newsletter – September 2019

We are gearing up for a very busy month.   I wanted to highlight a few key events which will be taking place during the month of September.

  • Tuesday, September 10th we will hold a Key Spouse Refresher Workshop from 9-10 am.  Please call 385-4663 to sign up.  (Annual training is offered at the Key Spouse Appreciation).
  • Friday, September 13th is a 28th BW Training Day.  The A&FRC will be closed for walk in traffic as we will be available to conduct training offsite to squadrons per their request.
  • Tuesday, September 17th is the monthly Newcomer’s Orientation.  Spouses are welcome to attend.
  • There is a pop up True Colors workshop taking place on Wednesday, September 18th starting at 6pm at the Balfour Beatty Community Center.  All spouses are welcome!  Signups are not necessary, just come out and have fun learning about yourself and others!
  • On Thursday, September 19th, there will be an American Red Cross Babysitter’s Course for Teens (developed for teens ages 11-15) from 9-3pm at the A&FRC.  This is being held during the school week so that out Home School children are able to attend.  Please call 385-4663 to sign up.
  • The Annual Key Spouse Dinner/Training will be held on Thursday, September 26th starting at 5:30 pm in residence.  We appreciate all the effort and sacrifices you all make every day!  Let us know if you are able to attend so we can plan for the meal.  (Flyer will be coming out separately).
  • Save the date!  The next Heart Link will be held on Thursday, October 17th (Please note date change from what was previously sent out).

I have attached some flyers for the Salute to Ellsworth taking place on September 14th, as well as information about a Community Health and Wellness Expo taking place on September 21st at the Rushmore Mall.

We have had a few Key Spouses completing the online Initial Key Spouse training (available through the Military One Source site).  I still would like to meet those spouses so I can give them hard copy information of the materials, as well as ensuring I have their POC information so I am able to email them information, and provide their POC information to senior leaders if requested.  There is a section on the appointment letters where a signature is required verifying the training has been completed.  I don’t want to miss any of our spouses as they are completing training.  Just send me a quick email so I can keep track of who would like to complete training virtually.

On the Spouse Employment front, we are working on providing some events to help our spouses.  We are offering a Federal Resume workshop especially designed for spouses on Thursday, October 17th.  On November 15th, we are planning a Spouse Job Fair, and in December (date pending) we are working on a Dress for Success workshop.

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August Key Spouse Newsletter

Some big news!  The Initial Key Spouse Training is now available online!  Please contact me if you would like to conduct the Initial Key Spouse training virtually.  More information to follow on this brand new initiative!

  • Many events are taking place this month.  The Back to School Round Up takes place at the Pride Hangar on Saturday, August 17th from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm.
  • The EFMP (Exceptional Family Member Program) has two events taking place this month.  The first is a cake decorating event for adults.  It takes place August 22nd from 9:00 am – 11:00 am.  (You do need to call and reserve seats, 385-4663).  There will be a STOMP (Specialized Training of Military Parents) Financial Planning webinar taking place on Wednesday, August 7th from 9:00-10:00 am.  Contact the A&FRC to register at 385-4663.


  • Key Spouse Appreciation Dinner will be taking place on Thursday, September 26th  from 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm in residence.
  • HEARTLINK will be taking place on Thursday, October 24th from 5:15 pm – 8:30 pm in residence.

Summer Nights Shuttle

During Summer Nights, there will be a shuttle service to downtown Rapid City every Thursday night until 29 August. Open to all DoD Cardholders, must have ID present to ride and re-enter the installation.

On base pick up and drop off location will be at the Dakota’s Community Center. Seat reservation must be made by 3pm on the Thursday you plan to utilize the shuttle.

Summer Nights Shuttle

July Key Spouse Newsletter

 Summer is in full swing, and there are so many things happening on base, as well as the local community.  Check out the Ellsworth FSS webpage, or download the “Ellsworth Happenings” app so you don’t miss out on summer fun!


  • The Exceptional Family Member Program will be hosting several events  taking place during the month of July to include a Pottery Night, and a Canvas 2 Paint night.  (Please see attached fliers).    Kim Geffre is the POC for these event at 385-4663.  These workshops are designed for those families with exceptional family members.
  • I have attached a document that lists licensure and certification boards for the state of South Dakota.  As we obtain more information from those licensing boards, we will update the list.  We are hoping this will be helpful to our spouses who are newly PCS’ed to Ellsworth AFB and would like to be able to continue in their chosen professionally licensed career field.  If you have spouses who have additional questions about the licensure and certification programs for the State of South Dakota, please have them contact me at the Airman & Family Readiness Center, 385-4663.
  • The Ellsworth Privatized Housing Manager, Todd Pallas, has provided guidance to all new tenants who are living in the EAFB Privatized Housing area.   If you have been living in privatized housing on base for more than two months, you may not have received this document.  Please see the attached guidance that identifies “Dispute Resolution Guidance” for those who are living in privatized housing on base.  For further information or clarification,  please  contact Todd Pallas, 28 CES, Military Housing Office at 385-2575/385-2570.
  • We have several new Key Spouses who have been identified.  As a reminder, we do have upcoming Key Spouse Mentor training scheduled on Tuesday, July 9th from 9:00 – 10:00, and Initial Key Spouse Training is scheduled for Tuesday, August 6th from 8:30 – 12:30  I am more than happy to schedule refresher training, initial training, or mentor training at a time that is convenient if these dates do not work for your schedule.  Please contact me at 385-4663  to sign up for training.
  • Babysitter’s Roster:  We do have a large number of teens who are American Red Cross trained and licensed Babysitters.  I have attached the most up to date roster of our Teens whose parents/guardians have authorized their names to be sent out to members of the Ellsworth Community.  (Placement on the list does not represent endorsement of the babysitter by the United States Air Force or Ellsworth AFB.  Selecting a hiring a teen babysitter is a parental responsibility).
  • For those teens who are interested in going through the next American Red Cross Babysitter’s Training course,  you are in luck!  We will have another class this summer on Tuesday, July 23rd from 9:00 – 3:00 PM at the Airman & Family Readiness Center.  Parent do need to call and sign up their child as space is limited.

Key Spouse Newsletter – June 2019

  • June will be busy across the base with many activities offered for active duty members and their family members.  Please check out the FSS website and Facebook pages for more information about upcoming events such as Arts & Crafts Activities, Swimming and more!


  • There will be an American Red Cross Teen Babysitter’s Course offered on Tuesday, June 18th from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM.  Parents can call the A&FRC at 385-4663 to sign up for the workshop.  The workshop is open to kids ages 11-15.  Older teens may sign up as well, but class is geared for a younger teen. 


  • Join us for the  Key Spouse Refresher Training on Tuesday, June 4th from 9:00 – 10:00 AM.  Please call the A&FRC at 385-4663 to sign up.


  • Some big changes with  Spouse Reimbursement for State Licensure and Recertification!

In an effort to ease the burden of PCSing/PCAing, the Air Force is reimbursing up to $500 for Airmen’s spouses’ occupational state relicensing and recertification costs incurred due to a qualifying PCS/PCA. For more information, please contact the Ellsworth AFB Airman and Family Readiness Center for more information at 605-385-4663.  See the recent link from AFPC:



  • A reminder from Dennis Wier, Ellsworth AFB Community Support Coordinator:


Dr. Janell MacAulay is coming to Ellsworth on 4 and 5 June to help us learn how to practice Mindful Leadership.  Here is a link to one of her TED Talks in case you are interested.


Below are the 2 times she will be presenting in the Base Theater.  Families are welcome.   


4 Jun 19

1500-1600 Base-wide presentation in base theater


5 Jun 19

1000-1100 Base-wide presentation in base theater



  • From Kim Geffre, Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) Manager: 


The South Dakota High School Rodeo Contestants along with the Black Hills Roundup will be hosting a “The Black Hills Roundup Special Needs Rodeo” on Saturday, 15 June in Belle Fourche, SD.


This is a free event for special athletes of all ages as they get to interact with the high school contestants and participate in events.


Below is a hyperlink with additional information and a video about the program.



  • From Jacob Garrett:  School Liaison Officer: 


A  Kindergarten Lunch and Learn Workshop on Tuesday, June 4th, 2019 from 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM at the Child Development Center.  Parents must call the CDC front desk at 385-2488 by Thursday, May 30th, 2019 to sign up. 


  • From the Spouse Education and Career Opportunities Office: 


During the month of June, the Spouse Education and Career Opportunities program office will host several events that we would like to invite military spouses to attend. Please review the following information for more details about each event and for registration procedures to join the discussions.


To join the LinkedIn discussions, participants will need to have a LinkedIn profile and request approval to join the MSEP Spouse Group page at the following link: Once approved, members can join all group discussions hosted by the MSEP Spouse Group. We find the link works better using Google Chrome versus Internet Explorer.


  1. Military Spouse Employment Partnership LinkedIn Discussion


Join us on Thursday, June 6 at 1 p.m. ET for our MSEP Partner LinkedIn Discussion to engage key human resources professionals and hiring managers from MSEP partner, Camping World.


  1. Career Coach Live


Join the Career Coach Live Facebook event on Thursday, June 13 at 3 pm ET for key tips and strategies for creating a strong job application.

More information will be coming soon!


  1. Military Spouse Employment Partnership Partner Facebook Live


Be sure to join the MSEP Partner Connect Facebook Live event with Camping World on June 20. Camping World is the leading outdoor and camping retailer with over 250 locations throughout the United States.


If you or military spouses in your community are interested, but are not able to attend, you can check out the thread and find more information by clicking on


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  1.            Virtual Military Spouse Symposium Recordings Are Live:


Thank you for your support!  Have a wonderful and safe month.