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Team Charleston Family Readiness Podcast


The Team Charleston Family Readiness Podcast is the only place where families can discover firsthand the programs that both Joint Base Charleston and the Air Force offer.

We know military life presents some unique challenges, and it can be overwhelming at times, but we're here to help. We discuss topics that directly impact your lives as military families.

Some past guests include EFMP coordinator, School liaison, health promotions team, Chaplain, Financial educators, as well as leaders from across the Air Force.

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A Sit Down With General Van Ovost & CMSgt Kruzelnick

Team Charleston Family Readiness PodcastMar 03, 2021

A Sit Down With General Van Ovost & CMSgt Kruzelnick

A Sit Down With General Van Ovost & CMSgt Kruzelnick

This is a special episode of the Podcast; we have a couple of guests who directly impact members' and families' lives across the Air Force. 

I sit down with the Commander of Air Mobility Command, General Jacqueline Van Ovost, and the Command Chief of Air mobility Command, CMSgt Biran Kruslneck. 

Today we discover that family is inseparable from a unit. We have a culture in the military of taking care of each other, and every one of us is part of a connected family, including our spouses and children. 

Check out past episodes where we talk to various helping professionals across Joint Base Charleston. 

Mar 03, 202123:01
Chaplain Law-Gordon's Resilience Story

Chaplain Law-Gordon's Resilience Story

We sit down with the Joint Base Charleston Deputy Chaplain, Chaplain Law-Gordon, and talk about the adversity she has faced and how she overcame unbelievably difficult challenges to ultimately thrive and help others through the use of the four resilience domains.

Follow the links below for resiliency resources:

Joint Base Charleton Chapel: 843-963-4673

Military Family Life Counselors: 

Air Base: 843-940-0133

Weapons Statio: 843-597-0721

Joint Base Charleston Mental Health: 843-963-6852

1. TRICARE offers Telemental Health Services as part of the Telemedicine benefit. As with any behavioral health care received from TRICARE provider, active-duty members will need a referral before getting care under this benefit.

2. Military OneSource released the attached COVID Resource pdf that provides info on contacting a Military OneSource MH provider and other MH tools.

3. The Military Crisis Line, online chat, and text-messaging service are free to all Service members, including members of the National Guard and Reserve, and Veterans, even if you are not registered with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) or enrolled in VA health care. Hundreds of men and women in the military call us every day, and start to get back on track.

Oct 30, 202037:57
Col Greene, 628th Air Base Wing Commander Talks Families
Sep 17, 202035:04
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

Sep 12, 202034:22
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:

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

Spouse Resiliency Toolkit:

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

Aug 21, 202029:20
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

Ways to help build an emergency fund:

Find out your credit score:

Joint Base Charleston Legal Office:

Air Base: 843.963.5502

Weapons Station: 843.794.7500

How to safeguard a vital document:

Military One Source home buying tips:

Jul 31, 202029:45
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:

For a list of employment programs:


Spouse licenser and reimbursement program:

The Military Spouse Employment Partnership (MSEP)

The MSEP program offers spouses professional employment opportunities and “portable” careers. For more information, visit

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 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 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 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

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 for more information.

Jul 23, 202032:00
Get Your Next Career Started Now! Jackie Ford/Sel Stephens
Jul 16, 202035:31
Hurricane Preparedness Bonus

Hurricane Preparedness Bonus

This is a bonus episode this week on the Team Charleston Family Readiness Podcast. 

It is in response to the overwhelmingly positive feedback we received from our hurricane season installment last month. 

Essentially you are about to hear the audio version of a hurricane preparedness video we produced last year. Let me stress that this information is still applicable today. You may remember we talked about the Limited Evacuation order, also known as the LEO a few weeks ago. Today We hear from the person who writes it!

We discover hurricane tips from Weather, Exceptional Family Member Program Coordinator, Legal, Finance, and Emergency Management team members. 

We get to the bottom of your entitlements and what you could be reimbursed for in the event of an evacuation.  


Air Force Claims Service Center:

Armed Forces LEgal ASsistance Locator:

National Disaster Education Coalition (NDEC):

National Weather Service:

National Hurricane Center:

Federal Emergency Management Agency:

Federal Emergency Management Agency: http//

The Weather Channel:

Department of Homeland Security:

Local Base Home Page:

Military and Family Readiness:

Charleston County Emergency Preparedness Guide:

South Carolina Hurricane Guide:

Jul 07, 202026:09
Plan For Your Family's Future - Casualty Assistance - Brian Harriman

Plan For Your Family's Future - Casualty Assistance - Brian Harriman

Do you know what a VRED is? How about SOES? Or what about this? An SBP? Whether you and your family have been in the Military for months, years, or perhaps you've already retired, something we talk about today will directly impact you and your family. 

The Casualty Assitance Rep helps guide families through challenging times by assisting them in navigating the administration process, answers questions, and also ensures vital documents get to the appropriate agencies so families can receive the benefits they are eligible for. 

We do a deep dive into many aspects of this program, and it's a content dense episode today. 

Important Numbers and Websites:

Retired Pay and Survivor Benefit Plan Questions

Call 800-321-1080

Defense Finance and Accounting Service Retiree Newsletter

My Air Force Benefits Calculator

Military Onesource Estate Planning

Brian's Office Number


Jun 24, 202037:40
It's Hurricane Season! SSgt Williamson/SSgt Sherwood

It's Hurricane Season! SSgt Williamson/SSgt Sherwood

What is a LEO? What zone do you live in? When is hurricane season? Don't know where to start? 

We find out today on the Team Charleston Family Readiness Podcast.  Today we talk to SSgt Ashley Williamson and SSgt Robert Sherwood from the 628th Civil Engineer Squadron's Ememercy management office about getting prepared for hurricane season.  The Atlantic hurricane season starts 1 June and runs through 30 November and NOAA has predicted an above-average year for hurricane activity in 2020.   

Maybe its collecting medication, putting up storm shudders, loading up the family pet, or maybe finding the medication for the family pet, the time to start thinking bout how you're going to do it is now.  

Refer to the below links for helpful tips, tools, and ways to keep your family safe during this season. South Carolina Department of Emergency Management Hurricane Readiness: 

Tips on how to make a plan: FEMA Hurricane Guide PDF: 

NOAA 2020 Hurrican Season Press Release: 

Military and Family Readiness Hurricane Preparedness video:

*Editor's Note* The HURCON times in the episode were incorrect. The correct times are below:

HURCON 5: Indicates surface winds in excess of 58 mph (50 knots) could arrive within 96 hours.

HURCON 4: Indicates surface winds in excess of 58 mph (50 knots) could arrive within 72 hours.

HURCON 3: Indicates surface winds in excess of 58 mph could arrive within 48 hours.

HURCON 2: Indicates surface winds in excess of 58 mph could arrive within 24 hours.

HURCON 1: Indicates surface winds in excess of 58 mph could arrive within 12 hours.

HURCON 1C - Caution: Winds of 40-57 mph/35-49 knots sustained are occurring.

HURCON 1E - Emergency: Winds of 58 mph/50 knots sustained and/or gusts of 69 mph/60 kts or greater are occurring.  All outside activity is strictly prohibited.

HURCON 1R - Recovery: Destructive winds have subsided and are no longer forecast to occur; survey and work crews are permitted to determine the extent of the damage and to establish safe zones around hazards (e.g. downed power lines, unstable structures). Non-essential personnel are asked to remain indoors.

Jun 12, 202031:01
What's Under the Family Advocacy Umbrella?

What's Under the Family Advocacy Umbrella?

This week on the Team Charleston Family Readiness Podcast, I learn the ins and outs of the Family Advocacy Program (FAP) and discovered there is more to it then just responding to abuse. They have an entire catalog of classes, workshops, counseling, and support programs to help grow both healthy families and relationships. 

The Family Advocacy Program works to prevent abuse by offering programs to stop domestic violence before it starts.

Today is a little different and a first because we have not one, not two, but six guests today, so we're able to get a clear picture of the various aspects of the Family Advocacy Program.   

Reach the team at:

Air Base: 843.963.6852

Weapons Station: 843.794.7421

Domestic Abuse Victim Advocate: 843.310.1884

Get the workshop calendar from their Facebook page @CharlestonFAP.

Jun 04, 202039:33
The EFMP Facilitator - Queen Pringle

The EFMP Facilitator - Queen Pringle

Today's guest was actually our very first guest when all of this started, the Coronavirus had just sent everyone home and Charleston's helping professionals were just trying to get their feet under them in response to what the new Abnormal was going to be.  Queen Pringle takes us through all the ways she is helping out families as the Exceptional Family Member Program Coordinator.  She has workshops and virtual support groups every week. Just head to her Facebook page @jbcharlestonEFMP for more information.  

Her Wednesday EFMP support group is held on the Zoom platform at 0800. The meeting ID is 559 494 652. 

Welcome to episode 10 of the podcast and thank you to everyone who has taken the time to listen and spread the word about both the podcast as well as what Joint Base Charleston Helping Agencies are out there. 

Ms. Pringles Contact Info:


Phone: 843-963-8883

Addtonal Resources:

**Military OneSource   -    -    800-342-9647

**Vroom: Brain-building tips for early development

**Aha! Parenting Strategies:

**Families Overcoming Under Stress (FOCUS)



**Self-Care Recommendations-

** MUSC Social & Emotional Wellbeing -

South Carolina State and Local Resources

** Family Resources Center for Disabilities and Special Needs Resource Directory-

May 28, 202029:51
Meet Your Shirt - MSgt Salamone
May 21, 202026:23
School Is Still In Session - Chris Gerry
May 13, 202030:43
Make Your Health A Priority! Nikki Conley/Alaine Mills

Make Your Health A Priority! Nikki Conley/Alaine Mills

Join us as we do a deep dive into what the HAWC can do for you during COVID! And it turns out we barely scratch the service.

Today our gets provide us with practical ways to take care of ourselves with nutrition, relaxation techniques, and we even get let in on what is called the 20/20/20 rule that'll change the way you work from home!

You can find information on their programs and activities on FACEBOOK:



Call: 843.963.4087 and leave a message to get in touch with the team or leave your Email to get on their mailing list. 

Email or for further information on programs and classes. 

May 05, 202027:40
6 Tips To Sanitize Your Finances

6 Tips To Sanitize Your Finances

It is a special edition of the Team Charleston Family Readiness Podcast today!  

We're now on APPLE PODCAST!!!!

That isn't the only thing that makes this episode a special edition, we have our first returning guest! He knocked it out of the park when he gave us some details about our stimulus checks, now he's back, and he's got some more financial information us. We're not reinventing the wheel here; we're going to provide some practical ways to help you and your family and save you money. Many of these only take a few minutes to'll have to listen to find out. 

The Joint Base Charleston Military And Family Readiness Center is on all the socials, just search for JBCMFR.

Apr 29, 202029:27
Can I Still Retire? Mick Mahon

Can I Still Retire? Mick Mahon

Just because we're in the midst of a global pandemic, life is still happening, and the life event we talk about today is massive...separation and retirement. Mick Mahon is the Transition Assistance Program manger for Joint Base Charleston, and he and his team directly impacts our military members and their families before and long after they have hung up the uniform. DoD TAP is an outcome-based program that bolsters opportunities, services, and training for transitioning service members in their preparation to meet post-military goals. Military & Family Readiness TAP resources: U.S. Department of Labor employment services: For the Transition Assistance Curriculum on Joint Knowledge Online and other transition services: for a multitude of your military documents visit: Cal 843.963.8883 for more information on TAP or to sign up for one on one consultations. Contact Mick at

Apr 22, 202033:22
Whats Happening At The Chapel - Ch James
Apr 18, 202025:02
Stimulus Checks? - Matt Sharman

Stimulus Checks? - Matt Sharman

Our Personal Financial Readiness team drops in as Matt Sharman helps sort out some questions about the upcoming stimulus check distribution. We cover who is eligible, how much they may be eligible for and when they could expect to see them.  Matt also gives us some great ideas on possible uses for the stimulus checks. We even determine how many crunchy tacos and toilet paper rolls $1200 gets you.   The Economic Impact Payment Information Center is where you can determine your eligibility: Stimulus Check Calculator: For further information on taxes: We are social! @JBCMFR on Instagram/Facebook/Youtube The official website of the Joint Base Charleston Military & Family Readiness Center:
Apr 15, 202028:57
Coping with COVID - Stress Reduction Tips - Robert McMillian

Coping with COVID - Stress Reduction Tips - Robert McMillian

Everyone is a little stressed out right now.  Chronic stress includes headaches, insomnia, muscle tension, stomach distress such as heartburn and acid reflux, and joint pain.  Demands of physical distancing may mean that your usual stress management strategies, such as going to the gym or hanging out with loved ones, are no longer accessible to you. Robert gives us 10 tips on how to reduce our stress and anxiety as well as some apps to help us out in this new environment. 

Robert McMillian is a Community Readiness Consultant at Joint Base Charleston's Military & Family Readiness Center and is a certified Mindfulness instructor.  Koru Mindfulness instructor which is an evidence-based program developed by Duke University which has been shown to reduce anxiety.*

If you would like to get ahold of Robert, call the M&FRC at 842.963.8883 or check us out on the socials: JBCMFR on Facebook, Instagram, and Youtube.

Head to for workshops, one on one appointments and other Team Charleston Resources.

Roberts Five Favorite Apps






Apr 09, 202029:58
Exceptional Family Member Program Coordinator - Queen Pringle
Apr 07, 202018:29