Family Advocacy continues to support Incirlik Airmen

INCIRLIK AIR BASE, Turkey --  Despite the absence of families, the two-member Family Advocacy Program team are determined to continue to provide education, avocation and prevention services to Airmen here.

The FAP helps service members better cope with problems or hurdles that can arise during their time stationed here.

“We still want Incirlik Airmen to know that we’re here for them to use, whether they have families or not,” said Capt. Michell Greenidge, 39th Medical Operations Squadron FAP officer.

The following FAP services are available to help Airmen cope with problems or hurdles during their time here: couples communication, stress management and public awareness campaigns.

The FAP plays a role to develop Comprehensive Airman Fitness. According to the CAF program purpose, programs like FAP play a contributory role in sustaining a fit, resilient, and ready force.

“Because families left, or there is an Airman that’s single, it doesn’t mean there aren’t going to be other issues that come up,” said Thomas Evans, 39th MDOS FAP assistant. “[There can still be factors] that are going to affect the service member here.”

Some of the factors that could affect the service member while they are stationed here could be maintaining a long distance relationship, infrequent communication with their children, spouses or other immediate family members, marital problems and emotional/psychological abuse via phone call.

“It’s important to our mission here that we make sure Airmen and their families are healthy and wholesome,” said Evans.

The FAP staff is available Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and can be reached on weekends or after normal duty hours through the mental health on call phone.

For more information about Incirlik Air Base’s Family Advocacy Program, call 676-6452.