Army Family Team Building celebrates 19 years Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 December 2013
Story and photo by Derek Gean
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A group of Army Family Team Building volunteers gathered to celebrate the program’s 19th birthday Monday at the Army Community Service Center.

AFTB is a series of classes taught through ACS that helps educate new members of the Army community with basic information about the Army, personal growth skills and leadership skills.
JP Flores passes out cake at the AFTB 19th birthday celebration Monday at ACS.

“AFTB improves personal and Family preparedness which enhances overall Army readiness and helps America’s Army adapt to a changing world,” said JP Flores, AFTB/Army Family Action Plan program manager.

ACS employees, spouses and volunteers who support daily operations at Army installations teach the program. Flores said AFTB is also beginning a new curriculum that was developed with input from spouses and volunteers.  

“The training is available to Soldiers, Family members of all Soldiers, Department of Defense civilians and volunteers, and we encourage everyone to take the classes,” Flores said.   

“AFTB helps you to not just cope with, but enjoy the military lifestyle. Many of the courses can be applied toward resumé and career building, self-development and leadership skills. AFTB provides the knowledge and self-confidence to take responsibility for yourself and your Family,” Flores said.

Nadine Albrecht is a direct product of the AFTB program. An Army spouse and veteran, Albrecht got involved when she was on maternity leave with the Army.  

“I thought it sounded interesting so I decided to check it out, loved it and went on to become an instructor and eventually a master trainer,” she said.

“Initially it helped me to relate to other spouses and see their perspective while I was a Soldier. It led me to be more compassionate.  AFTB also helped me as I transitioned out of the Army. I struggled with hanging up my uniform so being able to use my experience and knowledge to help others transition into this lifestyle has been a huge blessing,” Albrecht said.  

Albrecht said that often people don’t realize that AFTB can be beneficial to not just people new to the Army lifestyle, but also people who have been connected to the Army for years.  

“No one is ever too experienced to learn something new.  Parts of AFTB are for the entry level Soldier or spouse but you learn so much from others, even if it’s just validation that you aren’t alone in this journey.  It’s also a great networking opportunity, you get to meet others who are either where you are or where you have been, and that helps create a special bond that is unique in the military,” she said.

AFTB will offer more training sessions in the new year. For  more information, call ACS at 596.0212.
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