Volunteers at White Sands Missile Range help provide support to the Army Family Team Building program, an important personal growth and resiliency training program.
Amy Randall, one of the volunteers involved with AFTB, had been a Military Wife for 28 years when her husband retired from the Air Force.
“I found myself out of the military and I wanted to stay involved,” said Randall, AFTB Volunteer Program Manager.
She began volunteering with AFTB, a Family resiliency and readiness program that provides participants with knowledge, personal growth, resiliency, and the leadership skills needed to become self-reliant, self-sufficient members of the community.
“We offer everything from basic military 101 classes to how to fill up a virtual telecom,” Randall said.
She has been volunteering with the program for about a month and manages the class instructors, most of which are also volunteers.
“It is personally rewarding to help get information out to others. Some of the volunteers are Army Wives and people who are not just being paid to get up there and recite something. Those doing it like it and they believe in it,” Randall said.
To become instructors, volunteers need to take an Instructor Training Course. The next Instructor Training Course is scheduled for Feb. 23-25 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. A total of 15 students are allowed per class.
“AFTB is an amazing program that has been changing lives through education since its inception in 1994,” said Anna Maria Vestal, AFTB Program Manager. “Volunteer instructors are the cornerstone of this program. No experience is necessary to become an instructor and all training is provided free of charge.”
Individuals from all backgrounds can volunteer to teach a class. Randall’s husband, for example, who retired from the Air Force as an officer, and now works with Army Research Laboratory, will be volunteering.
Classes are open to all civilian employees, Military Members, contractors, and their Family Members. They are held at the Army Community Services Building 250.