MALMSTROM AIR FORCE BASE, Mont. --
“Enhancing the quality of life of special needs family members by establishing, implementing and maintaining the family support component in conjunction with community support and coordinating with the (Exceptional Family Member Program) medical and assignments units,” is the Airman and Family Readiness Center’s Family Support mission statement.
One of the ways the EFM Program is accomplishing this mission is by offering EFMP families the opportunity to partake in various activities/camps throughout the year. These activities include a Creative Art Afternoon at Brush Crazy, Fun Food For Families at Pizazz, an Adaptive Ski Adventure at Showdown Ski Area, Tippy Toes Creative Movement at the Eagle Mount Activity Center, Fly Fishing Basics at North 40, Family Float Adventure with Eagle Mount, a three day Equine Assisted Learning Camp at the Eagle Mount Equestrian Center and a Gates of the Mountains Family Fun Lake Boat tour.
“We’re excited for future events!” declared a family member event participant.
Family members, whether children or other dependents, become enrolled in the EFM Program if they have any educational or medical special need, including allergies, asthma, behavioral concerns or if they are on any type of individualized education plan for school-related issues.
These activities provide an outlet for EFMP families to bond with each other, but also with other parents or dependents with various special needs. It allows families to realize they are not alone in the struggle to manage day to day activities when a family member has an exceptional need.
One family member stated, “We absolutely enjoyed ourselves,” after participating in the creative art afternoon event.
For questions or concerns related to the EFM Program, contact Malmstrom’s EFMP-FS specialist, Holly Wick, at 731-4900, or stop by the Airman and Family Readiness Center in Building 800.