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February 13, 2012
By Ferne Conroy, Army Community Service; Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation; U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii -- The Army Family Team Building is a series of training modules designed for Soldiers, family members and Army civilians.

The modules aim to enhance knowledge about the military and develop leadership skills of participants.

The program also strengthens self-confidence and independence and provides participants the opportunity to meet new people and get involved in the community.

In 1992, senior leaders and spouses created the AFTB as a way to educate family members as a result of lessons learned following the Gulf War.

AFTB is essentially an education program. Three levels of classes are offered with a three-pronged goal of learning, growing and leading.

The first level is an introduction to military life style (learn), the second level of instruction promotes personal development (grow), and AFTB level three (lead) helps develop positive attributes we see in others and admire.

AFTB classes

Classes are offered at Schofield Barracks and Fort Shafter. To learn when classes are scheduled or to volunteer as an instructor, call 655-0671 or email ferne.r.conroy@us.army.mil. Classes are available to units and family readiness groups, and can be modified to meet the needs of the community. An online version of classes is offered at www.myarmyonesource.com.