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April 24, 2014

ANNISTON ARMY DEPOT, Ala. -- The Army Family Team Building Program is not a new idea or concept. AFTB was established in 1994 and has been transforming the lives of Families through education and support.

The mission of AFTB is to educate and train all of America's Army in all aspects of military life, and assist Families in becoming more self sufficient, independent and able to cope with life's challenges.

Intended for Department of Defense civilians, military personnel and their Family members, AFTB can best be described as a key to possibilities.

There are 30 classes, divided into three levels.

The Military Knowledge Level is a key to understanding the military environment and contains such classes as Expectations and Impact of the Mission on Family Life, Military Acronyms and Terms, Military Benefits and Entitlements and Chain of Command.

The Personal Growth and Resiliency Level helps employees gain or sharpen inter-personal skills and learn to find and give support in times of need. This level contains classes such as Communication, Overcoming Stress and Improving Personal Relationships.

The Leadership Development Level teaches how to take charge and lead others. Classes include Examining Your Leadership Style, Effective Communication Skills for Leaders, Developing Great Meetings, Managing Conflict and Building a Cohesive Team. Level L classes help students develop and use effective leadership skills.

The AFTB program prepares students to take care of themselves and others. It is increasingly recognized for its role in family support and mission readiness. Anniston Army Depot's Army Community Service provides the following AFTB classes:

• Military Knowledge
• Resiliency, Be the Bouncing Ball
• Military Acronyms and Terms
• Chain of Command
• Military Customs, Courtesies, Ceremonies and Traditions
• Military Social Functions
• Basic Military Benefits and Entitlements
• Introduction to Military and Civilian Community Resources
• Introduction to Family Readiness Groups
• Military Family Preparedness

• Learn to Communicate
• Winning at Time Management
• Heading Toward Leadership
• Overcoming Stress
• Exploring Personality Traits
• Improving Personal Relationships
• Successful Team Dynamics
• Effective Conflict Management
• Problem Solving Strategies
• Resiliency Crisis Coping and Grieving
• Time to Serve: The Volunteer Experience

• Leadership through Understanding Needs
• Examining Your Leadership Style
• Effective Communication Skills for Leaders
• Developing Great Meetings
• Establishing Team Dynamics
• Resolving Conflict
• Supporting Others through Coaching and Mentoring
• Virtual Meeting Tips and Techniques

All ACS classes are held from 5-7 p.m. in Bldg. 220. Classes are limited to the first 10 students who apply. Each directorate may also request AFTB classes to assist in career development for their employees during directorate training hours.

Volunteer opportunities exist within AFTB for administrative assistants and instructors. No prior experience is needed and all training will be provided. These are excellent positions to explore career fields, gain valuable skills, meet new people and network.

For more information about AFTB, volunteer positions or to register for classes, contact ACS at 256-235-7445 or visit Bldg. 220.


AFTB is offering the following free workshop:

Effective Conflict Resolution
• Date: April 30
• Time: 5--7 p.m.
• Register by: April 25

The class will be held in the Army Community Service Building.

For more information and/or to register, please call Amanda Mullinax at Ext. 7445 or e-mail