SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii -- Army spouses and Soldiers who want to become Army Family Team Building, or AFTB, instructors can sign up now for classes offered in August.

Volunteers will learn how to speak in front of groups and how to work interactively with students.

“Being an AFTB instructor is beneficial to me both personally and professionally,” said Theresa Johnson, an AFTB instructor and 18th Medical Command spouse. “We have the opportunity to share our experiences with other spouses. It also builds self-esteem and helps us to grow, and we perfect our own public speaking skills.”

The AFTB program consists of three levels of classes for students who want to connect to their new Army lifestyle.

AFTB Level One, the “learn series,” teaches basic military information that lays the foundation for success as a military family member. AFTB Level Two, the “grow series” and Level Three, the “lead series” both teach management and leadership skills that are vital in today’s Army.

“I’ve made a network of friends and connections that have helped me out with knowledge and experience,” said Sgt. David Jones, 3rd Battalion, 25th Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, who volunteers as an AFTB instructor. “All AFTB instructors volunteer because they are passionate about empowering family members.

“To become a part of the family of instructors, all that is needed is (to complete) Level One of the in-class instruction and your attendance at the upcoming Instructor Training Course,” he said.

“Military families are the constant face of the military and the nation in times of war and in times of peace, and as such, we should strive to put our best foot forward to assist them to thrive,” said LaKisha Canady-Toussaint, AFTB instructor. 

-AFTB instructor course

Registration is underway for the AFTB instructor course, 5-9 p.m., Aug. 9-12 and 15, Army Community Service, Schofield Barracks. The graduation ceremony will be held 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Aug. 16, Kalakaua Community Center, Schofield Barracks. Call (808) 655-1703 or email ferne.r.conroy@us.army.mil.

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