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Officials extend community assessment

SAN ANTONIO -- Officials are extending the opportunity to participate in the 2011 Air Force Community Assessment through April 3.

More than 350,000 active-duty members, reservists and spouses as well as all appropriated fund civilian employees were randomly selected to participate in the anonymous survey. Those selected began receiving an e-mail invitation Jan. 30 to participate in the survey. Spouses were mailed a postcard.

Officials said the secure notice is being sent from the consulting firm ICF International and addressed from

To date, more than 70,000 participants have completed the assessment, which provides an opportunity to contribute to community action plans for programs at all levels of the Air Force.

The assessment is designed to assist chaplains and people working in installation-level Airman and family readiness centers, family advocacy programs, health and wellness centers, mental health clinics and child and youth programs to better meet the needs of service members and their families.

Officials hope to capture experiences and opinions in the voluntary survey to help improve life for families in the Air Force. The survey takes approximately 30-45 minutes to complete.

For more information on the survey, call 800-506-0098 or e-mail