Programs and Services
If a permanent change of station, or PCS, is in your future, you may have questions about moving. As part of the Military and Family Support Center, the Relocation Assistance Program provides services and resources to help make this transition as smooth as possible. Here’s what they offer:
- Individual PCS planning — Most relocation programs offer one-on-one consultation. In particular, those making their first military move, those making their first overseas move or those with challenging or complex situations should contact the relocation assistance office.
- MilitaryINSTALLATIONS and Plan My Move — For managing and planning your move, you may want to take advantage of these DoD-sponsored online relocation tools. You can estimate expenses, locate forms for housing and property shipments, and create a moving calendar.
- Loan closet — Where available, loan closets offer basic household goods while your personal property is in transit. Typical items include pots and pans, dishes, silverware, irons, ironing boards and infant or toddler car seats. Generally, towels and bed linens are not available, so these should be packed in your express shipment.
- Workshops and briefings — Workshops vary from installation to installation, but you may find classes on purchasing real estate and renting, budgeting and finance, moving with children or general moving preparation.
- Pre-departure briefings — These briefings may be called Smooth Move or PCS Briefing, and they provide essential information to prevent you from making uninformed and costly decisions before your move.
- Settling-in services — Welcome wagon services, local area tours (with child care sometimes provided), or basic household items to use until your goods arrive may be a part of your installation’s settling-in services. Overseas arrival services may include introductory language classes and cultural awareness training.
- Foreign-born spouse support — Whether your question concerns immigration and naturalization, learning the English language or how to use local transportation, the relocation program provides assistance, classes and referrals.
- Emergency assistance — From time to time, emergencies occur while moving. The Relocation Assistance Program office has the resources to provide emergency financial assistance and referrals.
Installation Specific Information
The Buckley AFB Airman and Family Readiness Center Relocation staff offers a monthly Right Start newcomer briefing on the third Wednesday of each month. The program consists of an Introduction followed by an Information Fair that provides newcomers with important information on the services and agencies available in the Buckley/Denver Metro Area.
The Child Care For PCS program sponsored by the Air Force Aid Society is available at Buckley AFB.
When the MPF receives an assignment notification, it is sent to the appropriate unit with an initial assignment briefing date. Ninety days prior to the projected departure date (PDD) the member receives orders and approximately 60 days prior to PDD should contact the transportation office. If the move is overseas, the SPA processes port call request paperwork and receives confirmation approximately 30 days prior to PDD. The member receives any tickets needed and port call instructions (overseas PCS only) at the final out processing briefing.
Provides access to 24/7 counseling, information and referral for service families, and if relocating, search for Culture Grams that can provide useful information about your new duty location.
Military Youth on the Move
Answers to military children and teen concerns.
Military Child Education Coalition
Provides information and resources on military education needs.
Official web site for verification of military service for transitioning service members.
AF Wounded Warrior Program
Provides benefits and services available to wounded warriors and families.
Department of Defense-sponsored website for kids impacted by the deployment of parents and caregivers.
USA4 Military Families
Seeks to engage and educate state policymakers, not-for-profit associations, concerned business interests, and other state leaders about the needs of military members and their families.