Stavanger is situated on the Southwestern coast of Norway (in the county of Rogaland); 600km from Oslo, the capital of Norway and lies on a line of latitude level with the Southern tip of Alaska. Nestled in the middle of fjord country on Norway's southwest coast, Stavanger is known for breath-taking scenery and moderate temperatures. Because Stavanger is home to NATO and is also the hub of the North Sea petroleum industry, the city provides both a cosmopolitan and small town feel.
History of the 426th Air Base Squadron
The history of the 426th dates back to 22 Nov 1944 when the 426th Air Service Group was established. The unit was activated as a combat unit on 15 Apr 1945 in Chelveston, England. It was only operational for four months and was disbanded on 1 Sep 1945. The unit earned the European-African-Middle Eastern Theater Service Streamer. Initially, the squadron was bedded down on the military section of Fornebu Airport (at that time Norway’s main international airport). Later, in the early 1980s, the squadron moved to Osteraas, near NATO’s HQ Air Forces North, Kolsaas.
In 1993, the 7240th Air Base Squadron was re-designated as the 724th Air Base Squadron. In 1994, Joint Headquarters (JHQ) North stood up in Stavanger, Norway. Subsequently, in July 1994, the 724th ABS relocated its personnel and equipment to Stavanger. The 426th ABS was activated at Sola-Sea (near Stavanger) on 1 Jul 1994. With the 426th ABS assuming most of the duties of the 724th ABS, the 724th ABS was deactivated on 30 Sep 1994.
The personnel and physical facilities of the 426th ABS were relocated from Sola-Sea to their current location, at the Jåttå military compound, in Sep 1999.
The mission of the 426 ABS is to provide base level services to the Joint Warfare Center (NATO) and DoD personnel assigned to Norway.
We are a joint-services base with a military/dependent population of approximately 280 people. We support US Military and civilians, exchange officers, and retirees throughout Norway to include the communities of: Oslo, Bergen, Trondheim, and Bodø.
A sponsor will be assigned to you by your gaining unit. If you have not heard from your sponsor within a reasonable time after being notified of your assignment, please contact the 426th Air Base Squadron Personnel Section to ask if a sponsor has been assigned.
Everyone arrives and leaves via Stavanger Airport in Sola (airport code SVG). As a general rule, your sponsor will arrange to meet you at the airport and transport you to a local hotel. This is an important aspect of your arrival and must be discussed fully.
Contact your sponsor to set up your PO Box. General Delivery mail will not be accepted without prior arrangement. Your sponsor will need a copy of your orders, along with your anticipated arrival date.
It is imperative that you inform your sponsor of your arrival date in order to ensure that temporary accommodations can be made. All temporary lodging facilities are off base. Please coordinate closely with your sponsor to ensure that you have hotel arrangements prior to departing your base. Keep your sponsor informed at all times about your reporting day and flight schedule.
Please coordinate with your sponsor to schedule an in-processing appointment the 1st duty day after your arrival. Your sponsor will escort you to the office; our number is 5195-0544. The Base INTRO Manager is located with the Personnel Office (US Element Bldg, 2nd floor). INTRO will provide you with all base in-processing and collect your Military Personnel packages, provided to you at your last base.
Newcomer‘s Orientation is held monthly. It is mandatory for incoming permanent party members. Spouses are encouraged to attend but due to the length of the day, children may have a difficult time being patient throughout the briefings.
You will receive the Local Driving Conditions briefing which is a pre-requisite to driving in Norway. Family members are encouraged to attend this Local Driving conditions briefing before they operate a motor vehicle.
Critical Installation Information
DSN prefix is 314-224-XXXX. The 314 indicates the DSN phone system in Europe. All commercial dialing in this file is listed with the international dialing numbers when dialing from the US to the Norway (hence the 011-47- prefix which is the International code for dialing from the US to Norway). When dialing within Norway, drop the 011-47 designators. For example: 011-47-5195-0527 from the US becomes 5195-0527 within Norway.
Defense Service Network (DSN) Dialing Instructions
The DSN is the provider of long-distance communications service for the Department of Defense (DoD). Every installation has a special DSN number and the numbers vary by world-wide location. In order to place a call using DSN, the caller must be using a military phone on an installation. Cell phones cannot dial DSN numbers. When dialing a DSN number from a United States installation to another United States installation, it is unnecessary to dial the DSN 312 area code. When dialing a DSN number to/from overseas locations, the DSN area code must be included. The operator can be reached at commercial (719) 567-1110. Please note that long distance charges may be incurred.
Although the service member technically does not need to have a passport to arrive here, they will need one to obtain a Norwegian bank account as well as to go on leave and return. They should buy a tourist passport. If you are going to be assigned to a NATO billet, please contact your sponsor as you may be required to obtain an official passport in support of your official duties. Family members should obtain tourist passports for personal travel in addition to their “Official No-Fee Passport”.
Active Duty Members and their dependents do not need a VISA to enter Norway.
In order for pets to come into Norway with little or no quarantine, a certain procedure must be followed. Details on this procedure can be obtained from the Norwegian Food Safety Authority website or a local military veterinarian. It is advised to check the website on a regular basis as the procedure sometimes changes.
Members are responsible for their pet's travel. TMO will make reservations for pets on commercial flights; however, they cannot guarantee that the pets will fly. Only the airlines can make that determination (based on space-availability and weather). All expenses incurred are the responsibility of the member and members are advised to confirm expenses for pets travel once reservations are made. If you have questions, please don't hesitate to contact TMO Passenger Travel at your current location or DSN 314-224-0574.
Stavanger, Norway has limited medical, dental and educational support. EFMP cases are handled on a case by case basis. It is imperative that family members are cleared through medical channels prior to your departure. However, most cases are not accepted due to extremely limited medical facilities and the expense of private medical care in this country. Contact the 426 ABS Medical Aid Station at 011-47-5195-0564 or DSN 314-224-0564 upon assignment notification if you or your dependent has a special medical or educational need – even if he or she does not qualify as EFMP.
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