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 Fort Wainwright Army Community Service (ACS) Relocation Readiness Program (RRP) office sponsors a one day Newcomers Orientation the 2nd Wednesday (October-May) of every month at the Last Frontier Activity Community Center. During the summer months (Jun-Sept) the Newcomers Orientation is held the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month. The orientation includes subject matter experts that provide information about Fort Wainwright and the surrounding area and an information fair. This program is mandatory for all Soldiers. Your date to attend the Newcomers Orientation will be scheduled when you in process with the Military Personnel Division located in Building 3401. Spouses and DoD employees are highly encouraged to attend.
Assistance for commanders and workshops for Soldiers on the sponsorship program is available. A winter orientation (Welcome to Winter) is held on the 3rd Wednesday of each month September through February and newcomers are encouraged to attend. Topics covered include: vehicle winterization, what to wear, protecting your pets, winter finances and winter adventure. This orientation is a lot of fun and will prepare you for the winter months. Call the ACS RRP staff for dates and times of upcoming events.
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