Army Community Service
APO, AE 09714
Phone (DSN) 314-368-9721
Fax (DSN) 314-368-9733
Programs and Services
A key resource on your installation and a gateway to accessing all of the resources available to you, the Army Community Service provides information, support and services to help you balance the demands of family and the military lifestyle. The Army Community Service is one part of the overall installation family support system, which is the network of agencies, programs, services, partnerships and individuals that supports your personal and family life readiness, mobilization and deployment readiness, and mobility and economic readiness. The Army Community Service should be one of you first stops upon arriving at an installation; its programs and services will be an important resource for you and your family.
Deployment Readiness -- Assists you during all phases of the deployment cycle. We provide programs and services to individual soldiers, civilians, and family members throughout the deployment process. We educate you on what to expect and the best ways to prepare.
Relocation Readiness -- Provides information, referral, resources and tools to help you with permanent change of station (PCS) moves and post-move orientations. We maintain a loan closet from which families may borrow basic household goods. We also assist you with in-transit emergencies by providing classes on move-related topics such as buying or selling homes and individual PCS planning, among others. We serve as liaison to citizenship, immigration, and multicultural diversity information, and provide outreach to waiting families.
Personal Financial Readiness -- A program to assist you in sustaining financial self-sufficiency. You can learn more about debt liquidation, thrift savings plans, consumer and credit issues, and predatory lending.
Employment Readiness -- The training and information provided can help you identify and reach your employment and career development goals, manage the challenges associated with a mobile lifestyle and develop job search skills. Assists you in acquiring skills, networks, and resources that will allow you to participate in the work force and to develop a career/work plan.
Family Life Education -- Provides you with information and education about a variety of life cycle issues, including parenting and relationships, among others, to help you strengthen your relationships.
Information and Referral -- An integral function of the family center, information and referral services can assist you in locating needed services and programs available on your installation, through civilian agencies in the local community, and connect to national resources.
Army Community Service may also provide other services, such as counseling, family advocacy, fitness and recreation programs and Exceptional Family Member support. Services vary by location.
Installation Specific Information
Deployment Readiness -- USAG Benelux - Brussels receives Mobilization/Deployment Program support and materials from ACS Benelux. The ACS staff at USAG Benelux - Brussels is available to offer advocacy and support to families of deployed service members. Two web cams are set up in the Yellow Ribbon Room (room 324, bldg 4, USAG Benelux - Brussels) for families to speak to their loved ones down-range. The web cam computers are also available for general family support and are accessible during ACS open hours (Mon-Thu, 9am-5pm) and after duty hours by appointment for families in the deployment cycle.
In addition to ACS staff, a Military Family Life Consultant (MFLC) serves the Brussels community and is always available to provide support and a listening ear to those in need of a helping professional. The MFLC can be reached at 011 32 (0) 497 653 738.
Relocation Readiness -- Provides resources and tools to help you with permanent change of station (PCS) and post-move orientations. These orientations include the Deputy Garrison Manager's USAG Benelux Brussels Site Brief, a class and an outing to learn how to use public transportation, a guided tour of a local hospital and of a local grocery store, info about local customs and culture, helpful basic phrases and vocabulary in French and/or Flemish. We maintain a loan closet from which families may borrow basic household goods as well as a microwave.
Financial Readiness-- offers classes on move related topics such as buying or selling homes.
Army Volunteer Corp (AVC): Because employment opportunities in Belgium are limited volunteering is a way of gaining skills and work experience which can be used in employment and college applications. It is important to document your volunteer hours. There are many and varied volunteer opportunities in the Brussels Community. For more information call ACS at 02/717-9721 or DSN 368-9721.
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