There is an old Navy saying: "If the Navy wanted you to have a family, it would have issued you one with your seabag." The folks at the Fleet and Family Support Center are doing their best to make this saying as outdated as possible.
A military family consists of the active duty person(s) and one or more family members. All are welcome at the Fleet and Family Support Center where a myriad of services are offered: counseling, relocation assistance, personal financial management, assistance for parents, information and referral to necessary services, employment assistance for family members, retiring or separating help, just to name a few.
A primary goal of the FFSC is to make the military family members comfortable in their new surroundings, enabling them a home wherever they are currently stationed. Moving is a fact of life in the Navy, and the most successful, thriving families are those who look at the positive side of a new assignment: new places to explore, new friends to meet, decorating a new apartment or house, plans for a variety of activities and hobbies, new schools for the kids or job for the spouse.
The minute those orders are received, it's time to find out about that new duty station and what it offers for the family. Relocation centers are conveniently located on this base at Buildings 236 and 621, as well as the Fleet and Family Support Center. They contain a plethora of information about bases and ships around the world, from Yokosuka, Japan to LaMaddelena, Italy or right here at Great Lakes. The proper information can be a great stress reducer as you plan your move.
Immediately upon the family's arrival at the new duty station, start creating that new home. If assistance is needed, remember that the FFSC offers a myriad of programs and services to maintain military family life at its best. Help perpetuate the stellar Navy motto that says: "Home is where the Navy sends us."
Our Relocation Assistance Program (RAP) specialists can provide information to military families concerning the Navy lifestyle and helpful hints concerning the move of families and household goods from one location to another. In addition, you can get detailed information about features at other military bases and the surrounding community. Our front desk staff can provide you the loan of some non-furniture household items for a limited period of time from our Lending Closet until your shipment arrives.
Relocation Assistance is available from:
Bldg. 236, Room 165 688-6202
Bldg. 621, Room 116 688-2717
Bldg. 42 688-3603 ext. 128