Fleet and Family Support Centers provide Relocation Assistance
By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class (SW/AW) Monique K. Hilley, Commander, Navy Installations Command Public Affairs
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- With the release Naval Administrative Message 174/11 May 31, Sailors now have additional resources and information to help make Permanent Change of Station (PCS) moves more manageable and easier to tranistion.Upon receipt of PCS orders, service members and their families face many challenges that come with relocating to a new duty station. During the period from late spring to early fall, which tends to be the busiest time of year for PCS moves, the stress can heighten as availability becomes limited at schools, child care facilities, moving companies and prospective employment opportunities.
The Relocation Assistance Program, offered by the Fleet and Family Support Center, is intended to make the relocation process less stressful through proper planning and an array of services which they provide.
"Whether this is your first move or your last, the Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) offers Relocation Assistance with pre-move workshops and seminars, one-on-one relocation counseling and much more," said Rise Ruhl, Military Readiness Section lead for Commander, Navy Installations Command Family Readiness Division (CNIC N91) of the Fleet and Family Readiness Program (CNIC N9).
The services provided through advanced web-based technology and personalized assistance can help military families with challenges such as finding affordable housing, reputable schools, employment opportunities, child care and pet care. The Navy's Relocation Assistance Program can also provide service members and their families with information about local programs and community activities long after their move is complete.
"The personal contact at the FFSC affords individuals and families one stop shopping for all their moving needs," said Ruhl.
By calling or visiting a local FFSC, service members are able to receive one-stop assistance with information about the new duty station including cost of living, housing availability, medical care and treatment facilities, schools, spouse employment, opportunities and cultural adaptation training for overseas duty assignments. Service members can also log on to the Navy Fleet and Family Program website at www.ffsp.navy.mil, and select relocation assistance.
The services and information provided to Sailors reduce relocation costs, ease administrative burdens, promote quality of life and ultimately enhance mission readiness, making it a win-win situation for both the military families and the Navy.
Welcome Aboard Packages can be picked up at the Fleet & Family Support Center, Bldg 405. Call the FFSC at 516-6830 to see if they have the one you are looking for on file. If you would like to request a package via mail, please send requests to the following:
Relocation Assistance Program
ATTN: Welcome Aboard Package Requests
405 Rosendahl St. Bldg. 4724
Kingsville, TX 78363