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Department of the Air Force
Relocation Assistance Program
801 Kenny Ave.
Barksdale AFB, LA 71110-2426
Service providers are available with support both before and after a PCS move. Learn more about how to put the military’s relocation assistance program to work for you. See below for an overview of Military and Family Support Center Relocation Assistance services. Services vary by installation, so check the “Other” section below to see what other services are available at your location.
Your Military and Family Support Center provides relocation assistance to help make PCS moves as smooth as possible. Resources include:
The relocating service member and family may use the Discovery Resource Center in the Barksdale Airman & Family Readiness Center for computer access to the many internet resources offered to assist with military relocation. Educational classes and workshops include the Newcomer's Orientation, more commonly identified as Right Start, and the Online Sponsorship Training Program.
If you have children, please take advantage of the Child Care for Permanent Change of Station program. You may receive up to 20 hours of free child care for each child – which must be used within 60 days of your arrival at Barksdale Air Force Base. Child care will be provided in a licensed family child care home on base and paid for by the Air Force Aid Society. This is very useful during the packing and unpacking stages before and after your PCS. If your spouse wishes to attend the Right Start orientation, and other in-processing appointments with you, they are welcome. Stop by the BA&FRC to obtain a certificate for this program. As you relocate, make sure all of your important papers are with you and not packed in your household goods. Phone numbers for your commander, orderly room, command post, sponsor, friends and family should also be with you in case they are needed.
It is important for you to contact someone at your gaining unit and let them know where and how you are. The command post and the American Red Cross Emergency Center are available 24/7 and can assist you in getting information to either your gaining or losing units in an emergency. Local chapters of the American Red Cross are available for emergency assistance and phone numbers are usually listed in the white pages of the phone directory.
Make the BA&FRC a priority stop upon your arrival. Help with employment concerns, educational needs, stress, available base and community resources, and much more is available. If you have children, please take advantage of the free child care provided via the Air Force Aid Society's Child Care for PCS program. You are entitled to 20 hours of free child care for each child to be used within 60 days of your arrival at Barksdale Air Force Base and usually 60 days before you leave your former installation.
The Discovery Resource Center offers internet access for your convenience. Individual financial planning is offered to help manage unexpected relocation expenses and the Air Force Aid Society is available for financial emergencies that may arise.
All inbound military and Department of Defense civilians members are required to in-process through the Welcome Center and attend the Right Start Newcomer's Orientation. Spouses are encouraged to attend. After reporting to unit CSS, all inbound members will need to schedule both appointments through Appointment Plus https://booknow.appointment-plus.com/ctcsxxz4/.
Welcome Center In-processing appointments usually lasts one hour and is located at River's Edge Welcome Center Bldg. 4546 directly across from the main entrance of MDG. For more information call the BA&FRC at 318-456-8400 or DSN 312-781-8400.
Right Start Newcomer's Orientation, usually held every month on the first and third Wednesday at the Buff Event Center, (155 Rickenbacker, Bldg 1955). For more information call the BA&FRC at 318-456-8400 or DSN 312-781-8400. Our fax number is 318-456-8031 or contact your new command support staff for further details.
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