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United States Air Force
Relocation Assistance Program
Airman & Family Readiness Center
2631 Wabash Avenue
Eielson AFB, AK 99702
Relocation assistance can provide support if you’re preparing to move or PCS. The programs and services defined below are provided by the Military and Family Support Center. In addition to the assistance program, a variety of other services may be available. Check the additional information topic to see what unique installation services are available to you.
If you are approaching a permanent change of station, or PCS, you may have questions about your upcoming move. 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. Below is a list of resources.
The Eielson Airman and Family Readiness Center has a variety of programs to assist you with your move. You may also find many of these programs at your current base. Planning ahead is one sure way to reduce stress during any PCS and your local Relocation Assistance Program is there to help. Don't forget to plan your drive up well in advance, services along the AL-CAN highway are limited and hotels fill quickly. If you need household items while awaiting your shipment of household goods, the
Loan Locker: The loan locker has items available for check-out throughout your tour as needed. For furniture items contact the housing office.
Sponsorship -- Once your gaining organization has received confirmation of your PCS, they will assign a sponsor to you. Your sponsor should provide you with an Eielson sponsor package that has information about the base and local community, including housing, schools, employment, and any other information that they thought you would need. Your sponsor should also provide you with information about your gaining organization, including the name of your Commander and First Sergeant. Keep your sponsor informed during your PCS. If your arrival plans change, be sure to contact your sponsor. Your sponsor will be responsible for welcoming you to the base and your organization. Your sponsor will assist with pre-arrival arrangements, answer questions, meet you personally upon arrival, and ensure your move to Eielson goes smoothly and all your in processing needs are met. If you have not received communication from your sponsor prior to leaving your losing duty station, please connect with the Airman & Family Readiness Center at (907) 377-2178 and we will happily assist you with establishing initial communication.
Child Care for PCS -- Twenty (20) hours of free childcare is provided by the Air Force Aid Society. This time can be used as your household goods are being delivered to keep the children from being under foot. Care is provided in Family Child Care Provider homes and is available on departure or arrival to Eielson.
Toy Kits for Kids -- This program is unique to Eielson and is funded through the local Purple Heart Association A variety of toys such as Legos, Monopoly, Candyland, art supplies, or toy cars are available for checkout. This enables children to have something different to play with while you wait on your Household Goods to be delivered.
Pioneer Start -- Pioneer Start / Newcomer’s Orientation is a Wing orientation for ALL active duty military, government civilians, and family members and is held the 2nd Wednesday of every month, and may be subject to change, depending upon the Wing calendar. Pioneer Start is a MANDATORY briefing for military and newly-hired DoD civilians. Family members are encouraged to attend. Pioneer Start will provide essential information about the Wing mission and history of Eielson AFB, winter safety and survival, tips for acclimating to Alaska, as well as an Information Expo supported by many on and off-base sponsors, agencies and support organizations.
Pioneer Start is held at the Yukon Club from 0800-1100, with Medical In-Processing scheduled to follow from 1330-1430. The Information EXPO is scheduled from 1000-1100 and serves a great opportunity for attendees to meet and learn more about the variety of base services and programs, as well as the local communities.
Passports and Visas
Please ensure that service member and/or dependents have the required documentation necessary for travel into Canada prior to final out-processing. A No-fee passport is required for PCS travel to Canada for eligible family members. Please note that children under age 16 transitioning to/from Alaska, may enter the US or Canada by land or sea using one of the following documents:
For additional information, please contact Military Personnel Flight, 907-377-2851 /DSN 317-377-2851.
Please note the process for In-Processing: