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United States Air Force
Airman and Family Readiness Center
Geilenkirchen NATO Air Base
Geilenkirchen Germany 52511
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.
Once you have in-processed at the Orderly Room you will come to the Airman and Family Readiness Center to pick up your Newcomer's Map package and sign up for the monthly newcomer's program. If you are in your first term, you will also meet with the Personal Financial Manager. While at the Airman and Family Readiness Center, you will be given a tour of the facility including the Loan Locker and the Family and Computer Resource rooms that are available to make your transition easier. If you have any questions about our programs or facilities, please contact the Airman and Family Readiness Center Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Central European Time from the U.S. at 011-49-2451-63-7291; via DSN from the U.S. at 314-458-6015; from Europe at 0049-2451-63-7291; or via DSN from Europe at 314-458-6015.
Installation Specific Information
The Geilenkirchen A&FRC provides up to date information and services concerning relocating. This program provides a newcomer's and overseas orientation, Welcome Packets, Smooth Move, base brochures resources, orientation walking tour, and individualized counseling as well as information and referral.
Commander's Welcome -- is held on selected Wednesdays and Thursdays of each month. It is held at the Airman and Family Readiness Center. The program's focus is on practical information for moving into the Geilenkirchen Tri-Border community, German customs and courtesies, how to sort your trash, and set up your utilities. The morning program will introduce you to many American unit commanders and representatives of offices that provide services to Americans stationed at Geilenkirchen. The Medical Group provides a mandatory Medical Right Start in the afternoon of the Commander's Welcome day.
Beyond the Gate -- The Airman & Family Readiness Center offers walking tours as well as periodic trips to nearby events, cities, and markets to help you orient yourself in the Tri-Border area.
The Loan Locker -- Items are provided for the PCSing family while they await the arrival of their household goods or waiting to PCS to their next duty station. Such items include pots and pans, dish packs, booster seats, strollers, iron and board, small kitchen appliances, television, fan, alarm clock, extension cord and transformer. No linens or pillows are available.
Items Not to Ship -- Electrical current differences in Germany are likely to cause stateside electrical appliances to work improperly. Members are discouraged from bringing 110v household appliances since German electrical outlets operate on a 220v and 50 cycle. Most 110v household appliances are likely to require a transformer to operate and will increase your overall utility usage and cost. In addition, large household furniture such as waterbeds and over-sized sofas can create problems due to smaller than average rooms and/or stairwells. NOTE: US light fixtures can usually be used here with an adaptor as long as you use a European bulb
Centralized Furnishing Management Office -- The Furnishing Management Office used by US military and DoD members assigned to Geilenkirchen is located at USAG Schinnen, The Netherlands. All personnel who are authorized a housing allowance (BAH, QHA, LQA) are entitled to loan furniture issue. Personnel are authorized a refrigerator, stove, washer, dryer, kitchen cabinet, wardrobe (one per family member) for the duration of their tour.
Temporary furniture: dining room table and chairs, couch, easy chairs, table lights, dresser or chest of drawers, and a coffee table, may be retained for 90 days or until household goods arrive (whichever comes first). Extensions may be requested but must be approved by the Furnishings Manager at USAG Schinnen.
Newcomers need to bring a copy of their orders and rental agreement for their first visit to the Schinnen Housing Office. Please call DSN: 314-360-7572/7604/7575 or 011-31-046-443-7572/7602/7575 to set up an appointment.