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Department of the Air Force
Airman and Family Readiness Center
Geilenkirchen NATO Air Base
Geilenkirchen Germany 52511
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:
Once you have in-processed at the orderly room, you will come to the Airman and Family Readiness Center to sign up for the monthly Newcomers’ program. If you are in your first term, you will also meet with the personal financial manager. While at the A&FRC, 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, contact the A&FRC Monday- Thursday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and Friday, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. (Central European Time) from the U.S. at 011-49-2451-9151-2372, via DSN from the U.S. at 314-458-4015, from Europe at 0049-2451-9151-2372 or via DSN from Europe at 314-458-4015.
The Geilenkirchen A&FRC provides up-to-date information and services concerning relocating. This program provides a Newcomers’ and overseas orientation, welcome packets, Smooth Move, base resources brochures, orientation walking tours and individualized counseling, as well as information and referral.
Commander's Welcome – The Commander’s Welcome is held on select Thursdays each month and is held at the A&FRC, Bldg. 78. 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 how to set up your utilities. The 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 A&FRC 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 families on permanent change of station orders while they await the arrival of their household goods or are waiting to PCS to their next duty station. Such items include pots and pans, dish packs, irons and boards, small kitchen appliances, fans, extension cords and transformers. 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 110-volt household appliances since German electrical outlets operate on 220 volts 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 oversized sofas can create problems due to smaller-than-average rooms and/or stairwells. Note: U.S. light fixtures can usually be used here with an adaptor as long as you use a European light bulb.
Centralized Furnishing Management Office -- The Furnishing Management Office used by U.S. military and Department of Defense members assigned to Geilenkirchen is located at USAG Benelux Brunssum, Netherlands. All personnel who are authorized a housing allowance (basic allowance for housing, overseas housing allowance and living quarters allowance) are entitled to be loaned furniture. Personnel are authorized a refrigerator, stove, washer, dryer, kitchen cabinet and wardrobe (one per family member) for the duration of their tour.
Temporary furniture (dining room table and chairs, couches, easy chairs, table lights, dressers or chest of drawers and coffee tables) may be kept for 90 days or until your household goods arrive, whichever comes first. Extensions may be requested but must be approved by the furnishings manager at USAG Benelux Brunssum.
Newcomers will be required to bring a copy of their orders and their rental agreement for their first visit to the USAG Benelux Brunssum Furnishings Management Office (FMO). Call 011-31-045-534-0156 or 0153 or 0154 to set up an appointment.