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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 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-Friday,8 a.m.-5 p.m. (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.
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 Wednesdays and Thursdays each month and is held at the A&FRC. 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, booster seats, strollers, irons and boards, small kitchen appliances, televisions, fans, alarm clocks, 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 U.S. Army Garrison Schinnen, The 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 Schinnen.
Newcomers need to bring a copy of their orders and their rental agreement for their first visit to the Schinnen Housing Office. Call DSN 314-360-7572/7604/7575 or 011-31-046-443-7572/7602/7575 to set up an appointment.