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United States Air Force
Relocation Assistance Services
575 Holzapple St
Grand Forks AFB, ND 58205
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.
A multitude of resources and services are offered by the Grand Forks AFB Airman and Family Readiness Center and other base agencies to help you make a smooth relocation transition. The Newcomer's Orientation Seminar is offered on the first Thursday of each month in the large classroom of the Airman & Family Readiness Center for all newly assigned military and civilian personnel and their family members (this includes all first duty station members) The seminar is a great way to find out about living in the North Country. Orientation starts promply at 7:30am, attendees are asked to be in place no later than 7:15.
The Loan Closet is available with items that will help make your in-bound or out-bound transition a little easier. Some of the items that can be found are: dishes, pots and pans, iron, ironing boards, card tables, silverware, coffee folding chairs, porta cribs, small electrical appliances and other items for loan while your household goods are in transit. A Fam-pak for a family of 4 or 6 is a one-of-a-kind container which can be quickly checked out or you can choose a-la-cart.
Also provided through the Air Force Aid Society is the PCS Child Care Voucher issued at the Airman and Family Readiness Center. The vouchers provide up to 20 hours of free child care per child for the first 60 days after the military members arrival.
Other information available to spouses as well as military members and civilian employees are resources for aiding in resume writing, interviewing techniques and applying for scholarships. If more assistance is needed, an Airman & Family Readiness Center Community Readiness Consultant (CRC) is available. The Discovery Resource Center has 3 computers . For your convenience, the Airman & Family Readiness Center has available Wi-Fi for customers using their own smart phones, tablets or laptops. For more detailed information, call the Airman and Family Readiness Center at 701-747-3241 or DSN 312-362-3241 and talk to a member of staff.
The Youth Center has a program called "Sponsor Pen Pals". Youth ages 7-18 whom are coming to GFAFB are "sponsored" by youth from our base helping make their move/transition easier by sending them a welcome letter and a sponsor kit. A Youth Sponsorship Application can be found on the Youth Programs web page.
Installation Specific Information
For inbound personnel, the Airman and Family Readiness Center needs to be one of your first stops upon arrival at Grand Forks AFB. Plenty of area information is available to you from the Relocation Assistance Program area to include: local area-maps, handy phone listings a variety of places to visit. No matter how well you have planned, emergencies do happen. Stay in touch with your sponsor and keep him or her informed of your travel plans.
The Relocation Assistance Program consists of a variety of helping agencies whose expertise is to help people relocate. They include Housing Management, Traffic Management Office, Legal Claims Office, Financial Services, Military and Civilian Personnel, Chapel, Lodging Office, Hospital, Child Development Center, Youth Services, Family Services, and the Airman and Family Readiness Center. The following are a few of the services the Grand Forks Airman and Family Readiness Center offers:
Installation Voting Assistance Office—The Airman & Family Readiness Center is here to assist you with information and resources to ensure you, your eligible family members and overseas citizens are aware of your right to vote and have the tools and resources to successfully do so from anywhere in the world.
The Loan Locker -- The Loan Locker is available Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and should be your first stop when setting up your temporary household while awaiting your household goods. Some of the items include folding tables and chairs, irons and ironing boards, dishes, cooking utensils, toasters, and items such as port-a-cribs. All items are loaned free of charge to military personnel and their families. Bedding, linens, and towels are not provided due to sanitary reasons. Items are issued on a first come, first serve basis and can be issued out to members PCSing IN or OUT for up to 30 days.
Newcomer's Orientation -- .Held the first Thursday at the Airman and Family Readiness Center starting at 7:30am. Spouses and children are always welcome. The major goal of the orientation is to provide useful information about living in this region of the United States This orientation is part of a Commander Directed Program that is designed for all inbound military personnel, spouses of military members and civilian employees who recently arrived at Grand Forks Air Force Base. Military personnel and Civilian Employees in which Grand Forks AFB is their first official duty assignment or DoD employment will receive Equal Opportunity First Duty Station Training. Information on Grand Forks AFB, the surrounding communities and North Dakota will be available from a variety of presenters during the orientation along with an information fair to help you become an involved Warrior of the North Airman during your tour at Grand Forks AFB. The orientation includes a "Scope of Mission Tour."
Transition Assistance Service -- assists military members and their families as they prepare to separate from the military. Our Relocation Assistance office offers a variety of workshops and programs for all separating and/or retiring military members. The Pre-Separation Counseling Workshop (DDForm 2648) is required for all separating or retiring military members prior to attending the Transition GPS workshop and no later than 90 days before separation. The workshop is held on the first and third Wednesdays of every month from 9:00 a.m. to noon. No registration is needed.
Transition GPS (Goals, Planning & Success) Workshop, is a 5-day attendance tracked workshop held every month at the Airman & Family Readiness Center. Registration is required. Please call the Airman & Readiness Center for more detailed information. Spouses are welcomed to attend on a space-available basis.
Deployment Support -- Pre-Deployment Briefings are offered Tuesday at 2:00 p.m., and Fridays at 10:30 a.m. Support is found in the Hearts Apart Program, Give Parents A Break, and Car Care Because We Care. The Reintegration Briefing is a briefing given within days of arrival back to Grand Forks Air Force Base from the deployed location. Reintegration is offered daily Mon-Fri at 8:30am. at the Airman and Family Readiness Center.
Foreign Born Spouse Assistance -- Grand Forks has an active Support Group that always welcomes new members. Whether the concern is about immigration and naturalization, learning the language or needing to make a connection the Airman and Family Readiness Center can help make the best connections.
Child Care for PSC - 20 Hours of childcare per child is paid by the Air Force Aid Society currently for those in all ranks. Certificates are issued by the base Airman and Family Readiness Center (A&FRC) to active duty member or spouse on PCS orders and may be used only at the base where it is issued. Child care is authorized at both departure base and new base, if the program is available. Certificates must be shown at the time care is provided to verify eligibility. Call your Airman & Family Readiness Center at your current location to determine base participation so you don't miss out on one of your benefits. A copy of your orders will be needed when signing up for the program. Certificates are good for child care within 60 days of PCS. Childcare will be provided only at on-base licensed Family Child Care home. A&FRC will give you a current list of licensed providers available for you to choose from.
MilitaryINSTALLATIONS - U.S. Department of Defense and Plan My Move -- Use these two DoD sponsored web-based relocation tools with information on over 250 installations worldwide. for managing and planning your move, and assist you with a three-month calendar of steps you need to take to ensure a smooth PCS move for you and your family. You also have the ability to create a customized calendar specific to you and your family’s needs.