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United States Air Force
Military & Family Readiness Center. Relocation Assistance Service-Air Force
8535 Wewak Dr
"The Log Cabin"
JBER, AK 99506
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.
Military and Family Readiness Center Relocation Services are available to all active duty, DoD civilian members and their families involved in a PCS move to and from Alaska. The JBER Military and Family Readiness Center maintains a resource library, provides relocation information, as well as individual counseling and trip planning. Visit the JBER website for families moving to the Anchorage military community.
Relocating can be less taxing on your finances if you plan ahead. Make advance payments on credit or loans, if you can, to cover the period of time that you are traveling. Most creditors will work with you to delay payments during your transition period, call them and work out a payment plan. Use a spiral notebook and tape all of your receipts in it. Keep receipts by date and make any special notes that may prove helpful in filing your travel voucher. Those items that are not reimbursed to you may be tax deductible. Check the current tax rules for more information. If traveling through Canada, purchase Canadian money for transactions (gas, food, and lodging) along the Alaska/Canadian Highway. Most major credit cards/debit cards will give you the exchange rate of the transaction date, better than a middle man, and help with keeping record of purchases.
Planning is the key to any successful relocation. Whether you plan to travel by car, plane, ferry, or any combination of these, your Relocation Readiness Program (RRP) manager can assist you. Traveling to Alaska is an adventure that will provide many unique experiences and memories to last a lifetime.
Directions to Military & Family Readiness Center-Richardson
When entering from the front gate go to the second street light, which is Fifth Avenue and make a left hand turn. Go two blocks to Richardson Drive. Parking is at the rear of Building 600. ACS is located on the East wing which is the wing nearest the flag pole. The RRP office, Room A133.
When coming from Elmendorf Air Force Base the street is Richardson Drive. Make a left on Fifth Street and park at the rear of Building 600. Once you arrive in the command, and have finished in-processing you will attend a Newcomers Orientation. Spouses are highly encouraged to attend. There are many things to see and do in Alaska and the orientation provides a great place to start learning about your new community, programs, and services available.
Directions to the Military & Family Readiness Center-Elmendorf (No loan closet at this location)
If driving from the Ted Stevens International Airport, from International Airport Road take Minnesota Dr/Walter J. Hickel Pkwy for 7 miles. Continue on Minnesota Dr/Walter J. Hickel Pkwy. Take Artic Warrior Dr to Sijan Ave. Follow Sijan Ave to Wewak Dr and look for the Log Cabin. There is a big sign on the front of the Log Cabin that reads Family Support Center.
The Boniface Gate/Visitors Control Center is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If driving from the Boniface Gate to the Military & Family Readiness Center-Elmendorf, continue straight onto Artic Warrior Drive, follow the road until you see big Marquee facing you which is Sijan Ave. Make slight right at Sijan Ave. You will see Log Cabin ahead of you at the left. Make the left onto Wewak Drive and you have arrived at the M&FRC-Elmendorf.
ONLY JBER-R (Bldg 600) location has a lending closet. The closet offer pots, pans, dishes, microwaves, toasters, ironing boards, irons, and other essentials; including pack & plays, child booster seats and high chairs.
For community services contact the Information and Referral program manager and for information available for most of Alaska regarding medical needs, community support groups, counseling, and other services. Family Readiness Education and training is provided to Soldiers and their families by the Family Readiness Coordinator for pre-deployment, deployment and post-deployment.Prior to your move, contact your local Financial Management Program Manager, at the Family Readiness Center, to help with getting your finances in order prior to coming to Alaska.
astly, please check out the Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson Homepage. The Military & Family Readiness Centers tab is on the top tab entitled "Services-Resources at Military Family Readiness."
Moving to Alaska presents many challenges. When you in-process, you will be assigned a day to attend your Newcomers briefing. Spouses are highly encouraged to attend this one day orientation. Spouse have a "Happy Landings" event available to learn about Alaska living (KID FRIENDLY), ask about this through the M&FRC. Additionally, there is a Loan Closet on the JBER-R side located at Building 600 room A11. They offer many household items, but do not have bed linens, towels or sheets. These must be packed in your hold baggage. The phone number for the Loan Closet is 384-7485. For other relocation assistance please contact the Army Community Service at 907-384-1517 or Military and Family Readiness Center at 907-552-4943.