In the middle of permanent
change of station season, “relocation” seems to be a word all too familiar.
Whether one is new to Fort Riley or getting ready to leave the familiar “Big
Red One,” Fort Riley’s Army Community Service provides a variety of programs
for relocation readiness.
“I don’t care if you’ve
moved a million times. There is always something unexpected that comes up from
a move. That is why we conduct these one-on-ones and counseling sessions — to
help you accomplish your mission,” said James Wade, relocation manager, ACS.
PLAN MY MOVE RESOURCES
There are plenty of
websites offered as resources for a PCS. One website, militaryonesource.mil
provides a list of resources which can help Soldiers and families plan their
The “Plan My Move” feature
allows for individuals to insert their current location, future installation and
PCS dates; then it creates a calendar that provides a checklist of things to do
before a move. For those curious about their future installation, the Military
Installations website also provides an overview with fast facts for various
installations and includes contacts, phone numbers and photos of these
The ACS Lending Closet is a
popular service offered to newcomers and outgoing Soldiers and families, to
include retirees and DOD civilians. Tailored with kitchen utensils, microwaves,
cots, and air mattresses, everyday housing items are available for borrowing
until household goods are delivered. Fort Riley allows for a 45-day loaning
period. More than 40 clients used this service in June.
Newcomers receive Welcome packets
upon in-processing. Packets include a variety of guides and resource pamphlets
about Fort Riley and its surrounding communities. They can be tailored to fit
one’s need upon request through the ACS or sponsor and can also be mailed ahead
While the ACS is not in charge
of assigning sponsors, it readily trains them to complete their duty to the
best of their abilities. Sponsorship training is computer-based and self-paced.
The ACS is also equipped to complete unit training upon request. Youth
Sponsorship is partnered through the Child, Youth and School Services to
provide incoming teens with information about schools and activities.
NEWCOMERS, PCS BRIEFS
Soldiers new to Fort Riley are
required to attend Victory Welcome at Riley’s Conference Center. The meeting is
scheduled for the last Thursday of each month and includes briefings on
upcoming events and programs for Soldiers and families. Spouses are highly encouraged
to attend. Soldiers moving overseas, to include Alaska and Hawaii, are required
to attend a hands-on PCS briefing, usually scheduled for every Tuesday. If
unable to make the scheduled brief, Soldiers can walk in for a one-on-one
Once a military member retires
or separates, spouses can find it difficult to transition to the civilian
world. To help spouses get a head start on completing resumes and finding jobs
in the near future, ACS plans to begin a program that assists spouses with
separation from the Army life.
For more information about the listed programs,
relocation or becoming a sponsor, visit the Fort Riley ACS, 7264 Normandy
Drive, or call 785-239-9435.