The Relocation Readiness Program provides information, guidance and assistance to help minimize the impact on families during PCS and ETS moves; or soldier unaccompanied tours. The major elements of the RRP are pre-move and post-move assistance, also providing services and support to waiting families on and around the installation when the sponsor is overseas or on an unaccompanied tour.
Regardless of your current situation, newcomers to Ft. Irwin or if you’re preparing to depart Ft. Irwin, programs and services provided by Army Community Services (ACS) are designed to help you and your family succeed. To access these services you are one e-mail away. The chart below outlines what services are offered under each program. Indicate your needs in the form below by selecting the applicable programs and a staff member will get back to you as soon as possible.
International Spouses Group
Sharing culture is a win/win for everyone and our Ft. Irwin’s Culture Exchange Group is sure to educate and entertain all participants. You (regardless of culture or country of origin) are invited to join us on the last Tuesday each month beginning January,10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.. Ice Breaker, discussions, Guest Speakers, recipes exchange, and new friendships. Bring you favorite snack from your home country and join us at Sleepy Hollow Community Center, 1100 a.m.-1:00 p.m..
We provide bi-monthly classroom training for our Unit Sponsors. Ft. Irwin sponsors are often the first contact a newcomer has to Ft. Irwin. It is imperative that they are knowledgeable about Ft. Irwin and the local community. We only have one chance to make that first impression and we are counting on Sponsors to make it a good one. We will cover Sponsorship Program and Duties, E-Road Trip of Barstow and Community as well as areas of interest within a day’s drive.
Hearts Apart Bingo Bowl
Is your spouse deployed, on remote tour, or extended TDY? Join the ACS and others who are in your same situation for our monthly Hearts Apart Bowl. Bowling is free and the friendship and camaraderie are warm and heartfelt. Good bowler, bad bowler, it does not matter; please see our calendar flyer for the dates and times at the Strike Zone.
English as a Second Language
We offer an eight week basic ESL class that meets every Monday. We offer participants a choice of sessions – morning 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. or an evening session from 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.. Morning classes are held in bldg 1317, Rm 7 and evening classes are held in the AG Replacement Bldg 109, Rm 136.
Newcomers within the first 60-days of arrival are eligible to check-out items from the RRP Lending Closet. E.g., EZ Beds (air mattress) cots, Cookware, Flatware and Kitchen utensils, bake ware, crock pots, toasters, coffee pots, irons, ironing boards, and more. Linens are not available so please make arrangements to either bring them with you or mail them ahead of your arrival.
I Need Stuff…..I Have Stuff….
This program offers those who HAVE an opportunity to connect to those in NEED. We offer an opportunity for Soldier families to register what they have to donate or what they need with the Relocation Assistance Program. We do not accept the donated items as we do not have storage space.
- Family Registration
This form is not currently available.
- Pre-Arrival Assistance
Sponsor: It is NTC policy that all arriving soldiers in the ranks of 06 and below will have an assigned Sponsor. Please request a Ft. Irwin sponsor through your losing installation.
Ft. Irwin Installation Booklet: http://www.militaryinstallations.dod.mil/MOS/f?p=MI:ENTRY:0
Ft. Irwin Home Page: http://www.irwin.army.mil/Pages/default.aspx
ACS Relocation Readiness Program Web Page: http://fortirwinfmwr.com/army-community-services/relocation-referral-program
- Post-Arrival Assistance
Weekly briefing provided on the ACS in general and Relocation Services in particular. We provide a table display of ACS Relocation Welcome Package for Ft. Irwin and the community. It includes magazine, brochures, guides, maps, and more for the local community and California.
We provide temporary loan of bake ware, cookware, dinnerware, Kitchen tools, EZ Beds (air mattress on frame, one per family), Small appliance, military style cots, and vacuums are available for temporary loan until your household goods arrive or you are assigned permanent housing. We offer an Initial 30-day loan with liberal extensions in 30-day intervals based on individual needs.
If you are returning from overseas and have specific concerns or questions that are either logistical, (delayed delivery of vehicle or HHG), financial concerns (spouse employment, budgeting, etc) or psychological adjustment to returning to the US after an overseas tour contact Relocation Readiness Manager.
Special Needs Liaison
While we do not take donations we will act as a liaison connecting persons who would like to donate items to Soldier Families in need. If you have a need or want to donate, contact the Relocation Readiness Manager.
- Pre-Move Assistance
Group Levy Briefings are provided weekly for Soldiers anticipating a PCS Move. The Relocation Briefing combines both CONUS and OCONUS destinations and provides customized destination packages on request and individual consultations when they are pick-up.
Destination Welcome Packages
For personnel departing Ft. Irwin we provide hard copy installation booklets and a customized selection of PCS information brochures and booklets for PCS destination worldwide; e.g., Moving with Children or pets, shipping a POV, HHG Shipments, Employment, etc.
Need to talk about Relocation concerns, or have questions specific to your needs and can’t find the answer, having difficulty getting a sponsor assigned, etc… we are here to help. Stop by for a chat or call for either the answer of a referral for the answer. Your PCS needs are my #1 concern.
Hearts Apart for Waiting Families
If you are leaving your family at Ft. Irwin, please register with the Relocation Manger so that we are aware they are in the area and include them in our Hearts Apart Programs and Services.
- Relocation Readiness Program
Moving is a part of life for Soldiers, civilian government employees and their Families. The Army Community Service Relocation Readiness Program is here to help with a comprehensive support system, whether it’s your first move or the last of many. We have all kinds of information and resources to help you and your family navigate your next military move.
Your first stop should be your local Army Community Service Family center to meet with a Relocation Readiness Program Manager who can get you started.