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Housing

Lodging building at March Air Reserve Base

 

Learn about the variety of housing possibilities available. Options are available to your unique situation including: housing for families, single service members, families that are enrolled in the exceptional family member program, pet owners and unaccompanied personnel. Explore your options to find a home that best fits your needs.

 

Government Housing

There is no government housing on March Air Reserve Base.

Visit the Air Force Housing website at www.housing.af.mil/home to find your new home with the Air Force. This website serves as a one-stop shop for Airmen and their families to obtain information about the housing options and support services available to them at Air Force bases world-wide.

 

Other

As a Reserve base, there is no military housing available on the installation. Many March personnel and their families live in Moreno Valley and the surrounding Riverside community.

 

Temporary Housing

With certain military moves, you may find yourself looking for housing that’s a little less permanent before making long-term arrangements. There are several temporary housing options that may be right for you. Explore the information about temporary housing facilities including allowances, lodging rates and eligibility.

Temporary Lodging Facility (TLF)

March ARB has full lodging services, however, space available rooms are not usually available on Unit Training Assembly (UTA) weekends.

Reflecting an early Spanish architectural motif with red tiled roofs and graceful stucco archways, this west coast military Mecca is one of the most active lodging facilities in the Air Force, despite March Field's conversion to a full time Air Force Reserve Base. The March Inn guest quarters are all located conveniently close to The "Hap" Arnold Club and the Fitness Center.

The March Inn currently has 455 rooms in 10 buildings and 15 houses (not TLF) for temporary lodging. Generally, the March Inn has numerous guest rooms available Sundays through Thursdays, but due to the base's reserve training mission, lodging occupancy is generally not available on many weekends. It's best to call, 951-655-5241 or DSN 312-447-5241, and determine which weekends are scheduled for the Reserve and Air National Guard Unit Training Assemblies. Advance reservations may be made up to 2 months prior to arrival if rooms are available. If you are in a duty status and rooms are not available you will be billeted in off base quarters and provided a non-availability statement.

Availability

Space "A" Status - Generally, the March Inn has numerous guest rooms available Sundays through Thursdays, but due to the base's reserve training mission, lodging occupancy is generally not available on many weekends. It's best to call and determine which weekends are scheduled for the Reserve and Air National Guard Unit Training Assemblies.

Support Services

Military and Family Support Center

As a gateway to the resources you need, the Military and Family Support Center provides information, support and services to help you balance the demands of military life. The Military and Family Support Center is one part of the overall Family Readiness System, which is the network of agencies, programs, services, partnerships and individuals that supports your personal and family life readiness, mobilization and deployment readiness, and mobility and economic readiness. It should be one of your first stops once you arrive at a new installation. The programs and services are a key resource for you and your family. They include:

Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP)

FVAP.gov ensures Service members, their eligible family members and overseas citizens have the tools and resources to register to vote and request an absentee ballot, regardless of their state of residence. The Voting Assistance Guide (VAG) is a reference guide for everything you need to know about absentee voting in all 50 States, territories and the District of Columbia.

Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) The Voting Assistance Guide is available at: www.fvap.gov/vao/vag. Select your state to find your local election office’s contact information.

Voting forms are available at: www.fvap.gov/eo/overview/materials/forms.

Programs and Services

Military and Family Support Centers are part of the network of agencies, programs, services and partnerships which supports the overall well-being of military families. Military and Family Support Centers provide information, education and support programs to help balance the demands of military life. The Military and Family Support Center should be one of your first stops once you arrive at a new installation to connect with key programs, services and support systems. Programs and services may vary across services and installations.

  • Deployment support provides information, education and support to assist you and your family during all phases of the deployment cycle.
  • Relocation assistance provides an array of services during the relocation process to meet your moving needs.
  • Personal financial management provides information, education and one-on-one financial counseling to assist you and your family in maintaining your financial readiness.
  • Employment assistance offers comprehensive information, tools and resources to support career exploration, training and licensing, and employment readiness.
  • Family life education provides information and education to assist you and your family in developing resilience skills that can help as you navigate your mobile military lives.
  • Information and referral can assist you in identifying and clarifying needs to determine appropriate forms of assistance and in locating services and programs available both on and off your installation.
  • The Transition Assistance Program prepares separating, retiring and demobilizing service members (and their families) with the information, skills and knowledge necessary for a successful transition from military to civilian life. The first step in your transition process is to complete the congressionally mandated pre-separation counseling session, which furnishes detailed information on the various benefits and services available.

Military and Family Support Centers may provide other programs, such as the Exceptional Family Member Program, Family Advocacy Program and the New Parent Support Program. These services vary by location.

Deployment Support

Deployment can be a challenging phase of the military lifecycle, but it’s important to know that you don’t have to go through it alone. The military provides a variety of resources and support programs — ranging from educational briefings to morale calls — for your loved ones, children and service members to ease the stress of deployment. Military members may be assigned to a specific installation but support may come from local communities, Yellow Ribbon events or the installation itself.

Family Deployment Support

The Airman & Family Readiness Center is the focal point for family issues/concerns related to deployment, mobilizations, TDY and family separation. Resources are available to assist the member and family members prepare, adapt, and adjust to deployments and the return and reunion. Due to minimum manning, Pre-deployment and Post-Deployment briefings are provided by appointment only.

Briefs are provided to individuals as they are notified of deployment as well as to groups. Spouses are encouraged to attend briefings with the military member. However, due to the wide range of locations in which Reserve families live, if spouses are unable to attend A&FRC staff can send pre-deployment packages to family members. When families live closer to another military installation that installation's A&FRC is engaged to provide readiness services in the family's local community. Annual Deployment Preparedness Training is provided for squadrons as requested.

Contact the Airman & Family Readiness Center at 951-655-5350 for more information.

Employment

Employment Opportunities

Riverside and San Bernardino counties comprise what is commonly known as the Inland Empire, one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the nation. Riverside is bordered by San Bernardino County to the north, Orange County to the west, San Diego and Imperial counties to the south and the state of Arizona to the east. The current unemployment rate for the area is 7%.

The following occupations are those deemed to have the fastest job growth:

Computer Software Engineers and Systems Software occupations are expected to experience a 77% increase in the next 5 years with average wages between 60K and 80K. This includes individuals who research, design, develop, and test operating systems-level software, compilers, and network distribution software for medical, industrial, military, communications, aerospace, business, scientific, and general computing applications. Set operational specifications and formulate and analyze software requirements. Apply principles and techniques of computer science, engineering, and mathematical analysis.

Computer Software Engineers, Applications occupations are expected to experience a 68% increase in the next 5 years with average wages between 60 and 100K. This includes individuals who develop, create, and modify general computer applications software or specialized utility programs. Analyze user needs and develop software solutions. Design software or customize software for client use with the aim of optimizing operational efficiency. May analyze and design databases within an application area, working individually or coordinating database development as part of a team.

Database Administrator occupations are expected to experience a 65% increase in the next 5 years with average wages between 45 and 85K. This includes individuals who coordinate changes to computer databases, test and implement the database applying knowledge of database management systems. May plan, coordinate, and implement security measures to safeguard computer databases.

Network Systems and Data Communications Analyst occupations are expected to experience a 66% increase in the next 5 years with average wages between 40 and 75K. This includes individuals who analyze, design, test, and evaluate network systems, such as local area networks (LAN), wide area networks (WAN), Internet, intranet, and other data communications systems. Perform network modeling, analysis, and planning. Research and recommend network and data communications hardware and software. Include telecommunications specialists who deal with the interfacing of computer and communications equipment. May supervise computer programmers.

Industrial Engineer occupations are expected to experience a 65% increase in the next 5 years with average wages between 49 and 78K.

EMTs and paramedic occupations are expected to experience a 50% increase in the next 5 years with average wages between 22 and 33K.

Dental Hygiene occupations are expected to experience a 49% increase in the next 5 years with average wages between 50 and 88K.

Network and computer systems administrator occupations are expected to experience a 49% increase in the next 5 years with average wages between 51 and 80K.

High wage occupations in this area include physicians, attorneys, administrative law judges, economists, physicists, pharmacists and sales managers.

Of the occupations with the most potential for job openings, 88.7% are typically lower paying, entry-level occupations such as Retail Salespersons, Cashiers and Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers that require a years experience or less. These are typically minimum wage level positions, which in this area is $8.00 an hour. Higher-skilled and higher paying occupations such as Registered Nurse, General & Operations Managers, and both Elementary and Secondary School Teachers are also on the list of positions with potential openings. These higher paying jobs require an AA degree or better.

Transition Assistance Program

As March ARB is a reserve installation the staffing in the Airman & Family Readiness Center allows for the provision of pre-separation counseling for Reservists leaving active duty status. Active duty members who are separating and/or retiring are currently referred to the nearest active duty installation for transition assistance/attendance at seminars. The Airman & Family Readiness Center will contact the active duty installation and make arrangements for attendance at seminars/workshops for both active duty members and separating Reservists who would like to attend.

Financial Assistance

Resources are available to help you understand and manage your finances, including one-on-one financial counseling to assist you and your family with financial readiness. Services are designed to focus on money management issues throughout your active-duty lifecycle and into retirement. Financial readiness educational opportunities range from basic planning to long-term investing. Check out the information below to see what’s available at your installation.

March ARB is located in a high cost of living area. You may incur increases in auto insurance, housing costs, utilities and gas prices.

The March ARB Airman & Family Readiness Center does not have a Certified Financial Manager on staff. We can obtain emergency financial assistance to those who qualify through the Air Force Aid Society (AFAS). Due to lack of staff, AFAS assistance is only provided to those assigned to March ARB. If you do not qualify for assistance from the AFAS, we can assist you in reaching out to other agencies. We also provide referrals for financial counseling to off-base agencies. Contact the Airman & Family Readiness Center at DSN 312-447-5350 or 951-655-5350 for more information.

Family Advocacy Program

The Family Advocacy Program is responsible for the prevention of and response to child abuse and neglect and domestic abuse/intimate partner violence in military families. It works with civilian social service agencies, military and civilian medical providers, law enforcement, legal personnel, chaplains, and child and youth programs to provide a coordinated community response. The goal of the program is to promote the prevention, early identification, reporting and treatment of child and spouse abuse.

Program services vary by installation, but generally include:

· Public awareness campaigns, education and support for couples and parents

· Parenting support at every age and stage, including New Parent Support Program home visits for expectant parents, new parents and families with young children

· Safety planning, advocacy and support for domestic abuse victims

· Clinical treatment for offenders and all affected family members as appropriate

The Family Advocacy Program is the congressionally designated program responsible for the prevention of, and response to, child abuse and neglect and domestic abuse/intimate partner violence in military families. The Family Advocacy Program works in collaboration with military and civilian medical providers, social service agencies, law enforcement, legal personnel, chaplains, and child and youth programs to provide a coordinated community response. The goal of the Family Advocacy Program is to promote the prevention, early identification, reporting and treatment of child and spouse abuse.

Program services vary by installation and generally include the following:

  • Public awareness campaigns, education and support for couples and parents
  • Parenting support at every age and stage, including New Parent Support Program home visits for expectant parents, new parents and families with young children
  • Safety planning, advocacy and support for domestic abuse victims
  • Clinical treatment for offenders and all affected family members, as appropriate

New Parent Support Program

The New Parent Support Program is a team of support staff — made up of nurses, social workers and home visitation specialists — that focuses on providing individualized support for new and expecting parents. Services vary, but may include home visits, parenting classes, playgroups or prenatal classes. Find out what’s available at your installation. Don’t see what you’re looking for? Check out a nearby installation to see if they have additional resources.

General Program Description

The New Parent Support Program offers information, support and guidance to military families who are expecting a child or have a child 3 years old or younger. Services are provided free of charge to eligible families. Program staff provides support in the areas of pregnancy, labor and delivery, infant and toddler care and safety, growth and development, parenting and family relationships through home visits, classes, support groups and referrals to community services. New Parent Support Program staff understands the impact that military life can have on expectant and new families and assists families in coping with these special situations. Program services are tailored to each family's unique circumstances and can help with preparing for parenthood, parenting skills, understanding growth and development, couple communication and stress management.

Staff Qualifications

New Parent Support Program services are provided by registered nurses, licensed social workers and parent educators.

Eligibility

Program services are available to military families with an expectant parent or with children 3 years of age or younger.

Enrollment

To get more information, contact your installation's Family Advocacy Program office. Find your installation on MilitaryINSTALLATIONS and select ‘Family Advocacy Program’ from the drop-down menu. You will find contact information specific to your installation on that page.

Community Resources

There are many community resources available if a NPSP is not available at the nearest military installation. Especially helpful to separated or detached families are the resources of Military OneSource found in their parenting information. Military OneSource can also be reached day or night 24/7 by calling 1-800-342-9647. MilitaryHOMEFRONT, Troops and Family New Parent Support program has wonderful resources for information and referral.

Another valuable resource for finding assistance is the Maternal and Child Health Library providing an online directory for researching services for children and families. In addition, there are several websites dedicated to helping parents bridge the distance gap with their children, Moms Over the Miles and Dads at a Distance. These websites provide guidance and activities for families to help ease the separation.

Relocation Assistance

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.

Programs and Services

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 listing of resources.

  • PCS planning — Most relocation assistance programs offer counseling/consultations to assist in the moving process. Those making their first military move, those making their first overseas move or those with challenging or complex situations should contact their installation relocation assistance office as soon as possible for information and assistance.
  • MilitaryINSTALLATIONS and Military OneSource — For managing and planning your move, you may want to take advantage of these Department of Defense-sponsored online resources and tools.
  • Loan Closet — Loan Closet offers basic household goods while your personal property is in transit. Typical items include pots and pans, dishes, silverware, irons, ironing boards and infant or toddler car seats. Generally, towels and bed linens are not available, so these should be packed in your express shipment. This service varies by service and installation.
  • Workshops and briefings — Workshops vary from installation to installation, but you may find classes on housing options, moving with children, moving with pets or general moving preparation and resources.
  • Pre-departure briefings — These briefings may be called Smooth Move or PCS Briefing and provide essential information about your next duty station. These briefings can be critical in setting you up for success during the transition to your next duty station.
  • Settling-in services — Welcome Wagon services or local area tours may be a part of your installation’s settling-in services. Overseas arrival services may include introductory language classes and cultural awareness training.
  • Foreign-born spouse support — Whether you have questions or concerns about immigration and naturalization, learning the English language or how to use local transportation, the relocation program provides assistance, classes and referrals.
  • Emergency assistance — From time to time, emergencies occur while moving. The Relocation Assistance Program office has the resources to provide emergency financial assistance and referrals.

Programs and services may vary across the installations.

Installation Specific Information

While Reserve installations do not provide the typical relocation assistance services and do not have the full complement of services found in active duty installations Relocation Assistance Programs, we strive to assist you as much as possible if you are relocating to March ARB. While we have community information that will assist in relocating to this area, we maintain limited information about schools, housing, employment, pets, and medical facilities; we will research and provide details on any areas of concern about your relocation. We will provide on a case by case basis the information that is specific to you and your family in your transition to the March ARB area.

Relocation Assistance

As March ARB is a Reserve installation only limited relocation services are available. Newcomers briefing is held the Saturday of each UTA. Please contact us at 951-655-5350 or DSN 312-447-5350 if you have questions regarding your relocation to March.

Service Specific Information

Resources and services differ by branch of service. These family and community services are specific to your installation. Use the information below to learn more.

Base Services

Airman and Family Readiness Center

Airman and Family Readiness Center, 951-655-5350

Child Care and Youth Programs

The Department of Defense takes great pride in the variety and quality of services provided to children and youth on installations worldwide. While the services provided may vary by location, the standards and quality of services are consistent and meet established regulations.

Family Child Care

Children ages 6 weeks to 12 years may receive care in the private home of a certified family child care provider living in government-owned or leased housing. Family child care is typically available weekdays and with additional care provided during evenings, weekends and flexible hourly care for shift work. Regulations limit the number of children who receive care at any one time to no more than six children under age 8 and no more than two children under age 2. Family child care providers must be certified to operate by the installation. Individual providers may voluntarily seek national accreditation from the National Association of Family Child Care and are provided local support, training and materials to accomplish this goal.

Requesting Child Care

Military families may request child care by visiting MilitaryChildCare.com. This Department of Defense website serves all military families seeking child care (including Child Development Centers, Family Child Care and school age care programs) and provides access to military-operated child care options world-wide. Families may search for and request care, manage their requests, and update their profile online, simplifying the process for finding child care.

Child Development Centers

Child development centers, or CDCs, generally offer child care for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years. Care is available Monday through Friday, with some locations offering options, such as extended hours, weekend care and respite care. Child development centers vary in size and larger installations may operate multiple facilities. Programs are certified by the Department of Defense and accredited by a national accrediting body, such as theNational Association for the Education of Young Children.

School-Age Care Programs

School-age care programs provide care to children in kindergarten through sixth grade. Care is offered before and after school, during non-school days and summer vacations. School-age care programs may be located in Department of Defense youth centers, child development centers or in other suitable facilities. All programs are certified by the Department of Defense and accredited by a national accrediting body, such as the Council on Accreditation.

Youth Programs

Dynamic programs for youth ages 5 through 18 years are provided in approximately 300 youth and teen program facilities worldwide. A wide variety of offerings includes activities in physical fitness and sports, the arts, life skills, career and volunteer opportunities. Installation programs may also collaborate with other youth-serving organizations, like the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and USDA/4-H programs.

Child Care

Programs and services are available at most installations for children up to age 12. Care may be provided in Child Development Centers, School Age Care Programs, and Family Child Care Homes. Please review the information to find out what programs and services are available at this installation. Please contact the Child and Youth Program point of contact at this installation if you require information, assistance or resources for child care in your local community.

Child Development Centers (CDC)

No Child Care Programs located on March Air Reserve Base.

There are no Child Care Programs located on March Air Reserve Base. The Airman & Family Readiness center can provide resources for you to find child care in your area.

USAF Services Home Community Care program is available for Reserve and Guard members on UTA weekends. The program provides for free child care in state licensed family child care homes for dual military parents, single military parents and military parents married to a civilian working spouse. Reservations must be made in advance through Services Administration office at 951-655-3507 or DSN 312-447-3507.

Youth Services

A wide range of programs are available for youth and teens, including youth sports and recreation programs, educational programs and programs that support leadership and career development.  Please review the information to learn what programs and services are available at this installation.

There is no youth services program on March ARB.

Recreation Programs

Tickets and Tours or Outdoor Recreation:

The phone number for the Ticket and Tour office is 951-655-4123. They are open from 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The phone number for Outdoor Recreation is 951-655-2816. They are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

March Field Air Museum:

The March Field Air Museum is located just off the I-215 freeway at the Van Buren Exit in Riverside. The orange and white checkerboard roof is visible from the freeway as you approach. For map search programs, use the address at 22550 Van Buren, Riverside, CA, 92518. For assistance, call 951-902-5949. For tour group rates, call 951-902-5123. They are open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and most holidays excluding Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, and Easter. Additional information is available at 951-902-5949, or visit: http://www.marchfield.org/

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