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When you receive your Permanent Change of Station (PCS) orders, you should contact your sponsor to help arrange your temporary lodging reservations and receive a Grand Forks AFB information packet. It is important that your sponsor help arrange for your billeting; otherwise, you may risk not being reimbursed for your lodging expenses. If you have not been assigned a sponsor, contact the Customer Service Section of the Military Personnel Flight at (312) 747-6411 or DSN 312-362-6411.

Prior to departing your home station, remember to hand carry important documents to include: a copy of orders, identification card, social security cards, vehicle registration(s) and proof of car(s) insurance. If arriving from overseas, hand carried documents should include: vehicle shipping papers, shot records, household inventories for household goods and claims and school records for all children.

During normal duty hours, new arrivals should first report to their unit of assignment where they will begin in-processing. As part of this procedure, your orderly room should provide you an Initial Duty Assignment (IDA) worksheet. After all unit and base personnel in-processing is completed, and if approved by the commander, members may be granted permissive leave for house hunting. Be sure that a leave form is completed by the unit.

If you get married before you PCS, you must inform your commander and follow the procedures exactly as they are given. The military will not pay for travel and housing of your spouse if you do not follow proper procedures.

Base in-processing is then conducted by the 319th Military Personnel Flight Monday through Friday beginning 7:30 a.m. in building 101. Members are required to be in uniform.

In-processing members must bring the IDA worksheet provided to them by their unit orderly room, and the envelope provided them by their previous Outbound Assignments Office. The actual in-processing will take approximately 15-30 minutes to complete. However, Customer Support will provide members with a base in-processing checklist which must be completed and returned to customer support within 30 days of arrival. In addition, all newcomers will be scheduled to attend a Wing Orientation.

First term Airmen, reporting to their first duty station, will also be scheduled for a week-long training program at the First Term Airmen Center. During that time, they will receive in-processing briefings as well as base and community information, and ancillary training.

At in-processing, members will complete all paperwork related to the move. As part of this process, the member's ID cards will be updated to reflect their new duty assignment.

As part of the "Medical Right Start" program, newcomers are oriented to the services provided by the 319th Medical Group and are educated on how and when to access care.

Beneficiaries are also informed of their TRICARE options, and enrollment is transferred. Medical and immunization records are also reviewed to determine health care needs. This program is mandatory for all active duty members, but dependents and retirees are also welcome.

Civilian employees should report to the Civilian Personnel Office weekdays between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. to in-process. The civilian Personnel Office is located on the second floor of Building 101.

The Newcomer's Orientation Seminar is a Commander Directed Program. It is designed for all inbound military personnel, spouses of military members and civilian employees who recently arrived at Grand Forks Air Force Base.

Extensive amounts of information on North Dakota will be provided by many on and off base agencies during the information fair to help you become involved during your assignment at Grand Forks AFB. The major goal of the seminar is to provide useful information about living in this region of the United States while having fun and staying safe.

The seminar is offered the first Thursday of every month from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Airman & Family Readiness Center. Whether you're returning to Grand Forks or arriving for the first time, why not attend the Newcomer's Orientation and find out more about your new home.


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