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Getting Settled

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San Antonio Laughlin Air Force Base Getting Settled

 

HEALTH CARE

47th Medical Group

Building 375, 590 Mitchell Blvd.

Appointments...........................................830-298-6333

Pharmacy................................830-298-6451/6453/6234

www.airforcemedicine.af.mil/MTF/Laughlin 

The 47th Medical Group provides medical, dental and aeromedical services in support of Laughlin’s specialized undergraduate pilot training mission and ensures medical readiness for wartime and other worldwide contingencies. The group is also responsible for the health care of more than 3,300 DOD beneficiaries. To that end, the group provides a wealth of medical services that include aerospace physiology, family health, flight medicine, immunizations, lab testing, mental health care, optometry, pediatrics and radiology.

Dental care services are dedicated to the oral care of military service members. Family members of active-duty personnel are encouraged to use the TRICARE Dental Program. Program information is available by visiting www.tricare.mil/CoveredServices/Dental/TDP.

TRICARE

TRICARE is the health care program for active-duty and retired service members, their families and survivors. TRICARE provides health plans, prescriptions, dental plans and other special health programs to its beneficiaries. TRICARE’s mission is to enhance the Department of Defense and the nation’s security by providing health support for the full range of military operations and sustaining the health of all those entrusted to their care.

TRICARE offers a range of health care plans. TRICARE Prime is the mandatory health care option for active-duty service members. Family members of active-duty service members, retired service members and their families may also use this option. If you use TRICARE Prime, you are assigned a primary care manager at a military or network provider who delivers most of your care. If you need care your PCM cannot provide, you are referred to a specialist. Active-duty service members and their families pay nothing out of pocket for this option; however, there is less freedom to choose your provider. On Jan. 1, 2018, TRICARE Standard and Extra were combined into a new plan, TRICARE Select. Select is a standardized fee-for-service plan available to family members of active-duty service members, retired service members and their families. After you enroll in TRICARE Select, you may schedule an appointment with any TRICARE-authorized provider. Referrals are not required, but you may need prior authorization from your regional contractor for some services. You will pay a copay or cost share based on the type of care and provider you see. Costs for Select vary, but you will pay an annual deductible as well as a percentage of covered services. Non-network providers may charge up to 15 percent more than the TRICARE allowable charge; you are responsible for these extra charges. TRICARE also offers plans for remote and overseas locations, reserve military members, young adults who are no longer covered under regular TRICARE coverage and other scenarios.

TRICARE coverage is completely portable, so it moves with you when you relocate. Follow these simple steps to ensure you have no break in coverage when you move:

  • Do not cancel your TRICARE Prime enrollment option before you move.
  • Update your personal information in DEERS immediately when you arrive at your new location.
  • Select a new primary care manager.

If you are already using TRICARE Select, moving is easy. When you arrive at your new location, update your personal information in DEERS. Then find TRICARE-authorized providers in your new area. Remember, you may have a new regional contractor and claims filing address.

TRICARE’s online tools can help you find and compare plans that you are qualified to use. Beginning in 2019, however, TRICARE will allow you to switch between plans only if you have a “qualifying life event” such as the birth of a baby or a move. For a complete description of the types of coverage programs and regions, visit www.tricare.mil. For more information about recent changes to TRICARE, visit https://tricare.mil/changes.

HOUSING

Housing Management Office

8550 Edwards St.............................830-298-5732/5733

www.housing.af.mil/Units/Laughlin 

The Laughlin AFB Housing Management Office is ready to help you transition to your new home and community. Use its resources to become familiar with available housing options and support services. When you arrive at Laughlin AFB, visit the office for valuable information, counseling and guidance before signing any lease or sales contract for housing.

Unaccompanied Housing

419 Fourth St.........................................830-298-5213

www.housing.af.mil/Units/Laughlin 

Unaccompanied housing is provided for unaccompanied airmen in the ranks of E-1 to E-3 and E-4 with less than three years of service. Each airman is provided with a private sleeping room, furnishings, bed linens and supplies required for comfortable living. Room arrangements may vary depending on location. Unaccompanied airmen in the rank of E-4 with more than three years of service will move into housing in the local community.

Permanent-party unaccompanied housing consists of 1+1 room configurations. Rooms are furnished with a queen-sized bed, desk with chair, five-drawer chest, end table, refrigerator and microwave. Dorm amenities include dayrooms, game or theater rooms, laundry rooms and more.

Laughlin Family Housing

8550 Edwards St....................................830-298-1701

www.laughlinfamilyhousing.com 

Hunt Companies owns the family housing and maintains, repairs and manages the Laughlin AFB family housing community. Military personnel can opt to live in privatized housing by signing a tenant lease with Hunt, though they may also rent or purchase housing in the local community. There are no application or deposit fees and an on-site maintenance team is available around the clock to resolve problems.

The Hunt Military Community is comparable to housing off base but offers many amenities and support services, such as community events that provide residents of all ages with free, fun and educational events and activities. Community features include clubhouses, playgrounds, a soccer field, tennis courts, picnic areas, a self-help facility, and miles of walking and jogging paths

Those who choose to live in the community will sign a tenant lease agreement, typically for a one-year term, that includes a military clause and a lease termination clause. You pay your monthly rent by authorizing an allotment of your BAH to pay the housing office. If you move before the allotment start date, you will pay a prorated amount directly to the office. The tenant lease agreement will spell out the rent payment terms and conditions.

MAIL

Official Mail Center

Building 257, 477 Fourth St...................830-298-4310

The official mail center on base provides mail services to base agencies, processes administrative communication for on-base distribution and off-base transmission, and delivers personal mail to enlisted dorm residents.

If you plan to live in the dormitory permanently, ask your sponsor about requesting a mailbox in advance or use the general delivery address:

Your name and rank

General Delivery

Mail Room

Laughlin AFB, TX 78843

Postal drop boxes are situated throughout Laughlin AFB for mail with prepaid shipping. If you need shipping labels or certified or insured mail services, visit the local post office. To find the post office nearest you, visit www.usps.com.

RELIGIOUS GUIDANCE

Base Chapel

583 Fifth St......................................830-298-5111

www.fb.com/47chaplaincorps 

The U.S. Air Force Chaplain Corps is dedicated to preserving your right to worship. Chapel staff and faith community leaders work hard to provide a comprehensive spiritual and religious program for the base community. If you are seeking spiritual support for any denomination or faith group, they will do their best to assist you.

Chaplains offer various types of counseling and seminars covering premarital, marital, religious, stress, grief and loss issues. All counseling sessions are covered by privileged communication.

VEHICLE REGISTRATION

Vehicles must be registered at the Security Forces pass and ID section in Building 139, 355 Colorado Drive. You will need your state vehicle registration, driver’s license, proof of insurance and a government ID card.

Texas state traffic laws apply on base; see the Getting To & Around San Antonio and South Texas chapter on Page 52 for more information. All vehicles entering or leaving base are subject to search.

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