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
The Fleet Family Support Center (FFSC), Relocation Assistance Program offers the following services for newcomers to the Kingsville area: Base Indoctrination, Welcome Aboard Packages, Area brochures and pamphlets, Hospitality Kits, and Information on available child care, resources in the local community, and surrounding cities, shopping, employment resources, and base information and much more. First make sure you have all your important papers with you (including your orders) not packed with your household goods.
The American Red Cross is always available for emergency aid anywhere you may be. Contact the nearest chapter (phone numbers are usually listed in the white pages of the local phone directory). The American Red Cross can sometimes help with emergency financial assistance and contacting individuals that will need to know where you are and what's happening.
Separations from the military are handled by PSD. The Information and Referral program at FFSC is provided to you for assistance with your inquiries. FFSC staff members will make every attempt to answer your question or refer you to the appropriate department/command. See detail listing for additional information on the FFSC, Base Security, Kingsville Chamber of Commerce and Kingsville Visitor Center.