Preplanning is essential for newcomers moving to Luke Air Force Base, whether for a permanent change of station, a temporary-duty assignment or a school tour. Three excellent sources of information for military moves are the websites for Air Force Housing, Military OneSource and the Automated Housing Referral Network.
The Air Force Housing website, www.Homes.mil, provides information about privatized and unaccompanied housing, as well as community housing, school, local weather and other useful information to help Airmen, accompanied or unaccompanied, make a smooth transition to their new duty location. The Homes.mil housing referrals website is sponsored by the Department of Defense including all service branches to help military members and their families find housing at their duty stations. Homes.mil is the preferred and trusted housing referral resource for U.S. military members and their families around the world. The site provides military members with access to information on available housing from anywhere in the world 24/7, allowing them to start their home-finding process as soon as they receive their orders.
Military OneSource, www.militaryonesource.com, provides information about a range of subjects, including relocation, personal finances and child care, as well as emotional support during deployments.
There are a number of actions you should take as soon as you receive permanent change of station (PCS) orders, such as arranging movement of your household goods, requesting on-base family housing (if desired), arranging for temporary quarters while you house hunt and enrolling your children in the on-base Child Development Center program (if appropriate).
Newcomers are encouraged to contact their local Personal Property office as soon as possible after receiving orders to arrange shipment of household goods. Most of this process can now be handled online by using the Defense Personal Property System. You can schedule delivery directly with your carrier. If you do not have your carrier’s phone number, call the Traffic Management Office (TMO) at 623-856-6425 to get it.
All single Airmen, E-3 and below or E-4 with less than three years’ time in service, must reside in on-base dormitories. All single E-4 Airmen with three years’ time in service and above are eligible to live in the local area. Military families and bachelor officers can apply to live in on-base housing or reside in the local community. Applications for on-base housing can be submitted to the Housing Referral Office as soon as orders are received. See “Housing” for details.
Temporary lodging should be requested at the Fighter Country Inn on base by calling 623-856-3941. Space can fill up quickly, so make your reservations as soon as possible. New parents who are active-duty members, E-5 and below, can also receive complimentary baby items through the layette program, which is funded by the Officers’ Spouse’s Club.
Families requiring on-base child care through the Child Development Center (CDC) or Family Child Care (FCC) can register for the waiting list by visiting www.militarychildcare.com.
All new personnel should hear from a gaining command sponsor shortly after receiving orders. If not, contact your gaining unit and ask for your sponsor’s name and contact information.
When you depart from your previous home, remember to hand-carry your important paperwork such as military service record, PCS orders, passports, leave and earning statements, proof of car registration and insurance, marriage certificate, immunization records of children, household goods inventory lists and military ID cards.
While traveling, be sure to document all travel expenses for reimbursement at Luke Air Force Base.