Relocation readiness simplified by ACS

By Jeremy Plumley
Stuttgart Army Community Service Coordinator 

Relocating to a new duty location, whether it be stateside or in a foreign country, can seem like a daunting task. Army Community Service (ACS) is here to assist you and make your transition from one location to the next as simple as possible. Our Relocation Readiness Program (RRP) covers a variety of services to assist you during the relocation process, and will continue doing so even after arriving.

Sponsorship

Having an assigned sponsor for incoming personnel and their families is crucial for a successful relocation. Sponsors are the hub for important information and being properly trained to sponsor others is an important responsibility. To ensure each assigned sponsor is fully prepared for their role, RRP offers sponsorship training twice each month at a set time and location. Additional trainings are available upon request. Spousal sponsorship is training is also available by request.

Lending Closet

Another important service provided by RRP is the Lending Closet which provides basic household goods for people who have either shipped their household goods to their next PCS location or for those who are waiting to receive their shipment at their new duty location. These goods include basic kitchenware such as; plates, glasses, silverware, pots, pans, etc. Appliances such as coffee pots, microwaves, toasters and irons are available as well. For families with young children there are strollers, high chairs, pack and plays and other items available to ensure no member of the family has to do without. The Lending Closet is available to all Active Duty Service Members and their families as well as DOD Civilians and contractors. To access the lending closet, simply check in when you arrive with the front desk at ACS, Bldg. 2915 on Panzer Kaserne, and provide a copy of PCS orders. Items may be borrowed for up to 60 days.

German Language Translation & Immersion Services

Sprechen sie Deutsch? If not, we have you covered! RRP provides German translation services for unofficial translation purposes such as utility bills, phone bills, internet service bills, auto insurance, price quotes, emails and for scheduling appointments on the German economy. Call or stop by ACS for an appointment.

In addition to the translation service, there is a free Host Nation Orientation tour which is a one day event that provides an immersion into the German language and culture, as well as an afternoon tour of downtown Böblingen and lunch at a local German restaurant. Signup online through the USAG Stuttgart mobile app.

Want to learn more? RRP offers two German language classes both of which are free and no registration is required. German Immersion class provides coaching at various levels and participants will learn about the German culture and language to make their time in Germany more enjoyable and fulfilling. English As A Second Language (ESL) is also available for those whose primary language is something other than English. The class offers an immersion into the American culture while also learning the basics of English language and grammar; no registration is required.

Additional language classes are offered for adults and children through Parent Central Cervices, part of Stuttgart Family & MWR.

Army Community Service is committed to making the relocation process as smooth as possible for all personnel in Stuttgart!

For more information on relocating to Stuttgart and creating a personalized checklist for various tasks associated with moving, visit www.militaryonesource.mil. To learn more about ACS services and programs, visit https://stuttgart.armymwr.com or stop in to ACS in Bldg. 2915, 2nd Floor, Panzer Kaserne, Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. If you’d like to schedule an appointment, call DSN: 596-3362 or CIV. 09641-70-596-3362.