Newcomer's - Relocation Readiness Program

Hours of Operation

Located in Community Connection, Bldg 1524

Monday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Tuesday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Wednesday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Thursday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

Contact

6391 Wetzel Ave.
Bldg. 1524
Google Map

Handicap Accessible

Tel:
+1(719)526-1070

Military DSN Tel:
(312)619-1070

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First and foremost, "Welcome to Fort Carson, Colorado".  Whether it’s your first move or last of many, the Army Community Service (ACS) Relocation Readiness Program is here to help.  Located in the Community Communication, our program offers a wide variety of services, information and resources to navigate through a military move.  Our services are focused towards newcomers, multicultural individuals, transitioning individuals (ETS, PCS, Retirement) and spouses who are in the Fort Carson area as part of unaccompanied assignment (includes TDY's and deployments).

 

Relocation Services

Things to Consider - Before You Arrive

Airports:  If you are arriving from an overseas location or stateside, two airports available, Denver International Airport (DIA) and Colorado Springs Airport.  DIA is about 90 miles from Colorado Springs, and if you need a place to stop or get refreshed, visit their USO.

Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers (BOSS):  Program focuses on quality of life, community service, and recreation & leisure for single Soldiers. 

Child & Youth Services (CYS):  Programs range from daycare to youth sports to online tutoring.  Registration is required.

DMV:  Office located directly on Fort Carson, +1(719)520-6240.  Current orders and LES required for the Specific Ownership Tax exemption.

Emergency in route to Fort Carson:  You never know when an emergency could occur and we want you to be prepared.  So just in case, add the American Red Cross to your contacts +1(877)272-7337.  

Employment Assistance: 

Exceptional Family Member 's:  If you have a Family Member enrolled in the Exeptional Family Member Program, contact the Fort Carson EFMP for assistance.

Fort Carson Information:  Great news, you are coming to one of the top requested posts in the Army.     

Firearms on Fort Carson:  All weapons transported on post must be registered with FC Form 66-E.  The process takes 2 to 3 weeks and can be completed via mail.

Getting around Fort Carson:  If your vehicle is in route or you don't have one, the post provides free shuttle buses.  

Housing - On Post:  Fort Carson Family Homes offer various options and are managed by Balfour Beatty Communities.

Housing - Off Post:  There are numerous housing options available.  It is important to note, the cost of homes in the local areas have increased significantly within the last couple of years.  Take the time to research your options before you arrive.  We encourage you to attend our Homebuyer's Workshop when you arrive to Fort Carson.

Leave Extension:  If you are not going to make it to Fort Carson by your report date, it is critical that notification is made.

Medical Services:  Evans Army Community Hospital (EACH) offers a variety of medical services, on and off post.

Military Installations:  There are five in the surrounding areas of Fort Carson.

Mountain Post Living:  Get ready to take the journey and be inspired to live a balanced life of all-around wellness.

MWR:  Up-to-date information ranging from recreation to sports & fitness to community support.

Per Diem RatesUp-to-date information by location.

Pet Boarding Kennels:  There are no pet boarding kennels on post.  For assistance, contact the Fort Carson Veterinary Center, +1(719)526-3803

Reporting to Fort Carson:  Soldiers sign in at the post Replacement Center.  Prior to departure, review in-processing procedures and required items.

Schools (Kids):  Numerous options are available to parents.  Contact the School Liaison Office (SLO) for up-to-date information.

Sponsorship:  Whether your a Soldier or Family Member, a sponsor can help with getting to know the local area.

Shipment of personal items:  Move.mil has all your answers.  If you need temporary items when you arrive to Fort Carson, visit our Loan Closet.

Temporary Lodging:  Reserve your room (s) in advance by contacting IHG Army Hotel on Fort Carson or the Air Force Inn on Peterson Air Force Base (depending on traffic, 15 to 30 minute drive).

Welcome Packet:  Get information on Fort Carson and pick up a more in-depth packet from the Community Connection when you arrive.

  • Request a mailer packet:  Include your name, address, contact number, arrival date, and any other information you may be needing. 

Weather Conditions:  Depending on when you are traveling, Colorado Road Conditions could vary drastically.  Check the roads before you get on your way.  

  • Download the CDOT mobile app.  You'll find that many of the major roadways have live feed video cameras. 
I'm Here - What to know about Fort Carson

1st month's Rent/Deposit:  Army Emergency Relief (AER) can provide financial assistance, call +1(719)526-4590.

Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers (BOSS):  Program focuses on quality of life, community service, and recreation & leisure for single Soldiers. 

Child & Youth Services (CYS):  Programs range from daycare to youth sports to online tutoring.  Registration is required.

Community Connection:  One of your first stops, Bldg 1524.  You'll find various newcomers services, information and resources.

DMV:  Office located directly on Fort Carson, +1(719)520-6240.  Current orders and LES required for the Specific Ownership Tax exemption.

Emergency Assistance:  You never know when an emergency could occur and we want you to be prepared. 

Employment Assistance: 

Exceptional Family Member 's:  If you have a Family Member enrolled in the Exeptional Family Member Program, contact the Fort Carson EFMP for assistance.

Family Readiness Group

Fort Carson Information:  Great news, you are at one of the top requested posts in the Army.     

Firearms on Fort Carson:  All weapons transported on post must be registered with FC Form 66-E.  The process takes 2 to 3 weeks.

Getting around Fort Carson:  If your vehicle is in route or you don't have one, the post provides free shuttle buses.  

Housing - On Post:  Fort Carson Family Homes offer various options and are managed by Balfour Beatty Communities.

Housing - Off Post:  There are numerous housing options available.  It is important to note, the cost of homes in the local areas have increased significantly within the last couple of years.  Take the time to research your options before you arrive.  We encourage you to attend our Homebuyer's Workshop when you arrive to Fort Carson.

Loan Closet:  Discontinued as of Nov 1, 2018.

Medical Services:  Evans Army Community Hospital (EACH) offers a variety of medical services, on and off post.

Military Installations:  There are five in the surrounding areas of Fort Carson.

Mountain Post Living:  Take the journey and be inspired to live a balanced life of all-around wellness.

MWR:  Up-to-date information ranging from recreation to sports & fitness to community support.

Newcomer's Orientation:  Learn about the services and programs available to you at Fort Carson.  Participants enjoy a van tour of the post and local community.  It's a great way to meet other's and make new acquaintances.  Childcare must be requested one week in advance if it is needed; child(ren) must be enrolled in CYS.  To reserve childcare spaces, call +1(719)526-0457;  participants will receive a childcare confirmation.

Per Diem RatesUp-to-date information by location.

Pet Boarding Kennels:  There are no pet boarding kennels on post.  For assistance, contact the Fort Carson Veterinary Center, +1(719)526-3803

Post Guide and Telephone Directory

Reporting to Fort Carson:  Soldiers sign in at the post Replacement Center.  If you have questions, review in-processing procedures and required items.

Schools (Kids):  Numerous options are available to parents.  Contact the School Liaison Office (SLO) for up-to-date information.

Sponsorship:  Whether your a Soldier or Family Member, a sponsor can help with getting to know the local area.

Shipment of personal items:  Move.mil has all your answers.  If you need temporary items when you arrive to Fort Carson, visit our Loan Closet.

Temporary Lodging:  If you need a room (s), contact IHG Army Hotel on Fort Carson or the Air Force Inn on Peterson Air Force Base (depending on traffic, 15 to 30 minute drive).

Upcoming Fort Carson events

Welcome Packet:  Pick up a more in-depth packet on Fort Carson from the Community Connection

Weather Conditions:  Depending on when you are traveling, Colorado Road Conditions could vary drastically.  Remember to always check the Fort Carson Weather and Reporting status, weather can change in October up until March.

  • Download the CDOT mobile app.  You'll find that many of the major roadways have live feed video cameras. 
Local Area Resources

Peak Military Care Network:  Overall resources.

School Information (K-12)

What Relocation Offers Overall

Clearing for ACS, AER, EFMP and Loan Closet:  For specifics, visit Time to Transition page.

Community Connection:  Centralized Relocation services.

  • Classroom available for FRG's, organizations, or individuals.

Destination Overseas:  Provides Soldiers and Spouses with an idea of what to expect on an overseas move.  Applies to anyone traveling OCONUS, to include Alaska, Germany, Hawaii, Italy, Japan, and Korea.  For specifics, visit Time to Transition page.

Homebuyers Workshop:  Deciding whether to purchase a home?  Not sure where to start or what has changed?  If so, this workshop is for you.  Taught by the Pikes Peak Association of Realtors, it offers perspective home buyers the in's and out's of the home buying process.  Topics include: the local housing market, preparing for home ownership, choosing a realtor, selecting the right house, obtaining the right mortgage, Veterans Affairs (VA), and understanding the process from start to closing. 

Immigration and Naturalization:  For specifics, visit the Multicultural Program page.

Loan Closet:  Discontinued as of Nov 1, 2018.  For specifics, visit the Loan Closet page.

Multicultural Services:  For specifics, visit the Multicultural Program page.

  • Everyday English Course
  • Immigration assistance and classes (Green Card, Immigration 101, and Naturalization)
  • Meet-Up Groups for German, Latino and Multicultural
  • Multicultural assessment appointments
  • Naturalization ceremonies
  • Referrals for English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • S-1 Naturalization Training
  • Tranlation referrals

Newcomers Information:  Wide variety of resources and information on Fort Carson and the local communities.  

Newcomers Orientation:  Learn about the services and programs available to you at Fort Carson.  Participants enjoy a van tour of the post and local community.  It's a great way to meet other's and make new acquaintances.  Childcare must be requested one week in advance if it is needed; child(ren) must be enrolled in CYS.  To reserve childcare spaces, call +1(719)526-0457;  participants will receive a childcare confirmation.

Office on the Go Services:  Eleven computers with printer access avaiable, CAC accessible; to include faxing and copying. 

PCS 101:  Provides Soldiers and Spouses with an idea of what to expect with a PCS.  Highly encouraged if it's your first PCS.  For specifics, visit Time to Transition page.

Relocation Counseling:  Have questions?  Not sure where to start?  Schedule a one-on-one appointment.  Whether it's you first move or one of many, it's always helpful to have someone go over those key areas that can affect your transition.  Our staff is ready to assist you with information and resources that will lessen those stressors.  If you are relocating, we encourage you to visit Time to Transition page.

Relocation FlyerOverall information on services.

S-1 Naturalization Training:  Open to all S-1 personnel.  Training offers up-to-date information on the naturalization process.  Active Duty Soldiers are referred to their BN or BDE S-1's for information and the beginning steps of the process.  

Sponsorship Program Information:  Sponsors are an integral part of the relocation process and help to ease the transition for a newcomer as well as their family.  

Sponsorship Train the Trainer Training (T3):  Required for any Fort Carson Soldier assigned to be a Sponsorship Coordinator.  Two day training covers all ACS programs and the Army Career Tracker website where Sponsorship is concerned.  Training allows appointed Brigade Unit Sponsorship Coordinators (USC), NCOs and/or Officers in the grade of E5 or higher to train and certify installation sponsors (in their respective Brigades).  Training minimizes the stressors which arise during the PCS process.

Waiting Families Program:  Outreach support for spouses who are in the Colorado area as part of an unaccompanied assignment, to include TDY's and deployments.  Includes liasion support from Relocation staff, special events for enrollees, as well as resources and materials.  For specifics, visit Waiting Families Program page.

Welcome Packets:  Hardcopy packets are available at Community Connection and the ACS Center.  For mailer or bulk requests, please use the below contact information.

United Through Reading Program:  Open to all Soldiers deploying, mobilizing, on TDY or PCSing unaccompanied.  Soldier is able to select a book and be recorded reading it for their child.  The video is downloaded on a DVD and given to the Soldier or Spouse along with the book for the child.  For specifics, visit the Waiting Families Program page.