Thursday, December 14, 2023
09:00 am - 10:00 am
Smooth Move Workshop
Location: Information and Referral, Relocation Assistance
New to Marine Corps Logistics Base Barstow? Been Here A While and Just Need Information?
Whether this is your first move or one of many, Information & Referral, Relocation and Retired Activities offers current information on Barstow’s commands, resources, and the available resources in the surrounding communities. We connect military members and their families to the resources needed to assist in navigating the military life cycle successfully.
Barstow is located in southern California’s beautiful Mojave Desert, just 80 miles northeast of Ontario International Airport (ONT), and 147 miles southwest of Las Vegas McCarran International Airport (LAS). Surrounded by stunning desert vistas within Mojave Trails National Monument, the base is only an hour away from mountain hiking and ski resorts, and within a couple hours to Los Angeles, Disneyland, Hollywood, and the Pacific Ocean.
Barstow currently has single-family homes, apartments, and an RV park. You can also receive assistance with off-base housing options. Please contact Desert View Housing by phone at (760) 577-6707. The Housing Office is open Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The Oasis Temporary Lodging Facility offers short-term housing accommodations for military members, their families, and guests. For lodging availability and 24-hour message service, call (760) 577-6418.
Need some basics while you try to get settled? Basic home items such as pots, pans, dishes, utensils, high chairs, microwaves, and the oh-so-essential toilet tissue are available to incoming and outbound command-sponsored personnel. Items are checked out for a 30 day period and may be extended if necessary.
Exceptional Family Member Program
The Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP), Barstow assists families in managing the dual demands of the military and the special needs of a family member. An Exceptional Family Member (EFM) is a family member that is enrolled in DEERS and residing with the sponsor who may require special medical or educational services based on a diagnosed physical, intellectual, or emotional need. For more information call (760) 577-5854.
Single Marine Program
The Single Marine Program offers wholesome fun with fellow Marines. The program conducts great outings to various areas to boost morale and camaraderie. Marines can also participate in volunteer programs in the local communities. For more information call (760) 577-5889 or visit the SMP website.
Do You Need A Sponsor?
Sponsors provide assistance to service members and their families during relocation under PCS assignments to reduce the stress and challenges associated with relocating. Sponsors assist with, airport transportation and getting acclimated with the member’s unit, base, and the surrounding community. For more information on sponsors see MCO 1320.11H. If you have questions on how to obtain a sponsor speak with your current command or you can call (760) 577-6675.
The Relocation Assistance Program (RAP) at MCLB Barstow is here to provide support, information, and resources needed for a successful move. We educate military families on how to be proactive while preparing for a move. We are unique here at MCLB Barstow because of the small population that we serve, we are able to spend more time with our patrons assisting in their preparation.
The Marine Corps recognizes that military moves with a family can be overwhelming. The Relocation Assistance Program is a quality of life program It would be more beneficial to make contact with RAP as soon as orders are received.
What can patrons expect from RAP? The basics include getting the correct points of contacts for scheduling the transportation of household goods, contacting base housing/off-base housing, temporary lodging, and checking out a loan locker/hospitality kit. RAP will access the service member’s personal circumstances and make appropriate referrals, which may include, for example, a referral to the Exceptional Family Member Program, designed to assist family members with special needs. RAP also assists in researching the next duty station as well as off-base resources. We are networked with businesses and organizations off-base that assist the military.
Upon checking in, the service member will receive a Welcome Aboard Packet filled with a variety of household essentials, a tour of the facility, and a formal introduction to our friendly Marine & Family Programs staff.
When PCS orders are received, the same offer stands. If the service member is unaware of our services, assistance will be provided. These services are FREE paying for these services elsewhere would cost hundreds of dollars! Any information received is treated as confidential.
If your household goods are in transit, come by and check-out a hospitality kit. The checked out items must be returned as soon as household goods have arrived. The loan locker is FREE of charge! The kit is equipped with basic kitchenware such as pots, pans, dishes, utensils, etc. We also have children’s cots, high chairs, microwaves, tables, chairs, and vacuums. The kitchenware comes in a large 45-gallon tote container that is equipped for a family of four. Upon request, a kit can be customized for a larger family.
There are workshops/classes available upon request that can assist with the difficulties of getting organized for the move, dealing with children during the process, and financial assistance, just to name a few. Classes are interactive by means of discussion based on the service member’s individual circumstances. Demonstrations of official DoD websites are provided to show how to obtain all necessary information needed during the moving process, including an emergency situation. Welcome Aboard and Pre-Departure classes equip the service member and spouse with the essential tools needed to overcome and adapt to any situation.
Our staff is friendly, and willing to help you achieve your moving goals and deal with any situations that may occur. Spouses are encouraged and welcome to attend all classes and workshops.