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   SITES      Version 3




 RELOCATION INFORMATION FOR

          Lajes Field
           Portugal

          Information Date
          January 11, 2000



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                                                                     Table of Contents
Installation .....................................................................................................................................................................1
  Installation Overview.................................................................................................................................................1
  Must Know Items ......................................................................................................................................................2
  Geographically Separated or Satellite Locations .......................................................................................................4
  Nearby Installations (Listed Separately in SITES) ....................................................................................................4
  Regulations ................................................................................................................................................................4
  Major Unit Listing .....................................................................................................................................................4
  Transportation............................................................................................................................................................5
  Commissary and Exchange Operations .....................................................................................................................5
Local Community ..........................................................................................................................................................5
  Local Community Overview .....................................................................................................................................5
  Time Zone Chart ........................................................................................................................................................6
  Climate ......................................................................................................................................................................6
  Events Calendar .........................................................................................................................................................7
  Cultural Attractions ...................................................................................................................................................7
  Recreation Opportunities ...........................................................................................................................................7
  Military Related and Civic Organizations .................................................................................................................8
  Shopping ....................................................................................................................................................................8
  State and Community Social Service Agencies .........................................................................................................8
  Non-Profit Social Service Agencies ..........................................................................................................................8
  Religious Activities ...................................................................................................................................................8
  Community Transportation ........................................................................................................................................9
Education .......................................................................................................................................................................9
  Education Overview ..................................................................................................................................................9
  Public and DODDS Schools .................................................................................................................................... 10
  Private Schools ........................................................................................................................................................ 10
  Colleges and Universities ........................................................................................................................................ 10
  Adult or Continuing Education ................................................................................................................................ 11
  Special Education .................................................................................................................................................... 11
Employment ................................................................................................................................................................ 11
  Employment Overview ............................................................................................................................................ 11
  Federal Civilian Employment for Spouses .............................................................................................................. 11
  Permanent Employment Resources ......................................................................................................................... 11
  Temporary Employment Resources ......................................................................................................................... 12
  Non-Paid or Volunteer Opportunities ...................................................................................................................... 12
  Chambers of Commerce .......................................................................................................................................... 12
  Private Sector Employment ..................................................................................................................................... 12
  Government Employment ........................................................................................................................................ 13
  Professional or Occupational Licensing .................................................................................................................. 13
  Networking Opportunities ....................................................................................................................................... 13
Medical And Dental..................................................................................................................................................... 13
  Medical and Dental Overview ................................................................................................................................. 13
  Medical Services/Directory - on Installation ........................................................................................................... 14
  Health Benefits Advisor, Wellness, and CHAMPUS/TRICARE Programs ............................................................ 15
  Community Hospitals .............................................................................................................................................. 15
  Dental Services/Directory - on Installation.............................................................................................................. 16
  Family Member Dental Plan .................................................................................................................................... 16
Housing........................................................................................................................................................................ 16
  Housing Overview ................................................................................................................................................... 16
  Housing Allowances ................................................................................................................................................ 17
  Government Housing ............................................................................................................................................... 18
  Community Housing................................................................................................................................................ 19
  Utilities .................................................................................................................................................................... 19
Relocation Services ..................................................................................................................................................... 19



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  Relocation Services Overview ................................................................................................................................. 19
  Relocation Assistance .............................................................................................................................................. 19
  In Transit Emergencies ............................................................................................................................................ 20
  Financial Preparedness ............................................................................................................................................ 20
  Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) ....................................................................................................... 20
  Household Goods In-Bound Shipments .................................................................................................................. 21
  Household Goods Out-Bound Shipments ................................................................................................................ 21
  Household Goods Claims ........................................................................................................................................ 21
  Household Goods Weight Allowances .................................................................................................................... 22
  POV In-Bound Shipments ....................................................................................................................................... 22
  POV Claims ............................................................................................................................................................. 23
  Pet Boarding/Kennels .............................................................................................................................................. 24
  Pet Licensing ........................................................................................................................................................... 24
  Pet Quarantines ........................................................................................................................................................ 24
  Veterinary Services .................................................................................................................................................. 24
  Pet Transportation.................................................................................................................................................... 25
  PCS Reporting Procedures ...................................................................................................................................... 25
  Separation Procedures ............................................................................................................................................. 26
  Billeting ................................................................................................................................................................... 26
  Unaccompanied PCS ............................................................................................................................................... 26
Support Services .......................................................................................................................................................... 27
  Support Services Overview ..................................................................................................................................... 27
  Family Centers ......................................................................................................................................................... 28
  Information and Referral ......................................................................................................................................... 29
  Financial Assistance Programs ................................................................................................................................ 29
  Emergency Assistance ............................................................................................................................................. 29
  Family Advocacy ..................................................................................................................................................... 29
  Single Member Services .......................................................................................................................................... 29
  Support Groups ........................................................................................................................................................ 30
  Morale, Welfare, and Recreation ............................................................................................................................. 30
  Chapel Services and Programs ................................................................................................................................ 32
  Drug and Alcohol .................................................................................................................................................... 32
  Legal Assistance ...................................................................................................................................................... 33
Child And Teen Services ............................................................................................................................................. 33
  Child and Teen Services Overview ......................................................................................................................... 33
  New Parent Program ................................................................................................................................................ 33
  Child Care Programs - on Installation ..................................................................................................................... 33
  Child Care Programs - Community ......................................................................................................................... 34
  Things To Do - Clubs and Social............................................................................................................................. 34
  Things To Do - Recreation and Sports .................................................................................................................... 34
  Schools .................................................................................................................................................................... 34
  School Age Care ...................................................................................................................................................... 35
  Religious Programs.................................................................................................................................................. 35
  Special Events.......................................................................................................................................................... 35
  Sponsorship and Support ......................................................................................................................................... 35
  Youth Employment.................................................................................................................................................. 36
  Youth Centers .......................................................................................................................................................... 36
  For Teens Only ........................................................................................................................................................ 36
Survival Tips For First Termers .................................................................................................................................. 37
  Survival Tips for First Termers Overview ............................................................................................................... 37
  Before You Move .................................................................................................................................................... 37
  After You Arrive ..................................................................................................................................................... 37
  Reporting Procedures............................................................................................................................................... 38
  Travel Planning........................................................................................................................................................ 38
  Vehicle Ownership .................................................................................................................................................. 39
  Housing and Billeting .............................................................................................................................................. 39



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  Money Matters ......................................................................................................................................................... 40
At A Glance ................................................................................................................................................................. 40
  Facility/Services Summary ...................................................................................................................................... 40
  Housing Summary ................................................................................................................................................... 41
  Education Summary ................................................................................................................................................ 41
  Local Community Summary .................................................................................................................................... 41
  Medical and Dental Summary ................................................................................................................................. 42
  Relocation and Support Services Summary ............................................................................................................. 42
APPENDIX ................................................................................................................................................................. 43
  Disclaimer ................................................................................................................................................................ 43




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                                                               245-xxxx. All incoming COMMERCIAL calls go
Installation                                                   through the base switchboard operator. NOTE: All
                                                               local numbers have a "2" prefix. When using DSN,
                                                               the "2" prefix MUST BE DROPPED.
Installation Overview
65 MSS/DPF ATTN: Relocation Unit 6856 APO                      History
AE 09720
                                                               Lajes Field was activated in 1943 when the British
Location: Lajes Field, Azores Portugal                         obtained permission to construct an airfield on
                                                               Terceira Island. In late 1943, the United States
The Azores are a group of islands located in the               began stationing personnel with the British.
North Atlantic Ocean about 2,200 miles east of New
York City and approximately 850 miles west of                  The United States Military Transport Command, later
Lisbon, Portugal. The total land area is 922 square            called the Military Airlift Command (MAC), began
miles or roughly equivalent to three-fourths the size          occupancy on Lajes Field in 1944. The Military
of Rhode Island. The islands range in size from 297            Airlift Command became a specified command in
square miles--Sao Miguel, to seven square                      February 1977. In July 1992, Military Airlift
miles--Corvo.                                                  Command was re-designated as Air Mobility
                                                               Command (AMC). On 1 October 1993, Lajes Field
Lajes Field is located on the northeast tip of Terceira.       transferred to Air Combat Command (ACC).
The island measuring roughly 12 miles by 20 miles,
is somewhat oval in shape and is almost entirely               An Interim Portuguese-American agreement on U.S.
bordered by high cliffs. The only beach is a short,            usage of Lajes Field was completed in May 1946 and
sandy strip bordering Praia Bay about three miles              the formal accord was signed in 1948.
from the field. Except for the towns and hamlets,
the land is broken up into small plots of cultivated           In February 1953, the 1605th Air Base Wing of the
ground by stone fences and narrow, winding roads               Military Airlift Command was established, and on 1
which crisscross the island.        The two largest            January 1982 it was changed to 1605th Military
communities are Angra do Heroismo and Praia da                 Airlift Support Wing (MASW). In January 1992,
Vitoria. The latter is about three miles from Lajes            the 1605th Military Airlift Support Wing was
Field and has a population of about 9,000. Angra do            re-designated as the 606th Military Airlift Support
Heroismo, the central district's capital city, is              Wing. On June 1, 1992 the wing was re-designated
approximately 13 miles from Lajes Field and has a              as the 65th Support Wing. In July 1993, it was
population of approximately 24,000.                            re-designated again as the 65th Air Base Wing.

Major Command: Air Combat Command (ACC)                        Today Lajes Field is Portuguese Air Base (PAB) No.
                                                               4, where the 65th Air Base Wing is stationed by
Mission: The Air Force mission is primarily airlift            agreement with the Republic of Portugal.
support. The Army mission is to provide logistic
support of goods to the installation.                          The Field is the headquarters site for the United
                                                               States Forces Azores (USFORAZORES), a
Population Assigned-served: 3249                               sub-unified command (composed of Army, Navy,
Active Duty Officers:         93                               and    Air    Force   personnel),     under   the
Active Duty Enlisted:        848                               Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Atlantic Command
Family Members:               1283                             (USA), and the 65 ABW under the Air Combat
Retirees:                    20                                Command.
Civilian Employees:
                            100    (DoD      Civil             Although USFORAZORES and the 65 ABW are
Service, DoDDS and Contractors)                                distinct organizations with separate channels within
                            905       (Portuguese              the Department of Defense, both are concurrently
Nationals)                                                     commanded by a Colonel, the senior military
                                                               commander in the Azores archipelago. An Air Force
Telephone Access:                                              Colonel serves concurrently as USFORAZORES
                                                               Chief of Staff and 65 ABW Commander.
Commercial 011-351-295-540100 Ext xxxx; DSN
from CONUS 535-xxxx; DSN from Europe


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Name: Family Support Center                                   of their families in order to secure housing before
Address: Bldg T-126                                           their family arrives, especially if their sponsor has
City: APO, AE 09720                                           been unable to secure billeting reservations. Hotels
Phone: X24138/X24146                                          and motels are extremely limited and very expensive.
FAX: X23426
                                                              COST OF LIVING: LOCAL CURRENCY: The
Name: AMC Terminal                                            local currency is the Portuguese escudo. The current
Address: Bldg T-612                                           rate of exchange has fluctuated between 165 and 190
City: APO, AE 09720                                           escudos (165$00 and 190$00) to one U.S. dollar.
                                                              This rate changes each business day and is affected
Phone: X23227
                                                              by the U.S. dollar's strength in foreign money
FAX: 25110
                                                              markets. The medium of exchange on Lajes Field is
                                                              the U.S. dollar.           BANKING FACILITIES:
                                                              Pentagon Federal Credit Union has a branch at Lajes.
Must Know Items                                               Although they do not deal in cash, there is an ATM
DIRECTIONS        TO     THE     INSTALLATION:                located outside the Credit Union which does assist
Incoming personnel are flown directly to the                  you with your cash needs. Personal checks can be
American terminal on the base. The Portuguese                 cashed at the Base Exchange and The Club.
civilian terminal shares the same runway as the               Additionally,money order service is available at the
American and Portuguese military terminals.                   Base Exchange and the Post Office.

REPORTING-IN PROCEDURES:                 Air Force            CHILD CARE:      See CHILD AND TEEN
personnel are required to report to the Community             SERVICES, CHILD CARE PROGRAMS - ON
Activity Center, T-307, at 0800 on the Tuesday after          INSTALLATION and CHILD CARE PROGRAMS -
their arrival for the Newcomer's Orientation (Right           COMMUNITY
Start). Right Start, a one-stop in-processing, is
conducted Tuesday and Wednesday. An Island tour               HOME ALONE POLICIES: Children who are not
is offered on Wednesday. Spouses and civilians are            old enough to go to school must be attended at all
welcome to attend.                                            times. Five to 7 year colds can be alone only when
                                                              traveling to and from school or playing next to
FOREIGN SPOUSES COMING TO THE AZORES:                         residence in a child play area. Eight to 9 year olds
Any military member whose spouse is NOT a U.S.                can be left attended in child play areas, but caregiver
citizen SHOULD contact the MPF at Lajes upon                  must know where they are at all times. Ten year
receipt of assignment notification to obtain the              colds can be left unattended up to 3 hours during
correct information on whether or not their spouse            daylight. Eleven to 15 year colds can be left
will need to obtain a Portuguese Visa prior to their          unattended except over night. Overnight care can
arrival at Lajes. Failure to do so will result in their       not be provided by a person under 16 years of age.
spouse either not being allowed to board the plane or
not being admitted into the country upon their arrival        CURFEW: There is no curfew on the installation.
here. In the past the Azorean government did not              POV   SHIPMENT:         See   RELOCATION
make these individuals leave the country--now they            SERVICES, POV IN-BOUND SHIPMENTS.
are.
                                                              MAIL SERVICE: Mail arrives at, and leaves the
IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS:                 All personnel            base by AMC aircraft and daily commercial flights,
should bring their records, dependent passports, and          and sometimes suffers lengthy delays, especially in
any receipts or information needed to complete their          the winter months. Eight days for first class mail is
travel voucher. All Individuals must bring their              the average delivery time, but delays of up to 14 days
valid stateside drivers license in order to attend            are not uncommon. If you send your sponsor a copy
Driver's Safety Course.                                       of your orders, they can obtain a Post Office Box for
                                                              you, prior to your arrival.
TEMPORARY HOUSING: Due to the increase of
incoming personnel during the summer months (May              BICYCLES: Portuguese law prohibits any child
through August), base temporary quarters are                  under 12 years of age from riding a bike on any
extremely limited at Lajes Air Base, and the waiting          public road.
time for housing may be longer than usual for some
personnel. Personnel should consider arriving ahead



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SCUBA DIVING: Equipment may be rented or                   prior to departure, due to the limited medical care
purchased through the club. Use of a 5-7mm wet suit,       available at this MTF. Individuals must have family
hood and gloves is recommended as water                    member(s) social security number(s) available at
temperatures range between 58-72 in the winter and         Right Start to expedite Tri-Care Prime enrollment.
are slightly warmer from July-September. Expect to         Social security numbers are not listed in passports.
use 22-30 plus pounds of weight.                           Obstetrical Care: See MEDICAL AND DENTAL
                                                           OVERVIEW, IMPORTANT NOTES.
RESTRICTED WEIGHT ALLOWANCE: Lajes
Field has a restricted weight allowance. All base          ENVIRONMENTAL MORALE LEAVE (EML):
housing is fully furnished and off-base housing is         All command sponsored families can take two EMLs
provided full furnishings. Contact your nearest TMO        per year while stationed at Lajes. This would put
for weight allowances and your sponsor for more            individuals in a higher catagory while traveling Space
information on items provided.                             "A." EML destinations are CONUS, Germany,
                                                           Italy, and Spain. The MPF Customer Service section
MEDICAL NEEDS:          Individuals with unusual           at Lajes is the best source for correct information on
medical problems or who are on special medications         the subject.
should check with their overseas clearance section

                                             Must Know Items
                                                --Installation--
                 Site Name                       Lajes Field
                 Last Updated                    January 11, 2000
                 Country                         Portugal
                 County
                 ZIP Code                        09720
                 Service                         USAF
                 Host Command                    Air Combat Command
                 Physical Size                   111
                                                  --Phones--
                 DSN Country Code
                 DSN Number                    535-4138 or 245-3426
                 Commercial Country Code       011-35
                 Commercial Area Code          195
                 Commercial Number             540100 X24138
                 FAX DSN Country Code
                 FAX DSN Number                535-3426 or 245-3426
                 FAX Commercial Country        011-35
                 Code
                 FAX Commercial Area Code 195
                 FAX Commercial Number         540100X23426
                                       --Official Mailing Address--
                 Street Line 1                 65 MSS/DPF
                 Street Line 2                 Unit 6856
                 City
                 Overseas P.O.                 APO AE
                 ZIP Code                      09720
                                         --Deliverable Address--
                 Street Line 1                 65 MSS/DPF
                 Street Line 2                 Unit 6856
                 City
                 Overseas P.O.                 APO AE
                 ZIP Code                      09720
                 E-Mail




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                                                              Name: Pass & Registration
Geographically Separated or Satellite                         Address: Bldg T-815
Locations                                                     City: APO, AE 09972-0
                                                              Phone: X23611
There are no geographically separated units.
                                                              FAX: 23435
                                                              Comments:
Nearby Installations (Listed Separately in                    Hours:              0800-1700 (Mon - Fri)
SITES)
There are no nearby installations.                            Name: Safety Office
                                                              Address: Bldg T-100
Regulations                                                   City: APO, AE 09720
                                                              Phone: X26214
TRAFFIC - All personnel must comply with the
Portuguese Road Code. All vehicles must have a                FAX: 22243
highway warning device. Seat belts are mandatory.             Comments:
Children under the age of 12 will not ride in the front       Hours:              0800-1700 (Mon - Fri)
seat and children under the age of 4 or under 45 lbs
will be placed in a child restraint seat.
                                                              Major Unit Listing
VEHICLE CHECKS - I.D. cards are required by all               USFORAZ Commander.................... : Ext 23314
individuals for entry and departure of base.                  Command Chief Master Sergeant...... : Ext 25257

ACCIDENTS - Report immediately to Security                    1324th Medium Port Command (U.S. Army)
Police, regardless of damage.                                 Commander.................... : Ext 23691 Duty-Orderly
                                                              Room............ : Ext 23691
CRIME STOP - Ext 911
                                                              65th Air Base Wing Commander.................... : Ext
RESTRICTED AREAS - Flight line; others as                     26500 Command Chief Master Sergeant...... : Ext
marked                                                        25257

PHOTOGRAPHY - Photos of the flight line are not               65th Logistics Group Commander.................... : Ext
allowed.                                                      23616

PET QUARANTINES - None                                        65th Contracting Squadron Commander.................... :
                                                              Ext 24115 First Sergeant............... : Ext 26274
DRIVERS LICENSE: All newly assigned personnel
and family members who intend to drive, must attend           65th Supply Squadron Commander.................... :
the local driving conditions class and obtain a Lajes         Ext 23882 Orderly Room................. : Ext 23883
Field Form 13, Operator License. The course is
offered during the Right Start Program. License               65th                  Transportation          Squadron
applicants MUST possess a valid stateside or                  Commander.................... :      Ext 25214 Orderly
international driver's license. License must remain           Room................. : Ext 24227
current during the assigned person's and family
member's tour at Lajes. Minimum driving age is 16.            65th           Security         Police     Squadron
Personnel wishing to operate a moped or motorcycle            Commander.................... :   Ext 26114 Orderly
MUST possess a Motorcycle Safety Foundation                   Room................. : Ext 23400
(MSF) card as no motorcycle training course is
available at Lajes.                                           629th      Air         Mobility   Support  Squadron
                                                              Commander.................... :   Ext 25114 Orderly
                                                              Room................. : Ext 23378

                                                              65th        Operational         Support    Squadron
                                                              Commander.................... :   Ext 23851 Orderly
                                                              Room................. : Ext 25187




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65th Support Group Commander.................... : Ext           Commissary is closed on all local national holidays.
26104                                                            The present Lajes Commissary was completed in
                                                                 October 1989, with 16,592 square feet of sales area
65th         Civil           Engineering    Squadron             and 6 checkout stands.        Besides the grocery
Commander.................... :    Ext 26113 Orderly             department there is a bakery, meat department
Room................. : Ext 25275                                (vacuum pac), delicatessen, and produce department.
                                                                 The Commissary stocks over 4,000 semi-perishable
65th Services Division Director..................... : Ext       items and 1,000 perishable items. If there are items
25212 Orderly Room................. : Ext 25212                  you wish to purchase, the Commisssary can special
                                                                 order them if they are available on the European
65th          Mission           Support     Squadron             Region (theater) list.
Commander.................... :    Ext 23454 Orderly
Room................. : Ext 23395                                NOTE:     The commissary will accept grocery
                                                                 coupons up to six months after expiration.
65th Medical Group Commander.................... : Ext
23610 First Sergeant............... : Ext 23238                  Shoppette/Class VI Store POC.......................... :
                                                                 MANAGER Telephone.................... : Ext 23444
65th                  Communications         Group               Hours........................ : 1000-2200 (Tue-Sat)
Commander.................... :   Ext 23721 Orderly              1200-2000 (Mon, Sun, &           Portuguese Holidays)
Room................. : Ext 23722
                                                                 Family Store POC.......................... : MANAGER
Transportation                                                   Telephone....................    :          Ext 25236
                                                                 Hours........................ :    1000-1800 (Tue-Sat)
Name: Commercial Travel Office
                                                                 Comments..................... : The AAFES Exchange is
Address: Bldg T-408                                              located in 2 separate buildings. The Main Store
City: APO AE 09720                                               (T-323) contains clothing, jewelry, cashier cage, the
Phone: X25171/24108                                              Shoppette, and Class VI. The Lower BX (T-627)
FAX: X542803                                                     contains the audio/visual department, household
Comments:                                                        wares and appliances, sporting goods, tools, toys,
The Commercial Travel office can assist with travel              fabrics, crafts, and linens.
arrangements between the Azores and the United
States, Europe and other continents, as well as hotel            Other AAFES facilities include a Gas Station,
and rent-a-car reservations. They will assemble                  Theater, Barber Shop, Beauty Shop, Military
travel packages for each customer and even find out              Clothing Sales, and New Car Sales.
the current exchange rate. Hours: 0800-1700
(Mon - Fri).                                                     NOTE: This is a small Exchange and may not have
                                                                 all the items that you need. Prior to arrival make a
Name: Base Shuttle Bus                                           list of items you can not live without and contact
Address: Bldg T-220                                              your sponsor to determine if they are available here.
City: APO AE 09720
Phone: X23151                                                    Name: AAFES Exchange
FAX: X26350                                                      Address: Bldg T-800
Comments:                                                        City: APO, AE 09720
The base has a shuttle bus that runs 6 days a week               Phone: Ext 23209
from about 0700-1730. Schedules are posted at                    FAX: X26466
Lodging and can be obtained at the Family Support
Center.
                                                                 Local Community
Commissary and Exchange Operations
Commissary POC.......................... : Commissary            Local Community Overview
Officer Telephone.................... :    Ext 26124             HISTORY: As an outpost of Portuguese power, by
Hours........................ : 0930 - 1800 (T,W,F)              which it could protect lines of communication to the
1000                    -          1900           (Th)           newly discovered land in America, and serve as a
0930 - 1600 (Sat) Comments..................... : The            stopover for supplies to the Portuguese vessels sailing



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the Atlantic, the Azores have played an important              president and 5 functional secretaries. It develops
part in the history of Portugal and the world. They            economic and budgetary proposals and performs a
became increasingly important during World War II              public administrative role. The Minister of the
because of their geographical position between                 Republic, chosen by the Portuguese Prime Minister
Europe and North America. Using the isles as a                 and appointed by the President of the Republic,
mid-Atlantic refueling station, air transports were            represents Portuguese sovereignty in the Azores.
able to reduce round-trip flying time from the United          The Minister performs a coordination role between
States to Africa from 70 to 40 hours. During the               the regional and central governments.
latter part of the war, air bases were located on Santa
Maria and Terceira. It was the "Grand Central                  INDUSTRY AND ECONOMICS: Dairy farming is
Station" of the Air Force, serving the American                the main industry in the Azores archipelago. Cattle,
European Theater with as many as 900 aircraft and              sheep, pigs, goats, ducks and chickens are also raised.
13,000 crew members and passengers passing                     Agriculture and fishing are main occupations on the
through the archipelago in a single month. When the            islands and an important factor in the local economy.
British left Terceira in 1946, the United States moved         The main crops on the island are tobacco, rye, clover,
its military operations from Santa Maria to Lajes              wheat, corn, beans, tea, grapes, chickery, bananas,
Field. Since then, the American presence has                   and pineapples. Almost every rural and many urban
remained as a result of periodically negotiated                families have vegetable gardens. Whaling was the
agreements between the United States and Portugal.             oldest industry in the islands, but whaling is now
                                                               forbidden by the regional law.
GOVERNMENT: The nine islands of the Azores
are an autonomous region of Portugal. The regional             Many tools, utensils, and farm implements are local
autonomy is; however, exercised within the                     products and are handmade.              Embroidery and
sovereignty of the Portuguese Republic. The National           weaving are traditional handicrafts. The Azoreans
Government is responsible, for example, for matters            are highly skilled craftsmen and their products reflect
of defense, foreign affairs, and fiscal policy. The            the skill, ingenuity, and artistic tastes of the people.
regional Government of the Azores is composed of a

                                                 Time Zone Chart
                          Location                                          Adjustment
                                                                            for GMT
                          Pacific                                           -8
                          Mountain                                          -7
                          Central                                           -6
                          Eastern                                           -5
                          Greenwich (United Kingdom)                        0
                          Central European (Germany)                        1
                          East Asia (Japan)                                 9

                                                               however, there are intervals of pleasant, sunny
Climate                                                        weather during this season. Also, during this period
                                                               there are frequent rains and high winds which may
         The Azorean Islands have a subtropical
                                                               exceed gale force. The mountains are generally
climate. The summer season, which extends from
                                                               shrouded by dense clouds which often roll into the
June through September, is extremely pleasant.
                                                               valleys as a thick mist. The high humidity and wind
There is little rain, and temperatures are ideal, with a
                                                               make the mild winter temperatures (between 45 and
daily low of approximately 65 degrees (F.) and the
                                                               65 degrees) seem much colder than they are.
high of about 80 degrees (F.).             The winter
season--October through May--is damp and chilly;




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                                                           Climate
     Month                            High                     Low      Humidity                            Precipitation
     January                            61                      54         78%                               5.72 (Rain)
     February                           61                      53         78%                                       5.46
     March                              62                      53         78%                                       4.93
     April                              63                      54         78%                                       3.12
     May                                66                      57         77%                                       1.91
     June                               70                      61         77%                                       1.75
     July                               74                      64         77%                                       1.68
     August                             76                      66         77%                                       1.87
     September                          75                      64         77%                                       3.30
     October                            70                      61         78%                                       5.05
     November                           66                      58         79%                                       5.33
     December                           63                      55         79%                                       5.25

                                                                     Places of interest include:       Cathedral of Sao
Events Calendar                                                      Salvador, Jesuit College, Castle of Sao Joao Baptista,
                                                                     Castle of Sao Sebastiao, Angra do Heroismo
Village    Festivals  Location.....................   :
                                                                     Museum, Wine Museum, and Monte Brazil.
Throughout Terceira Dates........................ : May
through October Comments..................... :
                                                                     Sao Sebastiao Location..................... : Eastern Coast
                                                                     of Terceira Proximity to base............ : 8 miles
May through October of each year, week long
                                                                     Comments..................... :
festivals are alternately held in honor of the patron
Saint of the community. During this time, there are
                                                                     Sao Sebastiao was the first settlement on the island.
fireworks, dancing, singing, street bullfights and a
                                                                     The Church of Sao Sebastiao is Gothic and dates
parade.
                                                                     back to the 15th-16th century.
The Festival of the Holy Ghost Location.....................
:    Throughout Terceira Dates........................ :             Recreation Opportunities
Easter       Sunday             through    September                 Terceira Island Golf Course Location..................... :
Comments..................... :                                      On main highway to Angra Telephone.................... :
                                                                     Ext 92299 Hours........................ : 0730 - 1930
The Festival of the Holy Ghost begins on Easter                      (Sun-Sat)                                           (Summer)
Sunday and continues throughout the summer months                    0800 - 1700 (Sun-Sat) (Winter) Proximity to
until the last Sunday in September. The highlight of                 site............ : 8 miles Comments..................... :
the religious part of the festival takes place on
Pentecost Sunday and Trinity Sunday (the 7th and                     The Terceira Island Golf Course features 18 holes, a
8th Sundays after Easter). The Imperio do Espirito                   driving range, pro lessons, tournaments, a restaurant,
Santo (Holy Ghost Shrine) plays a pivotal part in the                and a Pro Shop with a variety of golf equipment,
festivals.     They are small, square, colorfully                    shoes, balls, and clothing. Clubs and pull carts are
decorated buildings made of stone.                                   available for rental.

Municipal Holiday Location..................... : Angra              Praia Beach Location..................... : Praia da Vitoria
do Heroismo Dates........................ : 23-30 June               Proximity    to       base............    :       3   miles
Comments..................... :                                      Comments..................... :

Festival includes parades, street bullfighting, arena                Praia da Vitoria has the only sandy beach on the
bullfights, sports events, bands, and street fair.                   island and it is called "Praia Azul."

Cultural Attractions
Angra do Heroismo Location..................... : South
Central of Terceira Proximity to base............ : 13
miles Comments..................... : Angra do Heroismo
is recognized as one of the World Heritage Cities.



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Military Related and Civic Organizations                   0900-1200 (Sat) Proximity to site............ : 3 & 13
                                                           miles Major Stores................. :     Casa Vitoria,
Name: Services Division
                                                           Astoria, Susiarte,Pimentel, Ourivesaria Brasil,
Address: T-166
                                                           Aurelio Comments..................... : Area specialties
City: APO, AE 09720                                        include lace, pottery, painted tiles, wicker, and silver
Phone: X22142                                              jewelry.
FAX: X23790
Proximity to site: On Base                                 Supermercado Atlantico Location..................... :
Comments:                                                  Angra do Heroismo Hours........................ :
For information on the following military related          0900-2200                                      Sun-Fri
and civic organizations, please contact the POC            0800-2200 Sat Proximity to site............ : 13 miles
above.                                                     Comments..................... :

Air Force Sergeants' Association                           Modelo (variety Store) Location:.....................: Sao
Meetings are held at the Club the 2nd Monday of            Bento(Angra)                  Hours.........................:
each month at 1530.                                        0900-2200(Mon-Sat)
                                                           0900-1300(Sat Proximity to site.............: 12 miles
Asian Pacific Association                                  Comments: One of the largest local grocery stores on
                                                           the island and the only one open for extended hours.
Aquaknights of Atlantis                                    Also contains household goods, tools, toys, etc.
Comments..................... : (7-9 pm, Mon Wed, &
Fri)
                                                           State and Community Social Service
Meetings are held the 1st Wednesday of each month
at the Dive Club, Bldg T-248 at 1900.                      Agencies
                                                           There are no state and community social service
Boy Scouts of America                                      agencies.
Cub Scouts
Girl Scouts                                                Non-Profit Social Service Agencies
Brownies
                                                           Helping          Our         Own          Troops   (HOOT)
Daisies
                                                           POC.......................... :         Operation Suppport
                                                           Squadron         Location..................... :     T-810
Company Grade Officers' Club
                                                           Telephone....................     :            Ext   25187
Meets Bi-monthly in the Officers' lounge
                                                           Comments..................... : HOOT provides assistance
Wednesdays at 1100.
                                                           to active duty, and DoD civilian personnel assigned
                                                           to Lajes, who are experiencing financial crisis.
Enlisted Spouses Club
                                                           Individuals who encounter short-term financial
Meetings are held at the Club the 2nd Tuesday of
                                                           hardship receive a check payable to the commissary.
every month at 1900.

Officers Wives Club                                        Religious Activities
Meetings are held at the Club the 3rd Thursday of          The Lajes Field Chapel is located on main base.
every month at 1100.
                                                           Protestant Worship Schedule: Evangelical Service -
PTSA                                                       0900 (Sun) Gospel Service - 1150 (Sun). Other
Meetings are held at the Elementary School gym the         Activities: Sunday School - 1030; Bible Study
3rd Thursday of each month at 1900.                        Groups; Adult and Children's Choirs; Protestant Men,
                                                           Women, Singles and Youth of the Chapel; Awana.
Tri-Service Top Three Association
Meetings are held at the Club the 3rd Thursday of          Catholic Worship Schedule:         Mass Schedule:
each month at 1530.                                        Confession - 1630 (Saturday), Saturday Mass - 1700,
                                                           Sunday Mass - 1030, Daily Mass (Mon-Thur) - 0730
                                                           (Sept-May).     Other Activities:    CCD - 0915
Shopping                                                   (Sep-May); Choir Rehearsal - 1800 Wed.;
                                                           Pre-Baptism Classes (by appt.) Men's, Women,
Cities of Praia da Vitoria & Angra do Heroismo             Single's Groups Bible Study, Adult Education, RCIA.
Hours........................ : 0900-1200, 1330-1800
(Mon-Fri)


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Other Faith Groups: EASTERN ORTHODOX,
JEWISH, ISLAMIC, BUDDIST and other faith                          Only Portuguese airlines and some charter flights fly
groups need to contact the chapel directly for further            into this airport. There are no American carriers.
information.                                                      During the summer there are charter flights from
                                                                  Boston and Canada. An inter-island airline (SATA)
Off Base Worship Opportunities: Baptist - Church                  serves all nine islands.
of Christ; Independent Christian - Seventh Day
Adventist; Church of Later Day Saints. Contact the                Taxi Cab Location..................... : Outside main gate
Chapel at ext 24211.                                              Telephone.................... : Ext 23488; off-base: Ext
                                                                  52654 Proximity to site............ :          500 yards
The Lajes Base Chapel also sponsors a Charities                   Comments..................... :
Committee that works to help meet the needs of base
personnel as well as local nationals. This is a great             There is no taxi stand on the base. However, the
way to become involved in the community and in the                Portuguese taxis are allowed on base. The taxis here
Chapel.                                                           have no meters--they charge by the kilometer.

On the fourth Thursday of each month the Chapel                   E.T.V. Ltd. (local bus) Location..................... :
sponsors a Single/Unaccompanied Members (SUM)                     Throughout Terceira Proximity to site............ :
Dinner. The meal is hosted and prepared by one of                 some stop on base Comments..................... :
the squadrons and all enjoy a good time and great
food.                                                             The buses run to Lajes, Angra do Heroismo, Praia da
                                                                  Vitoria, etc. Fees range from the equivalent of $1 to
Name: Lajes Base Chapel                                           $2 (U.S.) per trip one way. Bus schedules are
Address: Bldg T-305                                               available at the Family Support Center.
City: APO, AE 09720
Phone: X24211/23411                                               Education
FAX: X24194
Proximity to site: On Base
Comments:                                                         Education Overview
Area Denominations                                                Site: Education Services Center

Denomination: Houses of Worship--surrounding                      POC --------------------------:     Education Officer
communities                                                       Location----------------------:                      T-426
Catholic.........................Many                             Telephone---------------------:    Ext 23355, FAX
Southern Baptist.................1                                23249                        E-mail------------------------:
Independent Baptist..............1                                65mss/dpe@lajes.af.mil Hours ------------------------:
Church of Christ.................1                                0800-1700 (Mon-Fri)
Latter Day Saints................1
Charismatic......................1                                The Education Services Center is the focal point for
Seven Day Adventist..............1                                all education programs at Lajes Field.             A
                                                                  professional guidance counselor is available for both
                                                                  active duty and family members on an appointment
Community Transportation                                          and walk-in basis. Complete testing facilities are
                                                                  available, including CLEP, DANTES, TOEFL, GRE,
AMC Passenger Terminal Location..................... :            GMAT, and other specialized tests. College credit
Lajes Field, T-612 Telephone.................... : Ext            by examination, correspondence courses, external
23227 Proximity to site............ : on base, near               degrees, and college entrance exams are also
flightline Comments..................... :                        available.
The AMC terminal is the port of arrival and departure             Information pertaining to financial aid is available to
for all personnel and family members coming PCS or                all personnel, and tuition assistance is authorized for
TDY to Lajes Field.                                               active duty personnel. Spouse tuition assistance is
                                                                  available through the Air Force Aid Society and
Lajes International Airport Location..................... :       Navy/Marine Corps Relief Society.
Lajes Proximity to site............ : 1 mile from base
gate Comments..................... :



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Commissioning programs also available: Air Force                         Name: DoDDS High School
Academy,        AFA          Preparatory   School,                       Address: T-234/Unit 7725
AFROTC-ASCP, Air Force ROTC Early Release                                City: APO, AE 09720
Program, Airmen Education and Commissioning                              Phone: X24151/23357
Program (AECP), Officer Training School (OTS),                           FAX: X24151/23357
Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT), Air War                        Proximity to site: On base
College (AWC) Seminar, Air Command and Staff                             Tutition: None - to command sponsored
College (ACSC). Assistance through the Veteran's                         dependents
Administration is also available.                                        Comments:
                                                                         Hours: 0730-1630 (Mon thru Fri)
Public and DODDS Schools
Hours: 0730-1630 (Mon-Fri)                                               Average test scores: (Nov 96 - Dec 97)

1998-99 School Calendar for Elementary and High                          Verbal......................: 516
School                                                                   Math........................: 516
                                                                         SAT (average)...............: 1032
Aug 31.................................: First day of Classroom
Instruction Dec 21.................................:      Winter         Graduation Requirements: 22 Carnegie Units of
Recess Jan 4.................................:        Instruction        Credit.
Resumes Apr 12.................................:           Spring
Recess Apr 19.................................:       Instruction        For information about the high school please e-mail
Resumes Jun 17.................................: Last day of             david.gronke@ccmail.eur.odedodea.edu
school

Name: DoDDS Elementary School                                            Private Schools
Address: Bldg T-233                                                      There are no private schools on the island. Students
City: APO, AE 09720                                                      either attend DoDDs or are home schooled.
Phone: X26216
FAX: X26216                                                              Name: Services Squadron
Proximity to site: On Base                                               Address: T-166
Tutition: None - to command sponsored family                             City: APO, AE 09720
members                                                                  Phone: X22142
Comments:                                                                FAX: X22142
Hours: 0730-1630 (Mon-Fri)                                               Proximity to site: On Base
                                                                         Tutition: N/A
1998-99 School Calendar for Elementary and High                          Comments:
School                                                                   Call Services Division for home schooling point of
                                                                         contact.
Aug 31.................................:   First day of
Classroom Instruction
Dec 21.................................:   Winter Recess
Jan 4.................................:     Instruction Resumes          Colleges and Universities
Apr 12.................................:   Spring Recess                 Name: City College of Chicago
Apr 19.................................:   Instruction Resumes           Address: T-400
Jun 17.................................:   Last day of school            City: APO, AE 09720
                                                                         Phone: X 23375
                                                                         Proximity to site: On Base
                                                                         Tutition: $97.00
                                                                         Comments:

                                                                         Offers an Associate Degree in General Studies
                                                                         through a video cassette program.




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Name: University of Maryland                                    Name: Civilian Personnel Office
Address: T-400                                                  Address: Bldg T-500
City: APO, AE 09720                                             City: APO, AE 09720
Phone: X 24187                                                  Phone: X25137, Job Information Line X26332
Proximity to site: On Base                                      FAX: X26154
Tutition: $ 128.00                                              Proximity to site: On Base
Comments:                                                       Comments:
Offers Certificate and Associate Degrees in General             Presently there are 93 U.S. appropriated fund
Studies, Management Studies, and Business and                   positions at Lajes. Of those positions 51 are
Management. Baccalaureate Degrees in                            stateside hires. There are 70 non-appropriated fund
Management Studies, and Business and                            authorized positions.
Management.

Name: University of Oklahoma                                    Permanent Employment Resources
Address: T-400
                                                                Name: AAFES
City: APO, AE 09720
                                                                Address: T-800
Phone: X 23171
                                                                City: APO AE 09720
Proximity to site: On Base
                                                                Phone: X23209
Tutition: $ 215.00 per semester hour
                                                                FAX: X26466
Comments:
                                                                Proximity to site: On Base
Offers a Master of Science in Human Relations
                                                                Comments:
                                                                One clerical position, one Training Instructor
                                                                position:
Adult or Continuing Education                                   Due to agreements with the Portuguese Government
There are no programs located off-site.                         AAFES must hire local nationals. Currently there
                                                                are two security positions, one U.S. clerical
Special Education                                               position, one Training Instructor position, and
                                                                several positions at the base theater.
SPECIAL EDUCATION
                                                                Name: Career Focus Program (Spouse Employment
Please contact the DoDDS Schools for any special
                                                                Program)
education needs. The schools here are limited on the
services they offer.                                            Address: 65 MSS/DPF, Unit 6856
                                                                City: APO AE 09720
National Information Center for Children and Youth              Phone: 24138
with Handicaps, P.O. Box 1492, Washington, DC                   FAX: 23426
20010.                                                          Proximity to site: On Base
                                                                Comments:
                                                                The employment situation for spouses is very
Employment                                                      limited. Family members are advised to update
                                                                their resumes and applications for federal
Employment Overview                                             employment before they arrive or to bring the
Good Prospects.................. :          None Fair           information that will be needed for these
Prospects.................. : Child care positions &            documents. Copies of transcripts should be
clerical Poor Prospects.................. : Professional        included. The Family Support Center offers
positions                                                       workshops and individual help with resumes,
                                                                applications, interviews and a look at the Lajes job
                                                                market.
Federal Civilian Employment for Spouses
NAME: Civilian Personnel Office




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Name: City College of Chicago                                     Hours........................ :   Mon-Fri   0800-1200
Address: T-400                                                    Comments..................... :
City: APO AE 09720
Phone: 23375                                                      Name: Volunteer Resource Program
FAX: X23249                                                       Address: T-126
Proximity to site: On Base                                        City: APO, AE 09720
Comments:                                                         Phone: X 24138
Instructors, Testers, video course consultants, and               FAX: X 23426
field representative positions                                    Proximity to site: On Base
                                                                  Comments:
Name: DoDDS - Elementary and High School                          Volunteering is very important to the Lajes
Address: T-233                                                    Community. This is a small base that depends on
City: APO AE 09720                                                volunteer work for much of its day-to-day existence.
Phone: X23425                                                     Volunteers provide the means for many extra
FAX: COM: X542595                                                 programs to function and upgrade the quality of life
Proximity to site: On Base                                        on the island.
Comments:
Contact the above POC for application procedures.
There are a few clerical, educational aides, supply               Chambers of Commerce
clerks, and substitute teacher positions.                         None are available.

Name: Pentagon Federal Credit Union                               Private Sector Employment
Address: T-202
                                                                  No employment available off base
City: APO AE 09720
Phone: 23160
FAX: DSN 535 3110 X23160, COM: X2292
Proximity to site: On Base
Comments:
Hours........................ : 1000-1500 (Mon-Fri)
                                       1000-1700 (All
Military Paydays)
Tellers, secretarial and customer service positions

Name: University of Maryland
Address: T-400
City: APO AE 09720
Phone: X24187
FAX: X23249
Proximity to site: On Base in Education Office
Comments:
Instructors, clerical, and supply positions


Temporary Employment Resources
There are no temporary employment placement
agencies available.

Non-Paid or Volunteer Opportunities
Volunteer Resource Program POC.......................... :
Volunteer Resource Manager Location..................... :
T-126          (Family          Support        Center)
Telephone.................... :         Ext      24138




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Government Employment                                        Name: Human Resources Office
                                                             (Non-Appropriated Funds - NAF)
Name: Civilian Personnel Office
                                                             Address: Bldg T-500
Address: T-500
                                                             City: APO AE 09720
City: APO AE 09720
                                                             Phone: 25200/26582
Phone: X25137, Job Information Line - X26332
                                                             Proximity to site: On Base
FAX: X26154
                                                             Comments:
Proximity to site: On base
                                                             There are various NAF jobs located at Lajes Field.
Comments:
                                                             You can work with children, youth and teens as a
Federal employment opportunities at Lajes are very
                                                             Child Development Program Assistant, Recreation
limited and restricted to U.S. command sponsored
                                                             Aid or Recreation Assistant. The Skills
family members. If you have been employed
                                                             Development Center jobs are Recreation Aid and
previously in a Civil Service position, you may have
                                                             Tools and Parts Assistant. There are jobs as an
competitive status. Otherwise, you may be hired at
                                                             Independent Observer, Procurement and Statistical
Lajes under an overseas excepted appointment
                                                             Clerk in resource management. Types of
Schedule A, 213.3106(B)(6).
                                                             appointments are flexible or regular. For
                                                             information on how to apply for NAF jobs, please
If you are a current federal employee joining your
                                                             call the Human Resource Office.
sponsor on a PCS move to Lajes, contact the Lajes
CPF at least six weeks in advance so that you can be
briefed on the paperwork required.
                                                             Professional or Occupational Licensing
Family members employed at Lajes or other                    Name: Child Care (Family Home Care)
overseas areas, under one or more overseas                   Address: T-209
appropriated or nonappropriated fund appointments            City: APO, AE 09720
totaling 12 months within any 10 year period, may            Phone: X23188
receive a non-competitive Civil Service                      Proximity to site: On Base
appointment within 3 years of returning to the U.S.          Comments:
                                                             Lajes Field is currently certifying homes for Family
There are only a minimum number of civilian                  Home Care.
positions available to family members. Positions at
GS-09 and above are generally hired from the U.S.,           Name: Home Business
but occasionally are opened to local candidates
                                                             Address: T-408
qualifying skills.
                                                             Phone: Ext 23507
                                                             Comments:
If you can claim veteran's preference (5 point
                                                             Hours........................ : 0800-1700 (Mon-Fri)
preference or higher), you will be required to submit
member-4 copy of DD 214 to verify this preference.

Name: Contracting Office                                     Networking Opportunities
Address: T-615                                               Contact the Career Focus Program for further
City: APO AE 09720                                           information on Networking Opportunities.
Phone: 21401
Proximity to site: On Base                                   Medical And Dental
Comments:
Lajes has various contracting positions which are
normally opened at the beginning of the Fiscal               Medical and Dental Overview
Year. The majority of the positions are on a closed          MEDICAL OVERVIEW - No inpatient care is
bid basis. Various positions are located at the              available. Outpatient care is available in family
Chapel, Family Support Center, and Services                  practice, pediatrics, flight medicine, and mental
Division.                                                    health. An acute care clinic operates 24 hours a day.

                                                             Patients with unusual medical problems or those who
                                                             are on special medications should check with their
                                                             overseas clearance section prior to departure to
                                                             ensure they and their family can receive appropriate


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medical care at Lajes. Limited medical care at this            separation for a significant length (i.e. weeks) during
facility necessitates the denial of some patients to           pregnancy is very high. Also be advised that neither
PCS here. Angra Hospital, the Portuguese national              day care nor travel expenses for other children are
hospital on the island, is located about 20 minutes            provided by the military should family separation
from the base, and can provide some services to the            need to occur.
local and base population.
                                                               Delivery options for our pregnant patients include a
Sponsors and their families should check with the              Storknesting program at Andrews AFB and delivery
base medical clinic upon arrival to ensure continuity          at Angra hospital by Portuguese national physicians.
of care and the availability of medications. We also           Alternate CONUS military and civilian facilities have
recommend coming to the island with a 1 or 2 month             been used in the past. We cannot promise the
supply of any prescription medicine from your prior            availability of such options in the future. Choosing
base.                                                          such alternatives, if available, may be at significant
                                                               cost to you.
Outpatient primary care is provided through the
Family Practice Clinic. Each squadron has been                 For the most current information, please contact the
assigned a Primary Care Physician. Parents may                 Medical Director of Obstetrics or our Obstetrical
choose to have their children seen by the pediatrician         Nurse Coordinator at X23239 or the Health Benefits
instead of the assigned squadron physician.                    Advisor here at Lajes.
Specialists in other medical fields (i.e., Orthopedics,
ENT, OB/GYN, Dermatology) visit Lajes for one                  DENTAL OVERVIEW - Family member and retiree
week every 3-6 months. Patients requiring special              dental care availability is extremely limited. All
care beyond local professional capabilities are                dental treatment for family members and retirees is
aeromedically evacuated to CONUS or Europe.                    accomplished on a "space available" basis. Sick call
Patients admitted by Angra Hospital may be                     appointments for emergency care are scheduled daily
transferred to larger medical facilities on Sao Miguel         (Mon-Fri) for active duty, family members, and
or Lisbon if deterioration of their medical condition          retirees. Sponsors are highly encouraged to ensure
so warrants.                                                   that their family members' dental care needs are
                                                               satisfied prior to departing for Lajes Field, as lengthy
IMPORTANT NOTES - If you are female and will                   waits for space available care are common. We
turn 40 during your stay at Lajes, you need to have a          strive to provide dental examinations and cleaning
mammogram prior to coming here. Lajes has no                   appointments during the sponsor's birth month if it
mammogram capabilities.                                        has been at least six months since the last
                                                               examination. These appointments are provided on a
Obstetrical care is limited. Prenatal care is provided         space available basis and are sometimes deferred
by The Women's Clinic and Family Physicians.                   beyond the sponsor's birth month. Very limited
Prenatal care and delivery services are available to           orthodontic maintenance is currently being provided
patients through a Portuguese obstetrician in Angra.           by an orthodontist on a quarterly basis and this may
If you or your spouse is pregnant, our physicians              significantly extend treatment time.           No new
must know this prior to your arrival. Please make              orthodontic cases are initiated.
this known on your overseas clearance paperwork
(1466), and have such forms amended if you become              Medical Services/Directory - on
pregnant after PCS approval. If your spouse is in              Installation
her final trimester of pregnancy, we encourage you to
consider delay of overseas travel of your dependents.          MEDICAL SERVICES PROVIDED

Low risk OB patients are allowed to stay on-island                             (Y-N) Cardiology                    N
until approximately 36 weeks gestation. High risk              Obstetrics           N Optometry                    Y
patients could potentially spend their entire                  Orthopedics        N Pediatrics              Y Surgery
pregnancy off-island (40 weeks away from family)!              N Women's Clinic     Y
Your risk status can change from one appointment to
the next. While most families have an overall                  NOTE: Some Family Physicians are trained in the
positive pregnancy experience here at Lajes, we feel           above areas.
inclined to warn you that the likelihood of family




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                                Medical Services/Directory - on Installation
               Clinic                                  POC                       Number
               Central Appointments                                              X23261
               Commander                                                         X23610
               Dental Services                                                   X23139
               EFMP Coordinator                                                  X25177
               Emergency                                                         X24233
               Family Advocacy                                                   X25177
               Family Practice Clinic                                            X23239
               Health Benefits Advisor                                           X23615
               Immunization                                                      X23584
               Managed Care                                                      X23615
               Optometry                                                         X23554
               Orderly Room                                                      X23606
               Patient Advocate                                                  X23615
               Pediatrics                                                        X23239
               Pharmacy                                                          X23635
               Radiology                                                         X24244

                                                                  sometimes expect from an American civilian
Health Benefits Advisor, Wellness, and                            hospital.
CHAMPUS/TRICARE Programs
                                                                  The 65th Medical Group provides an on-call patient
TRICARE Service Center POC............................. :         liaison staff of English speaking local nationals who
Health Benefits Advisor Location........................ :        will accompany you to Angra Hospital and assist
T-425, Room 224 Telephone....................... : Ext            with translation/communication issues.
22372 Hours........................... : 0730-1630 (M-F)
Comments........................ : TRICARE is available at        Name: Chace Fitness Center
Lajes Field for all Active Duty family members. If                Address: T-133, Chace Fitness Center
you elect to enroll in the TRICARE Prime option,                  City: APO, AE 09720
you will be given an enrollment form at the Health
                                                                  Phone: X23889
Promotions briefing, which is one of your mandatory
                                                                  FAX: X21398
inprocessing stops. There is NO ENROLLMENT
                                                                  Proximity to site: On Base
COST to TRICARE Prime. The TRICARE options
available here are TRICARE Prime, and TRICARE                     Comments:
Standard. TRICARE Extra is not an option in                       The Health Hut is designed to assist you in finding
Europe. As of yet, TRICARE is unavailable to                      heathier lifestyles through 6 primary areas: fitness,
retirees.                                                         nutrition, tobacco cessation, stress management,
                                                                  drug and alcohol abuse/prevention, and cancer/heart
The 65th Medical Group does not have inpatient                    disease prevention. The Health Hut also provides
capabilities. All inpatient care is referred to Hospital          Microfit assessment.
de Santo Espirito (Angra Hospital), located in the city
of Angra, roughly 15 miles from the base. Angra                   Name: Chace Fitness Center
Hospital is a regional medical center, and provides               Address: T-333
comprehensive health care to the populations of                   City: APO, AE 09720
Terceira, San Jorge, and Graciosa Islands. Angra                  Phone: X25151
Hospital is home to 22 medical specialties, ranging               FAX: X21398
from neurology and nephrology to OB/Gynecology                    Proximity to site: On Base
and Surgery. We have used these services routinely                Comments:
since 1994.                                                       The hours for the Chace Fitness Center are
                                                                  0630-2200 Mon-Fri and 1200-1900 Sat-Sun.
The Azores enjoy a socialized medicine system.
From this system you can expect sound medicine
care, but not the "bells and whistles" which we                   Community Hospitals
                                                                  A Portuguese hospital is available in Angra.


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                                                              Name: Hospital de Santo Espirito
                                                              Address: Camada Barreiro, 9700 Angra do
                                                              Heroismo
                                                              City: Angra
                                                              Phone: 99 - 22122 /22081(From Lajes AB)
                                                              Proximity to site: Twenty minute drive from Base


                               Dental Services/Directory - on Installation
             Clinic                                POC                      Number
             Central Appointments                     Technician            Ext 23139
             Dental Clinic                          Director of Dental      Ext 25248
                                                   Services
             Dental Clinic After Hours                Technician            24233
             Emergency

                                                             YOUR SPONSOR AS SOON AS POSSIBLE IF
Family Member Dental Plan                                    YOU WISH TO RESIDE IN UNACCOMPANIED
                                                             OFFICER OR SENIOR NCO QUARTERS. YOUR
Name: Tricare Service Center
                                                             SPONSOR     CAN     MAKE    ADVANCE
Address: T-425, Room 224                                     ARRANGEMENTS FOR YOUR ROOM.
City: Lajes AB, Azores Portugal 09720
Phone: Ext 22372                                             Incoming personnel need to come with the idea they
FAX: Ext 23859                                               may be living off base for a period of 2-6 months
Proximity to site: On Base                                   prior to on-base housing becoming available.
Comments:                                                    Off-base housing is smaller than U.S. standards and
The Tricare Active Duty Family Member Dental                 does not have many amenities that we are used to,
Plan is not in effect at overseas locations. Your            i.e., central heating. Most of the rentals will
Tricare Active Duty Family Member Dental Plan                generally be 1 to 8 miles from the base and it can be
allotment will not be automatically discontinued             very frustrating traveling to and from base if your car
when PCSing overseas. To disenroll, make sure                has not yet arrived. We recommend that the car be
you contact the Customer Service section at the              shipped as soon as possible. Your sponsor will
Military Personnel Flight on your base before you            generally provide the most assistance in this area.
depart from the States. Given our limitations in             The Family Support Center also has information on
providing family member dental care, some                    public transportation. Finding rentals that accept pets
members have opted to continue their stateside               here is generally not a problem but there are some
Tricare Dental Insurance, seeking care during visits         who will not accept pets.
to CONUS while assigned to Lajes.
The Tricare Active Duty Family Member Dental                 You will be allowed to have only two pets in family
Plan is not in effect at overseas locations.                 housing. You must register your pet at the veternary
                                                             clinic within 72 hours of the pet's arrival.

Housing                                                      TEMPORARY LODGING ALLOWANCE (TLA):
                                                             TLA is established to reimburse lodging costs while
                                                             you reside in temporary quarters.
Housing Overview
ALL PERSONNEL, ACCOMPANIED AND                               - You are authorized up to 60 days. This does not
UNACCOMPANIED, ARE REQUIRED TO                               constitute an automatic approval. You must be
REPORT TO THE HOUSING OFFICE WITHIN                          actively pursuing housing. If additional days are
THE FIRST 2 DUTY DAYS FOLLOWING                              needed, a written request with your commander's
ARRIVAL.                                                     endorsement must be submitted to the Housing
                                                             Office. This request will be forwarded to 65
SUBMIT AN ADVANCE APPLICATION WITH                           SPTG/CC for consideration.
ORDERS FOR BASE HOUSING THROUGH
YOUR CURRENT HOUSING OFFICE. NOTIFY


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- You must file a TLA claim every 10 days to the               you. Most of the housing units have a plug in the
Housing Office. You will need to provide the                   kitchen area and one in the bedroom. Be sure the
Housing Office proof that you are looking for                  phone has a pulse-tone option.
housing or that you have secured a place either on or
off base.                                                      VOLTAGE: The base electric power is the same as
                                                               it is in the United States:         110V/60 cycles.
- You must bring in 3 copies of your orders, a paid            However, the electric power off base is typical of
receipt from billeting and fill out an AF Form 1357,           Europe:      220V/50 cycles.      To use American
Request for Temporary Allowance. You will be                   appliances off-base requires a transformer. Many of
reimbursed by the Finance Office in your paycheck.             the landlords have installed a transformer to convert
Any questions regarding your pay, should be directed           the entire house to 110V.
to Finance at X 25158. The Housing Office does not
perform the actual computations for your TLA.                  FURNISHINGS:         Furniture and appliances for
                                                               on-base and off-base units are provided by the
- Unaccompanied enlisted personnel must                        U.S.Government. All on-base units are provided
aggressively seek a dorm room through the Central              with specific furniture packages that generally can
Dorm Manager. If a room is not available, TLA                  not be altered. Before you decide to ship ANY
may be approved. check with the Central Dorm                   furniture to Lajes contact the housing office at Lajes
Manager first.                                                 for more specific information. Economy rentals are
                                                               issued washer, dryer, stove, refrigerator, and propane
- IF YOU DECLINE HOUSING for on or off-base,                   heaters.
your TLA will be stopped the day that the unit would
have been available for occupancy.                             Name: Base Housing
                                                               Address: Bldg 408
- Waiting for off-base housing that accepts pets does          City: APO, AE 09720
not constitute an acceptable reason to decline a               Phone: X23614
house. TLA can be stopped for this reason.                     FAX: X23857
                                                               Proximity to site: On Base
- Military married to military, you will each need to
bring a set of orders to the Housing Office to file for
TLA.
                                                               Housing Allowances
YOU MUST BE ON THE WAITING LIST TO BE                          For more information on this subject:
ELIGIBLE FOR TLA.                                              Per Diem Rates
                                                               http://www.dtic.mil/perdiem/
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS REGARDING
TLA, PLEASE CONTACT THE HOUSING                                OHA RATES AND ASSOCIATED STATISTICS
OFFICE IMMEDIATELY AT EXT 23507.
                                                               The moving in housing allowance is only for off-base
TELEPHONES:        All incoming personnel are                  moves. Rates change monthly. If you do not have
required to provide their own telephones in base               access to the internet contact your local Finance
housing. They may be purchased from the Lajes                  office or the Family Support Center.
Base Exchange upon arrival, or bring one or two with

                                              Housing Allowances
     Housing allowance information is available from the Per Diem, Travel and Transportation
     Allowance Committee's Web Site:
     Rates and Allowances Home Page             http://www.dtic.mil/perdiem/rateinfo.html
     Basic Allowance for Housing                http://www.dtic.mil/perdiem/bah.html
     Overseas Housing Allowance                 http://www.dtic.mil/perdiem/allooha.html




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                                                                        in the states.    Lists are maintained, monitored and
Government Housing                                                      updated regularly by Housing Office personnel. A
                                                                        member's position on the waiting list is established
HOUSING CATEGORIES: Housing categories are
                                                                        according to sequential placement of date of
determined based on military grades and members
                                                                        application, grade, date of rank, and length of service.
are placed on the appropriate waiting list accordingly.
                                                                        The top 10 percent of each waiting list is protected,
                                                                        identified as the "freeze zone."
HOUSING CATAGORIES                  GRADES
                                                                        Single/Unaccompanied Housing
Senior Officers (SO)       0-6 Field Grade Officers
(FGO) 0-5, 0-4 Company Grade Officers (CGO)
                                                                        There are 7 dorms available for single and
0-3, 0-2, 0-1 Chief Prestige (CP) E-9 Senior NCO
                                                                        unaccompanied personnel. Two of those are for
(SNCO) E-8, E-7 Junior NCO (JNCO) E-6, E-5,
                                                                        E-7's and above and 1 is for officer and officer
E-4, E-3, E-2, E-1
                                                                        equivalent. All dorms are managed by the Central
                                                                        Dormitory Manager. The dorm rooms are fully
GOVERNMENT HOUSING
                                                                        furnished. Personnel will need to bring their own t.v.,
                                                                        stereo, etc.
There are 448 Military Housing units located at Lajes
field. There are 68 officer unites and 380 enlisted
                                                                        Housing Referral Office POC.......................... :
units. Housing units are equipped with heating
                                                                        Supervisor Housing Referral Location..................... :
systems but not air conditioning. Personnel or
                                                                        T-408 Telephone.................... :         Ext 23507
family members with respiratory ailments or allergies
                                                                        Hours........................ : 0800-1500 (Mon-Fri)
may encounter increased problems.
                                                                        Mid-Atlantic Lodge POC.......................... : Lodging
WAITING PERIOD FOR HOUSING:
                                                                        Manager         Location.....................  :     T-166
                                                                        Telephone....................       :          Ext  25178
2BR JNCO 2 to 4 Months 210 Biera Mar/Lower "T"
                                                                        Hours........................ : 24 hours a day
3BR JNCO 6 to 9 Months 90 Biera Mar/Lower "T"
4BR JNCO 2 to 4 Months 30 Biera Mar/Lower "T"
                                                                        Name: Base Housing Officer
----------------------------------------------------------------
- 3BR SNCO 9 to 12 Months 30 Biera Mar 4BR                              Address: Bldg T-408
SNCO 1 to 3 Months                          20 Biera Mar                City: APO, AE 09720
----------------------------------------------------------------        Phone: X23507
- 2BR CG 1 to 3 Months 16 Upper "T" 3BR CG 1                            FAX: X23857 or 011-351-950540100 ; X3857
to 3 Months 24 Upper "T"                                                Proximity to site: On Base

----------------------------------------------------------------
- 3BR FG 8 to 10 Months                      24 Lower "T"
___________________________________________
____________________________                            NOTE:
Includes four Senior Officer quarters not listed in the
waiting period.

Due to the fluctuation of waiting times, please
contact the housing office to get a more accurate
waiting period for housing closer to your time frame
of arrival.

THE ABOVE AVERAGE WAITING TIMES DO
NOT COVER DESIGNATED KEY & MISSION
ESSENTIAL PERSONNEL.

Off base housing near Lajes is extremely limited for
large families requiring four or more bedrooms. The
housing off base is very affordable; however, they do
not meet the standards that we have come to expect



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Community Housing                                                        Telephone Service (Off-base) Location..................... :
                                                                         Post Office, Praia da Victoria Telephone....................
Name: Housing Referral Office
                                                                         :     52834 Hours........................ :     0900-1200,
Address: T-408
                                                                         1400-1600 (Mon-Fri) Rate-Cost.................... :
City: APO 09720                                                          Monthly            service         charge       -     $13
Phone: 23614 / 23507                                                     Hook-up Fee.................. :           See Comments
Proximity to site: On Base                                               Deposit...................... : $200.00 Military Waiver of
Comments:                                                                Deposit... : N/A Comments..................... : To place
Rental                                                                   your name on a waiting list for future service, the
2BR.......................... : $338                                     request fee is 14,100 Escudos, that is non-refundable.
3BR.......................... : $417                                     The cost to install a phone is 30,000 Escudos. The
4BR.......................... : $461                                     cost to transfer a phone from one resident to another
                                                                         is 3,000 Escudos. Obtaining a phone in off-base
Cottages: Leasehold dwellings or "cottages" were                         quarters can take a very long time, sometimes up to
constructed in years past by individuals assigned to                     two years! Use of a calling card for long distance
Lajes Field on land leased from Portuguese                               calls is highly recommended. Charges for long
landlords. Cottage inhabitants are leaseholders                          distance calls vary widely from approximately $2.00
rather than owners of the property. The majority of                      to $12.00 per minute depending upon method of
cottage leases expire 12/31/02. A list of available                      payment (either Calling Cards or direct billing to the
cottages for sale are maintained in the housing                          home).
office.

The avarage sale price 2, 3, 4BR................ :                       Relocation Services
$4,000 up to $25,000.
Land fees range from $25.00 to $50.00 per month.                         Relocation Services Overview
                                                                         The Relocation Assistance program is designed to
                                                                         provide education, counseling, relocation planning,
Utilities                                                                information, referral, and emergency assistance to
Rentals                                                                  services members, DoD civilians and their families.

Water/Sewage Location..................... :                Rua          There are a number of other agencies on base that
Gervasio de Lima, Praia Hours........................ :                  manage various aspects of your relocation. The
0900-1230,                   1400-1600            (Mon-Fri)              Housing Office, Transportation Office, the Military
Rate-Cost.................... : $15 per month Hook-up                    Personnel and Civilian Personnel Flights, and your
Fee.................. :     None Deposit...................... :         unit of assignment, are some examples of the many
None Military Waiver of Deposit... :                        N/A          agencies involved in the relocation process.
Comments..................... : Garbage collection is
included in bill at about $2.00 per month.                               Relocation Assistance
                                                                         For more information on this subject:
E.D.A. (Electric) Location..................... : Cemetery
                                                                         Visit Our Virtual Sponsor Package At:
Road #2 Telephone.................... :                   52141
                                                                         http://wwwmil.lajes.af.mil/Sg/mss/dpf/relocation.htm
Hours........................ :   0830-1230, 1330-1530
(Mon-Fri) Rate-Cost.................... : $7.13 meter fee
                                                                         The Family Support Center is the focal point for
plus $.16 per Kilowatt hour plus 4% tax Hook-up
                                                                         relocation assistance.
Fee.................. :      None Deposit...................... :
None Military Waiver of Deposit... : N/A
                                                                         The Relocation Assistance Program (RAP) provides
                                                                         current information, services, counseling, and
Propane Gas Location..................... :       Various
                                                                         education concerning relocation as it relates to the
distributors           throughout          the     Island
                                                                         family life cycle.
Rate-Cost.................... : Large Bottle - $28 Small
Bottle - $15 Deposit...................... : $40 Military
                                                                         The Relocation Program does this through an
Waiver of Deposit... : N/A Comments..................... :
                                                                         automated information system called Standard
Most off-base homes and cottages use propane gas
                                                                         Installation Topic Exchange Service (SITES), and
for hot water heaters, clothes dryers, and stoves.
                                                                         through collaboration and coordination with other




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federal, state, and civilian agencies that provide               and accountability by providing basic principles and
relocation information and assistance services.                  practices of sound money management, counseling
                                                                 tools and referral services. The Personal Financial
Stop by your Family Support Relocation program and               Manager is trained to assist members and families.
ask for a Lajes SITES booklet to get all the latest              Contact your Family Support Center for an
up-to-date information on Lajes before you PCS. If               appointment.
a sponsor has not been assigned to you or if it is a
short notice PCS please contact us and we will                   Financial guidance is offered to those experiencing
forward information to you ASAP.                                 money management difficulties or for those who
                                                                 wish to be in control of their finances. The Family
Name: Relocation Assistance Program                              Support Center Personal Financial Management
Address: 65 MSS/DPF (Relocation Program), Bldg                   Program manager can work with you to prepare a
T-126                                                            personalized budget and spending plan. Information
City: APO 09720                                                  and assistance is also available in areas such as
Phone: DSN:535-4138                                              military pay and allowances, consumer rip-offs,
FAX: DSN:535-3426                                                savings, insurance, car buying, the financial aspect of
WWW Link:                                                        home buying, credit card management, and much
http://wwwmil.lajes.af.mil/Sg/mss/dpf/relocation.ht              more.
m
                                                                 The Personal Financial Management Program
                                                                 manager works with base and community agencies
                                                                 including Finance, Army and Air Force Exchange
In Transit Emergencies                                           Services, the credit union, and the Air Force Aid
No matter how well you plan, emergencies happen.                 Society, in an effort to get you back on your feet
Carry your important papers (orders, ID cards,                   financially in as little time as possible.
passports, travelers checks, etc.) with you--not
packed in your luggage or your household goods.                  Any reassignment is expensive, but coming to an
Write down telephone numbers for your relatives,                 overseas assignment like Lajes Field can be very
your sponsor, your gaining unit orderly room, and the            expensive. With moving in expenses as high as
command post at Lajes Field.          They will be               $2,000.00, you must plan ahead.
invaluable in case of an emergency while traveling.
                                                                 Spouse employment is very limited. Families with
The American Red Cross and the Air Force Aid                     dual income in the U.S. should not assume a second
Society are available for emergency aid. American                income will be available at Lajes Field. If you have a
Red Cross phone numbers are usually listed in the                lot of credit payments, you should seek financial
white pages of the local phone directory. They can               counseling or assistance prior to departure. Trying
help with emergency financial assistance and                     to resolve financial issues from overseas can be
contacting people that will need to know where you               difficult, frustrating and expensive.
are and what is happening.
                                                                 Due to possible mailing delays, it is highly
The Air Force Aid Society can be reached by                      recommended that personnel have an adequate
contacting a representative on any Air Force                     supply of checks with them.
installation or any military installation if there are no
Air Force bases near. All the military services and              Name: Personal Financial Management Program
the American Red Cross have reciprocal agreements                Address: T-126
with the Air Force Aid Society to help people in                 City: APO, AE 09720
emergency situations.                                            Phone: X4138/24146
                                                                 FAX: X23426
Always have some savings set aside for emergencies.
Plan for the unexpected and it probably will not
happen.
                                                                 Exceptional Family Member Program
Financial Preparedness                                           (EFMP)
The Family Support Center is the training site for the           Services for family members with exceptional needs
Personal Financial Management Program.           This            are severely limited. On island hospital services are
program emphasizes personal financial responsibility             limited and most facilities are not equipped to



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address special needs with the exception of limited            Name: Traffic Management Office
educational facilities. Please check prior to coming to        Address: Bldg T-408
the Azores to see if services you are currently                City: APO, AE 09720
receiving are available.                                       Phone: X24213
                                                               FAX: X26259
Name: Family Advocacy                                          Comments:
Address: T-426                                                 Hours: 0800-1600 (Mon-Fri)
City: APO, AE 09720                                            MAJOR ITEMS OF FURNITURE: The majority
Phone: X25177                                                  of off-base rentals contain very small rooms and it
FAX: X26357                                                    is recommended that major items of furniture not be
Comments:                                                      shipped unless advised by sponsor. All major
Services for family members with exceptional needs             items of furniture required to establish adequate
are severely limited. On island hospital services are          housing are provided. Questions concerning
limited and most facilities are not equipped to                furnishing may be directed to furnishings office at
address special needs with the exception of limited            Ext 23428 or 24252. Importation of TV satellite
educational facilities. Please check prior to coming           dishes and CB radios/MARS equipment is
to the Azores to see if services you are currently             prohibited. It is strongly recommended a
receiving are available.                                       dehumidifier be included in your household goods.
                                                               Propane tanks: If imported, plan to leave the tanks
                                                               at Lajes as there are no certified purging facilities
Household Goods In-Bound Shipments                             available on the island.
Hours: 0800-1600 (Mon-Fri) MAJOR ITEMS OF
                                                               UNACCOMPANIED BAGGAGE: For members
FURNITURE: The majority of off-base rentals
                                                               serving the accompanied tour and electing a
contain very small rooms and it is recommended that
                                                               separate shipment of unaccompanied baggage, the
major items of furniture not be shipped unless
                                                               following items are recommended to be included in
advised by sponsor. All major items of furniture
                                                               the baggage shipment: Conventional cook ware
required to establish adequate housing are provided.
                                                               (nonelectric), cooking utensils and dishes, seasonal
Questions concerning furnishing may be directed to
                                                               clothing, essential flashlight or battery-operated
furnishings office at Ext 23428 or 24252.
                                                               lanterns, portable TV, space heaters (electric,
Importation of TV satellite dishes and CB
                                                               kerosene or propane), iron and ironing board,
radios/MARS equipment is prohibited. It is strongly
                                                               vacuum cleaner, and items required for health and
recommended a dehumidifier be included in your
                                                               comfort.
household goods. Propane tanks: If imported, plan
to leave the tanks at Lajes as there are no certified
purging facilities available on the island.
                                                               Household Goods Out-Bound Shipments
UNACCOMPANIED BAGGAGE: For members                             Hours: 0800-1600 (Mon-Fri)
serving the accompanied tour and electing a separate
shipment of unaccompanied baggage, the following               Name: Traffic Management Office
items are recommended to be included in the baggage            Address: Bldg T-408
shipment: Conventional cook ware (nonelectric),                City: APO, AE 09720
cooking utensils and dishes, seasonal clothing,                Phone: X22305
essential flashlight or battery-operated lanterns,             FAX: X26259
portable TV, space heaters (electric, kerosene or              Comments:
propane), iron and ironing board, vacuum cleaner,              Hours: 0800-1600 (Mon-Fri)
and items required for health and comfort.

                                                               Household Goods Claims
                                                               Claims Office POC.......................... : Legal Office
                                                               Location.....................     :                 T-100
                                                               Telephone....................   :            Ext    23546
                                                               Hours........................ :   0800-1700 (Mon-Fri)
                                                               Comments..................... : Claims briefings are
                                                               conducted every Thursday at 1600 hrs.                It is



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important to bring your pink form to this briefing.             Army personnel - Accompanied tour: 25 percent of
The DD1840R must be filed within 70 days from the               full JFTR weight allowance or 2,000 pounds,
date of delivery.                                               whichever is greater. Unaccompanied tour: See
                                                                AR 55-71.
Household Goods Weight Allowances
                                                                Navy personnel - Accompanied Tour: 25 percent of
Air Force personnel - Accompanied tour: 25 percent
                                                                full JFTR weight allowance or 2,000 pounds,
of full JFTR weight allowance, or 2,000 pounds,
                                                                whichever is greater. NOTE: A weight restriction
whichever is greater. Unaccompanied tour: See
                                                                will not apply unless it appears in the member's
AFR 75-25.
                                                                orders. Refer to NAVSUP Pub 490 for detailed
                                                                guidance.

                                   Household Goods Weight Allowances
                   Grade      Allowance w/Dependents              Allowance wo/Dependents
                   E1         See Written Instructions            See Written Instructions
                   E2         "                                   "
                   E3         "                                   "
                   E4         "                                   "
                   E5         "                                   "
                   E6         "                                   "
                   E7         "                                   "
                   E8         "                                   "
                   E9         "                                   "
                   W-1        "                                   "
                   W-2        "                                   "
                   W-3        "                                   "
                   W-4        "                                   "
                   O-1        "                                   "
                   O-2        "                                   "
                   O-3        "                                   "
                   O-4        "                                   "
                   O-5        "                                   "
                   O-6+       "                                   "

                                                                negotiate in a large vehicle. Repairs can be made
POV In-Bound Shipments                                          locally, but parts are often difficult to locate and may
                                                                have to be ordered from the states. All vehicles will
All POV's are Shipped to the Azores via Norfolk.
                                                                be subject to a stringent vehicle inspection by
Dedicated shipping service to the Azores is
                                                                Portuguese inspection officials. This inspection is
approximately every 25 days. To inquire about your
                                                                comparable to vehicle inspections conducted in the
POV you can contact the 952 U.S. Army
                                                                states. Ensure your POV s brakes are in good shape.
Transportation Company, Ext 26175.
                                                                These inspections started 01 January 1997 and thus
                                                                far bad brakes are causing the most failures.
Civilians serving a two-year agreement and all
                                                                Portuguese law requires all POV s shipped to the
military personnel are authorized to ship a
                                                                Azores to be equipped with rear mud flaps, front and
privately-owned vehicle to Lajes Field, provided they
                                                                rear license plate holders, and emergency road kits.
have at least 12 months remaining on their tour when
                                                                All trucks and non-passenger vehicles are required to
the vehicle arrives.      Permission from the area
                                                                have side view mirrors on both the driver and
commander is not required.               Consult your
                                                                passenger sides, and a reflective strip mounted along
transportation office for details regarding requests for
                                                                the entire length of the rear bumper. Additionally,
shipment.
                                                                all 1995 and newer POV s are required to have a rear
                                                                fog light mounted on the left rear side of the vehicle.
POV SHIPMENT: Shipment of a small or medium,
                                                                This rear fog light must be red in color and be able to
well maintained, rust-free car is recommended.
                                                                be switched on separately during low visibility
Roads are extremely narrow and very difficult to
                                                                weather.


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                                                              months precludes protection of this type vehicle from
To pick up your POV you must have your Military               various weather conditions.
Registration and Certificate of Title of Motor Vehicle
(SPAP Form 2), three copies of your PCS orders, a             INSURANCE: Insurance is available locally at
copy of the DD Form 788 (Private Vehicle Shipping             reasonable to high rates, but local policies differ
Document), proof of insurance, US Forces Azores               significantly from those in the United States. Check
license plates, and your Azorean driver's license.            with your current insurance company to see if your
                                                              policy would be valid in the Azores. GEICO is the
VEHICLE REGISTRATION:                  Newly arrived          only American insurance company with an office on
vehicle - After completion of your Right Start                the island. Checking with GEICO before arriving on
briefing, report to Pass & ID with: 1) Proof of               the island will let you know how much your
Insurance, 2) DD Form 788/Shipping Document, 3)               insurance will be. Bring a letter from your last
Lajes Form #13/Pink or Green Temporary Driver's               insurance company to obtain a reduced fee. Policies
License. You will complete an AF Form                         issued by American insurance companies and valid in
533/Certificate of Compliance-Private Motor Vehicle           mainland Portugal may not be valid in the Azores.
Registration card, and will be issued your DEROS              Check with the base legal office before buying a local
stickers and a license plate number. Proceed to the           policy to ensure you understand its provisions.
AAFES gas station where you will purchase your
license plates, and affix the DEROS stickers too the          MOTORCYCLISTS: All members who desire to
rear plate. When you are notified that your vehicle is        ship a motorcycle must have completed motorcycle
ready for pick up at the vehicle processing center,           safety foundation (MSF) hands-on training prior to
you will need to bring: 1) DD Form 788, 2)Proof of            arrival at Lajes. MSF completion card serves as
Insurance, 3) Lajes Form #13/Drivers License, 4)              proof of attendance. Anyone not having this
License plates with DEROS stickers, and 5) your               wallet-size completion card will not be allowed to
valid local registration with Pass & ID's stamp.              register their motorcycle on base.
NOTE: Prior to departing the port, both license plates
MUST be attached to the vehicle. DEROS stickered              To pick up your POV you must have your Military
plate must be in the rear. Plates will NOT be placed          Registration and Certificate of Title of Motor Vehicle
in the windows of the vehicle.                                (SPAP Form 2), three copies of your PCS orders, a
                                                              copy of the DD Form 788 (Private Vehicle Shipping
Locally purchased vehicle - Report to Pass &                  Document), proof of insurance, and your Azorean
Registration with proof of insurance, a bill of sale          driver's license.
issued by the legal office, Lajes Field Form 13/local
driver s license and current vehicle inspection               NOTE: All vehicles shipped to the Azores must be
documentation.                                                equipped with mud flaps and front and back license
                                                              plates.
Motorcycle and moped registration - Same as above
with one major exception: you must have a current             Name: 952 U.S. Army Transportation Company
motorcycle operators license or a motor vehicle               Address: T-1209
operators license that is endorsed for motorcycle             City: Praia da Vitoria
operation by a civilian licensing agency and a                Phone: X26175
certificate of completion of an approved Motorcycle           FAX: X25116
Safety Foundation safety course before arriving at            Comments:
Lajes Field. Motorcycle safety training is NOT                POC is good for both inbound and outbound POV
available at Lajes Field.                                     shipments.

There are no restrictions on shipment of two-wheeled
vehicles.
                                                              POV Claims
GEICO Financial Service published a listing                   Claims Office POC.......................... : Legal Office
reflecting what vehicles are prohibited or surcharged         Location.....................     :                 T-100
to this area. This pertains to their rates/charges for        Telephone....................   :            Ext    23546
insurance coverage. Suggest you contact your local            Hours........................ :   0800-1700 (Mon-Fri)
GEICO representative for complete details on using            Comments..................... :
their coverage. Lack of storage space during winter
                                                              Claims Briefing conducted every Thursday at 1600.



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Pet Boarding/Kennels
                                                                  Common health concerns for pets include fleas
Kennel POC.......................... :      Peacekeepers
                                                                  (year-round), ticks, and worms. Pets are often in
Association Location..................... : Adjacent to
                                                                  contact with the many animals that roam the island,
Bldg T-810 Telephone.................... : Ext 23423,
                                                                  i.e., donkeys, horses, cows, and dogs. Plants bloom
26215 Hours........................ : 24 hour operation
                                                                  year round increasing allergy reactions.
Comments..................... :
                                                                  Cats and dogs are permitted entry into the Azores
Since pet owners cannot bring their pets into
                                                                  provided   the     following    requirements  are
billeting, the Security Police Squadron has provided
                                                                  accomplished prior to shipment:
an alternative to this dilemma. The kennels are very
basic with low maintenance and FEEDING IS
                                                                  RABIES:
REQUIRED BY THE PET OWNER. They are
located OUTSIDE approximately 1 1/2 miles from
                                                                  Pets must be vaccinated for rabies at least 30 days,
billeting, adjacent to the Security Police Operations
                                                                  but not more than 1 year, prior to arrival in country
building (T-815) and can be obtained during duty
                                                                  (six months for cats).
hours by contacting the Peacekeepers Association at
ext 26115 or during non-duty hours at the Law
                                                                  Rabies certificates should include date and type of
Enforcement Desk at ext 23221. There is a charge
                                                                  vaccination, the name of the manufacturer and serial
of $2.00 per kennel per day. All animals within your
                                                                  number of vaccine, and a statement from the
family may be housed in the same kennel.
                                                                  veterinarian with his name, profession, signature and
                                                                  stamp.
Pet Licensing
Local Agency POC.......................... : Lajes Vet            Distemper combination vaccinations are required
Clinic       Location.....................  :       T-264         annually. All paperwork must be sent to the
Telephone....................     :           Ext   24220         Portuguese Consulate for prior entry approval.
Hours........................ :       0800-1400 (Mon-Fri)
Comments..................... : Pets must be registered at        Vaccinations performed by a Military Veterinarian -
the Lajes Vet Clinic within 72 hours upon arrival to              Send the rabies certificate plus the minimal fee of
the Island. Proof of current rabies and distemper                 approximately $5.00. No notarization is needed for
combination vaccines required.                                    a military veterinarian.

Pet Quarantines                                                   Vaccinations performed by a civilian veterinarian - A
                                                                  completed rabies certificate notarized and sent with
QUARANTINE MAY BE IMPOSED AT THE
                                                                  the fee. If the veterinarian is a county or state
DISCRETION   OF   THE    PORTUGUESE
                                                                  authority no notarization is needed.
AUTHORITIES FOR NOT FULFILLING ENTRY
REQUIREMENTS.
                                                                  HEALTH CERTIFICATE:
Please see the Veterinary Services subject for
                                                                  DD Form 2209 issued within 10 days of the date of
information on pet importation procedures.
                                                                  departure.
Veterinary Services                                               IMPORT PERMIT:
Lajes Vet Clinic POC......... : Site Veterinarian
Location..................... : T-264                             MUST BE VISAED BY THE PORTUGUESE
Telephone.................... : Ext 23134/23134                   CONSULATE. Prior approval from Diraccao Geral
Hours........................ :     0800-1400 (Mon-Fri)           dos Servicos Pecurlarios, Lisbon, Portugal may be
Comments..................... : An answering machine is           needed. Write or call the Portuguese Embassy,
on after hours. No pets without appointments will                 Consular Section, 2310 Tracy Place, N.W.,
be seen. Children under the age of 12 are NOT                     Washington, D.C. 20008. Phone: (202) 332-3007
allowed in the clinic. The clinic is staffed by a
Veterinary Technician and a NAF clerk.               A            Always enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope
Veterinarian visits every 4-6 weeks.            Limited           for returned documents. It is suggested that the most
Emergency Services. Local Vets available.                         current procedures for entry approval of pets be
                                                                  obtained from the Portuguese Consulate servicing
HEALTH CONCERNS:                                                  your state before mailing certificate. Following are



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addresses/phone numbers of some of the Portuguese            shipped in the same container. Pets of different
Consulates:                                                  species will not be shipped together in the same
                                                             container (i.e., a small dog and a small cat). Pets
630 Fifth Ave,       New     York    10020,   Phone          shipped in the same container will count as two
(212)246-4580                                                allocations (reservations for two pets need to be made
                                                             with TMO). Onward shipment from Philadelphia
31 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02112, Phone                 may require two containers.             Contact your
(616)536-8740                                                commercial carrier for stateside instructions.

3298 Washington St, San Francisco, CA 94115                  Take supplies for your pet in your hand carried
(415)346-3400                                                baggage. For dogs take a leash, bowls, food, and zip
                                                             lock plastic bags; for cats, bowls, food, and zip lock
QUARANTINE MAY BE IMPOSED AT THE                             plastic bags.
DISCRETION   OF   THE    PORTUGUESE
AUTHORITIES FOR NOT FULFILLING ENTRY                         The passenger terminal can help you with advance
REQUIREMENTS.                                                planning, such as weighing you pet and carrier in
                                                             advance, and checking pet documentation in advance.
Pet Transportation                                           If you have trouble getting your pet in the carrier, try
                                                             backing the pet into the carrier.
Pet Shipment is limited to passengers traveling in
PCS status only and limited to two pets per family.
                                                             Name: TMO
Pets are defined as dogs and cats. Space to ship your
pet(s) must be reserved in advance through TMO to            Address: 65 TRANS/LGTT, BLDG T-408
fly on the commercial charter (CAT-B). Each pet              City: PSC 76, APO, AE 09720
counts as one allocation. The number of pet spaces           Phone: Ext 23442
on each aircraft is limited by the type aircraft.            FAX: Ext 26259
                                                             Comments:
Pet movement charges are based on airfare of the             Hours: 0800 - 1600 (Mon-Fri)
passenger and the combined weight of the pet and
carrier. Weight up to 70 lbs charged as one piece
($85 rate as of 10 Jan 96). Weight 71 lbs and up*            PCS Reporting Procedures
charged as two pieces ($170 rate as of 10 Jan 96).           HOURS: 0800-1700 (Mon-Fri)
Weight of 100 lbs and over will no longer be shipped
by AMC.                                                      Air Force personnel are required to report to the Top
                                                             of the Rock Club, Building T-121, at 0800 on the
Acceptable forms of payment include cash, check,             Tuesday after their arrival. All personnel should
money order, traveler's checks, certified checks, and        bring their records, family member passports, and
cashiers checks.                                             any receipts or information needed to complete their
                                                             travel voucher. Newcomer's Orientation (Right Start)
Shot requirements vary from country to country.              is a one stop inprocessing conducted throughout the
Check with the Veterinary Clinic at ext. 23134.              day. Spouses and civilians are welcome to attend.
Health certificates are required for all pets leaving        All individuals must bring their valid stateside
Lajes. Health certificates are valid for 10 days at          driver's license in order to attend the Driver's Safety
Lajes. Lightly feed and water the pet prior to               Course. The third day of Right Start is a tour. It is
shipment.                                                    open to all newly arrived personnel and their
                                                             families.
Carriers must be approved by the International Air
Transport Association. The carrier must be large
enough for the animal to stand up, turn around, and
lie down with normal posture and body movements.
Several layers of newspaper, shredded paper, or
absorbent material should be placed in the bottom of
the container. A familiar article or toy is also
advised. Normally, pets will be individually caged;
however, two small animals of comparable size up to
30 lbs each, that are used to cohabitation, may be



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Name: INPROCESSING                                            Name: Lodging Office
Address: 65 MSS/DPMPS, Bldg T-426                             Address: 65 SVD, Bldg T-166
City: APO, AE 09720                                           City: APO, AE 09720
Phone: X22183/21343                                           Phone: X25178
FAX: x22183                                                   Comments:
Comments:                                                     HOURS: 24 hours daily
HOURS: 0800-1700 (Mon-Fri)
                                                              Name: Travel Office - Commercial Travel Office
Air Force personnel are required to report to the             (CTO)
Top of the Rock Club, Building T-121, at 0800 on              Address: Bdlg T-416
the Tuesday after their arrival. All personnel                City: Lajes Field, AE
should bring their records, family member                     Phone: X25171/24108
passports, and any receipts or information needed to          Comments:
complete their travel voucher. Newcomer's                     HOURS: 0800-1700 (Mon-Fri)
Orientation (Right Start) is a one stop inprocessing
conducted throughout the day. Spouses and civilians           CTO offers plane and train tickets, car rentals, and
are welcome to attend. All individuals must bring             hotel or motel arrangements. The CTO will
their valid stateside driver's license in order to            assemble travel packages for each customer and can
attend the Driver's Safety Course. The third day of           even find out what the current exchange rate is for
Right Start is a tour. It is open to all newly arrived        any country.
personnel and their families.

Name: VISA/PASSPORT                                           Unaccompanied PCS
Address: 65 MSS/DPMPS, Bldg T-426
City: APO, AE 09720                                           If you are single or unaccompanied and relocating to
                                                              the Azores, make sure you request a sponsor. Your
Phone: X23259
                                                              sponsor will be able to tell you about your new unit,
FAX: X22183
                                                              and give you a telephone number and address where
Comments:
                                                              he or she can be reached. You will recieve a
HOURS: 0800-1700 (Mon-Fri)
                                                              Welcome Package with information on housing, base
                                                              facilities and programs, and the local community.
Family members and civilians receive a visa stamp
                                                              You also need to stop by your local Family Support
upon entry into Portugal; it is temporary and valid
                                                              Center and ask for a Lajes Field SITES (Standard
for only 60 days. A permanent visa stamp must be
                                                              Installation Topic Exchange Service) booklet. This
obtained through the Military Personnel Flight. It is
                                                              booklet has the most up-to-date information an
a no-cost visa; however, visa stamps not obtained
                                                              individual can recieve on Lajes. Your sponsor will
within the 60 day period will result in a fine ranging
                                                              normally be the person to meet you at the airport
from $80 to $640 for each visa.
                                                              and get you settled in during your first few days on
                                                              station. Inprocessing is the first Tuesday morning
                                                              after you arrive at 0800 Top of the Rock Club, Bldg
Separation Procedures                                         T-121.
Separations from the military are handled by the
Separations and Retirement Section of the Military            If you are married and unaccompanied you need to
Personnel Flight, Building T-426. When paperwork              start early making arrangements for you and your
is received, call X24125 to begin your separation or          family during your assignment to Lajes. Setting up
retirement process.                                           two separate households, banking arrangements,
                                                              allotments, communications, transportation, and just
The Family Support Center has the Transition                  about every other aspect of your life together must be
Assistance Program for all individuals who are                looked at and sorted out. If you have children, do
separating or retiring. Contact the Transition                not forget their needs. Your sponsor will be
Assistance Program at X24138 for further details.             invaluable in helping you from this end. Your
                                                              Family Support Center and other base support
Billeting                                                     agencies will do their part at your end. Adult job
                                                              changes are disruptive in and of themselves. Deal
HOURS: 24 hours daily                                         with the stress on you and the family up front, and
                                                              problems encountered later will seem less urgent.



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Do not try and do it alone; use the base and                    on special services not list, please contact the Family
community resources at your disposal. They are                  Support Center.
there to make your relocation smooth and painless as
possible for both you and your family.                          Name: American Red Cross
                                                                Address: Bldg T-426
If your family will join you later, make travel                 City: Lajes Field,, APO AE 09720
arrangements prior to your departure if possible.               Phone: X23516
The Traffic Management Office passenger service                 FAX: X26413
section can help you with the logistics of getting your         DSN Phone: 535-3516
family to Lajes.                                                Comments:
                                                                All personnel need to leave one copy of orders with
If you are a single parent and PCSing to Lajes, let             a family member. In case of emergency all
your sponsor know ahead of time. There are a lot of             necessary information is contained within that copy
things that your sponsor can help you with prior to             of orders. Instructions to the family member is to
your arrival. Such as day care, school, and helping             ALWAYS contact the local RED CROSS office in
you get your children adapted to new surroundings               case of emergency with the information on your
even before they arrive. If your child(ren) would               orders for them to contact your unit and commander
like a pen pal please contact the Lajes Family                  once the Red Cross verify's the emergency.
Support Center by filling out the Kids in Touch with
Kids application located in our SITES booklet. We               Name: Family Services/Loan Closet/Airman's Attic
will assign a pen pal immediately and your child(ren)           Address: Bldg T-126
can start writing to them. Your sponsor can also get
                                                                City: Lajes Field, APO AE 09720
you signed up with either our Child Development
                                                                Phone: X24146
Center or Youth Center prior to your arrival.
                                                                FAX: X23426
Listed below are just a few things to considered when           Comments:
PCSing to Lajes:                                                Has dish kits and necessaries available for loan out
                                                                while you await hold baggage shipment. Airman's
Find out which dorms you will be living in prior to             attic available for the donation of goods to E-5 and
household shipment, this will make a difference as to           below if wanted. Donations and volunteers always
what items you need to bring.                                   needed and wanted.

Make sure you bring rain gear; winters here are rainy           Name: Family Support Center
and windy.                                                      Address: Bldg T-126
                                                                City: Lajes Field, APO, AE 09720
Bring catalogs to order items from to make your                 Phone: X24138
dorm room personal.                                             FAX: X23426
                                                                Comments:
If there are particular items you are used to, make             Programs available are Air Force Aid, Relocation
sure you bring enough to last your tour. The BX and             Assistance, Readiness, Information & Referral,
Commissary have limited items.                                  Career Focus or Spouse Employment, Transition
                                                                Assistance and Computer Resources (offers
There are many recreational opportunities here such             workshops to spouses - increase skills for
as sightseeing, golfing, biking, going to the gym (it is        employment).
a great facility and very up-to-date), wood hobby
shop, and much, much more. So make sure you get                 Name: Lajes Youth Program
out and enjoy Lajes!                                            Address: Bldg T-240
                                                                City: Lajes Field, APO, AE 09720
Support Services                                                Phone: X23273
                                                                FAX: X22496

Support Services Overview
Lajes Field offers a wide range of support services
operated by agencies on base. The record listing has
an overview of programs offered. For information



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Family Centers                                              Name: Relocation Assistance Program
Name: Employment Assistance Program                         Address: Bldg T-126
Address: Bldg T-126                                         City: APO, AE 09720
City: APO, AE 09720                                         Phone: X24146
Phone: X24138                                               FAX: X23426
FAX: X23426                                                 Comments:
                                                            The relocation Center has a variety of programs to
Comments:
                                                            assist you on arrival, while you are here, and as you
Offers a full range of career enhancement services
                                                            prepare to leave Lajes. Information and referral
for spouses on an individual basis. With limited
                                                            services as well as programs are provided to
employment opportunities, the focus is on
                                                            incoming and outbound personnel and families
preparation, training, volunteer work, and education
                                                            through seminars and individual planning sessions.
to prepare for the U.S. job market. Provides
                                                            Operates a computer based information system for
workshops on a recurring basis on resume
                                                            information on other military installations, trip
preparation, SF 171/OF 612 preparation, computer
                                                            planning and demographics world wide.
usage, interviewing techniques, and employment
search techniques.
                                                            The LOAN CLOSET contains a wide variety of
                                                            household items including high chairs, playpens,
Name: Family Readiness
                                                            portable cribs, car seats, sheets, blankets, and
Address: Bldg T-126                                         pillows. All items are available for short term use
City: APO, AE 09720                                         until your household shipment arrives. The Loan
Phone: X24138                                               Closet is also available for outbound personnel after
FAX: X23426                                                 their household goods have been packed out.
Comments:
Personal readiness one on one briefings are given to        The TRI-SERVICE ATTIC is available for
members deploying for 30 days or more. These                everyone. The Tri-Service Attic contains household
briefings ensure that members are aware of the              items for personal use and do not have to be
physical and emotional aspects of separation and are        returned.
ready to deploy on short notice. Their personal and
professional affairs are in order, and family and           Our "Kids In Touch With Kids" program provides
friends know where to find important documents.             pen pals to incoming children. The requests are
                                                            included in the sponsor packets or see Other
Name: Information and Referral                              Services in the back of this SITES booklet for the
Address: Bldg T-126                                         request. When a request for a pen pal is received, a
City: APO, AE 09720                                         pen pal will be assigned according to age, grade,
Phone: X24138                                               sex, and interest.
FAX: X23426
Comments:                                                   If you plan on taking advantage of the many travel
Individual assessment counseling and referral to the        opportunities while you are here, or when you are
appropriate base agency.                                    preparing to leave Lajes, you may want to check out
                                                            BASE BROCHURES/VIDEOS. We maintain an
Name: Personal Financial Management Program                 extensive library on the majority of Air Force,
(PFMP)                                                      Army, and Navy installations worldwide.
Address: Bldg T-126
City: APO, AE 09720
Phone: X24138
FAX: X23426
Comments:
Provides information, education and individual
counseling on personal finances. Offers classes on
financial planning for the 90's, personal budgeting,
credit management, basic investing, etc. on a
recurring basis.




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Name: Transition Assistance Program                       Family Advocacy
Address: Bldg T-126                                       Name: Family Adovcacy
City: APO 09720                                           Address: Bldg T-426
Phone: X24138                                             City: Lajes Field, APO, AE 09720
FAX: X23426                                               Phone: X25177
Comments:                                                 FAX: X26357
Assists those within two years of leaving the
                                                          Comments:
military with individual assistance, seminars and
                                                          HOURS: 0730-1630 (Mon-Fri)
workshops designed to facilitate making career and
education decisions, job search, and personal and
family transition to the civilian sector.
                                                          Single Member Services
Name: Volunteer Resource Program                          Lajes field and the surrounding area is full of off-duty
Address: Bldg T-126                                       things to do. The base is located on the island of
City: APO, AE 09720                                       Terceira, one of a chain of nine different islands in
Phone: X24138                                             the Azores. There are tours to the other islands
FAX: X23426                                               during the summer months for whale watching or
Comments:                                                 sight seeing. You may be adventurous and go it on
Places volunteers in positions base-wide including        your own.
American Red Cross, administrative assistance,
Library, Thrift Shop, Loan Closet, and many more.         No more than 7 miles from the base is a beautiful 18
Provides volunteers with documentation of their           hole golf course. Yearly dues run about $170.00 for
hours, and letters of recognition and                     a single member. The golf course has a club house,
recommendation. Volunteering is an excellent way          club storage, pro shop, and restaurant. During the
to acquire work experience and skills!                    summer months many squadrons or agencies have
                                                          golf tournaments and there is an intramural and
                                                          women's league also.
Information and Referral                                  There is one beach on the island located in Praia
Name: Family Support Center                               about a ten minute drive from the base. But there
Address: Bldg T-126                                       are many swimming holes made out of lava rock here
City: Lajes Field, APO, AE 09720                          on the island. Along with swimming you have scuba
Phone: X24138                                             diving opportunities. For further information on
FAX: X23426                                               scuba diving checkout the Aquaknights of Atlantis in
                                                          the Military Related and Civic Organizations listing.

Financial Assistance Programs                             The Club has an excellent schedule of events with
                                                          karaoke, country and western nights and various of
Name: Personal Financial Management Program               other events.
(PFMP); Air Force Aid Society (AFAS)
Address: Bldg T-126                                       There are weekly flights to the states and various
City: Lajes Field, APO, AE 09792-0                        other European countries. Just catch a Space "A"
Phone: X24138                                             flight out and within hours you could be skiing in the
FAX: X23426                                               Alps, sightseeing in Venice or touring Germany.

                                                          Our sports program at Lajes is plentiful. With year
Emergency Assistance                                      around intramurals in just about any sport possible.
Air Force Aid Society and Red Cross available when        Also the Fitness Center has the most state of art
necessary.                                                equipment you could find.

                                                          The Education Center offers courses for you to
                                                          continue your education along with a free Portuguese
                                                          class held on a monthly basis.

                                                          The base scouting and youth activities are always
                                                          looking for volunteer leaders and coaches.


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                                                                 Common Sense Parenting - Ages 2-12 years old
Once a month a Single and Unaccompanied dinner is                POC.......................... :   Mental Health/Family
held at the base Chapel. This event is sponsored by              Advocacy Location.....................     :      T-426
squadrons or various agencies on base. It is an                  Telephone....................   :          Ext    25177
excellent opportunity to get out and meet new people.            Hours........................ :   0730-1630 (Mon-Fri)
In addition to the once a month dinner, there is a very          Comments..................... :    Quarterly for parents
informative and fun tour of the Island just for the              w/children 2 to 12 years old.
single and unaccompanied individuals assigned to
Lajes. This tour departs the Family Support Center               Active Parenting for Teens - Ages 13-19 years old
on the last Friday of the month. This tour is free to all        POC.......................... :     Mental Health/Family
assigned personnel. Just contact the Family Support              Advocacy Location.....................       :        T-426
at 24138 for additional information.                             Telephone....................     :          Ext      25177
                                                                 Hours........................ :       times may vary
Lajes Field itself offers a number of attractions for            Comments..................... : For parents with children in
singles.    The Portuguese people are open and                   the age group of 13 to 19 years old.
friendly. Besides eating places that abound, there is
an indoor swimming pool in Angra, horseback riding,              Parents of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
discos, bars, churches, and historical sites such as             (ADHD)          POC.......................... :      Mental
caves, wine museum and fields, Monte Brazil, etc.                Health/Family Advocacy Location..................... :
Just about all the small towns hold Catholic Holy                T-426 Telephone.................... :            Ext 25177
Ghost festivals during the spring and summer months              Hours........................    :            Times   vary
that is open to all. Street bullfights and arena                 Comments..................... :
bullfights are a major attraction. Military members
cannot participate in the bullfights but can enjoy the           "A Time For Us" POC.......................... : Mental
entertainment.                                                   Health/Family Advocacy Location..................... :
                                                                 T-305, Chapel Annex Telephone.................... : Ext
Support Groups                                                   25177 Hours........................ : 0930-1130 (Wed)
                                                                 Comments..................... : A play group for parents
Alcoholics Anonymous POC.......................... : Base
                                                                 with children ages 0-4 years old. Meets weekly.
Chapel        Location.....................  :      T-305
Telephone....................     :            Ext  24211
                                                                 Single Parent Support Group POC.......................... :
Hours........................ :       0800-1700 (Mon-Fri)
                                                                 Mental                  Health/Family       Advocacy
Comments..................... : Weekly meetings
                                                                 Location.....................       :             T-426
                                                                 Telephone....................     :    Ext        25177
Anger Management Program POC.......................... :
                                                                 Hours........................   :     Times          vary
Mental                  Health/Family           Advocacy
                                                                 Comments..................... :
Location.....................        :              T-426
Telephone....................      :        Ext     25177
Hours........................ : 0730-1630 (Mon-Fri)
                                                                 Prenatal Support Group POC.......................... :
Stress Management Class POC.......................... :
                                                                 Mental                  Health/Family          Advocacy
Mental                  Health/Family           Advocacy
                                                                 Location.....................        :            T-426
Location.....................      :               T-426
                                                                 Telephone....................      :       Ext    25177
Telephone....................    :         Ext     25177
                                                                 Hours........................ : Times Vary
Hours........................ :    0730-1630 (Mon-Fri)
Comments..................... : Offered quarterly.
                                                                 Morale, Welfare, and Recreation
Smoking Cessation Class POC.......................... :          65th Services Division POC.......................... :
Health Hut Location..................... :     T-333             Director       Location..................... :    T-166
Telephone....................   :          Ext 23889             Telephone....................     :           Ext 25212
Hours........................ :   0800-1700 (Mon-Fri)            Hours........................ :      0800-1700 (Mon-Fri)
Comments..................... : Dates variable                   Comments..................... : Wide variety

                                                                 Auto Hobby Shop POC.......................... : Manager
                                                                 Auto Hobby Shop Location..................... : T-424
                                                                 Telephone.................... :           Ext    23513



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Hours........................      :                 varies             accompanied by an adult. The C.A.C. has ping
Comments..................... : Special order auto parts are            pong, pool, foosball, shuffle board, various board
available. A coin operated car wash is open 24hrs/7                     games, and a piano. There are also rooms available
days a week with foaming brushes, hot wax, and                          for meetings and private parties.
vacuums.
                                                                        The Top of the Rock Club POC.......................... :
LYP - Lajes Youth Program POC.......................... :               Club Manager Location..................... :           T-121
Director, LYP Location..................... :   T-240                   Telephone.................... : Ext 23202/26156 (Office)
Telephone....................   :        Ext    23273                   Hours........................ : Comments..................... :
Hours........................     :             varies                  The club caters to both officer and enlisted personnel,
Comments..................... : The Youth Center is                     their families, and some Portuguese civilians. It
located near the DoDDs School. A wide range of                          offers two small lounges, one for officers and one for
table type games, a television lounge, snack bar,                       enlisted, a main ballroom, and a dining room.
game area, and gym are available to make time spent
in the center challenging and enjoyable. The snack                      Ocean View Snack Bar POC.......................... :
bar is open to the public for lunch, Monday-Friday,                     Manager         Location.....................  :     T-319
from 1100-1300.                                                         Telephone.................... :            Ext 23180/23387
                                                                        Hours........................ :
Base Laundry & Dry Cleaners POC.......................... :
Manager         Location..................... :   T-331                 Library POC...........................: Chief Librarian
Telephone....................       :         Ext 23630                 Location.....................       :            T-208
Hours........................ : varies                                  Telephone....................    :        Ext    23688
                                                                        Hours........................      :             varies
Skills Development Program POC.......................... :              Comments..................... : There are approximately
Crafts Center Location..................... :        T-629              48,000 volumes of books for adults, children and
Telephone....................    :          Ext      23633              teens. They also maintain selections from the
Hours........................                             :             best-seller list.
Comments..................... : The center offers a variety
of classes and craft items for resale. Some of the                      Manny's Auto Service Station POC.......................... :
resale items include cross-stitching floss, brushes,                    Manager         Location..................... :     T-424
water-base paints, and ceramic greenware and paints.                    Telephone....................     :           Ext  23174
                                                                        Hours........................        :              varies
Hillside Bowling Center POC.......................... :                 Comments..................... : Towing service available.
Bowling Center Manager Location..................... :
T-169 Telephone.................... : Ext 26169 (Office)                Outdoor Recreation & Equipment Checkout
Hours........................ : varies; 24 hrs/ 7 Days a                POC..........................       :           Manager
Week)                          Snack Bar Closed (Sun)                   Location.....................          :            T-319
Comments..................... : This is a 16-lane facility              Telephone....................     :        Ext     24140
that offers league and non-league bowling, as well as                   Hours........................         :             varies
monthly and holiday tournaments. There is a                             Comments..................... : Equipment checkout carries
pro-shop with custom ball fitting and miscellaneous                     a wide variety of items for checkout to military and
accessories.                                                            civilian personnel and their family members. These
                                                                        include camping equipment, beach and sports
Crossroads          Snack      Bar(Passenger       Terminal)            equipment, various outdoor games, fishing gear,
POC.......................... : Location..................... :         televisions, and VCRs.
T-612 (Passenger Terminal) Telephone.................... :
Ext 25123 Hours........................ :         0600-2200             Community Center (CC) POC.......................... :
(Mon-Thurs) Comments..................... : 24 Hours                    Tours Office Location..................... :    T-307
(Fri-Sun)                                           Closes at           Telephone....................   :         Ext  24135
2200          (Sun)           Community          Center(CC)             Hours........................     :             varies
POC..........................      :                  Director          Comments..................... : The Tours office can
Location.....................         :                  T-307          provide guided local tours, package tours to other
Telephone....................    :         Ext           26143          Azorean Islands, and tourism information and
Hours........................        :                    varies        brochures of Portugal.
Comments..................... : Newly renovated facility is
open to general public. Children under 18 must be



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Chace Fitness Center POC.......................... : Fitness           Chapel Services and Programs
Center Manager Location..................... :          T-333
                                                                       Name: Lajes Base Chapel
Telephone....................     :            Ext     25151
                                                                       Address: Bldg T-305
Hours........................       :                   varies
Comments..................... : Facilities in the base fitness         City: APO, AE 09720
center provide handball, racquetball, volleyball,                      Phone: X24211/23411
badminton, basketball, weightlifting and a variety of                  FAX: X24194
cardiovascular workout equipment. The center also                      Comments:
has a state-of-the-art nautilus area and also offers                   The Lajes Base Chapel sponsors a Charities
nautilus certification training. Tennis rackets and                    Committee that works to help meet the needs of
balls are available for checkout to use on one of the                  base personnel as well as local nationals. This is a
base's four tennis courts. The Health Hut, located in                  great way to become involved in the community.
the fitness center, houses all activities conducive to
overall force readiness, healthy lifestyle behavior,                   On the third Thursday of each month the Chapel
and health screening.                                                  hosts a Single/Unaccompanied Members (SUM)
                                                                       dinner. The meal is prepared by one of the
Sports Zone POC.......................... :   Manager                  squadrons and all have a good time and great food.
Location.....................      :             T-333
Telephone....................   :         Ext   22492                  PROTESTANT WORSHIP:
Hours........................     :              varies                1818 (Saturday)............Lutheran Service
Comments..................... : The Sports Zone carries                0900 (Sunday)..............Evangelical Service
personalized T-shirts, ball caps, sweats, and mugs.                    1200 (Sunday)..............Gospel Service

Skating Rink POC.......................... :      Manager              SINGLE/UNACCOMPANIED:
Location.....................     :                    T-629           1900 (Thur)- SUM Fellowship (Community Center
Telephone....................   :          Ext         26202           Fire Place Room): Christian Outreach & Spiritual
Hours........................ : Comments..................... :        Growth Ministry for singles and unaccompanied
The Lajes Skating Rink is located down the street                      personnel
from the Lower BX. It is open for adults and
families for open skating and is also available to rent                JEWISH SERVICE:
for special skating parties.                                           Contact the Chapel for more information.

Wood Hobby Shop POC.......................... : Manager                Religious, Marital, Pre-marital Counseling
Location.....................       :             T-308                Contact the Chapel for more information.
Telephone....................    :        Ext    23909
Hours........................      :              varies
Comments..................... : The Gallery Frame Shop                 Drug and Alcohol
can also be found in the Wood Hobby Shop. The                          Name: Mental Health Clinic
Wood Crafts Shop and the Gallery Frame Shop offer                      Address: Bldg T-426
specialty classes throughout the year.                                 City: Lajes Field, APO, AE 09720
                                                                       Phone: X25177
Teen Center (Club Lajes) POC...........................:
                                                                       FAX: X26357
Manager             Location..................... :   T-125
                                                                       Comments:
Telephone....................     :               Ext 23645
                                                                       HOURS: 0730-1630 (Mon-Fri)
Hours........................ :  0800-2400 (Fri & Sat)
Comments..................... : For youth in the 7th - 12th
grades the center includes a snack bar, a dance floor
complete with a state-of-the art stereo system, a game
area with a large-screen television, and a study room.




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Legal Assistance                                                Child Care Programs - on Installation
Name: Legal Assistance                                          Name: Child Development Program
Address: Bldg T-100                                             Address: Bldg T-209
City: Lajes Field, APO, AE 09720                                City: APO, AE 09720
Phone: X23546                                                   Phone: X23188
Comments:                                                       FAX: X22210
HOURS: 0800-1700 (Mon-Fri)                                      Comments:
                                                                The Child Development Program offers many
Services include legal assistance, notary, wills, bills         exciting programs for children age 6 months
of sale, claims, and power of attorney.                         through 5 years old. The Part Day Enrichment
                                                                Program is designed for 3, & 4 year olds who are
                                                                normally home during the day. To qualify for
Child And Teen Services                                         PDEP a child must reach the appropriate age by 31
                                                                October of the entering year. The Part Day Weekly
                                                                Program has been created for parents who need
Child and Teen Services Overview                                child care on a weekly basis for only 4 hours in the
The Lajes Field community offers excellent programs             morning or afternoon. The Full Day Weekly
and facilities to meet your child care needs, as well as        Program is for those parents who need child care 10
recreation and leisure opportunities for youth of all           hours a day, 5 days a week. Hourly care is offered
ages. We have a Child Development Center, Family                on a space available basis for a minimum of 2 hours
Day Care Program, Youth Center, Teen Center and                 a day. Family Day Care homes offer the same
youth ball fields.      Please contact the Services             quality care as the Child Development Center, but
Division Child Development Center, Lajes Youth                  the care is provided in licensed homes.
Program (LYP), and Teen Program points of contact
for current information about specific activities.              Program Offered             YES/NO
                                                                RATE ($)
New Parent Program                                              Full Day(10 hrs per day)    Yes
                                                                $48-$95/week
Name: New Parent Support Programs                               Part Day - Enrichment Prog   Yes
Address: Bldg T-426                                             $44-$86/month
City: APO, AE 09720                                             Hourly Care                 Yes           $2.50/hr
Phone: X25177                                                   Special Needs Care          Yes           Same as
FAX: 26357                                                      above
Comments:                                                       Part Day - Weekly(4hrs/day) Yes
The New Parent Support Program is designed to                   $19-$38/week
educate and help new parents successfully transition
into parenthood. Below is a list of programs                    Care Type                     YES/NO
offered:                                                        WAITING LIST
                                                                Infant                       Yes                0
Sibling classes, Expectant Father                               Toddler                       Yes                0
Support/Education, Prenatal Support Group,                      Pre-School                    Yes                0
Breastfeeding Classes, Parent Infant Connection
(PIC) - Support Group for Parents of Children 0-12              Annual registration fee is $20.00 per family. Home
months                                                          day care provider information is also provided. Call
                                                                23188/23273
Education and support services for pregnancy
including prenatal care, newborn bonding, infant
care, self esteem, relationship enhancement role
changes, and growth and development.




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Child Care Programs - Community                             There is a Youth Bowling league associated with
                                                            YABA during the Fall and Winter months.
Name: Child Development Program
Address: Bldg T-209
                                                            Lajes High school offers various sports programs.
City: APO, AE 09720                                         The high school teams play in the base leagues,
Phone: X23188                                               various local Portuguese schools and go to DoD
FAX: X22210                                                 sponsored off-island sports events to participant
Comments:                                                   against other DoD schools.
There are no other child care centers or programs in
the local community. Many families enter into a
private contract with Portuguese maids and sitters.
                                                            Schools
Please contact POC above for further details on             See the Education Section for DoDDS information.
Family Day Care providers
                                                            SURE START: Lajes Elementary offers two Sure
                                                            Start programs which was designed after the Head
                                                            Start program in the United States. It is a program
Things To Do - Clubs and Social                             designed for instruction for 3 and 4 year olds on a
Name: Youth Center                                          priority placement basis. Only 40 students attend
Address: T-240                                              and applications can be picked up at the Lajes
City: APO, AE 09720                                         Elementary school office.
Phone: X23273
FAX: X22496                                                 LAJES ELEMENTARY SCHOOL:                     Lajes
Comments:                                                   Elementary School is a United States Department of
The Lajes Youth Program sponsors a Social every             Defense Dependents School (DoDDS). There are
Friday night from 1900-2200 for youth 6-12 years            approximately 450 students in grades kindergarten
of age. Programs include special theme nights at            through 6th. The school is fully accredited by the
the Youth Center, skating at the Skating Rink, swim         North Central Association of Schools. There is a
trips, etc.                                                 staff of 40 personnel including resource staff,
                                                            administration, and counselor.
Name: Services Division
Address: T-166                                              The school has a wide range of after school programs
City: APO, AE 09720                                         available for you and they encourage all students to
Phone: X22142                                               participate. AAFES offers a hot meal program
FAX: X23790                                                 which follows the USDA guidelines. Both free and
Comments:                                                   reduced-price meals are available through the
For Boy Scouts of America, Cub Scouts, Girl                 Schools Officer.
Scouts, Brownies, and Daisies information, contact
the POC above.                                              LAJES HIGH SCHOOL: Lajes High School is the
                                                            HOME OF THE FALCONS! It is a Department of
                                                            Defense Dependents School (DoDDS) with an
                                                            enrollment 7th through 12th of approximately 165
Things To Do - Recreation and Sports                        students. The school is fully accredited by the North
The Lajes Youth Program offers the following sports         Central Association of Schools and Colleges and
during the year: Soccer, flag football, basketball,         offers a four-year high school diploma. There is a
baseball/softball, and swimming.                            staff of 21, including administrators, resource
                                                            personnel, and counselor.
Summer camp is offered by the Lajes Youth Program
for the weeks that school is not in session. Camp           The facilities include two science laboratories,
hours are from 0900-1500 or 0700-1730, Monday               library, guidance center, art room, band room,
through Friday, except American holidays.                   computer lab, business lab, and a separate home
                                                            economics facility.
The Skating Rink offers a variety of programs.
Please see the Services directory in the Support            The school program includes a full curriculum of
Services Section.                                           college preparatory courses in addition to business,
                                                            home economics, music, and computer science
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English, Calculus, advanced distance learning                  Religious Programs
courses by computer, and several advanced
                                                               Name: AWANAS
placement courses are available. Portuguese and
                                                               Address: T-305
Spanish are also offered.
                                                               City: APO, AE 09720
There are lots of activities and we encourage you to           Phone: Ext. 24211
become involved in our extracurricular program.                FAX: X24194
Our students have the opportunity to travel to Turkey,         Comments:
Germany, England, and other countries while                    A Christian Outreach Ministry Program for youth,
participating in extracurricular activities.     Even          starting at age 4 through the 12th grade. Meetings
though our school is probably smaller than your                are held every Tuesday, September through May,
present school, it definitely has its advantages.              from 1830 to 2015 at the Elementary School.
Classes are smaller too, and this makes it easy to
become acquainted with all your classmates and
teachers. So, become involved and share your                   Special Events
talents!!!!!                                                   Special events are happening monthly. Be sure to
                                                               read the Crossroads, Youth Calendar, Services at a
School Age Care                                                Glance, and the Bluenotes on TV.
Our School-Age Program offers before and after
school care for children in kindergarten through 6th           Name: Lajes Youth Program
grade. The program is offered at the Youth Center              Address: Bldg T-240
and fees are based on family income. Children start            City: Lajes Field, APO, AE 09720
the day with a nutritious breakfast and are escorted to        Phone: X23273
school by our School-Age Program staff. After                  FAX: X22496
school, the staff escorts the children to the Youth
Center, a snack is provided, and the children are able
to make their own activity choices from art projects,          Sponsorship and Support
quiet and homework time, and physically active
                                                               KIDS IN TOUCH WITH KIDS: Are you moving to
activities. The School-Age program offers a Summer
                                                               Lajes Field, Azores? Are you between the ages of
Camp program and School holiday camps.
                                                               6-18 years old? Do you want to learn more about
                                                               the Azores and make a friend at the same time? If
A kindergarten Program is offered for those children
                                                               you answered yes to these questions then this is the
enrolled in afternoon kindergarten. The children
                                                               program for you. Please complete this information
remain at the center in the mornings and are served
                                                               sheet and mail it to the address at the bottom. We
lunch prior to being escorted to school.
                                                               will pass your request for a Pen Pal to someone your
                                                               age who will correspond with you.
Name: School Age Program
Address: Bldg T-240
                                                               YOUR
City: APO, AE 09720                                            NAME_____________________________________
Phone: X23273                                                  _____
FAX: X22496
                                                               YOUR AGE ___________ YOUR SEX (F)____
                                                               (M)____

                                                               YOUR                              ADDRESS
                                                               ______________________________________
                                                               ___________________________________________
                                                               ________
                                                               ___________________________________________
                                                               ________

                                                               YOUR       PHONE       NUMBER               (_____)
                                                               _________________________

                                                               YOUR GRADE IN SCHOOL _____________


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                                                          Name: Youth Commissary Bagging
YOUR                               HOBBIES                Address: Bldg T-326
______________________________________                    City: APO, AE 09720
___________________________________________               Phone: X26124
________                                                  FAX: X23351
___________________________________________
________                                                  Name: Youth Volunteer Program
                                                          Address: Bldg T-126
YOUR            FAVORITE                  SPORT           City: APO, AE 09720
_______________________________
                                                          Phone: X24138
                                                          FAX: X23426
YOUR            FAVORITE                  MUSIC
_______________________________

YOUR        FAVORITE        TV             SHOW           Youth Centers
_____________________________                             Name: Youth Center
                                                          Address: Bldg T-240
YOUR     FAVORITE     ACTIVITY     TO   DO                City: Lajes Field, APO, AE 09720
______________________                                    Phone: X23273
___________________________________________               FAX: X22496
________                                                  Comments:
___________________________________________               The Youth Center is located near the DoDDs
________                                                  Schools. A wide range of table type games, a
                                                          television lounge, snack bar, game area, and gym
MAIL THIS FORM TO: 65 MSS/DPF ATTN:                       are available to make time spent in the center
Family Services, Unit 6856, APO AE 09720                  challenging and enjoyable. The snack bar is open
                                                          to High School students for lunch, Monday-Friday.
Name: Kids in Touch With Kids Program
Address: Bldg T-126
City: APO, AE 09720                                       For Teens Only
Phone: X24146
FAX: X23426                                               The Teen Center is located in T-125. Youth in the
                                                          7th to 12th grades have a place that includes a game
                                                          area,TV, pool table, foosball table, arcade game and
                                                          snack bar.
Youth Employment
A Summer hire program is offered during the               TEEN TALK: O'K, O'K, you're moving to Lajes
summer months for ages 14 and up. In addition to          Field, better known locally as Air Base 4. Not sure
the summer hire program kids ages 14 and up can be        what a happening Teen like you is going to do for
baggers at the base commissary.        Contact the        entertainment? Check out the Teen Center or better
commissary for additional information.                    known as Teen 4-UM. Party with style with:
                                                          Hawaiian luaus, pool parties, toga parties, scavenger
A Youth summer volunteer program is offered during        hunts, movie nights, lock-ins, just a few of the
the summer months for ages 12 and up.                     activities Teen 4-UM has to offer.

Name: Summer Youth Employment                             LIST OF THINGS            TO    KNOW       BEFORE
Address: Bldg T-500                                       ARRIVING:
City: APO, AE 09720
Phone: X25137                                             Bring clothes, malls do not exist. Bring movies.
FAX: X26154                                               Bring lots of movies. Bring music (CD's, cassettes),
                                                          such things are difficult to find. Same goes for
                                                          Nintendo, Game Gear games, and Sega games.
                                                          Limited selection. No MacDonalds. No Burger King.
                                                          No Arby's. Get the picture-not a single American Fast
                                                          Food Restaurant, enjoy a Big Mac while you can.




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Name: Teen Center                                            instructions. Failure to follow their instructions can
Address: Bldg T-125                                          be costly for you in time and money.
City: APO, AE 09720
Phone: X23645                                                If you are living in government or economy housing,
FAX: X22496                                                  notify your landlord, rental agent, or Housing Office
                                                             of your permanent change of station (PCS) and
                                                             anticipated date of departure. If there is a military
                                                             clause in your lease, you must give this notification
Survival Tips For First Termers                              in writing.

Survival Tips for First Termers Overview                     Request a sponsor at your new duty station. This
                                                             person will be a vital link to your new home. Your
Change is an opportunity to start a new life. Being
                                                             sponsor will send you specific information on your
in the Armed Forces is an opportunity and a proud
                                                             new duty location and community. He or she will
American tradition. It is also a challenge as single
                                                             assist you when you arrive and meet you at the
and married services members juggle their military
                                                             terminal. Find out about temporary housing until
duties, personal and financial obligations, and the
                                                             you get to know your new community. Also make
demands of family. Moving is a chance to make
                                                             sure you ask questions. Many times individuals do
new friends who will hopefully become a part of the
                                                             not ask questions and find out about things once they
lifelong friends you know living all over the world.
                                                             arrive that they would have liked to have known
                                                             before they arrived at Lajes.
Military people and their families are envied for the
variety of their experiences and the number of places
                                                             Moving disrupts your routine. Try to maintain any
they travel and live. To make this attractive, mobile
                                                             part of your routine that you can. It will make you
life possible, a great amount of planning and
                                                             feel more at ease. Attend the Smooth Move seminar
preparation is necessary.
                                                             at your losing base. Start a calendar for your move.
                                                             Include items to remember such as time for friends
Following are some "Survival Tips" to help you and
                                                             and relatives, verify that the on-base and off-base
your family as you face the challenges and
                                                             post offices have your change of address cards, utility
opportunities of the Mobile Military Lifestyle.
                                                             cut off dates, update personal address book, school
                                                             records for your children, travel arrangements for
Name: Family Support Center
                                                             your pets, etc.
Address: Bldg T-126
City: APO, AE 09720                                          Notify your friends, relatives, credit card companies,
Phone: X24138                                                and any magazine companies of your upcoming
FAX: X23426                                                  move. Try to sell, give away, or store anything you
                                                             do not want to take to your new assignment.

Before You Move                                              This is not everything you need to remember!
As soon as you receive your orders, visit your Family        Check with your Relocation Assistance Program at
Support Center Relocation Program. They have an              the Family Support Center. They will provide you
extensive array of services and resources available          with relocating checklists and other helpful
for you including the SITES (Standard Installation           publications to assist you with remembering all the
Topic Exchange Services) booklet on your new duty            details!
station, information and classes on planning a move,
welcome packages, videos of your new base, loan              After You Arrive
closets, etc. Learn as much about your new duty              Contact the Relocation Assistance Program at the
assignment and community as possible before                  Family Support Center. They will have all the
arriving.                                                    information you will need once you arrive at your
                                                             new duty station. Housing availability, how to
Contact the Transportation Management Office                 register your children in the Department of Defense
household goods section for an appointment with a            Dependent Schools, and appointments with the
counselor to schedule your household goods move.             Employment Assistance Specialist for your spouse,
During your counseling session your counselor will           are just some areas the Relocation Assistance
provide a great deal of information. Pay attention to
details, take notes, ask questions and follow


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Program representatives can help you with at the
Family Support Center.                                       Most importantly, remember help is just a phone call
                                                             away. When in doubt--ask. Call your Relocation
Contact the housing office BEFORE making any                 Program anytime. If they do not know the answer,
arrangements for civilian housing.     Rental/lease          they find out.
agreements are extremely important and are
sometimes complicated. If you haven't already done           Name: Relocation Assistance Program
so, now is the time to put your name on the waiting          Address: Bldg T-126
list for housing.                                            City: Lajes Field, APO, AE 09720
                                                             Phone: X24138/24146
Notify the Household Goods Inbound section of your           FAX: X23426
new address and check on the status of your                  Comments:
household goods. Have they arrived? Are they in              The Relocation Assistance Program wants to make
storage? How much storage time are you entitled              your permanent change of stations as smooth as
to? How do you file a claim if there is damage?              possible. You can E-mail your questions by going
                                                             to your Family Support Center and requesting the
Once you've found a house or apartment and your              Relocation Assistance staff to send an electronic
possessions have arrived, the job of getting                 message through the FAMNET system. We will
acquainted with your new neighborhood begins.                normally respond to your questions by the next duty
                                                             day.
Contact the utility companies for arrangements for
utility connections.

On moving in day, if you have small children, you
                                                             Reporting Procedures
might want to make arrangements for child care.              You will be met by your sponsor at the airport. You
Older children might want to help by checking off            will either arrive by military aircraft or commercial
boxes as they come in or unpacking the special box           aircraft. Your sponsor will take you directly to TLF
of their belongings.                                         or your dorm room. Your sponsor should make your
                                                             billeting reservations and get your dorm room prior
Be at your home before the movers arrive. Have an            to your arrival. If you need any assistance please
idea of where you want things placed--the movers             contact the passenger terminal desk at Lajes Field
will only put your couch in one place.                       and they will assist you.

Check your belongings carefully and make sure to             On the first Tuesday after your arrival you will attend
note on the inventory any damaged or missing items           Right Start. This is the newcomers orientation held
so you can file a claim through the legal office.            at the CAC at 0800 hrs. Make sure that you bring
                                                             along all your important papers.
So many things to remember! You will find that
services and procedures vary from base to base.              Travel Planning
When getting acquainted with your new base be sure           Learn as much as you can about your new
to find out:                                                 assignment. The SITES program at your Relocation
                                                             Assistance Program office at the Family Support
    - Speed limits       - Location of the medical           Center will do a great deal to help you in this area.
facility and procedures for emergency and walk-in
care       - Check cashing limits, procedures and            Once you get your orders, head straight to the Traffic
hours of operation of the exchange and commissary            Management Office passenger section to set up your
- Order new checks with your new address                     travel arrangements.
Attend Right Start briefing the first Tuesday of your        Make an appointment with the Traffic Management
arrival at the CAC at 0800 hrs.                              Office household goods section to pack and ship your
                                                             personal belongings.
Have your spouse attend Happy Landings which is
held the first Wednesday and Thursday of each                Contact your sponsor. Ask him or her about
month from 0800-1430 hrs. Child care is provided             temporary housing arrangements. Once you arrive
but you need to signup by calling the Family Support         and get to know the new area, then you can make a
Center at X24138.                                            decision as to where you want to live. Also you can


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receive your driver's license at the Right Start                extremely narrow. Portuguese law requires rear mud
briefing.                                                       flaps on all POVs. Recommend mud flaps on the
                                                                front as well to protect the POV from chips and rust.
Find out about how to open a new checking/savings               All trucks and non-passenger type vehicles require
account at your new assignment. Check with your                 mirrors to be placed on both the driver and passenger
current banking facility as to their policy about               side. Portuguese law requires license plates on both
banking with them from overseas. Check out what                 the front and rear of all vehicles. License plate
types of financial delays would be involved.                    holders are often difficult to find,suggest installation
                                                                before shipping vehicle to Lajes. Portuguese law
Send out change of address cards, and update your               requires rear reflectors on all trucks and emergency
personal address and phone book.                                road kits in all vehicles. There are no restrictions on
                                                                shipment of two-wheeled vehicles.
Say goodbye to as many of your friends in person as
possible, and give them your new address.                       GEICO Financial Service published a listing
                                                                reflecting what vehicles are prohibited or surcharged
Vehicle Ownership                                               to this area. This pertains to their rates/charges for
                                                                insurance coverage. Suggest you contact your local
Traffic - All personnel must comply with the
                                                                GEICO representative for complete details on using
Portuguese Road Code. All vehicles must have a
                                                                their coverage. Lack of storage space during winter
highway warning device. Seat belts are mandatory.
                                                                months precludes protection of this type vehicle from
Children under the age of 12 will not ride in the front
                                                                various weather conditions. The local GEICO phone
seat and children under the age of 4 or under 45 lbs
                                                                number is 99-53467.
will be placed in a child restraint seat.
                                                                INSURANCE: Insurance is available locally at
Bicycles - Portuguese law prohibits any child under
                                                                reasonable to high rates, but local policies differ
12 years of age to ride a bike on any public road.
                                                                significantly from those in the United States. Check
Anyone 12 years and over must go through a bicycle
                                                                with your current insurance company to see if your
licensing program offered by the Safety Office,
                                                                policy would be valid in the Azores. GEICO is the
however, individuals with a driver's license are
                                                                only American insurance company with an office on
exempt.
                                                                the island. Checking with GEICO before arriving on
                                                                the island will let you know how much your
Vehicle Checks - I.D. cards are required by all
                                                                insurance will be. Bring a letter from your last
individuals for entry and departure of base.
                                                                insurance company to obtain a reduced fee. Policies
                                                                issued by American insurance companies valid in
Accidents - Report immediately to Security Police,
                                                                mainland Portugal may not be valid in the Azores.
regardless of damage.
                                                                Check with the base legal office before buying a local
                                                                policy to ensure you understand its provisions.
Civilians serving a two-year agreement and all
military personnel are authorized to ship a
                                                                MOTORCYCLISTS:     See RELOCATION
privately-owned vehicle to Lajes Field, provided they
                                                                SERVICES, POV IN-BOUND SHIPMENTS,
have at least 12 months remaining on their tour when
                                                                MOTORCYCLISTS.
the vehicle arrives.      Permission from the area
commander is not required.               Consult your
                                                                Name: 952 U.S. Army Transportation Company
transportation office for details regarding requests for
shipment.                                                       Address: T-1209
                                                                City: Praia da Vitoria
Recommend shipment of a small or medium                         Phone: X26175
well-maintained, rust-free car. USFORAZ vehicles                FAX: X25116
are inspected through the local Portuguese
commercial inspection station. Vehicles undergo a
very stringent inspection process in order to meet              Housing and Billeting
host nation inspection requirements. Recommend                  Contact your sponsor immediately so they can make
owners ensure their vehicles are well-maintained and            reservations for you in TLF. If you are single or
mechanically sound before shipment as parts are                 unaccompanied they will get you a dorm room.
difficult to procure. Repairs can be made locally,              Make advance application for housing if you are
but parts are often difficult to locate. Roads are              married.



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                                                            Center can help you look at your pre-move and
Name: Base Housing                                          post-move financial needs. Contact them before
Address: Bldg T-408                                         asking for any advance entitlements.
City: APO, AE 09720
Phone: X23614                                               Families who face the loss of one income during the
FAX: X23857                                                 relocation will feel additional financial impact during
                                                            their tour at Lajes. Family member employment at
                                                            Lajes is limited and usually low paying. Prepare
                                                            accordingly.
Money Matters
Budgeting should be part of your financial plan. If         Name: Financial Awareness Seminar
you haven't budgeted for an eventual move, start            Address: Bldg T-126, Family Support Center
immediately putting some money away for your                City: APO, AE 09720
upcoming move. Contact your Finance Office                  Phone: X24138
Travel section representative to discuss advance pay
                                                            FAX: X23426
and travel funds. Just remember, any advances must
                                                            Comments:
be paid back usually during a time you can't really
                                                            This course is mandatory for all E-4's and below.
afford it. Even with your entitlements, special pay,
allotments, etc., moving can be expensive. The
Personal Financial Management Program and Air
Force Aid representative at the Family Support

At A Glance

Facility/Services Summary
                                     --Officer and Enlisted Population--
     Active Duty Officer                          93 Active Duty Warrant Officer                            0
     Guard Reserve Officer                         0 Guard Reserve Warrant Officer                          0
     Retired (Officer and Enlisted)               20 Foreign Service Officers                               0
     Active Duty Enlisted                        848 Guard Reserve Enlisted                                 0
     Foreign Service Enlisted                      0
                                                 --Civilians--
     Civil Service                                91 Wage Grade                                            7
     Non-Appropriated Funds                       51 Family Members -on and off Installation-           1283
                                             --Family Services--
     Family Centers                                1 Teen Centers                                           1
     Child Day Care                                1 Family Child Care Certified Homes                      2
     Total Child Capacity                         66 Total Child Capacity                                  10
     Average Waiting List Time -Months-            1
                                              --Other Services--
     Commissary                                    1 Exchanges                                              1
     Shoppettes                                    1 Gas Stations                                           1
     Movie Theaters                                1 Banks and Credit Unions                                1
     McDonalds/Burger King                         0 Other i.e. Exchange concessionaires                    0




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Housing Summary
                                         --Officer Housing--
    Senior Officer Waiting                       2 Senior Officer 3 Bed Room           24
    Senior Officer 4 Bed Room                    0 Senior Officer Other                 0
    Company Grade Officer Waiting                3 Company Grade Officer 2 Bed Room    16
    Company Grade Officer 3 Bed Room            24 Company Grade Officer 4 Bed Room     0
    Company Grade Officer Other                  0 BOQ                                 40
                                        --Enlisted Housing--
    Senior Enlisted Waiting                      2 Senior Enlisted 3 Bed Room          30
    Senior Enlisted 4 Bed Room                  20 Senior Enlisted Other                0
    Enlisted Waiting                             3 Enlisted 2 Bed Room                210
    Enlisted 3 Bed Room                         90 Enlisted Other                       0
    BEQ                                        349 Transient Lodging Facilities        30


Education Summary
                                 Name                       Numbers
                                 Elementary School                1
                                 Jr High/Middle School            0
                                 High School                      1


Local Community Summary
                  Type of Housing                        Avg.     Low     High
                  Apartment Rent                          338     338      461
                  House Rent                                0     350      550
                  House Price - Single Family               0       0        0
                  Townhouse/Condominium Price               0       0        0




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Medical and Dental Summary
                                         --Medical Facilities--
    Medical Treatment Facilities   N   Number of Beds         3   Medical Clinic         6
    Alcohol                        N   Allergy               Y    Audiology              N
    Cardiology                     N   Coronary care         N    Dermatology            N
    Dietary                        Y   Emergency             Y    Endocrinology          N
                                       room
    Family Practice                Y   General surgery       N    Gynecology             N
    HIV Unit                       N   Hematology            N    Immunization           Y
    Infect Disease                 N   Intensive Care        N    Laboratory             Y
    Mental Health                  Y   Neonatal              N    Nuclear Medicine       N
                                       Intensive Care
                                       Unit
    Nephrology                     N   Neurology             N    Neurosurgery           N
    Obstetrics                     N   Oncology              N    Opthamology            N
    Optometry                      Y   Orthopedics           N    Otolarygnology         N
    Pathology                      N   Pediatrics            Y    Physical Therapy       Y
    Podiatry                       N   Primary Care          Y    Radiology              Y
    Rheumatology                   N   Urology               N
                                          --Dental Facilities--
    Dental Clinics                 0   Adolescent            N    Endodontics            N
    General Dentistry              Y   Oral Surgery          N    Orthodontics           Y
    Pedodontist                    N   Periodontics          N


Relocation and Support Services Summary
                                            --Military Clubs--
              Officers Club                    1    Non-Commissioned Officers Club   1
              Enlisted Club                    0
                                              --Recreation--
              Arts and Crafts                  1    Automobile Hobby Centers         1
              Bowling Centers                  1    Recreational Centers             1
              Libraries                        1    Music and Theater Locations      0
                                        --Physical Fitness/Sports--
              9 Hole Golf Courses              0    18 Hole Golf Courses             1
              Gyms/Physical Fitness Centers    1    Jogging Paths                    0
              Tennis Clubs/Courts              2    Tennis Courts - Lighted          2
              Swimming Pools - Public          1
                                      --Nature/Outdoor Activities--
              Outdoor Recreation Centers       1    Campgrounds                      0
              Fishing Areas                    0    Horse Stables                    0




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