Installation Overview --U.S. Army Garrison Benelux-Schinnen

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Overview

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Tucked away in the southeastern province of Limburg, the Netherlands, U.S. Army Garrison (USAG) Benelux-Schinnen is a twenty-minute drive from Belgium and Germany. As the most widely dispersed USAG in USAREUR, we provide logistical support over 139,000 square kilometers for personnel spread across several locations. The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is a major influence in this region, along with Joint Forces Command (JFC) located in Brunssum, NL.

USAG Benelux-Schinnen provides Army base operation services to joint and inter-agency communities in support of U.S. interests in NATO, throughout the Netherlands, and in northern Germany. Basic community support for the region is provided by the USAG Benelux-Schinnen, while many of the Soldier support services are provided by military (Army and Air Force) personnel at JFC Brunssum and Geilenkirchen NATO Air Base.

Originally, the AFCENT Support Activity (SUPACT) (US) was activated in Fountainbleau, France. In 1971, the Schinnen Mine compound was leased and the support activities were consolidated there. On October 1, 1981, the AFCENT SUPACT (US) separated from NATO SHAPE and became a full community under what is now the 21st Theater Support Command (TSC)
Since assuming geographic responsibility for Northern Germany and the USAG. Benelux-Schinnen has been involved in the drawdown of communities in northern Germany.
 

Official website for U.S. Army Garrison Benelux

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Location/Driving Directions

Map of the Tri-Border Region. Photo Courtesy U.S. Army

The U.S. Army Garrison (USAG) Benelux-Schinnen is located in Schinnen, Netherlands (NL). Tucked away in the southeastern province of Limburg, we are a twenty minute drive from Belgium and Germany. As the most widely dispersed USAG in USAREUR, we provide logistical support over 139,000 square kilometers for personnel spread across 17 separate locations. The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is a major influence in this region, especially with Joint Forces Command (JFC) located in Brunssum, NL. USAG Benelux-Schinnen's base operator phone number is 011-31-46-443-7199 or DSN 314-360-1110.

Directions for Inbound Personnel who Desire Shuttle Transportation from the Airports

The Brussels Belgium International Airport, Dusseldorf Germany International Airport and the Schiphol Amsterdam International Airport are the official points of arrival for anyone assigned to duties in the Benelux-Schinnen/JFC Brunssum area. Have your sponsor contact the Admin Office at 0031(0)45 526 3914 if you are being assigned to JFC Brunssum, which is the NATO base. Your sponsor can be there with the shuttle bus driver to meet you if desired. All your sponsor needs to do is provide a copy of your orders and flight itinerary with your date of arrival, flight number, number of passengers, and if there are any pets. You will also be informed how much the shuttle will cost due to you having to pay for it in euros before departing the vehicle. When filing your travel vouchers this will be included so you must save your receipt. You will be met at the airport and sponsor that will be holding a placard with your name on it and taken to spacious van which will hold up to 8 passengers with plenty of room for luggage, kennels, etc. You will then be transported in comfort to your pre-arranged (by Sponsor through coordinating with housing) temporary hotel quarters in the Benelux-Schinnen/Brunssum area.

Your sponsor will need to use a GPS system for directions from the Dusseldorf, or Schiphol airports.

In case of changes, always maintain sponsor's telephone numbers at home and duty, as well as unit and personal e-mail addresses. In case of emergency, when you call your sponsor or unit, give them the number from where you are calling just in case the lines get disconnected.

Outbound PCS Personnel

It is possible to use a Civilian Shuttle service to the Brussels, Dusseldorf and Schiphol International Airports. This is a simple procedure that allows you and your family to be picked up at the hotel or any other location and delivered to the airport in plenty of time to make your flight. You will  need to make these arrangements in advance with flight itinerary that has the flight departure date/time, flight number and which airport. You will need to pay in euros and you will need to hold on the receipt to file along with your travel vouchers.

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Population/Major Units Assigned

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USAG Benelux-Schinnen serves over 5,000 service members, Department of Defense (DoD) Civilians and their Family members throughout the Tri-Border area.

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Main Phone Numbers

The Commissary serves some 6000 Department of Defense personnel. Photo Courtesy U.S. Army

ACS Programs- Commercial Number +31(0) 46-443-XXXX

Information & Referral: 360-7500

ACS Admin Specialist: 360-7500   Fax:360-7466

Relocation Readiness:360-7512

Financial Readiness:360-7450

Army Emergency Relief (AER):360-7450

Deployment & Mobilization:360-7218

Employment Readiness:360-7269

Army Volunteer Coordinator:360-7451

Family Advocacy Program (FAP):360-7453

Victim Advocate:360-7367 or 7263  24/7 Victim Hotline: 061-3216737

Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP):360-7371

New Parents Support Program (NPSP):360-7335

Army Family Team Building (AFTB):360-7482

Army Family Action Plan (AFAP):360-7482

ACS Officer:360-7452

Main Exchange DSN 360-7233   046-443-7586

Commissary: 04-44-7441

Housing Office:046-443-7720/7455/7567/7247/7416

Education Center:046-443-7641/7613

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Temporary Lodging

Temporary Quarters are available only in community hotels. Your sponsor will make advance reservations for you and your family members. Please inform sponsor of any pets that you will bring upon your arrival.

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Housing

USAG Schinnen housing. Photo courtesy U.S. Army

Government Leased Housing

The procedures for Family quarter applications, assignments, waiting lists and terminations are as specified in Chapter 3, AR 420-1, Housing Management, and USAREUR Supplement 1 to AR 420-1, Army Facilities Management, dated 12 February 2008 and 20 November 2008 respectively. All service members in key and essential positions and service members in the ranks of E-1 through E-6 are required to utilize Government Leased Housing when available. If No government leased quarters will be available you will be issued a statement of non-availability and seek privately leased quarters on the local economy.  The HSO will assist you with finding a suitable house within your Overseas Housing Allowance.

Private Leased Quarters (PLQ)

These are housing units located anywhere in the South Limburg local community. The renter has a private lease contract and is responsible for the rent and utilities (gas, water and electricity). The Benelux-Schinnen Housing Office provides a housing referral list with many apartments and houses to choose within your Overseas Housing Allowance (OHA).The lease contract used in this area is a special military lease agreement that is written in English and has several military clauses included.  The HSO office will assist you in signing the lease and they will perform an in and out inspection. They will also assist you with getting your utilities started with the local companies. . You will be provided with the OHA form to start your Overseas Housing Allowance. You can contact your housing officer with all housing related questions during your stay. For more information, contact the Housing Office at 011-31-46-443-7416/7455/7247.

Single Soldiers Quarters (SSQ)

Military Unaccompanied personnel E1 through E6 have to live in the single Soldiers quarters.  These quarters are not the regular barracks but apartments on the local economy. If single Soldiers quarters is not available within 30 days of arrival you will be issued a statement of non-availability (CNA), you can report to the Housing Services Office and they will assist you in locating suitable quarters on the local economy.

For more information, you may contact the Housing Office at 011-31-46 443-7449/7287 or DSN 314-360-7449 or 7287.

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Child Care

Schinnen Child Development Center. Photo Courtesy U.S. Army

Any child between 6 weeks and 12 years of age who is a family member of a U.S. or NATO military member or a U.S. or NATO civilian is eligible to attend any child care program. The CDC will provide care to children between 6 weeks and 6 years and the SAC program will provide care for children from 7 years through 11/12 years.

The CDS programs insure that children are offered food at least every 3 hours while in our care. Breakfast, Morning Snack, Lunch, Afternoon Snack and Late Afternoon Snack are served. Parents are always welcome to join their child for a meal.

Registration

To register your child, you will need to bring the following documents to the Parents Central Services:

  • Valid JFC Brunssum, U.S., or NATO ID card
  • Basic household information to include but not limited to; address, phone number, family size
  • Copy of paystub for all income earned, US military LES or equivalent.
  • Names and phone numbers of three emergency designees
  • Immunization records - Your child’s immunization schedule must be up to date as required by your country.
  • Health Assessment form 608-10-1a signed by a doctor. If one is not available from the past year, a 30-day grace period will be allowed.
  • A registration free
  • Within 30 days of placement, a complete Health Assessment and copy of the Family Care Plan (for single and dual military only) must be turned in to Parent Central Services.

All required paperwork must be fully completed. Any changes in address, telephone and emergency contacts must be reported immediately.

Child Development Center (CDC)

The JFC Brunssum Child Development Center (CDC) is located in Brunssum and within walking distance from the main gate.

Programs Offered

The CDC offers the following programs:

  • The Full Day Program is a developmental program for children needing 5 hours per day or more of care on a regular basis.
  • The Hourly Care Program provides short-term intermittent care not exceeding 25 hours a week.
  • • The Part-Day Program offers 3-5 year old children an educational experience based on a 2 day, 3 day, or 5 day program, which is offered from 0830-1130 am.

School Age Center (SAC)

School Age Center (SAC)is located in the same building as the Child Development Center. The SAC Before/After School Program is offered to children from 7 to 10 years of age during the school year. Children may attend before school only, after school only, or before and after school. When school is closed, children may attend the program anytime between 7:00 am and 6:00 pm at no additional cost.

The Summer Camp is a special program offering activities for 7 to 10 year olds while school is out during the summer. The specially trained camp counselors plan many field trips and special activities for the youth. Youth may attend the full day program between 7:00 am and 6:00 pm or the camp only between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm.

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Schools

AFNORTH International School. Photo Courtesy U.S. Army

Non-DoD Schools

AFNORTH is an International School located in Brunssum, The Netherlands. was, AFNORTH was founded in 1967 by the Military Schools System of Canada, The Federal Republic of Germany, The United Kingdom and the United States of America. It was established to meet the educational needs of the children of personnel assigned to AFNORTH (Allied Forces Central Command) in Brunssum, NL. Students attend our school from other military sites in the Tri-Border area of Belgium (Glons, Kline Brogel,and Zutendaal), Germany (Geilenkirchen and MonchenGladbach) and The Netherlands (AFNORTH, Schinnen, Kerkrade and Volkel).

Entrance Requirements

Age requirements are:

  • Sure Start and Pre-Kindergarten Programs, a child must be 4 years of age by October 1st.
  • Kindergarten Programs, a child must be 5 years of age by October 31st.
  • First Grade, a child must be 6 years of age by October 31st. 

Standardized Test Scores

Standardized test scores for the USA portion of the AFNORTH International School are available on the DoDEA Data Center website..

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Medical Care

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The 470th Medical Flight is not a 24-hour facility. The Clinic is closed on all NATO E-3A Component Holidays and open on most American holidays. The Clinic provides Outpatient Care in the areas of Family Practice, OB/GYN, Allergy/Immunizations, Behavioral Health and Dental care.

Emergency/Specialty Care -- No Emergency Room or specialty care is available at Benelux-Schinnen. Personnel must use the Dutch EMS system. TRICARE Prime covers l00 percent in Europe. Family members are frequently referred for specialty care in the local civilian communities to English speaking providers.

Referrals -- Patients requiring evaluation or treatment beyond the capability of the Clinic are referred to USAF Hospital, Bitburg, 2nd General Army Hospital, Landstuhl, Atrium Hospital Heerlen, Atrium Brunssum, The Netherlands or Saint Elizabeth's Hospital, Geilenkirchen Germany, Heinsberg Hospital, Germany or another local facility.

Physical Exams -- Active duty physicals are done in two parts and require two separate appointments. Call Central Appointments to make an appointment. Total force HIV testing is also provided.

Optometry Services -- Every three to four months, the clinic has a visiting optometrist from another medical facility. Call Central Appointments to book an appointment. If you need to be seen sooner, TRICARE allows one optometry visit per year for active duty family members. See our Health Benefits Advisor for more information.

Pharmacy

Pharmacy personnel can only fill a prescription as written and cannot give you additional refills. You must see a provider for further refills. If you have a prescription from another facility, please call or come to the pharmacy immediately to make sure it is available. For a number of reasons, we are not able to routinely fill prescriptions written by local civilian providers. However, these can usually be filled on the economy. Remember, eligible family members of active duty, TRICARE will reimburse you the cost of prescription drugs.

The local (USAF) Pharmacy is located about 20 minutes from Benelux-Schinnen at the 470th Air Base Squadron, Medical Clinic, Geilenkirchen NATO AB, Germany. Telephone Commercial only: 011-49-2451-99-3200 through medical appointments. Tricare is 011-49-2451-99-3400.