Right Start orientation sets newcomers up for success at Robins

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  • By Holly Logan-Arrington
  • Robins Public Affairs
Newcomers don't have to go far to learn their way around Robins Air Force Base.

The Airman & Family Readiness Center's Right Start program is an in-depth three-and-a-half hour orientation, usually offered every third Wednesday in A&FRC'S Bldg. 794 at 725 Ninth St. The program is designed to make the integration into the Robins Air Force Base community as smooth as possible for  all newly arriving Army, Air Force, Marines, Navy, and eligible Reserve and Guard service members and their families.

Wesley Patton, a Community Readiness consultant in the A&FRC, who is the Relocation Assistance Program manager at Robins, said first-term airmen and military members who have served four years or less in the military are especially encouraged to attend the orientation.

"We prefer that newcomers attend this orientation within 30 to 60 days of their arrival as they tend to get caught up in the demands of their work environments and other activities, and one of the most important things, which is becoming acquainted with the services and programs offered on and off base, can easily go by the wayside," he said. 

Right Start gives newcomers the information they need without having to travel around the base.

"Right Start has a lot of moving parts," Patton said. "We have 20 briefers and over a dozen organizations which participate in the information fair portion. During the "Info Fair" portion, attendees move from one display table to the next, where they gather information, mugs, pens, pamphlets and other items, and even learn how to enroll in one of the numerous colleges and universities nearby, as well as how to establish a bank account at a local bank or credit union."

Spouses and Defense Department civilians are also encouraged to attend Right Start, Patton said.

Due to a scheduling conflict, the February Right Start will be held on Feb. 10, and will revert back to every third Wednesday beginning in March.

To register for Right Start, eligible people should contact their units' Individual Newcomer Treatment and Orientation Program manager, or the Base INTRO manager to make an appointment to attend a monthly orientation.  

For more information, call the Airman & Family Readiness Center at 478-926-1256.