ACU FOUR


Welcome

To Our Newly Reporting Members and Families

Welcome to Assault Craft Unit Four, home to 39 of the Navy’s 72 LCAC (Landing Craft, Air Cushion). We are located at the Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek (formerly NAB—Naval Amphibious Base) in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia, on the city borders of Virginia Beach and Norfolk, just west of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel.

The Hampton Roads region has seven of the country’s largest military installations. The region is homeport to 68 percent of the 194 ships assigned to the Atlantic Fleet. The area offers a wide variety of activities and attractions. Each year thousands of people flock here to enjoy the miles of shoreline extending along the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. Besides soaking up the sun, visitors can tour a variety of museums and historic homes. Whatever your concerns, we’re here to make your transition into the area as smooth as possible.

If you have not been assigned a sponsor or have not heard from your sponsor or have any questions, please feel free to contact the ACU-4 Webmaster for assistance.

Welcome Aboard! I look forward to serving with you.

What Is Hampton Roads?

“Hampton Roads” refers to the extreme southeastern portion of Virginia, and includes the following communities: Portsmouth, Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Newport News, Hampton and Suffolk. The area boasts one of the largest military concentrations in the country---and not just the Navy. In addition to serving as homeport for nearly a fourth of our naval forces, Hampton Roads is home to various Army Forts and Langley Air Force Base. If you’re coming from overseas duty or a smaller stateside duty station, you’ll find Hampton Roads offers comprehensive military facilities and services for you and your families in addition to being one of the top recreation destinations in the country. This guide is designed to get you started during your first few weeks in the area---it should be a launching pad for your own exploration of this richly diverse community!

Checking In

Whether you report during or after normal working hours, you will report to the ACU4 Quarterdeck in Building 3816. The quarterdeck is manned around-the-clock and can be reached at (757)462-7004. The quarterdeck watch will sign your orders and log that you have checked in to our command. If you are assigned a sponsor, it is a good idea to let them know when you plan on checking in so that they will be available to help facilitate your check in process and they can also help you get around the area if you are not familiar with your surroundings. Parking is designated for officers and chiefs in the inner two rows of the north and south parking areas. All other parking areas are open to all hands.

Uniform of the Day

Winter and summer uniform periods are prescribed by SOPA Hampton Roads. Generally, summer uniforms are worn from late April to early October, and winter uniforms from late October to early April. If you are reporting during one of the transitional periods, call the quarterdeck at (757)462-7004 to find out the specific day of the uniform change.

Directions to Assault Craft Unit Four

ACU4's quarterdeck is located in Building 3816.  The command's address is:

2155 11th Street
Virginia Beach, VA 23459
 

Most GPS navigation units will not be able to locate the command's street address.  You may use the following GPS coordinates to get directions to ACU4:

36.9257,-76.170584

Vehicle Decals

All POVs (Personally Owned Vehicles) are required to have either a base decal or a base pass in order to access JEB Little Creek.  Additionally, if your vehicle is registered in the state of Virginia, you must have a current Virginia State Safety Inspection in order to get base decals.

The base Pass and ID office is located on Shore Drive near Gate 3 (Helicopter Road).

GPS coordinates for the Pass and ID office are:

 36.9074, -76.1611

Lodging

Temporary Lodging Expense (see MILPERSMAN 2640400)

Temporary Lodging Expense (TLE) may be paid in the Continental United States (CONUS) under Joint Federal Travel Regulations (JFTR). A maximum entitlement of four days TLE is authorized incident to a PCS between two permanent duty stations in CONUS. You and your family qualify for TLE if you stay in temporary lodging upon your arrival here. As soon as you check in with PSD, ask about TLE.

Navy Lodge

(800)628-9466 (NAVY-INN)

At your Navy Lodge, our specialty is to help take away some of the stress that comes with travel or a PCS move. From the moment you check in we are ready to serve you and your family. Our comfortable oversized rooms are clean and spacious and offer many amenities to make you feel at home. Plus, our room rates on the average are 45‰ less than civilian hotels. Navy Lodges are located around the world at most Naval Bases. The PCS and TDY traveler will find our locations convenient for their family and their business needs.

Government Quarters (BEQ/BOQ)

JEB Little Creek

  • BEQ Reservations - (757)462-7522
  • BOQ Reservations - (757)462-7523

NAVSTA Norfolk

  • BEQ Reservations - (757)444-0171
  • BOQ Reservations - (757)444-4151

NAS Oceana

  • BEQ/BOQ Reservations - (757)433-2574

Norfolk Naval Shipyard

  • BEQ Reservations - (757)396-4562
  • BOQ Reservations - (757)398-8500

Military Housing

Lincoln Military Housing

Lincoln Military Housing’s mission is to provide premier homes and outstanding management and maintenance services to military families, who deserve nothing less. We strive to understand the changing needs of military families and consider it our duty to improve the quality of life for those who live in our communities. Since 2001, Lincoln has worked closely with all levels of the armed services including Navy, Marine Corp, Army and Air Force leaders, to create a new and vastly improved standard of military housing. Today, we are proud to say that we have developed or manage more than 31,000 military family homes across the country. We continually work to improve and enhance the military homes and communities we manage. Through our expertly trained personnel, we provide attentive, responsive resident services including 24-hour maintenance, children’s programs, and free special events. Some communities also provide courtesy patrols, intrusion alarm systems, and Internet access. We routinely seek and react to resident feedback through surveys, town hall meetings, focus groups and correspondence. Through these efforts, our communities have won numerous awards for development and customer service including many “A” List Awards. The entire Lincoln Military Housing team is honored to serve those who protect America. We know “Every Mission Begins at Home” and will work tirelessly to be sure that we exceed our resident’s and our partner’s expectations.

Apartment listings/ Houses for sale

ForRent.com

Apartment seekers can use ForRent.com as an apartment finder to conduct customized searches from thousands of apartment listings, property management companies and private property owners nationwide. ForRent.com offers a wide variety of rental listings that will help you find the perfect home.

www.realestate.hamptonroads.com

Real estate classifieds provided by HamptonRoads.com, produced by The Virginian-Pilot, serving the greater Hampton Roads metro area.

Getting Settled

Your Military Support System in Hampton Roads

Hampton Roads supports one of the largest military communities in the world. Over 420,000 people in Hampton Roads are active duty military, military family members, or military retirees. As a result, you’ll find that both the military and civilian communities are ready to welcome you and your family.

Military One Source

Military OneSource is provided by the Department of Defense at no cost to active duty, Guard and Reserve (regardless of activation status) and their families. It is a virtual extension of installation services. Visit Military OneSource today at www.militaryonesource.com or call (800)342-9647

Fleet and Family Service Center (FFSC)

  • 24-Hour Information (800)372-5463
  • Hours of Operation
    • Monday – Friday 0800 - 1630

FFSC provides resources for military families during each stage of their tour in Hampton Roads. This is a terrific resource for newly arriving families. If you arrive ahead of your household goods shipment, the FFSC offers lending packages which can include dishes, bedding cribs and other items you may need until your shipment arrives. The FFSC also offers the Spouse Employment Assistance Program, which provides assistance with resume writing, access to a local database of job listings, and interview counseling.

American Red Cross

  • Phone (24 hour) (877)272-7337
  • Hours of Operation
    • Monday - Friday 0800 - 1630

The American Red Cross is a humanitarian organization that helps millions of people each year prevent, prepare for, and cope with emergencies. They also provide emergency communications between family members and service members while deployed.

Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS)

Little Creek

  • (757)464-9364/9365
  • Hours of Operation
    • Monday - Friday 0800 - 1600

Norfolk

  • (757)423-8830/8833
  • Hours of Operation
    • Monday - Friday 0800 - 1600

Oceana

  • (757)433-3383
  • Hours of Operation
    • Monday - Friday 0800 - 1600

The Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society provides millions of dollars in loans and grants each year to Sailors, Marines and their families to help them through emergencies. The Society offers financial counseling for personnel looking to set up a budget and also holds a Budgeting for Baby Class for Navy and Marine Corps families expecting their first child. The class provides financial counseling, information on community resources and “Baby’s First Seabag,” a layette with baby clothes and accessories.

Navy Exchange

Little Creek

  • (757)363-3239
  • Hours of Operation
    • Monday - Saturday 0900 - 2100
    • Sunday 0900 - 1800

Norfolk

  • (757)444-2000
  • Hours of Operation
    • Monday - Saturday 0900 - 2100
    • Sunday 0900 - 1800

Oceana

  • (757)425-4200
  • Hours of Operation
    • Monday - Saturday 0900 - 2100
    • Sunday 0900 - 1800

 Commissary

Little Creek

  • (757)464-4562
  • Hours of Operation
    • Mon-Fri 0900 - 1900
    • Saturday 0900 - 1800
    • Sunday 0900 - 1700

Norfolk

  • (757)423-3188
  • Hours of Operation
    • Monday Closed
    • Tues, Wed, Fri, Sat 0900 - 1900
    • Thursday 0900 - 2000
    • Sunday 0900 - 1800

Oceana

  • (757)428-6401
  • Hours of Operation
    • Mon-Fri 0900 - 2100
    • Saturday 0800 - 2000
    • Sunday 0900 - 1800

Child Care

Military Child Care Centers

Little Creek

  • (757)464-7868
  • (757)462-8718

Norfolk

  • (757)444-3379/3239

Oceana

  • (757)433-3164

Portsmouth

  • (757)396-5863

Military Childcare Centers are certified by the Department of Defense and regulated by the respective branch of the military operating the facility. These centers accept children from infancy to kindergarten ages and include developmental programs. The National Academy of Early Childhood Programs may also accredit them. Before and after school care is provided by many schools and organizations. Youth programs are available at NAS Oceana and JEB Little Creek.

National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies

(800)424-2246

NACCRRA is working with the U.S. Military Services to help those who serve in the military find and afford child care that suits their unique needs. Through several innovative civilian/military efforts between the Services, NACCRRA and Child Care Resource and Referral agencies (CCR&Rs) are building the quality and capacity of child care throughout the country.

Family Home Care

Because the waiting list for the military centers may be long, you may want to consider family home care. In military housing areas, family home care is monitored and regulated by the military. Residents of military housing who want to provide child care in their own homes on a regular or full-time basis must pass a background investigation and have fire, safety and health inspections. To find out more, contact the military family housing complex nearest you. Family home care in civilian housing is another option for working parents. State licensed day care providers are regulated by the Regional Office, State Department of Social Services.


For a list of local home care providers licensed by the Commonwealth of Virginia, call Planning Council/Child Care Assurance Line at (757)627-3993.

Things to Do

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Moral Welfare and Recreation

The Navy Morale, Welfare and Recreation Division administers a varied program of recreation, social and community support activities on U.S. Navy facilities worldwide. Our programs provide active-duty, reserve and retired Navy personnel and their families with sports and physical fitness activities, child development and youth programs, and a variety of food and beverage services. Our mission is to provide quality support and recreational services that contribute to the retention, readiness, mental, physical, and emotional well-being of our Sailors.

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