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United States Army
Relocation Assistance Program
Advanced Tactics Road
Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD 21005-5000
Moving is a way of life for service members and their families. Resources like MilitaryINSTALLATIONS, Plan My Move and Military OneSource provide important information to help make moving easier. For many newcomers, a sponsor can help add that personal touch.
A sponsor is assigned by a newcomer's gaining unit and helps the newcomer before, during and after a move. If you haven't been assigned a sponsor, you can request one through your new unit. Units try to match sponsors and service members by rank and family status.
To help prepare sponsors for success, the Sponsorship Program provides training and access to important information and resources that can help newcomers master their move. The Sponsorship Program helps sponsors fulfill their responsibilities, which may include:
Note: Responsibilities may vary based on service-specific policies and guidance. Make sure to check with your service branch for sponsor training requirements.
Overall, the Sponsorship Program aims to:
For more information on the Sponsorship Program, contact your installation Military and Family Support Center.
Sponsorship is also available for youth. Installation youth sponsorship programs help military-connected youth make a successful transition to a new community. Primarily directed to preteen and teenaged youth, installation youth programs/centers provide information and materials on programs and services available at their new location. Where available, youth can exchange emails, talk on the phone or chat online with other youth. The youth program staff at your new installation can offer more information on installation youth sponsorship programs.
You can also contact your installation School Liaison Program office for information about school-based youth sponsorship programs such as Anchored4Life and Student2Student. These peer-to-peer programs help your student adjust to and navigate their new school.
If your child would like to become a youth sponsor, contact your installation School Liaison Program or youth program/center.
Families with children may also want to visit Military Kids Connect, an online community for military children and youth. The site offers games, videos and links to teen-led installation tours.
For many here, sponsorship is not automatic. Upon receiving assignment to Aberdeen Proving Ground, contact your gaining command or the Adjutant Office, West Wing, Building 4305, 410-306-2301, DSN 312-458-2301 or the operations officer 410-306-2303, DSN 312-58-2303. FAX may be sent to 410-306-2307, DSN 312-458-2307.
If mail is received after your departure to your new duty station, the mail will be processed by the old unit mailroom with the information you supplied on the change of address card before your departure. The mail will be sent back to the installation post office for reprocessing then forwarded to the gaining unit. The turnaround time normally takes about seven to 10 days, possibly longer in some cases. Make sure all agencies and organizations which you interact and conduct business with has written knowledge of your transition, so mail and other correspondences can be sent to your new address in a timely manner.
Once assigned to APG, it is essential that soldiers and civilians fill out the Sponsorship Program Counseling and Information Sheet (DA Form 5434)
E-mail the completed form to the APG Installation Sponsorship Program Manager at email@example.com. For assistance, call 410-278-0944, DSN 458-0944.
The Army Community Service (ACS) agency provides relocating personnel with counseling, welcome packets and pre-move destination information. For assistance with relocation, visit the APG MWR website to locate an ACS representative. The POC for ACS is William Green, and he can be reached at 410-278-4232.