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Department of the Air Force
US Embassy Canberra, Australia
Yarralumla Australia 2600
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.
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.
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.
Gaining command will provide a sponsor to in-bound personnel, typically the incumbent. The sponsor will typically provide initial transportation from the airport to temporary lodging facilities, as well as transportation to the embassy and gaining command. If the gaining command does not provide a sponsor, contact the 337th Air Support Flight administration at 337ASUF.DP.ORGBOX@us.af.mil or 011-61-2-6214-5821, DSN: 315-227-5686.
Members assigned in the Canberra region will have a mail box established at the U.S. Embassy. Mail can be directed to this address upon arrival, or earlier if requested (contact sponsor).
Household goods must not be shipped to this mail box.