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Department of the Air Force
1000 Ellsworth Street
Ellsworth AFB, SD 57706
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.
A valuable resource to have before making your move to Ellsworth is your sponsor. Your sponsor should have been appointed by your new unit upon receipt of notification of your assignment. The sponsor is responsible for making contact with you within 48 hours after the appointment. After contacting you and inquiring about any specific needs or questions that you may have, he or she will send you information that you requested, along with other items about the base and the local community. After arriving at Ellsworth, your sponsor will greet you and show you around the base and local area. Spouses may request sponsors as well. Should you need additional assistance and you cannot reach your sponsor, contact Relocation Services within the Airman and Family Readiness Center at DSN 312-675-4663 or 605-385-4663.
The Postal Service Center needs pertinent information from you to handle your temporary address. Prior to having your mail forwarded to Ellsworth, please call the Ellsworth Postal Service Center at DSN 312-675-6229 or 605-385-6229. If you do not notify the PSC ahead of time, your mail will be held for only 15 days. After 15 days, it is returned to the sender. Until you get a permanent address, your mail may be forwarded to (Rank/Full Name), 2650 Spaatz Drive, Unit 5000, Ellsworth AFB, SD 57706.