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United States Army
Relocation Readiness Program (RRP)
9800 Belvoir Road
Fort Belvoir, VA 22060
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. But, for many newcomers, a sponsor adds 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 a sponsor through your new unit. Units try to match sponsors and service members by rank and family status. We also recognize that the service member isn’t the only one affected by a move, so spouses can also receive training to become a sponsor.
To help prepare sponsors for success, the Sponsorship Program provides training and access to important information and resources. The Sponsorship Program helps sponsors fulfill their duties including:
· Contacting the service member and family with an introductory email
· Staying in contact with the service member throughout the moving process
· Sending information about the new community and duty assignment, responding to questions and providing information about resources
· Confirming transportation and lodging arrangements
· Helping with post office arrangements
· Meeting service members and family members upon arrival
· Going with service members to unit check-in point
· Introducing service members to the Military and Family Support Center and loan closet, if it’s available
· Familiarizing service members and families with the installation and key locations, like the commissary
Note: Responsibilities may vary based on service-specific policies and guidance.
Overall, the Sponsorship Program aims to do the following:
· Provide newcomers with a sense of belonging
· Ease the transition for inbound service members or civilians and their family members
· Increase productivity of service members and loved ones
· Help newcomers make informed decisions
· Cultivate new friendships
· Improve morale
For more information on the Sponsorship Program, contact your installation’s Relocation Assistance Program office or, in the Marine Corps, the Information and Referral office.
Many installations give kids the chance to meet a new friend and become acquainted with their new installation through the installation’s youth program. Where available, youth can exchange emails, talk on the phone or chat online. For more information, visit MilitaryINSTALLATIONS and click on Youth Services and your new installation. The youth program staff at your new installation can offer more information on the Youth Sponsorship Program. 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.
Military personnel in-processing to units other than the Garrison Headquarters Battalion should contact their units directly prior to arrival on post to request a sponsor. Soldiers assigned to the U.S. Army Garrison Headquarters Battalion can request a sponsor by calling 703-806-5659 or DSN 656-5659. Individuals who are not sure of the correct contact information may contact the Garrison Military Personnel Division for assistance at 703-805-5583, or DSN 312-655-5583.
Personnel wanting to rent a Post Office Box to forward their mail while en route should contact their local post office (not Fort Belvoir) to complete a Post Office Box Application or apply online. The application and a check for $36.00 (good for 6 months) will then be mailed to: Post Master Fort Belvoir, VA 22060.
To have mail forwarded to a general mailing address, personnel can complete an Application for General Delivery and have their mail sent in their name to General Delivery Fort Belvoir, VA 22060. This option is good for 30 days. For more information, call the Fort Belvoir post office at 703-781-7735.