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United States Army
201 Custer Road
Fort Myer, VA 22211-1199
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.
Soldiers PCSing to Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall should contact their gaining unit to request a Sponsor. If the soldier does not know his/her unit, he or she can contact Army Community Service (ACS) at 1-800-477-9571, or DSN 312-426-0026. All military personnel assigned to U.S. Army Garrison should contact the S-1 at 703-696-8875/8174 or DSN 312-426-8875/8174. Military personnel assigned to the 3d U.S. Infantry, (The Old Guard) should contact the Regimental Replacement Detachment at 703-696-7696or DSN 312-426-7696.
Forwarding mail while en-route: Personnel wanting to forward their mail while en-route, can go to "PO Boxes Online" and searching by zip code 22211. Personnel can find a PO Box at Fort Myer, determine the box size that is available and, with a valid credit card, can rent the box for six months to a year. Fees are based on a six-month term and determined by box size. Fees can range from $36-$56. Customers also are charged a $2 key deposit. Once an available box is found, customers can indicate box size and complete the online application. The printed application form and two forms of identification are needed for the customer to pick up the keys to the PO Box. Customers must be 18 years of age to rent a PO Box. Soldiers may also choose to notify their gaining unit and request their mail to be sent and held there.
There is a temporary lodging facility available on the installation. Due to privatization, the room rate may change based on the type of room and time of year. For reservations or rate information, call 703-696-3576/3577, DSN 312-426-3576/3577. If lodging is unavailable on the installation, there are several other installations as well as a large number of hotels in the area. A listing of area hotels and temporary lodging facilities is maintained by the ACS Relocation office and can be obtained by contacting the office at 703-696-0156/0026 or by e-mail at email@example.com