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United States Army
Relocation Readiness Program, ACS
4700 Mow-Way Road, First Floor
FORT SILL, OK 73503
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.
Request a sponsor to ensure that your transition to Fort Sill is smooth and well informed.
Newly arrived, permanent party personnel will report to the Personnel Processing Branch located in the Welcome Center, Building 4700, Monday-Friday, from 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. After duty hours and weekends all Soldiers report to the east entrance of Building, 4700 Mow-Way Road, (580-442-3217). If you are unaccompanied SGT (E5) or below a temporary room will be provided for you. Soldiers accompanied by dependent family members, or SSG (E6) or above must check with lodging building 5676 (Ferguson Street). If Lodging is not available you will receive a 'non availability statement' allowing you to use one of the many hotels/motels in the Lawton/Fort Sill area.
Soldiers and their dependents are authorized to receive personal mail through the Installation Consolidated Mail Room until they have established a permanent address (normally 30 days). Use the following address: Soldier/Spouse/Child's name, Rank/Name of Soldier, 6607 NW Fort Sill Blvd, Fort Sill, OK 73503-1899.
Upon arrival, the soldier and/or dependents can visit Building 930 (Post Office) South entrance to pick up mail. A valid military ID is required. Upon establishing a permanent address, the soldier should provide the Installation Consolidated Mail Room a DA Form 3955 (Change of Address and Directory Card), available from your unit mail clerk, or the Installation Consolidated Mail Room.
If you have a pin-point assignment you can contact your unit directly for sponsorship assistance. If your orders do not have a pin-point assignment then call 580-442-2700 to contact Personnel Division for assistance.