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United States Army
3401 Santiago Road
Fort Wainwright, AK 99703
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.
Installation youth sponsorship programs facilitate the integration of military connected youth to new surroundings during moves. Primarily directed to preteen and teenaged youth, installation youth programs give youth 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 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.
If you are on assignment to U.S. Army Alaska (USARAK) and have not been contacted by your sponsor, you may visit the USARAK homepage. Click the Resource tab, under Newcomers/Pre-Arrival tab, to request a sponsor through the Army Career Tracker (ACT). If you do not have access to ACT or know your gaining unit, please contact Enlisted Strength Management at 907-384-2760 or DSN 317-384-2760. The Enlisted Strength Management will review the Gains Roster to determine your unit of assignment. They will then contact your unit sponsorship coordinator. Once contact is made, you will be assigned a sponsor within 72 hours. Your sponsor will be able to give you up-to-date information and a mailing address.
If you are not being met by your sponsor, report to the Welcome Center, Building 3401, Santiago Ave. If arriving after duty hours, contact the Welcome Center at 907-353-4311.
If you need to send mail to Fort Wainwright, call 1-800-275-8777, ask for the post office on Fort Wainwright and then ask for their requirements for forwarding mail to Fort Wainwright.