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Department of the Air Force
Airman and Family Readiness Center
Geilenkirchen NATO Air Base
Geilenkirchen Germany 52511
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.
Sponsors are automatically assigned to all incoming personnel prior to arrival. Inbound members should send a copy of his/her orders and flight itinerary to his/her sponsor so that he/she can make reservations for lodging, transportation, and post office box. If you have any problems contacting or meeting your sponsor, please contact the Commander's Support Staff in Building 88, Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m and Friday from 8:00 am. to 12:00 p.m. Central European Time. If calling from the U.S. dial 011-49-2451-9151-4070 or DSN from the U.S. 314-458-4070 from Europe 0049-2451-9151-4070 or DSN from Europe 458-4070. If you are in an emergency situation in Europe and need to speak to someone after hours, please know your first sergeant's emergency contact number for after hours.
Your sponsor should make you an appointment with CSS and take you to the U.S. NSU/Orderly Room and the Military and Family Readiness Center the first duty day you are here. There you will be scheduled for Newcomer's Orientation briefing and in-processing that is held monthly. Spouses and members are invited and encouraged to attend Newcomer's and all the cultural adaptation programs.