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United States Army
Relocation Assistance Program
171 Haley Ave.
Hunter Army Airfield, GA 31409-5014
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.
The Hunter Army Airfield/Fort Stewart Sponsorship Program requires every soldier, sergeant (E-5) through Colonel (0-6), receiving an assignment to Fort Stewart, be provided a sponsor. To get the benefits of the Sponsorship Program, soldiers must fill out the DA Form 5434 (Sponsorship Program Counseling and Information Sheet). The program also provides that every effort be made to provide a pinpoint assignment and facilitate an advance-arrival for all married soldiers in the grade of E1 through E4. A reactionary sponsor will be provided for these soldiers if a pinpoint assignment and advance-arrival sponsor cannot be provided. A reactionary sponsor for single soldiers in grade E1 through E4 will also be provided.
Wounded soldiers and U.S. Army Medical Department Activity (MEDDAC) soldiers check-in at Mower Processing Center which is located on Harmon Avenue. All other soldiers check-in at the Marne Reception Center at the intersection of Harmon Avenue, Hase Road and Pony Soldier Avenue on Fort Stewart. Contact the Marne Reception Center at 912-767-0115 for questions or other concerns. A few days will be spent here for initial in-processing.
Please check with the Official Mail Distribution Center (OMDC) for the holding of early arrival of mail; I.D. cards must be shown. The OMDC is located in the same building as the post office, Building 418B. The mailing address for OMDC for incoming personnel is; 845 Hase Road, Suite 102 Fort Stewart, GA 31315. As soon as an exact unit is assigned, complete in-processing at the mailroom of unit. No matter the rank or the living arrangement, the unit's mail clerks need to know of the assignment.
Soldiers and family members on official (PCS) and temporary duty (TDY) orders to and from the installation have priority at Army Lodging on the Installation. Reservations can be accepted up to one year in advance. Limited rooms are available for Soldiers with pets at Army Lodging. There is a nonrefundable fee of $45 for pets and an additional charge of $3 per night per pet up to a maximum of two pets. Up to date veterinarian records are required when checking in. Single and unaccompanied soldiers, E1 through E4, will be assigned to a room in the post barracks.
Army Community Service (ACS) Relocation Readiness offers a variety of services and resources to eliminate the stress associated with relocating. Stop by ACS and pick-up your Welcome Packet; it includes phone directories, maps, and local information. The Loan Closet has basic household items available for soldiers and families arriving or leaving HAAF while their household goods are in transit (please bring a copy of assignment orders and an ID card). We also offer a Newcomers EXPO that brings in agencies and organizations from on and off post to provide information on what is available in the Savannah area. Call the ACS Relocation Program Coordinator at 912-315-6816 for more information.