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United States Air Force
220 Lukasik Avenue
Hurlburt Field, FL 32544-5272
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.
Obtaining a sponsor prior to your arrival can be the key to a successful PCS. All Air Force Permanent Party personnel should contact their unit of assignment to request a sponsor. Sponsorship is mandatory for all personnel below the grade of colonel. If you still do not receive a sponsor, contact the Hurlburt Field Military Personnel Section (MPS) for assistance, 850-884-5252 or DSN 312-579-5252. If you encounter any difficulties with this process you can always contact the Relocation Assistance Program at 850-884-5441/5442 or DSN 579-5441/5442.
A sponsor is essential for relocating personnel and their family members by providing information and assistance from the time they receive their new duty assignment until they are settled into their new community. If you have not been contacted by your sponsor within 120 days of your projected reporting date, contact the Hurlburt Field Airman & Family Readiness Center (A&FRC). Email: 1SOFSS.DPF@us.af.mil or 850-884-5441/5442, or DSN 579-5441/5442. Provide your gaining organization, projected arrival, and best email contact.
The sponsor's primary role will be to answer any questions you may have about the base and the area. Your sponsor can also make lodging/dorm arrangements for you, and meet you upon arrival. Your sponsor will help you, and your family, until you are settled into the new community. He/she will be sending you information about the base, community, housing, schools, etc., and any other additional information that you may have requested.
Department of Defense civilians should contact your selecting official or personnel office for a sponsor. If you still do not receive a sponsor, contact the Hurlburt Field Civilian Personnel Office for assistance at 850-884-5212 5321/5322 or DSN 312-579-5212 5321/5322 or Airman & Family Readiness Center, 850-884-5441/5442.
Personnel arriving after duty hours should contact the Commando Lodging at 850-659-3244/7115/6245. The Commando Lodging is located at: 301 Tully Street, Bldg. 90509. To make a reservation or for more information visit the Lodging website.
If you arrive during duty hours (0730-1630), contact your respective unit and they will be able to welcome and guide you through the inprocessing. Contact the Hurlburt Field Welcome Center, at 850-884-4815/4816; located at Bldg. 90229.
Prior to your arrival, you should have your mail sent to General Delivery: Name, 437 Tully Street # 1000, Hurlburt Field FL 32544-5715. The Postal Service Center (PSC) will use this general delivery address to hold your mail until you arrive. In addition to sending your mail, be sure to phone the PSC at 850-884-6219/3435 or DSN 312-579-6219/3435 to let them know that you are coming to Hurlburt Field, Florida.