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United States Air Force
Airman and Family Readiness Center
Incirlik Air Base
Incirlik Turkey 09824
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.
Moving can be a very traumatic experience, at worse extremely challenging at best. Settling into your new location and your new unit takes time. Military Installations and Plan My Move are designed to assist you with information about your new location. Plan My Move and Military Installations have a Sponsorship Program which is very helpful in providing new unit information. If you want to learn how to be a sponsor, you can take a short training module found on MilitaryINSTALLATIONS. or if you are a Sponsor, you can use the eSponsorship Application & Training a secure website designed to train you on your sponsorship duties and provide sample materials for your use when communicating with the newcomer.
Your gaining unit should assign you a sponsor and send you an electronic sponsor package. Contact and use your sponsor before and during your arrival. He or she probably experienced the same issues you will encounter and can give helpful information about your new base and processing procedures.
If you don't hear from your sponsor within 60 days of your report date, contact your new unit or Airman & Family Readiness Center. Every unit has a CSS responsible for assigning sponsors and they should be there to assist you.
Your sponsor can request a P.O. Box for you 30 days prior to arrival. They must have a copy of your orders.
Once your gaining organization has received confirmation of your PCS, military and DoD civilians will be assigned a sponsor. If you are experiencing any personnel issues or have not heard from your sponsor, contact the Airman and Family Readiness Center at DSN 314-676-6755 or 011-90-322-316-6755. Department of Defense civilians should contact their selecting official or personnel office for a sponsor. Contact the Civilian Personnel Office DSN 314-676-6416 or 011-90-322-316-6416 if you are not contacted by a sponsor.
Your sponsor should provide you with information about the local community, housing, employment, the base and any other information you request. Your sponsor should also provide you with information about your gaining organization including the name of your First Sergeant and Commander. Keep your sponsor informed during your PCS. If your arrival plans change, be sure to contact your sponsor. Your sponsor will be responsible for welcoming you to the base and your organization, and also ensuring you attend the Newcomer's Orientation.
The 24-hour arrival point is the Billeting Office, Bldg 1081, DSN 314-676-9357. Your sponsor should arrange your billeting, ensure you verify that has been done prior to arriving, Current operations and force protection considerations prompted a decision to direct mandatory use of government transit and permanent housing and billeting accommodations at Incirlik AB, Turkey. All active duty and DoD employees with an assignment to Incirlik AB are subject to this decision.