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Department of the Air Force
Military and Family Readiness Center
118 Brookley Avenue, Bldg 13
Washington, DC 20032
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.
You will be assigned a sponsor from your gaining unit or command. Your sponsor is responsible for mailing you a welcome package with base information, as well as helping you and your family settle in to your new location. You may also request a welcome packet be mailed to you by contacting the relocation professionals at the Military and Family Readiness Center, 202-284-4473. If you want your sponsor to meet you upon arrival, please coordinate with your sponsor where and when you will arrive.
If you wish to use a temporary forwarding address on Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, please contact the mail room at 202-767-4342 or DSN 312-297-4342 to arrange this service and obtain the correct mailing address.