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United States Navy
Relocation Assistance Program JEB Little Creek
Fleet and Family Support Center
1450 D Street, Building 3129
Virginia Beach, VA 23459
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.
A sponsor is someone from your new command who is assigned to assist you with settling into your new location, and is usually assigned through your gaining command.
A sponsor's duties include:
Contact your gaining command to request a sponsor to assist you with your transition.
Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek:
All personnel reporting to the amphibious base or one of the tenant commands should report directly to their assigned command. All personnel reporting to the ships must report directly to the ship. If you do not know where to find the ship, call the ship information line at 757-444-0000 and request the pier number and directions. If the ship is deployed, report to the Naval Station Norfolk, Transient Personnel Unit, or TPU, phone: 757-444-1640.
Remember to ask your sponsor about forwarding your mail while in route or simply ask your local post office for other options, in regards to holding and forwarding your mail.
JEB Fort Story:
For soldiers wanting to know more information on pin-point assignments and sponsorship upon arrival to Fort Story, contact the Fort Eustis Officer and Enlisted Reassignment Section, Building 650, room 131, or call 757-878-1395 (for officers) 757-878-4413 (for enlisted).