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United States Air Force
Airman and Family Readiness Center
Consolidated Support Center
O'Malley Ave., Bldg. 22026
Yigo Guam 96543
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.
It is strongly recommended that every individual (or family) reporting to Andersen AFB have a sponsor! Although Guam has many of the amenities associated with a stateside tour, there is no substitute for having contact with an individual on-island who has first hand knowledge and who also has a personal interest in your well-being. Andersen AFB is quite proud of its sponsor program. You can make a request for a sponsor through your orderly room. Your sponsor can greet you at the airport and assist your family.
If you require assistance with sponsorship, call the Airman and Family Readiness Center at 671-366-8136 or DSN 315-366-8136. If you are arriving unaccompanied, the Postal Service Center will assign a permanent PSC box to you at your sponsor's request with a copy of your orders. If you will be accompanied, your sponsor (with your orders) can get you a temporary General Delivery address until you find quarters, after which the U.S. Postal Service, not the PSC, will take care of your mail. The Postal Service Center is located in Building 24018, adjacent to the base exchange.