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Department of the Air Force
Relocation Assistance Program
Airman and Family Readiness Center
ATTN: Relocation Program Manager
Bldg. 721, Douglas Boulevard
Kadena AB Japan
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.
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.
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.
Sponsors are assigned to inbound personnel by the gaining units. Once your new unit at Kadena receives official notification of your assignment, the unit Commander Support Staff will assign a sponsor to you. Your sponsor will then make contact via telephone/e-mail to conduct a needs assessment. With a copy of your PCS orders, your sponsor can obtain a Postal Service Center mailbox for you and notify you of your new forwarding address to ensure no interruption in mail service. Your sponsor can also assist lodging arrangements and provide transportation for you from the airport.
Prior to your arrival, ensure you have been provided contact numbers in the event of delays, changes in flight schedules, or you are not met at the airport. A courtesy phone with a DSN line is available at the Naha International Airport's Information Booth upon request. If you require assistance with sponsorship issues, please see your local Military and Family Readiness Center for assistance, 011-81-98-961-3366 or DSN 315-634-3366.