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Department of the Air Force
Military & Family Readiness Center - Relocation Program 81 FSS/FSFR
500 Fisher Street, Room 110
Keesler AFB, MS 39534
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.
Your sponsor is responsible for contacting you and answering any questions you may have prior to your arrival. Your sponsor will help you and your family until you are settled in. If you have not heard from a sponsor, you should initiate contact with your unit for a sponsor no later than 30 days prior to departing your current location. If you experience any communication difficulties with your sponsor, please contact the unit orderly room or the Military and Family Readiness Center's main office, 228-376-8728 or DSN 312-591-8728.
Personnel coming to Keesler for temporary duty travel training should coordinate with the training squadron for specific information regarding their school and their lodging arrangements. Please refer to the Air Education and Training Command Education and Training Course Announcements site since all training courses are required to post reporting instruction there.
Non-prior service technical training students are not provided sponsors. However, the Keesler Military and Family Readiness Center Annex will assist with any questions or concerns you may have. Please call 228-377-0155 or DSN 312-597-0155.
Before you arrive, use the following temporary address: Rank and name; General Delivery, Keesler Air Force Base, MS 39534-2322; Member's Reporting Date. Your sponsor can get you a P.O. Box up to 90 days prior to your arrival. Please be sure to provide your sponsor with a copy of your orders. If you have any questions about postal service, call 228-377-2167.