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United States Air Force
Airman and Family Readiness Center
483 N. Aviation Boulevard
Bldg. 272, Room C1-209
El Segundo, CA 90245-2808
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.
When you first learn of your assignment, contact the Military Personnel Flight at your losing base to request a sponsor. This may be an automated process, whereby Los Angeles AFB will be contacted electronically to assign a sponsor for you. Or you may call your Orderly Room to request a sponsor assignment. Your sponsor will answer many of your questions by telephone, email, or personal contact. He/She will send you a sponsor packet that contains information about the area and the base as well as other information that will assist you and your family members.
To set up a forwarding address, call the Base Distribution Office, 61 FSS/FSV, 310-653-3639/3079, DSN 312-633-3639/3079, and discuss your Report No Later Than Date (RNLTD). Upon arrival, you may pick up the mail in Building 271, Room B1-401. The office is open Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The forwarding address is: Your Name, Newcomer’s Mail, 483 N. Aviation Blvd, El Segundo, CA 90245-2808.
To establish a Post Office Box before arriving at Los Angeles Air Force Base, pick up an application at your local Post Office. Call the U.S. Postal Services at 800-275-8777 for prices on the size of box you want. Send the application and a copy of your orders to either of these addresses:
Los Angeles AFB does not have a 24-hour reporting station. If you are flying into the area, please arrange for your sponsor to greet you at the airport. We recommend that you arrive during duty hours Monday through Friday, 7:00am to 4:00pm, for easier in-processing. If you are assigned to the Medical Squadron, report to the Clinic in Building 210. Those assigned to all other units will go to the Customer Service Office in the lobby of Building 272 between the hours of 8:00 and 10:00 a.m., Monday through Friday. If you arrive after duty hours, contact your sponsor or call the SMC Command Post at 310-653-3070, DSN 312-633-3070.