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United States Marine Corps
Marine & Family Programs I&R
Building 579, Reed Road
MCBH Kaneohe Bay, HI 96863
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.
Sponsorship assistance is mandatory for all accompanied Marines OCONUS per MCO 1320.11G and sailors per OPNAVINST 1740.3D. It’s highly recommended for all service members to contact their future command in Hawaii as soon as they receive orders. The major commands on Marine Corps Base Hawaii have a unit sponsorship coordinator in place to receive requests for sponsorship assistance. The USCs may also provide an address for forwarding mail. Unit sponsorship coordinators are typically located within the S-1. Assigned sponsors should contact the inbound service member to assist with resources and contact to help with the relocation process to Hawaii.
Marines or service members assigned to a Marine command on Marine Corps Base Hawaii who are unable to contact their future command should call the Installation Personnel Administration Center or IPAC Inbound Section at 808-257-2197/1813/2400/3197.
The Youth Activities and Resource and Referral are supporting the Youth Sponsorship Program at Marine Corps Base Hawaii. If interested in a youth sponsor for your child aged 10 years or older, please contact the Children and Youth Programs office at 808-257-7240.