SHOWING 1 - 1 OF 1 RESULTS
United States Navy
Relocation Assistance Program (FFSC)
PSC 824 BOX 10
Italy FPO AE 09623-0001
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.
Incoming personnel are encouraged to visit the Official Sigonella website for access to the most current guidelines for sponsorship concerns. As with any overseas assignment, sponsorship is essential. Once you receive hard copy of your orders you may request assistance through our website. A sponsor will be assigned to provide assistance during your transfer process and arrival period. Sponsors are carefully assigned to make your transition as easy, painless and pleasant as possible.
If you arrive at Catania–Fontanarossa Airport via commercial airline be sure that your sponsor knows the time and place of your arrival. Your command may send transportation for you but unplanned arrivals may require taxi fare or an extended wait at Catania–Fontanarossa Airport. Communication with your sponsor is important, not only over email, but over the phone, so it is encouraged to initiate communication once you have orders. Your sponsor will provide you with information about living in Sicily such as climate, culture, language and driving. The more you know about your new duty station and host country, the better prepared you will be. If you need any further assistance, please contact us.
Arrival and Check-In Requirements
If you arrive at Catania–Fontanarossa Airport via commercial airline be sure that your sponsor knows the time and place of your arrival. Your command may send transportation for you but unplanned arrivals may require taxi fare or an extended wait at the airport.
Should you need to take a taxi to Sigonella, here is what we say to use for local address — when asking a cab driver "Sigonella", he will always ask Naval Air Station I or Naval Air Station II (NAS 1 or NAS 2). The cost one way is usually 45-50 Euro. Please make sure you try to contact your sponsor or command before taking a taxi.
Most incoming personnel will arrive at NAS 2 via military contract flights and may be met by their sponsor. The Personnel Support Detachment will also be there to collect your records and 4 copies of your orders. Base Indoctrination, also know as INDOC, which is a mandatory training, is generally every other week at NAS 1, Commons building, Compass classroom, but with a large number of participants, they may move it to the NAS 1 base theatre. The INDOC coordinator can be reached at DSN 314-624-4696 / 4516 or Comm 011-39-095-56-4696 / 4516. If you need child care for your children, the Child Development Center (CDC) can provide you with a list of various options. CDC can be reached at DSN 624-3736 or Comm. 011-39-095-56-3736 for any further questions.
For mail en route, communicate with your sponsor for a good address. Your sponsor can set up a mailbox at NAS 1 or NAS 2, based the base where you will be working. For those who do not have a sponsor, get in touch with your command or email email@example.com. Your command will be able to get the mail orderly to assign you an address if a sponsor is not available to you at that time. Once you are given your new address, you may forward all your mail to it. If you have navigated all the above options with no luck, contact the Fleet & Family Support Center for assistance: Comm. 011-39-095-564291.