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Fleet and Family Support Center - Relocation Assistance Program
Fleet and Family Support Center
Portsmouth, NH 03804
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.
Per Office of the Chief of Naval Operations Instruction 1740.3D the goal of the Command Sponsor Program is to facilitate a smooth transition and assimilation into the new command setting the tone and tenure for the successful tour of every sailor and his/her family. The provisions of this instruction apply to all Navy personnel, commands, permanent detachments and departments as well as other DOD components and US Coast Guard.
From pre-to post-arrival the Sponsor supports the reporting military member and his/her family. Reporting military members please contact the Command Master Chief at 207-438-4100. Contact Central Files to establish a General Delivery mailing address at 207-438-2377. Be sure to give them a good estimated arrival date. Once authorized you can forward your mail to them and they will hold it until your arrival. Please visit the Fleet and Family Support Center Building 241 for additional Relocation Assistance with a Work and Family Life Consultant at 207-438-1835 or PNSYFFSC@navy.mil.