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Department of the Air Force
Airman and Family Readiness Center - Relocation Program
Brandon Suffolk United Kingdom IP279PN
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.
If you are not contacted by a sponsor, request one from your gaining unit and ensure your sponsor contacts you. They are the most valuable key you have to making a successful PCS move and especially critical in an overseas environment. If you have requested a sponsor and you have not been contacted within 30 working days, please contact the Commander's Support Staff at your gaining unit. If you need assistance in obtaining a sponsor, contact your local Military and Family Readiness Center (M&FRC) or the RAF Lakenheath M&FRC 011-44-1638-52-3847.
Once you receive your orders, you can get a post office box. Send your sponsor a copy of your orders and he/she will then be able to secure a box for you. Your address will be: YOUR NAME, PSC 41, Box ____, APO AE 09464-0105.