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United States Army
Soldier & Family Assistance Program Manager
400 N. 8th Street
Richmond, VA 23129
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.
By this time you should have already been assigned to a recruiting company, a recruiting station, the Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS), or the battalion headquarters. We have six companies and various stations in three states, West Virginia, Virginia and Maryland. Those six company headquarters are located at:
We are the Richmond Recruiting Battalion. If you are assigned to the Blacksburg, Lynchburg, Bridgeport, Richmond, James River or Norfolk companies, you will report to the Richmond Recruiting Battalion for all IN and OUT Processing. It is very important that you contact your identified Sponsor or Station Commander, as well as your new 1SG, so you can have information sent to you about your new place of duty that is not covered on our web page.Your assignment as a member of this command will be professionally and personally challenging and rewarding. Our mission and role is essential in supporting the Army's mission readiness and execution, and to enable the well-being of Soldiers, Civilians, and Family Members.
We look forward to your arrival and will gladly assist you with your integration into your new assignment. Please do not hesitate to contact your sponsor in the event you have any questions or concerns during your transition. Your sponsor will be identified and in contact with you prior to your arrival. If you have not received any information from your sponsor or the Command, it is important that you call us and we will get you all the phone numbers, addresses, and whatever else you need. S-1 Richmond TOC: 804-774-2849, 2852, 2851, 2850. Thank you.