Army and Civilian Sponsorship
REFERENCE: AR 600-8-8
The US Army established the Total Army Sponsorship Program to assist soldiers, civilian employees, and family members during the relocation process. Program participants are provided with accurate, timely information and other support needed to minimize problems associated with relocating to a new duty station.
The program is available to the active Army, the Army National Guard, the United States Army Reserve, and to civilian employees whose assignment to a position within the Department of the Army requires a permanent change of station (PCS).
The Fort Leonard Wood Sponsorship Program requires every soldier, Private (E1) through Colonel (06), receiving an assignment to Fort Leonard Wood, be given the opportunity to have a sponsor. The program also requires every effort be made to provide a pinpoint assignment and advance sponsor for all soldiers in grades PV1 through SPC. A reactionary sponsor will be provided for soldiers if a pinpoint arrival sponsor has not been provided. Each soldier will receive a welcome letter, which will indicate projected unit of assignment.
To benefit from the Fort Leonard Wood Sponsorship Program, it is essential that soldiers complete DA Form 5434 (Sponsorship Program counseling and Information Sheet) immediately upon receiving notification that they are being assigned to Fort Leonard Wood. The completed form should be sent to the specified address below.
The Fort Leonard Wood Sponsorship Program works closely with the Army Community Service (ACS) agency, and relies on the local ACS center to provide relocating personnel with counseling, welcome packets, and pre-move destination information. Destination information provided to relocating personnel by local ACS centers is augmented by information stored in SITES.
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Address: Military Personnel Office, ATTN: ATZT-AG-E, Building 470, Room 2118, 140 Replacement Ave., Fort Leonard Wood, MO 65473-8935
Private (E1) through Colonel (06), digitally fill out section 1, 2, 4 & 5 of DA form 5434 at your BN S-1. No DA Form 5434 hard or scan copies will be accepted! Your BN S-1 duty is to email it to your gaining command and CC: the FT. Wood Leonard Sponsorship inbox to track. Pending on your report date will affect how soon the gaining installation will respond back with a sponsor. Per AR 600-8-8 the gaining Installation has ten wk. days to respond back; any issues contact your S-1, 1st SGT or CDR. If the gaining Installation fails to respond to the soldier’s chain of command, the LDRs will contact the sponsorship office, 573-596-0133/573-596-8127 Room 2117 Bldg 470.
Address: Community Service Center, Bldg. 486, Replacement Ave. Fort Leonard Wood, MO 65473-8935
I would like to welcome you and your family to Fort Leonard Wood, home of the Maneuver Support Center, located in the center of the beautiful Ozark mountains. This is a very exciting time for us because we are the first installation to consolidate three schools: Military Police, Chemical and Engineer into one integrated school. If you are returning to Fort Leonard Wood after a stateside or overseas tour, you will be happy to find many pleasant changes and attractions. We have recently completed over $200 million in new construction to accommodate the Maneuver Support Center, e.g., an unaccompanied enlisted personnel housing for NCO Academy students; a Military Police village for realistic training; a chemical decontamination training facility, a consolidated instruction facility, and much more.
The Maneuver Support Center has a lot to offer you and your family, to include excellent schools, low crime rate, easy access to outdoor and recreational activities at Fort Leonard Wood and in nearby locations: Lake of the Ozarks, Branson, several caverns, shopping, opera, theater, live sports, etc.
Training on the installation includes interservice, officer basic and advanced courses, warrant officer courses, drill sergeant and NCO courses, basic training, and one-station unit and advanced individual training. We are also committed to support National Guard and Reserve soldiers with available courses as well as excellent training facilities.
Your assignment, dependent upon your specialty and grade, varies to 4 training brigades (3d Basic Training, 1st Engineer, 3d Chemical, and 14th Military Police) and the Garrison Command as well as several tenant organizations. For additional information, you may contact Fort Leonard Woods assignment managers: Officer/warrant-573-596-0770/0709; Enlisted: 573-596-0736; and civilian 573-596-0927.
In order to better assist you with your relocation to Fort Leonard Wood, you may fill out the sponsorship questionnaire online and mail it to your tentative pinpoint assignment (HHC, battalion, or a brigade). If you are not sure of your pinpoint assignment, you may submit the form electronically to the Military Personnel Office.
Enlisted Personell: Assignments are determined 90-120 days prior to your report month to Fort Leonard Wood. Initial welcome letters are mailed from your pinpoint assignment or brigade of assignment. In the event that you have not received an initial welcome letter within 90 days of your report date, you may contact us at DSN 581-2030/7128 or commercial at (573) 596-2030/7128. Do not attempt to gain assignment information more than 90 days prior to your report date to Fort Leonard Wood, unless you are planning to arrive earlier or later than your report date. You are further advised that projected assignments are tentative and, if necessary, will be changed based on the needs of the installation.
Officers: Officer assignments to brigade level are determined approximately 90-120 days prior to report date to Fort Leonard Wood. At that time, the respective brigade is notified of your assignment and required to appoint a sponsor for you. Therefore, it is important that you complete the information as accurately as possible. This information will assist your sponsor in providing you with more detailed information about your assignment and any special requests/concerns you may have. Additionally, a welcome letter is mailed to your informing you of your tentative assignment. In the event you have not received a welcome letter from Officer Services within 45 days of your report date, you may contact Officer Services at DSN 581-8118/5261 or commercial at (573) 596-8118/5261 informing us that you have not heard from your sponsor.
Civilians: Civilian Employees reporting to Fort Leonard Wood will be assigned a sponsor by the gaining organization. If you have not been contacted within 30 days prior to the report date, you may call the Civilian Personnel Advisory Center, (573) 596-0212 for assistance.