Your Command Sponsor Coordinator should be your first link to NSA Naples. He or she will then put you in contact with your departmental sponsor. Your sponsor will then contact you and begin making preparations for your arrival, including making a reservation for you and your family at the TLA. Both your sponsor and Command Sponsor Coordinator can give you information to ensure your transition to life overseas in Naples will be as smooth aspossible.
Keep in mind that your sponsors have been through this experience themselves. They are here to help you and make sure your "settling in" process goes as smoothly as possible. They will be sympathetic to your needs and enthusiastic to help you along the way.
For your sponsor to serve you effectively, you must provide him/her with accurate information about you and your family, as soon as possible, including the following:
* Address, phone number, and e-mail address
* Dates/times/flight numbers for your arrival
* Family composition (number of dependants)
* Pets you may be bringing
Your sponsor should then contact the Housing Office so they can find out the current status of government housing availability for you.
Almost all PCS personnel arrive in Naples on the CAT B flight, which normally arrives on Thursday. Friday is a check in with PSD for Navy or the financial disbursing officer for other services. Monday through Wednesday is Area Orientation. At this time, applications for driver's licenses are taken, medical/dental records are collected, and sojourners permits are processed (bring your family members). We recommend your spouse attend the area orientation with you. If you have children, please make child care arrangements. For all NSA personnel, it is mandatory that you attend NSA Indoc the last Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of the month.
Generally, mail takes seven to ten days to reach Naples, so plan accordingly. If you haven't heard back from your sponsor in a reasonable amount of time, contact your Command Sponsor Coordinator immediately. If you don't have any idea who your sponsor is, contact the Fleet and Family Service Center (FFSC):
The FFSC will be glad to assist you in locating your command and getting a sponsor for you.
Enough emphasis cannot be placed on the importance of the sponsor, who is assigned to you for a good purpose. Your transition from the United States to Naples may not be easy, but if you plan accordingly and don't hesitate to call your sponsor for help, it may be one of the bestexperiences of your life!