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Joint Reception Center (JRC) or Reception and Orientation (R&O)
Stillwill Drive Bldg.494
Camp Foster Unit 35002
MCB Camp Butler
FPO, AP 96373
Contact information for key programs and services at this installation.
When you arrive at your new installation, you’ll need to follow installation-specific procedures. Each installation and service handles in-processing differently. Here, you can find installation-specific guidelines and a list of documents to bring with you when checking- in. Reach out to the contacts provided if you have specific questions.
For All Unaccompanied Marines & Greenside Navy Personnel E-5 and below, Congratulations on being stationed on the beautiful island of Okinawa! Your journey will start with the dedicated Marines at the Joint Reception Center (JRC). Upon arriving to Okinawa, you'll be hosted by JRC for five (5) to ten (10) days to complete the in-processing period.
Ensure you have the following on your person:
If Arriving to Kadena Air Base Via the Patriot Express / Air Mobility Command Flight
The Patriot Express / Air Mobility Command flight typically arrives to Kadena Air Base by way of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Once you arrive, standby in the seating area until a JRC Marine arrives. You will work your way through customs under their guidance. Once you are through customs, JRC will have buses waiting to take you to Camp Foster to start the in-processing period.
If Arriving to Naha International Airport Via Commercial Flight
If you are arriving to Okinawa through the Naha International Airport, work your way down to Baggage Claim to collect your luggage. Once you exit Baggage Claim look out for a Marine in Service "C" uniform. This is a JRC Marine awaiting your arrival who will drive you to Camp Foster to start the in-processing period.
In the event a JRC Marine is not there, look for a blue and red sign after you exit baggage claim. These signs will have information on how to contact the JRC Duty to have a Marine pick you up. Courtesy phones are located behind the Information Desk for your use.
Marines: All Accompanied and Unaccompanied E-6 and Above
Incoming accompanied and unaccompanied E-6 and above Marines will be picked up by their sponsors or command representatives at their arrival points and then be taken to their designated quarters or lodging facilities. During normal duty hours 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. report directly to the S-1 of the unit or command to which you are assigned.
If checking in after working hours, report to your unit Officer of the Day. Ensure you have your Orders on hand.
Navy Personnel not attached to a Marine Corps Unit
Incoming Sailors attached to the U.S. Naval Hospital (USNH) or to the Command Fleet Activities Okinawa (CFAO) should not take the JRC bus or go to the JRC Barracks. The USNH and CFAO have a command in-processing/indoctrination program that is separate from JRC. Incoming USNH and CFAO Sailors will be picked up by their sponsors or command representatives at their arrival points and then be taken to their designated quarters. During normal duty hours 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. report directly to your administrative section. Sailors attached to the U.S. Naval Hospital checking in after working hours, should report to the Quarter Deck for assistance.
Newcomers' Orientation Welcome Aboard
Newcomers' Orientation Welcome Aboard is mandatory for all accompanied USMC and USN Service Members, all family members ages 10 and up and all unaccompanied USMC E-6 and above, and all incoming personnel attached to the U.S. Naval Hospital, Okinawa.
To register for the Virtual NOWA please visit: www.okinawa.usmc-mccs.org/about
After confirming arrival to NOWA, an email confirmation will be sent with the registration confirmation which includes locations, hours, and required documents. A virtual option of NOWA is available for single Service Members, spouses of Service Members, DoD Civilians, and Contractors with dependents under the age of ten.
Please note in accordance with MCIPACO 5560.1A, attendance at NOWA or JRC must be confirmed prior to the MCB Safety Installation Office issuing a Status of Forces Agreement Privately Owned Vehicle Driver's License.
Please bring the following items with you to MCB Safety Installation Office:
During normal duty hours 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. report directly to the S-1 of the unit or command to which you are assigned. If checking in after working hours report to your unit Officer of the Day.
Restriction of Movement
For up to date information for COVID Restrictions and ROM procedures please visit COVID-19 Updates.
In order to support families during this ROM time period, your sponsor will be expected to play an active role. Your sponsor will assist you in securing ROM accommodations prior to your arrival, help you obtain any essentials you may need while in ROM, as well as assist you with the check-in process. In additions, sponsors will help you obtain cookware, groceries, and other required household items for families residing in permanent quarters.
Incoming personnel are recommended to travel with sufficient cash and/or commissary and exchange gift cards to defray subsistence costs. Cash and/or exchange/commissary gift cards may be given to your sponsor to obtain essentials for you while you are conducting ROM.
Authorized Baggage for Air Mobility Command Travelers
When flying AMC please keep in mind that in accordance with Commandant of the Marine Corps Letter 4600 MMIA dated 02 June 2010, you are authorized two pieces of baggage per person neither to exceed 70 lbs. or 62 linear inches. In addition, you are authorized 1 additional piece as hand-carried baggage not exceed 45 linear inches.
Be aware that any excess baggage is the responsibility of the member. If you will be flying through a commercial airline, please contact the airline or visit their website for additional information on weight allowances.
Sponsors will be responsible for making Temporary Lodging Facility reservations for arriving accompanied personnel and their family members. In the event on-base lodging facilities are not available for the expected arrival date, your sponsor will need to obtain a Certificate of Non-Availability to book temporary lodging reservations off-base. Reservations can be made 30 days prior to the family’s arrival. Copies of the Service Member’s Orders and Area Clearance/DEA are required upon check-in to the lodging facility.
The Hansen Lodge is the only Marine Corps temporary military lodging facility with a couple of pet-friendly rooms so your sponsor may be required to make kenneling arrangements for your pets.
The Shogun Inn and the Navy Gateway Inn located on Kadena Air Base provides pet-friendly rooms for incoming families. Please note: incoming personnel will need to have completed their 14-day ROM prior to making reservations at the Shogun Inn. In addition, a Certificate of Non-Availability (CNA) will not be provided due to pets in the event lodging is available.
Temporary Lodging Facilities (On-Base):
The family lodging facilities give priority consideration to those individuals in a PCS status traveling with their families. Other categories will be accommodated on an availability basis. Ensure you have the following on hand:
Newcomers' Orientation Welcome Aboard Brief
All inbound personnel assigned to Camp S. D. Butler E6 or above and with accompanied orders are required to participate in the mandatory indoctrination Newcomers' Orientation Welcome Aboard (NOWA) brief. To register for the workshop please visit https://www.okinawa.usmc-mccs.org. For additional information with local resources, PCS flowcharts, and updated travel guidance please visit the MCCS Welcome Aboard page.
If you get married before your permanent change of station you must inform your commander and follow the procedures exactly as you are given. The military will not pay for travel and housing for your spouse until the unaccompanied orders have been modified to accompanied via a Tour Conversion.
Ensure you have the following on hand:
Please note your spouse will require an Overseas Suitability Screening before traveling overseas and the SIP (No Fee) passport. To learn more about the process or to obtain the documents please visit the U.S. Naval Hospital, Okinawa website and IPAC Office.
Once your spouse's OSS has been approved you will need to request an Area Clearance through Installation Personnel Administration Center for your dependent. Navy personnel attached to a Marine Corps command may request their Dependent Entry Approval from IPAC as well. Navy personnel attached to a Navy command will need to request a Dependent Entry Approval through Personnel Support Detachment Okinawa. Additional information on the Area Clearance/Drug Enforcement Administration process can be obtained through the Okinawa PCS "Must Know Information" located on the MCCS Welcome Aboard webpage.