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Fleet & Family Support Center - Relocation Assistance Program
Fleet Activities Sasebo
Sasebo City Japan 857-0056
Service providers are available with support both before and after a PCS move. Learn more about how to put the military’s relocation assistance program to work for you. See below for an overview of Military and Family Support Center Relocation Assistance services. Services vary by installation, so check the “Other” section below to see what other services are available at your location.
Your Military and Family Support Center provides relocation assistance to help make PCS moves as smooth as possible. Resources include:
The Relocation Assistance Program is offered through the Fleet and Family Support Center just inside the Commander Fleet Activities Sasebo’s Main Gate, Building 310, and is standing by to assist you with any of your relocation issues or concerns.
All newcomers are required to attend Area Orientation Brief and Intercultural Relations, which is a week of half-day introductory programs running Monday-Friday. In order to qualify for a Status of Forces Agreement license, you must first provide a copy of your AOB/ICR certificate to the licensing agent. The base Driver's Safety course is conducted on Friday at the FFSC or the Safety Office.
Free child care is provided for the three days of this course. Contact the FFSC in advance to make child care arrangements.
While basic household goods are available to borrow, portable cribs, high chairs and infant and/or toddler car seats are not available at the Sasebo Loan Closet.
Relocation Assistance Program
Installation Specific Information
Welcome to COMFLEACT Sasebo -- While your command-assigned sponsor is your first line of support for specific information and any questions prior to your arrival in Japan, allow your FFSC RAP specialist to assist you. Visit our Facebook page.
If you are outbound, check with the FFSC about dates and times for presentation of the Smooth Move permanent change of station workshop prior to your pack out from Japan. This workshop is beneficial in ensuring your move is as efficient and cost-effective as possible. Specifically, this single-session workshop offers a question-and-answer session, as well as tips to help make your move as painless as possible. Representatives from the Personnel Support Detachment, Personal Property, Housing and FFSC can answer all of your questions. Topics include shipping household goods, travel and financial planning, entitlements, family preparation and ways to reduce relocation stress. This workshop is open to all active duty, retiring, separating military personnel and their families. Call DSN 315-252-FFSC (3372) for more information and to enroll in the workshop.
If your sponsor has not provided you with a Welcome Aboard Package, you can find additional information at the command's homepage. Additionally, you may connect with the FFSC by visiting the Fleet and Family Support Facebook page. Our Youth Sponsorship Program is available through Morale, Welfare and Recreation Sasebo. Call DSN 315-252-2989 for further information. The Youth Sponsorship Program depends on the availability of youth who volunteer to become sponsors.
Upon Arrival -- Most newcomers to Sasebo arrive at Fukuoka International Airport's domestic terminal after a brief flight from their initial Japan destination of either Tokyo's Narita or Osaka's Kansai airports. Fukuoka is about an hour and a half drive from the base at Sasebo. Public Works Transportation makes two trips to Fukuoka daily, carrying outgoing passengers to the airport and returning to the base with arriving passengers. These bus rides are free, with passengers providing the driver a copy of their orders and showing their identification cards to board the bus. The Sasebo Family Member Assistance Team operates out of the FFSC and has a sailor at Fukuoka to meet the last flights each day. FMAT representatives will position themselves immediately outside the baggage pick-up area of your Fukuoka arrival terminal. They will direct you to the bus and will accompany you on the bus ride departing the airport at 10:30 p.m. and arriving at the main gate of the base at approximately 11:50 p.m.
We recommend that sponsors meet incoming personnel at the base arrival point rather than ride the bus to Fukuoka, only because return seating is limited, with PCSing personnel on orders have priority.
After Arrival -- Make the FFSC your first stop. We are located next door to the post office near the Main Gate in Building 310. The FFSC has a broad range of free classes, programs and services that will help make your tour of duty in Japan as enjoyable as possible, from the day of your arrival through the day of your departure for your next duty adventure, or back into civilian life.
Orientation Briefings – Ideally, your sponsor has already enrolled you into the AOB and ICR class; if not, this is something you need to take care of right away by either visiting or calling the FFSC at 315-252-FFSC (3372). AOB/ICR is a three-day indoctrination class that all military members and civilian employees must attend. Family members are highly encouraged to attend, and will find it a requirement if they desire to obtain a driver’s license while living in Japan. A prerequisite for enrollment in the base driver’s course is completion of the AOB/ICR course. Children are not allowed in the AOB/ICR class, so child care must be arranged prior to the AOB/ICR class. Call the FFSC at 315-252-FFSC (3372).
Other immediate stops you need to make include the Housing Welcome Center, if you are accompanied and need to arrange for housing, and the Personnel Support Detachment to get a multiple-entry visa stamp in your passport, permitting you to depart and reenter Japan on leave, if necessary, during your tour. If you have children, you will need to visit the local Department of Defense Dependents Schools to handle their enrollment. Family members’ medical records need to be delivered to the Branch Health Clinic. Hopefully, your sponsor or another command representative is available to help you in accomplishing all of this; if they are not, we here at the FFSC are ready to assist you by explaining where you need to go and what you need to do.
Getting Connected -- Command Family Readiness Groups enhance Navy family life by providing social, informational, caretaking and morale-building activities. We offer family support as well, including an emphasis on activities during deployments, mentoring new family members and offering assistance in times of crisis. FRG assists with the command-sponsor program to include welcoming new families and facilitating family member attendance at orientation sessions.
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