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United States Air Force
Douglas Boulevard, Bldg. 6 (Gate 1)
Okinawa City Japan 96368-5134
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Operating from the largest U.S. installation in the Asia-Pacific region, the 18th Wing defends U.S. and Japanese mutual interests by providing a responsive staging and operational air base with integrated, deployable, forward-based airpower. Strategy used to employ this mission centers around a force of 81 combat-ready fighter, air refueling, airborne warning and control and search and rescue aircraft.
Ensure you have all necessary documentation (e.g. PCS orders, area clearance, passports, and shot records). It is also recommended that you have enough Yen for phone calls, food, or local transportation if needed (e.g. taxis with on-base privileges). Typically, 50,000 yen ($500) is sufficient for the first several weeks on island.
Kadena will only offer 90-day loaner furniture to PCSing personnel that are authorized full personal household goods shipment. Major appliances are offered for the duration of tour for all accompanied personnel and unaccompanied Air Force personnel who are authorized to reside in off-base community housing. AAFES operates a furniture store on Camp Foster; however, the selection is very limited. Furnishings off base can be expensive and many of the items are not manufactured in US sizes. Lamps are especially expensive and hard to find.
Since there is no unaccompanied housing for E-5s and above, full JFTR is authorized for personnel meeting this criteria.
The following are prohibited and should not be shipped or imported: firearms, illegal drugs, Vicks nasal inhalers, cough syrups containing codeine, pornographic materials, (e.g. videos, movies, books, etc.), and knives (other than kitchen knives) with blades over 2 1/2 inches.
Passports and Visas
Ensure member and/or dependents have the required passports and/or visa prior to final out-processing. Member and/or dependents are not allowed to final out-process without the required passports/visas in hand for themselves (if applicable) and/or dependents. Members electing the accompanied tour will not be permitted to out-process without having the required passports/visas in hand for themselves (if applicable) and/or dependents.
These actions are necessary to prevent unforeseen hardships to the military members and their families. Therefore, as a last reiteration, it is essential, members do not out-process without having the appropriate passports/visas for themselves (if applicable) and/or dependents. Passport information can be found at www.travel.state.gov
For more information on HHG and weight restrictions, refer to Personnel Weight Restrictions and Housing Policies.
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