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United States Air Force
18th Medical Group
Okinawa City Japan 96368-5134
Health care services provided by the Department of Defense are available to you and your family at your installation. We know that finding the right health care is important, especially in special circumstances such as emergency or during recent move. Here, you’ll find information and options about the services you have regarding healthcare.
At Kadena AB, more than 70 medical and dental providers care for nearly 800 patients every day. The 18th Medical Operations Squadron provides family medicine, ambulance and comprehensive counseling services. Family Practice may be reached by calling 011-81-6117-30-4817 or DSN 315-630-4817.
Emergent care and specialty care is provided by the United States Naval Hospital Okinawa (USNHO) Camp Foster and it serves the entire DoD Community on Okinawa. Camp Foster is located about 15 minutes south of Kadena. For more information please call (USNHO) at DSN 315-646-7555 or COMM: 011-81-611-746-5555. Also, click here for more information.
When you move, TRICARE moves with you. No matter where you go in the world, TRICARE is there before, during and when you get to your next duty station.
There are steps you need to take to make sure changes to your TRICARE coverage go smoothly. Understand that when you move, you may have to use a different TRICARE option. Visit Moving to learn more.
Before you move, you should take care of any routine medical needs, including immunizations, and fill your prescriptions so you have enough while traveling. If you need care during your move, visit Getting Care When Traveling to learn what to do.
Filling prescriptions while traveling
You should refill prescriptions before traveling. But if you run out of a prescription drug while traveling, visit Filling Prescriptions When Traveling.
Getting dental care while traveling
Getting dental care while traveling depends on your location and whether you are a service member or family member.
With permanent change of station orders, ask for a copy of your medical and dental records from your military treatment facility and the dental treatment facility. Do this at least one month before your PCS date. The MTF should also transfer a copy of your record and any family records to your new duty station or you may be able to hand carry them to your new duty station.
If you want someone else to be able to get medical or dental information on you or your family while you are moving, you need to complete a DD Form 2870, "Authorization for Disclosure of Medical or Dental Information."
For more information on getting copies of medical records, visit Request Copies of Medical Records.
At Kadena AB, more than 70 medical and dental providers care for nearly 800 patients every day. Specific services include an acute care clinic, family practice, pediatrics, prenatal, women's health, optometry, mental health (including adult and child psychiatry), physiological training, hyperbaric medicine and a health and wellness center. Four squadrons with more than 500 people comprise the medical group.
The 18th Medical Operations Squadron provides family medicine, ambulance and comprehensive counseling services. The Family Medicine team assigns its provider staff to wing units promoting continuity of services. Squadron members also staff a 14-bed neonatal intensive care unit, located at the U.S. Naval Hospital on Camp Foster. Flight Medicine hours are Monday - Friday 0700 until 1600. Active Duty Sick Call hours are 0700 - 0800 and 1300 - 1400 daily. No sick call on the third Thursday of each month. No sick call on Wed afternoons.
Flight Medicine may be reached by calling DSN 315-630-4817, opt.1 then opt. 3. Flight Medicine services include:
Family Practice Clinic hours are 0730 - 1630 daily. Family Practice may be reached by calling DSN 315-630-4817, opt. 1 then opt. 1 between the hours of 0630 - 1630.
For all other departments under the 18th Medical Group, please call DSN 315-630-4817 and follow the prompts.
United States Naval Hospital Okinawa (Camp Foster, bldg. 6000) handles all emergent health care needs for the entire DoD community. The U.S. Naval Hospital Okinawa is the largest overseas hospital in the United States Navy. They provide professional health care for the more than 55,000 beneficiaries on Okinawa and referral services for nearly 175,000 beneficiaries distributed around the Pacific.
U.S. Naval Hospital Okinawa’s 24-hour Information Desk can be reached at DSN 315-643-7555 (from off-base: Dial the operator number - 098-911-5111 and then 643-7555) or commercial telephone 01181-611-743-7555. More information can be found in the Patient Handbook.
Health and Wellness Center (HAWC)
HAWCs are dedicated to prevention and health enhancement. They are "one-stop" shops for health and fitness assessment, awareness, prevention programs and exercise prescriptions.
The HAWC is located in Building 428 across from Schilling Community Center and is open to active duty, retirees, reservists, military dependents and base-employed civilians. Certain programs are limited to active duty members. Customers must pre-register all programs and activities by calling the HAWC at DSN 315-634-2499.
The Center is open Monday through Friday, 0730 until 1600.
The HAWC offers a variety of services to include:
Women, Infant, and Children Overseas Program, Okinawa, Japan
WIC Overseas is a supplemental nutrition program designed for pregnant, postpartum, and breastfeeding women, as well as infants and children up to the age of 5. WIC Overseas participants can receive nutrition education through individual counseling and group classes, supplemental foods (i.e-milk, juice, cheese, cereal, eggs, and infant formula), referrals to other health care agencies, and breastfeeding support.
For more information and to verify financial/residential eligibility, visit the Kadena WIC office located in Bldg. 428 on Kuter Blvd. or call DSN 315-632-9427.
A wide selection of a variety of informational pamphlets on topic such as fitness, nutrition, stress, tobacco cessation, disease prevention and management are available. Videos and books are also available for loan.
Unit/Commander's Call Preventative Health Briefings -- HAWC staff is available to provide information and resources pertaining to wellness, disease management, and prevention.
The Dental clinic hours are Monday - Friday 0700 until 1630 and is closed the third Thursday of every month from 1200 - 1600 for official training. The Dental Clinic may be reached by calling DSN 315-630-4817 option 2 and then option 1. Those eligible for Dental Clinic services include active duty Air Force, active duty Air Force dependents, active duty Army dependents if the AD member lives or works on Kadena AB, Civil Service, and DODDs Employees and Retirees (some categories on a Space-A only basis).
As some information may not currently apply to the Pacific region, members need to process Tricare enrollments for Okinawa through the Pacific region contractors either through AFRC Newcomer's, Wing FTAC, or by personally going into the appropriate clinic. For further information or questions, please contact the appropriate Tricare office.
Telephonic enrollments here on Okinawa will follow the following procedure. Members can contact the Customer Service toll free number 012-098-3990, option 4, then option 2 or 3 (2 for transfer, 3 for new). Members will be required to provide the special order number from their PCS orders during this process.