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United States Air Force
Relocation Assistance Program
Airman and Family Readiness Center
ATTN: Relocation Program Manager
Bldg. 721, Douglas Boulevard
Kadena AB Japan
Relocation assistance can provide support if you’re preparing to move or PCS. The programs and services defined below are provided by the Military and Family Support Center. In addition to the assistance program, a variety of other services may be available. Check the additional information topic to see what unique installation services are available to you.
If you are approaching a permanent change of station, or PCS, you may have questions about your upcoming move. As part of the Military and Family Support Center, the Relocation Assistance Program provides services and resources to help make this transition as smooth as possible. Below is a list of resources.
Located in Building 220, the Kadena Airman and Family Readiness Center offers a host of services to assist members and families. For assistance or information on services, please call 011-81-98-961-3366 or DSN 315-634-3366. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. excluding holidays and Pacific Air Forces family days. Base and local information is also available.
Military Personnel Section requires members to check in with their commander's support staff within 24 hours of arrival. Upon arrival, all new members (airman basic through lieutenant colonel) must in-process with MP on the first duty day after arrival. Please contact MPS flight commander to schedule colonels for in-processing by calling DSN: 315-634-1946. MPS in-processing is held Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8 a.m. in Building 721B in the second-floor training room. Members need to bring the following:
Out-processing package from previous base
Three copies of permanent change of station orders and amendments (if applicable)
Original basic military training and tech school training certificates for all enlisted first-duty stations
Newcomers Orientation is held Wednesdays at the Schillings Community Center. Contact the KA&FRC for pre-registration at DSN 315-634-3366. Attendance is mandatory for all MP and spouses are encouraged to attend. The workshop includes information from various agencies which helps members to maintain residency and effectively contribute to their unit's mission.
KA&FRC consultants know how difficult moving can be and are ready to assist you with your relocation. Support services include, but are not limited to, Information and Referral, relocation planning, individual consultation, cultural awareness, family life education, personal financial management and emergency assistance.
Helpful Tips -- Bring all your summer clothes due to the semi-tropical climate in Okinawa. Winters are cool and damp, so a jacket and a few sweaters will be necessary. A dehumidifier is not absolutely necessary, but if you already have one, bring it. The damp climate often causes problems with mold. New or used dehumidifiers may also be purchased once you are on the island.
The voltage here is 110 to 120 volts, 60 cycles. While most appliances seem to work without problems, transformers may be needed for off-base housing, usually for more expensive appliances such as stereos, computers and microwaves but they can be purchased here, both new and used, if necessary.
Air conditioning is installed in on-base housing and only off-base housing with A/C is approved by the housing office so you will not need to bring a window unit yourself. You may want to consider bringing fans with you as they may come in handy during the summer months.
Local area telephone dialing instructions for on- and off-base numbers can be found on the Kadena contacts listing.
Be sure to check out KESC Thrift Shop and Uncle Sam's Attic located in Building 859. Uncle Sam's Attic offers E4s and below free quality items donated by members of the Kadena community.
If you enjoy watching TV, cable is available on base. However, for off-base homes, cable is unavailable. Off-base homes should receive one AFN channel but will require a satellite to receive additional channels. For those living off-base, check with the base exchange about satellite connection.
To avoid problems processing through customs, do not bring pornographic material, CB radios, handguns, knives with blades in excess of 2.5 inches, nasal sprays, fruits, vegetables, meats, or plants (including cut flowers) in your personal carry-on luggage. Any prescribed medications should be in the prescription container in which it was issued.
Newcomers Orientation -- On your first duty day, you will in-process with the MPS and finance. MPS in-processing is available Monday through Friday at 8 a.m. Finance in-processing is available Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9 a.m. First-term airmen will be scheduled for the first term airmen center course when they in-process with MPS.
In addition, you will attend the 18th Wing Newcomers Orientation, held Wednesdays at the Schillings Community Center, which will provide information on programs and services offered at Kadena and how to obtain Form EJ (status of forces driver's license). Newcomers Orientation begins promptly at 8 a.m. Registration is from 7:15 to 7:50 a.m. Please coordinate with your sponsors to ensure transportation and attendance to these mandatory briefings.
While you are settling in, take advantage of the many free cultural awareness classes and workshops offered by the KA&FRC. These popular cultural awareness classes include Japanese language classes, grocery store shopping, Washi (paper art) and kimono wearing.
Childcare for PCS Program -- This Air Force Aid Society program provides Air Force families up to 20 hours of free child care per child for up to 60 days after arrival to Kadena. Care is provided through licensed family child care providers. With a copy of your orders, you may obtain a child care voucher and a listing of licensed providers from the KA&FRC, in Building 220, in advance of your arrival. This service provides parents an opportunity to attend in-processing appointments while children are in a safe environment.