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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 Bldg. 220, the 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 - Friday from 0800-1700 (excluding holidays and PACAF Family Days). Base and local information is also available.
While waiting for your household goods to arrive, you can visit the Loan Locker in Building 220 to check out items such as microwaves, dishes, cookware, small appliances and much more. A copy of your PCS orders are required to check out items. Loan Locker Services are available Monday - Friday from 1300 - 1600 (excluding holidays and PACAF Family Days). Base and local information is also available.
Military Personnel requires members to check in with their Commander's Support Staff within 24 hours of arrival. Upon arrival, all new members (AB through LT COL) must in-process with MPS on the 1ST duty day after arrival. Please contact MPS FLT CC to schedule Colonels for inprocessing (DSN: 315-634-9407). MPS in-processing is held Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 0800 in Bldg 721B in 2nd Floor Training Room. Members need to bring the following items:
Newcomers Orientation is held every Wednesday, from 0800-1600 at the Schillings Community center. Registration begins at 0715. Attendance is mandatory for all military personnel and spouse are encouraged to attend. The workshop also includes a cultural adaptation presentation, safety and driver's safety brief (required to obtain a SOFA Driver's License) and an Information Fair.
First-term airmen will attend a mandatory orientation at the First Term Airmen Center (FTAC), Bldg. 3445. First-term airmen will be scheduled for their FTAC class at the above mentioned MPS in-processing.
Installation Specific Information
Airman and Family Readiness Center consultants know how difficult moving can be, and are ready to assist you with your relocation to Kadena. 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 island.
The voltage here is 110-120 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, 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.
The Loan Locker is located in building 220 and with a copy of your PCS orders, you may check out many common household items (dishware, kitchenware, cookware, microwaves, coffee makers, toasters, vacuum cleaners, and other small appliances) for 30 days. Extensions on Loan Locker items may be granted on a case-by-case basis.
Be sure to check out KESC Thrift Shop and Uncle Sam's Attic located in Bldg. 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, or knives with blades in excess of 2 1/2 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.
Newcomer's Orientation - On your first duty day, you will in-process with the Military Personnel Section (MPS) and Finance. MPS in-processing is available Mon - Fri 0800. Finance in-process is available Mon-Wed-Friday at 0900. First-term Airmen will be scheduled for the First Term Airmen Center (FTAC) course when they in-process with MPS.
In addition, you will attend the 18th Wing Newcomers' Orientation, held every Wednesday at the Schillings Community Center, which will provide information on programs and services offered at Kadena and to obtain Form EJ (SOFA Driver's License). Newcomer's Orientation begins promptly at 0800. Registration is from 0715-0745. 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 Airman and Family Readiness Center. These popular cultural awareness classes include: Japanese language classes, Newcomers Island Excursion, Sanshin (Okinawan Banjo), Washi (paper art), and Kimono Wearing.
Childcare for PCS Program -- This Air Force Aid Society's program provides Air Force families up to 20 hours of FREE childcare 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 childcare voucher and a listing of licensed providers from The Airman and Family Readiness Center, Bldg. 220, in advance of your arrival. This service provides parents an opportunity to attend in processing appointments while the children are in a safe environment.