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Department of the Air Force
Airman and Family Readiness Center - Relocation Assistance Services
Yokota AB (Fussa) Japan 197-0001
Moving is a way of life for service members and their families. Resources like MilitaryINSTALLATIONS, Plan My Move and Military OneSource provide important information to help make moving easier. For many newcomers, a sponsor can help add that personal touch.
A sponsor is assigned by a newcomer's gaining unit and helps the newcomer before, during and after a move. If you haven't been assigned a sponsor, you can request one through your new unit. Units try to match sponsors and service members by rank and family status.
Sponsorship is also available for youth. Installation youth sponsorship programs help military-connected youth make a successful transition to a new community. Primarily directed to preteen and teenaged youth, installation youth programs/centers provide information and materials on programs and services available at their new location. Where available, youth can exchange emails, talk on the phone or chat online with other youth. The youth program staff at your new installation can offer more information on installation youth sponsorship programs.
You can also contact your installation School Liaison Program office for information about school-based youth sponsorship programs such as Anchored4Life and Student2Student. These peer-to-peer programs help your student adjust to and navigate their new school.
If your child would like to become a youth sponsor, contact your installation School Liaison Program or youth program/center.
Families with children may also want to visit Military Kids Connect, an online community for military children and youth. The site offers games, videos and links to teen-led installation tours.
To help prepare sponsors for success, the Sponsorship Program provides training and access to important information and resources that can help newcomers master their move. The Sponsorship Program helps sponsors fulfill their responsibilities, which may include:
Note: Responsibilities may vary based on service-specific policies and guidance. Make sure to check with your service branch for sponsor training requirements.
Overall, the Sponsorship Program aims to:
For more information on the Sponsorship Program, contact your installation Military and Family Support Center.
Sponsors are assigned to inbound personnel by their gaining unit upon receipt of an assignment notification. Your sponsor should make contact with you by phone mail, or email. If provided a copy of your orders, your sponsor can obtain a mailbox and arrange your temporary lodging. Please provide your sponsor with a contact number in case of an emergency. If you need sponsorship assistance, please call the Airman and Family Readiness Center at DSN 315-225-8725 or 011-81-42-507-6548.
Sponsors are able to pick you up and greet you if you fly into Narita International Airport or Haneda International Airport, Tokyo or the AMC terminal via the Patriot Express. Sponsors can contact their First Sergeant for a memo allowing for a free roundtrip voucher on the shuttle. Further information about airport shuttles can be found here: https://yokotafss.com/vehicle-operations/. Please follow instructions at the terminal for transportation to Kanto Lodge. Contact your sponsor if traveling with a pet. Some restrictions may apply. Most newcomers arrive at the AMC terminal via the Patriot Express where you will be required to clear customs and claim your luggage.
Yokota-specific sponsorship classes are offered once a month at the Airman and Family Readiness Center.