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relocation assistance


For any assistance or questions relating to relocating to Iwakuni, please contact us at our Information and Referral Office.


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PCS Orders


Review the permanent change of station orders to ensure awareness and understanding of all applicable entitlements to include current household goods weight restrictions and allowances, military pay and allowances, local housing policies, Government of Japan pet importation regulations, and additional information as may be necessary on a case-by-case basis, immediately upon receipt.

Electronic Welcome Aboard Package


Access electronic Welcome Aboard package to obtain more information at:

Overseas Suitability Screening (OSS) for Family Members


Upon receipt of PCS orders to Iwakuni, service members with ACCOMPANIED orders must start the OSS process for ALL incoming family members. Once the family member completes the OSS process and is found SUITABLE to come to Iwakuni, the paperwork must be submitted to IPAC/PSD requesting the Area Clearance/Dependent Entry Approval (DEA).

Area Clearance/ Dependent Entry Approval


ALL family members must have an approved area clearance/dependent entry approval before departing for Iwakuni. Servicemembers should not detach from the previous command until his/her family has received an approved area clearance message from MCAS Iwakuni.

Upon initial receipt of Permanent Change of Station Orders (PCSO) that directs a Marine and his/her family members to any Monitor Command Code (MCC) on Iwakuni; the current command will submit the request for Area Clearance approval. Requests must be submitted via AMHS Defense Messaging.

Once command sponsorship of family members is approved, the message will be granted with original orders. Copies of this area clearance will be needed for in-processing at medical, dental, schools, and family housing. Naval personnel assigned with the Marine Corps on Okinawa will submit for Dependent Entry Approval.

Sponsor


Per MCO 1320.11F, servicemembers are highly encouraged to contact their sponsors for additional information relating to travel and temporary lodging facilities (TLF). Sponsors will schedule an appointment with the family hosing office for the servicemember prior to arrival.

If you cannot reach your sponsor or you have any questions about your relocation, please contact MCAS Iwakuni Information and Referral.


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only the housing office and the sponsor can provide accurate information about housing waiting lists.

Transportation to Iwakuni Japan Marine Corps Base


OPTION 1 (PREFERRED ROUTE)

Air Mobility Command (AMC) “Patriot Express” flight lands directly aboard the installation. If you are not using the Patriot Express, then you will possibly be arriving through one of the following commercial routes.

OPTION 2 (TOKYO-NARITA INTL AIRPORT TO TOKYO HANEDA DOMESTIC AIRPORT TO IWAKUNI KINTAIKYO AIRPORT)

A civilian airport terminal has been built just outside the base to accommodate commercial flight airline carrier, All Nippon Airways (ANA). It operates 5 flights a day from Haneda, Tokyo Airport.

OPTION 3 (TOKYO-NARITA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT TO HIROSHIMA AIRPORT)

You can fly directly from the U.S. to Narita International Airport and transfer to the one daily late afternoon domestic flight to Hiroshima Airport. Flight times vary seasonally but it generally leaves around 1745 and takes about 1.5 hours to reach Hiroshima.

Since this flight arrives late in the afternoon, it is very likely that the currency exchange and information counters will be closed when you arrive. Therefore it is imperative that you bring enough Japanese Yen for the remainder of your journey to Iwakuni.

You must go through customs at Narita or Heneda and recheck your luggage. The planes are small, so pack accordingly as large or heavy luggage may present a problem.

OPTION 4 (TOKYO-NARITA INTL AIRPORT TO TOKYO HANEDA DOMESTIC AIRPORT TO HIROSHIMA AIRPORT)

You can fly into Tokyo Narita and transfer by bus to Tokyo Haneda Domestic Airport, which has numerous daily flights to Hiroshima. The bus ride can take up to two hours depending on Tokyo traffic, and you must first clear customs at Tokyo Narita and collect all bags to take with you.

Bus tickets for the trip can be bought at the airport bus desk near the terminal exit point. Most staff members speak English and can direct you on how to get to the correct waiting area for the next available bus.

If you have pets, you will most likely give them up at Narita Airport baggage pickup for quarantine and travel later to Iwakuni. Refer to “Hiroshima to Iwakuni” for remainder of trip.