You need a sponsor!
Here is the information you need to make a successful transition to your new home in Japan.
DON'T FORGET TO MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS AT NAVY LODGE IF APPLICABLE TO YOUR SITUATION.
Very good checklists can be found at your local Family Service Center Relocation Office. These are usually the best source of information to make your move as painless as possible. However, this page may serve to remind you of some of the important items that are sometimes overlooked.
Issues that affect military assignment:
received your orders?
completed overseas screening for yourself and your family members?
Obligated service for the duration of your new assignment?
received a signed transfer evaluation and filed it in your service record?
notified your sponsor of flight information? Arranged ground transportation?
Obtained a passport? It is not required, but highly recommended that all military members get a tourist passport prior to departing the United States. Active duty military are not eligible for a "no-fee" passport, but their family members are -- ensure they have one! A passport makes it easier and quicker to depart some of the various countries we visit. You never know when you will be required to return to homeport or the U.S. to attend a school or go TAD.
If your family members will accompany you to Japan, the following actions will help create a smooth transition and tour:
Complete all of the above military assignment issues:
Visit the Personal Property Office as soon as you get your orders.
Arranging your pack out in a timely manner eliminates much of the stress caused by moving.
Plan for the day of your move!
Do you need it? If not, can you throw it away or place it in storage or will you take it with you?
The local Personal Property Office can assist you with placing items in storage. This should be taken care of at least 2 weeks prior to arrival of the movers.
Keep your important documents (birth certificates, passports, orders, medications, insurance, etc.) separate. If possible, keep them locked in your car trunk during the pack out so they don't get accidentally packed.
You should, at a minimum, keep the following items with you prior to AND during transit to your new command:
All military records
Household valuables inventory
Complete a Change of Address card at the local post office. Remember, this changes your address at the post office, not with whomever is sending you mail. You must notify individuals, companies, and any magazines you have subscriptions with separately. Most companies, including magazines, have a toll-free number you may call to change your delivery address.
Provide all relatives remaining in the United States (spouse, parents, etc.) with a copy of your PCS orders to Japan.
If there is an emergency requiring them to contact the American Red Cross (ARC), your orders will allow the ARC to quickly determine your location and contact you.
Make arrangements to cancel utility services and pay final bills. Most utility companies will forward a final statement and receipt of payment to your new address if you ask.
Ensure you take care of ALL of the following, as necessary:
Natural gas company
Telephone (including CELL phones)
Any maintenance related fees you may have incurred
As soon as you know your flight information, make temporary lodging arrangements for the new location. You can call 1-800-NAVY-INN to make reservations for the NAVY LODGE, or you may call the Sasebo Navy Lodge directly at 011-81-956-24-0223 or DSN 252-3601.
Pets are not allowed at this facility. You may make reservations for your pet at the Sasebo Kennel, 011-81-956-50-3585 or DSN 252-3585.
And of course, ensure you sponsor is aware of your arrival date. They can also confirm temporary lodging, ground transportation, pet reservations, etc.
Your new address will be:
Your Name and Rank
USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6)
Unit 100187 Box 1
FPO AP 96617