Overseas Suitability Screening (OSS) for Family Members
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.
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.
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.
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.