Sign-up for Newcomers' Orientation
Start your tour off right. Okinawa is a wonderful duty station and great place live for the entire family. Learn about this beautiful island and all the opportunities you can take advantage of during your tour. Meet and listen to representatives from a multitude of service organizations and learn about the customs and culture of Okinawa and about your responsibilities as a member of the military community. There is a Youth & Teen Tour designed for family members' ages 10-18 years old that your child will not want to miss.NOWA is mandatory for all accompanied (all ranks) USMC and USN service members, civilian employees, family members (military and civilian) age 10 and up, and all unaccompanied USMC and USN (E-6 and above) and civilian (all grades). New arrivals are required to attend Newcomers’ Orientation within 2 weeks of arrival.E-5 and below (unaccompanied) will attend the Joint Reception Center (JRC) brief. Please call 645-5395 for more information regarding JRC.**NOWA is mandatory per MCO 1320.11f and III MEF/MCIPAC Order 1754.1. **Attendance at NOWA must be confirmed prior to MCB Safety Office issuing SOFA Privately Owned Vehicle (POV) Driver's License in accordance with MCIPAC Order 5560.1.**Completion of NOWA is also required before any service member is granted off-installation leave or liberty in Japan as per III MEF/MCIPAC Letter dated 26 Nov 2014. NOWA is offered every Wednesday from 7:20 AM until 2:30 PM. Sponsors can call the following numbers: Kinser 637-2815; Foster 645-2104/8395; Courtney 622-7332; Hansen 623-4522/4860; Schwab 625-2622 or click here to register both the active duty member and family members after the final flight information is received. Transportation is available from the WESTPAC, Hamagawa and Eagle Lodges. The sponsor must request transportation at the time of NOWA registration.Please contact MCB Base Safety Office at 645-3183/2862 to inquire about taking the SOFA POV Licensing exam prior to attending NOWA. Orders, Approved Area Clearance message and a valid Stateside Driver's License are required to obtain a SOFA POV Driver's License. Civilian personnel must check with MCB Base Safety for any other specific requirements.Childcare is provided (free of charge) by the Children, Youth and Teen Program (CYTP) on a limited space-available basis and must be reserved in advance. Note: Infant Care space is extremely limited. Sponsors should call the CYTP Resource & Referral Office at 645-4117 for reservations prior to the newcomer's arrival. 1-2 days prior to attending NOWA, the inbound family must complete the required paperwork and turn it in at the R&R Office, which is located at Camp Foster in Building 495. Once this process is completed, the child can be dropped off at the Child Development Care/School Age Care Center/Family Care Provider the morning of NOWA. Parents also have the option of attending NOWA at different dates, so one of them can watch their child(ren) while the other is attending NOWA. Newcomers should also bring extra copies of the service member's orders and copies of the Area Clearance/Dependent Entry Approval for Tricare re-enrollment. If the newcomer does not have these documents, they can re-enroll by going to the Tricare Office located at the U.S. Naval Hospital at a later date.