INFORMATION, REFERRAL AND RELOCATION
Information, Referral and Relocation

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Relocation Services: Your moving experience begins well before you receive your Permanent Change of Station (PCS) orders. Whether you are arriving or departing Okinawa, or acting as a sponsor to an inbound Marine or Sailor, knowing what to expect and who to contact will significantly reduce the stress of moving.   Whether it's your first time moving or acting as a sponsor or you have done it many times, Marine & Family Programs - Resources staff is here to help. Our office maintains the most current and up to date relocation-related information and processes, information on Navy and Marine Corps installations and much more!  We can help make your move to or from Okinawa as ‘Smooth' as possible.

Information and Referral: Marine and Family I & R  Specialists are available to provide individualized one-on-one assistance to assist with individual readiness and personal development. Marine and Family Programs I & R  Specialists are also available to provide assistance in locating information, resources and referrals, and coordinate unit and group training to include Personal Finance, Language and Culture, Transition, Relocation and Individual Effectiveness workshops.




Marine & Family Programs - Resources

Marine & Family Programs - Resources serves as your DoD family center for Marines and Sailors stationed on Okinawa. Our locations are staffed with specialists trained to provide information, individual assistance and/or referrals necessary to maintain the high quality of life you are accustomed to. Visit any location to speak to a specialist or attend one of many workshops offered to assist with transition, cultural adaptation and personal readiness. 

Marine & Family Programs - Resources is available to positively impact the mission readiness of Marines and commands, and prevent individual problems which detract from unit performance. Unit training is available upon request, and can be customized and coordinated with other Marine and Family Service programs to address unique challenges within the command. 

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Information & Referral Resource News
3/1/2020

1.  MyCAA Expansion:
The FY20 National Defense Authorization Act expands the program to help pay tuition up to $4,000 for a license, certification or associate degree to pursue any occupation or career. As long as the military spouse, school and a Spouse Education and Career Opportunities (SECO) career coach work together to define a clear career path the funds can be applied. Previously, MyCAA could only be used toward 13 defined fields and 170 careers.
Call Military One Source at 800-342-9647 to connect with a SECO career coach.
https://www.defense.gov/Newsroom/Releases/Release/Article/2072282/ndaa-expands-military-spouse-scholarship/

2.  Off Base Child Care Brochure is Attached. 
Child Care Fee Assistance was created to provide authorized USMC personnel assistance in locating, selecting, and offsetting the cost of civilian child care when on-base child care is not available.  The USMC Child Care Assistance brochure explains the process to determine eligibility.

3. TRICARE For Life (TFL)
TFL is Medicare-wraparound coverage for TRICARE beneficiaries who have Medicare Part A and Part B. This is regardless of your age or where you live.  It provides comprehensive health care coverage. With TFL, you also get prescription coverage under the TRICARE Pharmacy Program.
https://tricare.mil/CoveredServices/BenefitUpdates/Archives/01_28_20_How_TRICARE_For_Life_Eligibility_Enrollment_Works

4. Article and Status of Forces Survey
Please disseminate as widely as you are able:  Since 2017, DoD has included a Financial Literacy and Preparedness Survey as part of the annual Status of Forces Survey, as mandated by Congress.  The new Status of Forces Survey is open now.  If you have been invited to  participate, you should have received a letter and weekly email reminders (since early December 2019) with information on completing the survey.  The link is in this article:  https://www.usmc-mccs.org/articles/financial-readiness-is-mission-critical1/

5. VetResources:  http://www.va.gov/VetResources
VetResources offers free event tickets, premium subscriptions, audio books, National Park passes, video games, Walgreens Flu shots, Amazon Prime membership discounts etc.

 

6. MilSpouse Money Mission: https://www.milspousemoneymission.org/  
The aim of MilSpouse is to educate and empower military spouses to elevate their families by making smart money moves - set financial goals, read about issues related to military spouses, families and money management

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Information & Referral Resource News
DATE & TIME 3/1/2020
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1.  MyCAA Expansion:
The FY20 National Defense Authorization Act expands the program to help pay tuition up to $4,000 for a license, certification or associate degree to pursue any occupation or career. As long as the military spouse, school and a Spouse Education and Career Opportunities (SECO) career coach work together to define a clear career path the funds can be applied. Previously, MyCAA could only be used toward 13 defined fields and 170 careers.
Call Military One Source at 800-342-9647 to connect with a SECO career coach.
https://www.defense.gov/Newsroom/Releases/Release/Article/2072282/ndaa-expands-military-spouse-scholarship/

2.  Off Base Child Care Brochure is Attached. 
Child Care Fee Assistance was created to provide authorized USMC personnel assistance in locating, selecting, and offsetting the cost of civilian child care when on-base child care is not available.  The USMC Child Care Assistance brochure explains the process to determine eligibility.

3. TRICARE For Life (TFL)
TFL is Medicare-wraparound coverage for TRICARE beneficiaries who have Medicare Part A and Part B. This is regardless of your age or where you live.  It provides comprehensive health care coverage. With TFL, you also get prescription coverage under the TRICARE Pharmacy Program.
https://tricare.mil/CoveredServices/BenefitUpdates/Archives/01_28_20_How_TRICARE_For_Life_Eligibility_Enrollment_Works

4. Article and Status of Forces Survey
Please disseminate as widely as you are able:  Since 2017, DoD has included a Financial Literacy and Preparedness Survey as part of the annual Status of Forces Survey, as mandated by Congress.  The new Status of Forces Survey is open now.  If you have been invited to  participate, you should have received a letter and weekly email reminders (since early December 2019) with information on completing the survey.  The link is in this article:  https://www.usmc-mccs.org/articles/financial-readiness-is-mission-critical1/

5. VetResources:  http://www.va.gov/VetResources
VetResources offers free event tickets, premium subscriptions, audio books, National Park passes, video games, Walgreens Flu shots, Amazon Prime membership discounts etc.

 

6. MilSpouse Money Mission: https://www.milspousemoneymission.org/  
The aim of MilSpouse is to educate and empower military spouses to elevate their families by making smart money moves - set financial goals, read about issues related to military spouses, families and money management

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


In the event of an emergency conditions on Okinawa caused by a natural disaster or crisis, all non-essential personnel may be evacuated off-island.  The III MEF Family Emergency Evacuation Webpage contains a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section and all of the forms need to compile an Emergency Evacuation Package (EEP) for Marines and their families to use to prepare for this situation. You can also stay informed through the AtHoc Notification Messaging System. If you have just arrived on island, your sponsor can help you register you and your family upon arrival.


Have little ones in your family? Visit "Ready Kids" to help them learn about disaster preparedness in a fun and interactive way. The Air Force also provides a site that offers all sorts of puzzles and activities to help kids learn about disaster preparedness.  Visit "Be Ready Kids" to download your activity sheets for kids ages 4-12.


a. MCIPAC/MCBB Order 1754.1A  - MCCS Mass Casualty Crisis Action Support

b. Typhoon Guide

c. Emergency Preparedness for Americans in Japan (U. S. Embassy - Tokyo) 

d. Calling For Help/Emergency Contact Information (U. S. Embassy - Tokyo)

e. Japan Meteorological Agency  

f. Joint Typhoon Warning Center 

g. American Red Cross Okinawa Disaster Preparedness Webpage 

h. III MEF Emergency Evacuation Page

i. Marine Corps Bases Butler/Camp Foster Disaster Preparedness Webpage

j. Okinawa Prefecture Disaster Prevention Information Portal

k. III MEF/MCIPAC/MCBB Order 3000.1E - Typhoon Procedures



 

The DSTRESS Line is a USMC program for active duty, reserve, veterans and retirees, as well as their families. Callers will speak with veteran Marines, former corpsmen, or Marine Corps spouses with years of experience on 'the green side' as well as licensed behavioral health counselors who have been specifically trained in Marine Corps culture and ethos. The DSTRESS Line is an anonymous behavioral health counseling service that gives Marines, attached Sailors, and family members a place to call and speak with "one of their own." It is a place to call and talk about stress in daily life -from the common everyday stressors to post-traumatic stress. It is not a medical service. DSTRESS Line counselors won't diagnose symptoms, but they will work with callers to help with a way forward. The call lines are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.  

Calling options from Okinawa are:
1. Dial 645-7734 from any DSN phone.
2. Dial 098-970-7734 from any Local Japanese cell phone or Local Japanese land line phone.
3. Dial 1-877-476-7734 from any US based VOIP Line (Vonage, Skype, Magic Jack, etc.). 

*If you have problems opening a link by directly clicking on it, please right click and select open on the pop-up menu.*  

 

Smooth Move Toolkit


Smooth Move Workshops are available online at Qualtrics.com. Service Members PCSing or EASing needing to fulfill the requirement can sign-up for an online session at our MCCS Relocation Services website: www.mccsokinawa.com/relocation. An email confirmation will be sent out to you with the link you will need to complete your online training. Once completed you can proceed to any of the MCCS Marine & Family Program Buildings the following day to receive your checkout stamp.


Directives

Force Health Protection Guidance (Supplement 12) - Department of Defense Guidance for Personnel Traveling During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 Pandemic - Aug 2020

Per MARADMIN 254/20, effective 21 April 2020, provides U.S. Marine Corps disease containment preparedness planning guidance for 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19): Modification and Reissuance of DoD Response to COVID-19-Travel Restrictions.

Per MARADMIN 198/20, effective 31 March 2020, all domestic travel for DoD components is halted in response to COVID-19.

Per MARADMIN 193/20, effective 26 March 2020, all DoD International Travel is restricted to stop the spread of COVID-19. 

Per MARADMIN 159/20, effective 11 March 2020, provides guidance on 2020 Peak Moving Season Preparations for all Marines, Civilian Marines and their families.

LATEST USTRANSCOM PPA ADVISORY: PPA# 20-0058F UPDATE/ 12 May 2020


Smooth Move Booklet

Smooth Move Workshop Booklet (Online Version) (May 2020)


Checklists

Financial Planning Worksheet for a PCS Move (2011 PFM Curriculum)

Smooth Move PCS Checklist  (May 2020)

TRS-Relocation Checklist for Marines (May 2020)

TRS-Relocation Checklist for Sailors (May 2020)


Personal Property/Household Goods

Have orders to PCS from Okinawa? Contact the DMO, Personal Property Office to set up your household goods shipment at:
Camp Foster: 645-0922 / MCBBUTLERPPSODMO@usmc.mil 
Camp Courtney: 622-7561/ 9770 / MCBBUTLERPTOCourtney@usmc.mil
 
Camp Hansen: 623-4337/ 7029 / MCBButlerPPSOHansen@usmc.mil

 
**Military Families Making Summer PCS Moves Will Have to Follow These Strict Rules
https://www.military.com/daily-news/2020/05/07/military-families-making-summer-pcs-moves-will-have-follow-these-strict-rules.html/amp
  
HEALTH SAFETY SCREENING:
Checklists, interview forms, and other supporting documentation are available at:
https://www.iandl.marines.mil/divisions/logistics-plans-policies-strategic-mobility-lp/logistics-distribution-policy-branch-lpd/pcs2


DMO Moving During COVID-19 (May 2020) 

5 Measures to Protect Your Health While Moving in a COVID-19 Environment (May 2020)

DMO 2020 Passenger Travel (May 2020)

DMO Outbound Shipment Form

USMC Personal Property Facebook Page  (Can only be accessed from a personal computer)

Shipping Alcoholic Beverages Brochure  (May 2019)

Move.mil  

    *Move.mil - Lost & Damage Claims

   *DMO DPS (Move.mil) Step by Step Guide 

Defense Travel Management Office (DTMO)  Household Goods/Relocation Allowances Frequently Asked Questions

Administrative Household Goods (HHG) Weight Allowance Location (April 2019)  


Additional Resources for Navy Personnel

Navy - MyPCS Mobile App

Naval Supply Command Household Goods Webpage

It's Your Move - Household Goods Booklet for Navy Personnel  (March 2019)


Transportation/Pet Transportation

USMC Passenger Transportation Facebook Page  (Can only be accessed from a personal computer)

Government of Japan Animal Quarantine Service (AQS)  Pet Exportation Webpages

Government of Japan Animal Quarantine Service (AQS) Information Sheet (November 2018)

Okinawa Veterinary Services PCS "Good To Know" Information Sheet (February 2019)

U. S Department of Agriculture - Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Pet Travel Webpage 

HQ Air Mobility Command Pet Brochure (April 2018)

HQMC Pet Brochure for Commercial Airline Transport (February 2019)

Airline Customer Pet Handout (February 2019)


Resources/PCS Information 

MCCS Personal Financial Management Webpage 

Temporary Living Allowance Brochure (Updated April 2017)

Request a Sponsor

Housing Application

Military Installations Application (Military OneSource)

Plan My Move Application (Military OneSource) 

Loan Locker Agreement Form - July 2020

For any questions on the above links/ forms, please contact our Relocation Section at 645-8395/7494/2104/2106 or mcbb_reloassist@usmc.mil.

Here is the October 2020 Marine & Family Programs Calendar of Events (COE). Please feel free to share it.

Please Note the Following Addendum to the October Calendar of Events:

1. Camp Courtney Sponsorship Training re-scheduled for 15 October 20 from 1300-1500 due to upcoming federal holiday.

2. MCCS Education Centers updated link for the virtual briefs to: https://tinyurl.com/MCCSOkiTAbrief


As an added bonus, below is the October 2020 Information & Referral Resource News:


Accessing TRICARE Benefits in a State That is Under a Disaster Alert:

https://www.tricare.mil/Resources/DisasterInfo  


TRICARE & Continued Health Care Benefits Program:

TRICARE recently updated the TRICARE Costs and Fees Sheet. Click on the following link to view the updates: https://www.tricare.mil/publications  

The October version includes the new rates (Oct. 1, 2020–Sept. 30, 2021) for the Continued Health Care Benefit Program (CHCBP), as well as current 2020 costs and fees for other TRICARE programs.

 

The CHCBP provides 18 to 36 months of health care for service members as they transition to civilian life.  This is temporary coverage for when you lose TRICARE coverage.

If you qualify, you may purchase CHCBP coverage within 60 days of loss of TRICARE coverage. For more information, please visit: https://www.tricare.mil/chcbp


Assistance During Disasters:

Dialing 2-1-1 from any phone in the states will connect callers to a community Information and Referral organization providing assistance during disasters: https://www.211.org/services/national-events

 

Spouse Employment Opportunity:

Check out the First Student and the Teamsters Military Assistance Program flyer from a DoD MSEP partner, the Teamsters and Military Assistance Program that may be of interest to spouses in your network..

 

Syracuse University – a Leadership Scholar Program Partner:

Syracuse new online programs are TA compatible, and were really built with the military member in mind.  Family members are encouraged to connect as well. 

Family members can take advantage of the special sessions offered at Syracuse through the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) at: https://ivmf.syracuse.edu/.  There are also some opportunities for family member entrepreneurs.

 

Mr. Scott Taylor, Director of Transfer & Veteran Admissions, welcomes questions from traditional, high school students and military spouses.  To learn more: https://www.syracuse.edu/admissions/undergraduate/veterans/

   

Military One Source and Child Care:

On August 10, Military OneSource expanded child care eligibility with new comprehensive options for the Services and military community. MCSP collaborated with the Office of Military and Family Readiness Policy to expand service to a 30-day database membership to access hourly child care providers for last-minute needs. Members use their Military OneSource credentials to sign in. Members may also call Military OneSource directly to make a specific request, be it short- or long-term child care.

 

NOTE: this does not replace the Marine Corps Off Base Child Care Fee Assistance program through Child Care Aware.  The service through MOS provides access  to a childcare search service, but does not offset any child care costs

https://www.militaryonesource.mil/family-relationships/parenting-and-children/military-childcare-services


Military Families Learning Network Webinar: Resources for Addressing Food Access for Military Families – October 27

This webinar discusses the resources available through the Extension and Land Grant university system and the Defense Commissary Agency (DECA) to increase proper nutrition for those working with vulnerable military service members. Then we discuss specific data from research around food insecurity among Veterans. The webinar also includes information on federal programs available to increase food access for military families, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the Family Subsistence Supplemental Allowance.

Register at: https://militaryfamilieslearningnetwork.org/event/69322/?utm_campaign=mos-enews-oct2020&utm_content=text&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

 

MilLife Courses to help with Moving:

  • Sponsorship Awareness for Moving – This is a 23 minutes course to help Service Members and families see the benefits of requesting a Sponsor for a PCS move. Sponsorship is run through the Information, Referral and Relocation Program at all installations.   
  • Relocation 101-02 Plan My Move is a tool for Service members and families – checklists, timelines, resources and much more!
    https://millifelearning.militaryonesource.mil/MOS/f?p=SIS:9:812951163311203::::P9_ID:12


Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers:

Family caregivers have expanded benefits and support from VA's Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers (PCAFC), with training, enhanced respite care, counseling, technical support, beneficiary travel, a financial stipend, and access to health care. For more information, please visit: https://www.caregiver.va.gov/support/support_benefits.asp

 

You can ask a VA rep personal questions on a secure site at:  https://iris.custhelp.com

To find out more about VA benefits, go to: http://explore.va.gov/


Click on the 1st Quarter 2020 Information & Referral Database to access.  For questions or additional assistance, please contact 645-2104, 637-2815, 623-4522 or 625-2622.


29 Palms

29 Palms Information & Referral - Relocation Services:

DSN: 760.830.6344


Albany

Albany Information & Referral - Relocation Services:

DSN: 229.639.5278


Cherry Point

Cherry Point Information & Referral - Relocation Services:

DSN: 252.466.6759


Hawaii

Hawaii Information & Referral - Relocation Services:

DSN: 808.257.776


Henderson Hall

Henderson Hall Information & Referral - Relocation Services:

DSN: 703.693.9197


Iwakuni

Iwakuni Information & Referral - Relocation Services:

DSN: 315.253.3754


Lejeune / New River

Lejeune/New River Information & Referral - Relocation Services:

DSN: 910.451.1056/7796


MCRD San Diego

MCRD San Diego Information & Referral - Relocation Services:

DSN: 619.524.5732


Miramar

Miramar Information & Referral - Relocation Services:

DSN: 858.307.1428


Parris Island / MCAS Beaufort

Parris Island / MCAS Beaufort Information & Referral - Relocation Services:

DSN: 843.228.7351


Pendleton/Barstow

Pendleton Information & Referral - Relocation Services:

DSN: 760.725.5704


Quantico

Quantico Information & Referral - Relocation Services:

DSN: 703.784.2659


Yuma

Yuma Information & Referral - Relocation Services:

DSN: 928.269.2034


2018 Marine Corps Demographics Profile:

This report contains the latest available information on the makeup of the military community — including service members and their dependents — in the United States and around the world. https://www.militaryonesource.mil/data-research-and-statistics/military-community-demographics

 

 

*If you have problems opening a link by directly clicking on it, please right click and select open on the pop-up menu.*  

  

Sponsor's Toolkit


In an effort to minimize the spread of COVID-19 Sponsorship Training and Sponsorship Coordinator Training will be conducted via virtual or telephone conferencing. To sign up please call one of our facilities at the numbers listed below or visit the Relocation Workshops tab above.

MCCS Marine & Family Programs - Resource Centers:

Camp Foster, Bldg. 445: 645-2104/2106/8395/7494              
Camp Courtney, Bldg. 4425: 622-7332             
Camp Hansen, Bldg. 2339: 623-4522
Camp Kinser, Bldg. 1220: 637-2815                
Camp Schwab, Bldg. 3429: 625-2622


Stay up-to-date with the latest DoD COVID-19 travel guidance:

Force Health Protection Guidance (Supplement 12) - Department of Defense Guidance for Personnel Traveling During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 Pandemic - Aug 2020

Marine Corps Based Movement Fact Sheet (29 June 2020)

COVID-19 USMC Leaders Reference Card

MARADMIN 396-20 Provides reinforcing guidance regarding transportation, pets, housing, and ROM guidance for PCS moves to Japan. This guidance is effective 14 July 2020.

MARADMIN 377-20 provides information on the DoD policy change regarding COVID-19 military personnel movement and travel restrictions for leave and liberty. The change is effective 1 July 2020.

MARADMIN 221-19 provides information on the changes to the Administrative Weight Limits (AWL) on Household Goods for Accompanied Marines/Sailors (assigned to Marine units) assigned to Japan.  The changes are effective 2 April 2019.


Sponsors, as we continue to support the actions to reduce potential risk and minimize the spread of COVID-19, please reach out to your incoming Service Members and their families with guidance on following the 14-day Restriction of Movement (ROM) requirement. We have updated the documents in your tool kit to help you be effective in your role as as a sponsor and your new responsibilities during the COVID-19 PCS season.


Training Materials:

Sponsorship Training Guide (Sept 2020)

Sponsorship Checklist  (June 2020)

Sponsorship Checklist- Civilian (July 2020)


PCS Flowcharts:

Marine Accompanied PCS Flowchart (July 2020)

Marine Unaccompanied PCS Flowchart (July 2020)

Navy Accompanied PCS Flowchart  (July 2020)

Navy Unaccompanied PCS Flowchart (July 2020)


Housing:

Housing Application -DD Form 1746

Port-to-Final Residence Flowchart Process (July 2020)

Loan Locker Agreement Form

Housing Renovation Slide (March 2017)

Pets and Military Housing 


AtHoc Notification Registration:

AtHoc Registration Brochure

Inbound Roster on ROM

AtHoc Registration - Sponsors How-to-Guide


Sponsorship Program Directives:

III MARINE EXPEDITIONARY FORCE/MARINE CORPS INSTALLATIONS PACIFIC BULLETIN 1754 (12 June 2020)

MCO 1320.11G - USMC Sponsorship Order  

III MEF/MCIPAC/MCBB Order 1754.1A -  Sponsorship Order  (October 2019)


Additional Resources:

PCS Checklist for Incoming Personnel (July 2020)

PCS Checklist for Incoming Civilian Personnel (October 2019)

Okinawa PCS “Must Know" Information (July 2020)  

Financial Planning Worksheet for a PCS Move (2011 PFM Curriculum)

Household Goods Information with 14-Day ROM Suggestions  (June 2020)

Overseas Screening Information

Children and Youth Programs


For any questions on the above links/forms, please contact MCCS Relocation Services at: 645-8395/7494/2104/2106 or email MCBB_ReloAssist@usmc.mil.

 

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