On 14 April, 2011, the U.S. State Department lifted the voluntary departure order. At this time, Joint Support Force is working out the details and will announce specifics as soon as Department of Defense guidance is finalized. In the meantime, entitlements previously described will continue. Family members will soon receive instructions on how to obtain return flights and proceed from their selected locations. We want to ensure the process goes as smoothly as possible for our family members and are working to reunite them with their loved ones as soon as we can."
According to JSF officials, do not obtain any travel arrangements until authorized to do so.
For additional information, please see Department of State web site: http://www.travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/pa/pa_japan.html
This section provides some initial guidance on the return process. Additional guidance will be added as it is developed. For Misawa family members the preferred return method will be the Patriot Express military flights directly to Misawa. This is an issue still be refined to address adequate availability. For Kanto Plain family members, each installation will have personnel at Narita to welcome you home and facilitate the ground transportation to home installation. Arrangements are being made for pets as well. Returning family members should be prepared to cover the cost, in cash, for the return bus transportation. This is a reimbursable expense.
AD Termination Japan Final with FSA commentsComments: This document is a summary of OSD entitlements and allowances for evacuated family members and home station personnel. However, it is not all-inclusive.
Termination of AD Japan – 15 Apr 2011Comments: This is the Undersecretary of Defense announcement terminated the voluntary authorized departure.
Travel and Allowances – Termination Order 04-15-11 v5 – PublicComments: This document also addresses entitlements, but also specifically provides instructions on contacting the Carlson-Sato Travel Office to make reservations to return. This document pertains to family members of Air Force and Marine Corps sponsors, except those assigned to Camp Zama. Camp Zama will be contacting all family through their sponsors, regardless of Service (except Navy), to arrange return transportation. All Navy family members will contact their sponsors who will arrange transportation through the installation CTO. Navy sponsors on non-Navy installations will contact the nearest Navy installation.
For Misawa family members, additional Patriot Express flights out of Seattle-Tacoma to Misawa have been added for 21, 23 and 24 Apr. Family members should e-mail the JAPAN EFM REINTEGRATION DATA WORKSHEET to Carlson-SATO at JAPAN@CWTSATOTRAVEL.COM. Carlson will then forward this data to the Misawa TMO to book seats on one of the Patriot Express flights. Once Misawa TMO provides Carlson the Patriot Express confirmed reservation, Carlson will book commercial transportation toSeattle-Tacoma and notify the family members."
JAPAN EFM REINTEGRATION DATA WorksheetComments: This is the form needed by Carlson-Sato to book reservations through the centralized booking process.
Pacific Passage Pet Importation RequirementsComments: Family members returning with pets should review this document for specific guidance on what is required. Some exceptions have been made to make it easier to return the pets to Japan.
The Defense Travel Management Office will be available to support after hours questions via the Travel Assistance Center (TAC). The TAC provides support to travelers before, during and after travel and is prepared to support this operation. The TAC can be reached at 1-888-Help1-Go (1-888-435-7146) or 1-809-463-3376. If you are calling from overseas, you can now directly dial the TAC at 1-888-Help1Go from any DSN line
Alternate Safe Haven locations were approved on 25 March for DoD Eligible Family Members (EFMs) authorized to depart Japan. Alternate locations include Alaska, Hawaii, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, United States Virgin Islands, American Samoa, and foreign locations consisting of prefectures in Japan outside the designated authorized departure areas, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan, and Philippines (with the exception of the southern Philippine Islands of Mindanao and the Sulu Archipelago).
Click on the Alternate Safe Haven Approval Processfor the Alternate Safe Haven Guide, Repatriation Processing Sheet (DD2585), and Acknowledgement forms for Civilian Employee EFMs and Military Service Member EFMs.
As of Wednesday, 23 March 2011, all DoDEA Pacific schools will be open and operating on a normal schedule. Find more information on the DoDEA Website.
Accountability systems allow the military to account for, manage, and monitor personnel affected by a catastrophic event. If you are affected by the March 2011 events in Japan, update your contact information and account on the appropriate site:
The tsunami knocked out cooling system power at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant. Following are some resources on radiation protection:
http://newpreview.afnews.af.mil/yokota/library/earthquake&tsunamireliefinfo.aspAir Force Aid SocietyArmy
U.S. Army Garrison-Japan Homepage: http://www.usagj.jp.pac.army.milU.S. Army Japan & I Corps Forward Homepage: http://www.usarj.army.milUSARJ - http://www.facebook.com/USARJU.S. Army Emergency ReliefThe Army Travel Assistance Center: 1-800-582-5552.
Japan-related Navy personnel and their families Emergency Coordination Center: (877) 414-5358 (Available 24/7) DoN Civilians, Dependents Helpline 1-877-689-2722Navy Family Accountability and Assessment System (NFAAS): https://navyfamily.navy.mil/
Entitlements & Allowances (Travel Processing Center-Hampton Roads, VA (TPC-HR)): (866) 239-0303 & (866) 708-6985 (Fax) Policy: http://www.npc.navy.mil/CareerInfo/PayAndBenefits/JapanEarthquake.htm
Navy civilians and their families Email questions to DONhrfaq@navy.mil DONHR website (see “News & Information” section on left) www.donhr.navy.mil or http://www.public.navy.mil/donhr/Employment/Pages/AuthorizedDepartures.aspx
Navy Installations Information Japan Disaster Response Installations Update
www.cnic.navy.mil Twitter: @Fleet_Family Lost or Damaged Property Claims: (888) 897-8217 & (866) 782-7297 – Fax http://www.jag.navy.mil/Relief_home.htm Navy Healthcare Support http://www.med.navy.mil/tsunamiresources Tricare Overseas and SOS info: (877) 451-8659 www.tricare.mil/tsunamiNavy Public Affairs Support To our NPASE families arriving from Japan- NPASE HQ has established a 24-hour hotline to assist you upon arrival CONUS. It is requested that you contact the hotline at (757) 613-2204 once you reach stateside. Our command ombudsmen stand ready to guide you through the many resources and stateside agencies available to military family members.West coast: Travis Murphy, (619) 405-2262 / Email: NPASEW.firstname.lastname@example.orgEast Coast: Katie Swoboda, 757-971-7902/ Email: Navywife2ben@yahoo.com
Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC)http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=59271
Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society
Military Community and Family Policy - Quality of Life information for military families
Dept. of Defense Educational Activity (DoDEA) - a DoD entity operating military primary and secondary schools
Dept. of Defense Educational Activity Pacific- the DoDEA branch in the Pacific showing status of school opening/closings.
Dept. of State - additional information about evacuations
Military One Source - Counseling services for military families
Twitter @NavyNews @PacificCommand @AmbassadorRoos @PacificFleet @COMNAVFORJAPAN @CFASJAPAN @CFAY_Yokosuka @NavyNews/navy-deck-log @dodea_pac
The process for return travel is still being finalized at this time. Once this process has been determined we will update this section of the web site with specific guidance.