Archive for March 17th, 2008


As of 1 Mar 2008 Kadena AB in no longer weight restricted for Air Force Accompanied personnel and DoD civilians. Acommpanied Air Force members having their household goods picked on or after 1 Mar 2008 can now ship
their full Joint Federal Travel Regulations/Joint Travel Regulations (JFTR/JTR) weight allowance in/out of Kadena AB.

If you are sponsoring an accompanied member to Kadena AB, please advise the member that the size of housing is smaller than most stateside locations. Also, housing provides basic appliances such as washers, dryers and refrigerators, please do not ship these appliances. Additionally, we highly recommend members do not ship oversize furniture items (i.e., king size
beds, large entertainment centers, etc.). Once you ship your personal property to Kadena AB, TMF is not authorized to reship excess property back to CONUS for storage per JFTR/JTR. Also, commercial storage facilities are limited here in Okinawa, expensive and at member’s expense.

For all unaccompanied members, you will remain weight restricted to unaccompanied baggage only, normally 500 lbs by air or 700 lbs by surface. 10% of JFTR maybe authorized, depending upon where you reside…dormitory or local economy.

Contact the Traffic Management Flight for details, 634-7857/7862.

******PLEASE NOTE:  One of our readers (Crider family) commented on their recent PCS regarding this weight allowance change (comments below) and on how it affected them.  You only get “loaner” furniture while you are awaiting HHG shipment.  Once this shipment arrives, your loaner stuff goes bye bye, so BRING WHAT YOU WANT TO HAVE IN YOUR HOUSE!  See comments below for more details.


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Totally confused about where things are on island? We have been too!!! So we are trying to fix that with our google mashup map of fun things to do on Okinawa – beaches to visit, kid’s parks, scuba diving locations, and more.

Google Mashup Map of Okinawa Japan

What are we missing on our map? Leave a comment and let us know!

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