Moving to OKINAWA.....

Rebekah - posted on 01/10/2009 ( 14 moms have responded )

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We're going to be moving to Okinawa soon.. and I'm just wondering if anyone had been stationed there.. or is stationed there. I'd just kinda like to know what to look forward to. We're supposed to be going to CAMP FOASTER. We have three kids..so i'm just a little nervous about going. This is oging to be our first overseas Marine Corps duty station.

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Lisa - posted on 01/22/2009

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Hello, My husband and I and our two children have been in Okinawa for over 3 1/2 years(this time)  Last time we spent just over 4 years here.  There truely isnt that much I dont know about this island.  I have lived all over it.  We love it here.  I will honestly tell you that not everyone likes it here, but dont judge it before you get here.  This is one of the safest places you will ever be able to raise your children.  The island is beautiful, it is filled with so many things to do, and wonderful people.  You say that you will be on Camp Foster, most get told that.  It all depends on where your husband gets placed after that, either way you will have friendly neighbors close by.  You will get assigned a sponsor, and most are very good, but others are thrown into it and just know the basics.  Dont hesitate to ask others on here if you have any questions.  I agree with the Vonage thing.  If you can get one set up there and bring it with you, its great.  Because the next time you move, you will be able to keep that same number no matter where you are.  Plus the mailbox, is very important to get before you come.  Mail can take awhile to get here when it gets transfered.  Also about bringing things.  Most of your household things you can get given to you by the housing office, however its standard stuff... so if you have a bed that you really like or even just the mattresses you might want to bring that.  However, you get good quality dressers and dining room furniture.  The kids beds are not that bad either.  You dont need to bring a washer or dryer, or any appliances, they are base issued also, even if you live off base.  I could go on and on.  I have sponsored many families onto this island, so if you have any questions just send me and e-mail to LilShepnoki@gmail.com.  

Heidi - posted on 01/14/2009

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HI! I am so glad I joined this group. We just moved here to Okinawa last May and I LOVE it here. I don't know if I ever want to go home! LOL Especially now that I have learned to scuba dive. Anyway they should assign you a sponsor. Hopefully you'll get a good and helpful one. I was VERY NERVOUS about making the big move, but it wasn't so bad. We did it with 2 kids. At the time they were 4 months and 3 years old. Have your sponsor get you your mailing address NOW that way you can start forwarding your mail as soon as you leave. It takes some time for it all to catch up to you. And when you get here I suggest getting a car from a dealership. You'll pay a bit more, but they usually come with a warranty.(A plug for BC Motors) That's where we just got our new car BOTH of our cars just died at the same time and we got them from the Lemon Lot. We ended up putting a fair amount of money into them before they died too. Now we have to go back this weekend and get another car as I am TIRED of being stuck here without one. This is one place you don't want to be without transportation. If you have ANY questions please feel free to ask Especially since we moved here less than a year ago. It's all still pretty fresh! I hope you love it here as much as we do.

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Wes - posted 1 day ago

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I am D.A.V. from the Viet-Nam war. I am 70 yrs old. I am considering moving there., but I must know more about the simple things. Cost of living, Transpo. can I bring a weapon, rental costs, local attitudes. I am a firm Christian, denomination is unimportant. Where can I receive material of the issues of moving there. I live on $2000.00 a month. I live in Indiana, my wife was killed in an accident in 2007, I survived. I would love dearly to get out of this Country. I am a former Marine, State Trooper and now retired. In excellent health, could still work, even manual labor. If you can assist me. I am Wes.allen@att.net. If you do not want to take the time to do this, I completely understand. Respectfully, I Jesus, Wes Allen

Patricia - posted on 05/29/2014

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Good day! Does anyone no of a site that lists what you can take and not take to Okinawa? My daughter recently married an Marine and we need all the info. on how to pack etc. Also wondering if my daughter is guaranteed to go over and live with her new husband? as I have read on other sites that not all couples get to be together. Please help , thank you!

Adriana - posted on 04/07/2014

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HI there, I was curious how you send mail from the base to the USA. Is it U.S. or Japanese postage? If Japanese, is it expensive for a letter?

Rebecca - posted on 08/19/2012

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Kim

I just registered on the site but have lived in Okinawa for two years. I do not check often. I live on kadena. From your information you should be here by now? My name is Rebecca. Please let me know if I can help you. We are air force.

Kim - posted on 08/05/2012

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I'm heading off to Okinawa in 3 days. My daughter is 14 and I'm excited and worried all at the same time. It doesn't look like this site is used much, but I hope that there are other mothers out there that can help. I want to make the transition for her as easy as possible. Not that being a 14 year old girl starting 9th grade is ever easy. The thought of having to look for a house, living in temporary quarters and transporting her to school while this is going on will be hard for her. The pack up and getting ready to move was rough for me, I'm hoping this is a little more UP hill. lol. I've already contacted some of the local realestate agencies. I've been told that there was a large move on rental properties last week, not to good for us. If anyone has any suggestions to make things easier, I'm open to positive responses. I read up on everything I could prior to packing in order to know what to bring, not that I followed all I read. But hopefully it will work out. Thanks in advance to any help offered. Kim

Franchessca - posted on 01/21/2009

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Hello .. I am Franchessca and a Marine wife living here on Oki. We have been here 1 1/2 years and have our 4th child on the way. If you have any questions please feel free to email me! Fraggle21_4@yahoo.com 

Angela - posted on 01/17/2009

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oh bless your heart!!! I'm currently stationed in Iwakuni, it was great the first year and a half here, the last year and a half have been soooooo boring, your a little lucky though, oki is more "americanized" you'll have a few more american restaurants to choose from and your shopping will be better than here, the biggest difference is mainland, you get more into the culture and oki not so much....some advice, if your not "party" people, get a townhouse not a midrise, we call pmo atleast once a week on people and their music!  and if at all possible dont bring or get any pets, you WILL have to pay for them out of your own pocket the usmc will no longer pay for the transportation of pets...however if you have the money to blow go for it...we didnt find that out until after we got our orders to leave her and had to get rid of our cats! you will need a car, but becareful what you buy, stay away from bmw's, theres no where to get them fixed!  also fill up on all your favorite foods now...it's a long 3 years! good luck!

Rebekah - posted on 01/16/2009

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Quoting Heidi:

Oh and I highly recommend getting Vonage, magic jack, or skype. That way your family can call you to a US phone number and vice versa. We brought Vonage with us and I couldn't live without it. I got to pick my phone number so now my family can all call for free and it only costs me $30 a month. Of course sometimes they forget about the time zone and call in the middle of the night. But it usually works out good as I just call in the morning when I wake up since it's the evening back home. Where will you be PCSing from?



We're PCS'ing from D.C. with twin 3 yr olds and a one year old. 

Heidi - posted on 01/14/2009

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Oh and I highly recommend getting Vonage, magic jack, or skype. That way your family can call you to a US phone number and vice versa. We brought Vonage with us and I couldn't live without it. I got to pick my phone number so now my family can all call for free and it only costs me $30 a month. Of course sometimes they forget about the time zone and call in the middle of the night. But it usually works out good as I just call in the morning when I wake up since it's the evening back home. Where will you be PCSing from?

Heather - posted on 01/14/2009

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I loved it when I visited there two years ago. My husband was TDY there and it was great visiting. Plus there are so many bases on that island that it doesn't even feel like being in a different country. Plus it is absolutely beautiful for hiking, the gardens, and the outdoors.

Rebekah - posted on 01/14/2009

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Quoting Lori:



My husband was at Kadena AFB for two and a half years. If you want, send me your email and I'll send you some photos that we have - it's a beautiful island! I wasn't with him, but want to go someday and see it!






 Sure.. Here's my e-mail.  marinewife92126@yahoo.com

Lori - posted on 01/13/2009

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My husband was at Kadena AFB for two and a half years. If you want, send me your email and I'll send you some photos that we have - it's a beautiful island! I wasn't with him, but want to go someday and see it!

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