Okinawa, Japan bases

For Marines and family members whose PDS is on Okinawa, Japan on the OpSEC compliant, Inc. Marine Family Network Community.



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Typhoon Season 2015

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Futenma Families

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Okinawa, Japan bases News Articles

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Travelling to Okinawa

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American Military University

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Tokyo to okinowa

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care packages to Okinawa

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Short-timing in Oki?

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UDP (Unit Deployment Program)

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Squad Leader Development Program (SLDP)

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Planning a trip to see my Marine! Help:)

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Camp Hansen

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Amazon shipping right?

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amazon shipping

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Visiting son in Tokyo

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Comment by ProudBuckeyeMom on July 20, 2015 at 11:03am

Time has passed by and my Marine son has completed his 2 years in Okinawa. He came home for 2 weeks in June and now he is in New River, Camp LaJeune, North Carolina. His words when I asked him to sum up his 2 year stay in Okinawa? Quote "It were the best of times and the worst of times". Lol! We had a good laugh as I reminded him that his quote had a very familiar ring to it. (Tale of Two Cities)

Yes, he had some very tough times to endure as a 20 & 21 yr old which made the lioness mother in me want to fly to Okinawa and comfort my son yet the good times and the growth in him let me know that the baby of the family was no longer a boy but was learning to negotiate through this life...

We are thrilled to have our son back in the states and closer to home. He will fulfill the year he has left and then pursue his other interests and dreams. I am so very proud that my son made the choice to serve his country first. To all the Marine Parents whose Marine has just set foot in Okinawa; keep the prayers, phones calls, skypes and boxes from home going. Our young men and women can and will fulfill their duty but with the addition of loving support from home... what a difference it truly makes when they are so far away!

I want to shout out, GOD BLESS THE USO! They are so wonderful! Personal shout out to Andrea at USO Futenma! I love you and your staff to pieces for ALL you do! My prayers will always be with our Marines in Oki! My son and I have even committed to taking a vacation there in the near future as he made some very close friendships with some of the people there.

Praying God's grace for our Marines and all of our service men and women always!

Comment by Deeds on July 20, 2015 at 9:45am

Well, it wasn't exactly a call but it sure was good to hear from him! He said he wasn't nervous, scared or anxious but more like how ones feels the day before the first day of school. Husband and I wondered how that was NOT nervous, scared or anxious?? lol.

Comment by alex2toes on July 20, 2015 at 9:40am

yeah deeds! Nice to get the call once again. hahaha

Comment by Deeds on July 20, 2015 at 8:42am

Well, my Marine finally made it there Yesterday evening. All went well on the flight. He said he was hungry but had to wait for orders. 

Comment by alex2toes on July 19, 2015 at 3:07pm

BTW Susan, what is his Unit? I can help you find his address if you know what unit he is going to.

Comment by alex2toes on July 19, 2015 at 2:15pm

Susan, The USO is a godsend for us parents. They will help your Marine if he ever lands in a tough spot. What they can do for you is, they have computers that your Marine may use. So until he gets his comm. needs figured out, he can go there to use the computers to e-mail, Skype, whatever.

Comment by SQpasmm (Susan) on July 17, 2015 at 2:38pm

We don't have the exact date yet, but it will likely be 2nd week of August. Thank you!

Comment by Midwestern Mom on July 17, 2015 at 12:09pm
Welcome Susan! You should find a plethora of information here. Let us know if you need any help. When is your Marine scheduled to arrive in Okinawa?
Comment by SQpasmm (Susan) on July 17, 2015 at 7:38am

Hello everyone. Just learned recently that my Marine will be moving to Okinawa - he is excited. (Me not so much) He is just finishing up his MOS and will leave in a few weeks. I will read through the posts here to gather info. - thanks to everyone who has shared helpful hints!!

Comment by Midwestern Mom on June 28, 2015 at 3:47pm

Deeds, during the time that my Marine spent in Okinawa we mainly texted each other and used FaceTime. For texting we used the TextPlus app, which I now believe has changed names to NextPlus. If he had a longer message to send to me, he emailed me. I never once spoke to him on the phone the entire 2 years that he was there; we used FaceTime to speak. It worked out well, and it kept things simple. Keeping things simple was important for his sake, because he had a lot of adjustments to make during his initial time there. It was a great experience for him. Best wishes to you! :-)


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