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NAHA, Okinawa — The Army is offering free temporary parking at the Naha Military Port for those with status-of-forces-agreement status and for Department of Defense employees traveling on official orders.

“This is a good deal and it will save folks valuable time, worries and money,” said Xavier Monroy, plans and security manager at the port, which is less than two miles from Naha Airport. “Comptrollers at area commands will be happier to see the savings on orders and personnel who pay out of pocket parking get a free parking deal.”

Those taking flights from Naha Airport could save by leaving their cars in the port’s free parking area and taking brief taxi rides to the airport, Monroy said. Airport parking costs 2200 yen, or about $20.73, per day, officials said.

About four years ago, the port used to allow parking in a fenced section near the gate, as a community service, but discontinued it when parked vehicles began encroaching on operation areas, Monroy said.

Four security guards now will patrol the lot in shifts, around the clock seven days a week, he said.

Those wishing to use the parking first must obtain a parking form, he said.

The forms are available from the port Web site, https://10asg.usarpac.army.mil, or at the security office in Building 334.

“The required paperwork … is pretty simple and provides us with the proper security information so you’ll have a safe area to leave your car,” Monroy said.

Upon entering the parking area, he said, drivers must provide the completed parking form, show their ID cards, duty orders and that the vehicle is registered with Joint Vehicle Registration Camp Foster.

They’ll receive parking cards from the security guard, must park in numbered spaces and place the parking cards in their windshields.

When leaving, they must return the parking cards to the security guard office.

Those wishing more information about parking or forms for the port lot should call 648-7750 or 648-7713 or visit the port Web site.

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