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Stars and Stripes reporters across Japan and the world are sending disaster dispatches as they gather new facts, updated in real time. All times are local Tokyo time.  Japan is 13 hours ahead of the East Coast. So for example, 8 a.m. EDT is 9 p.m. in Japan.

For extended coverage, see the Earthquake Disaster in Japan page.
 


Update from Pacific Command

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   1:20 a.m. Friday, Tokyo time

Update from Pacific Command on the various services' efforts and contributions to Operation Tomodachi: 
 
 http://tinyurl.com/4p8gwgn
 
 -- Dave Ornauer

Interview with Vice Admiral Adam Robinson, Navy surgeon general

   2:15 a.m. Friday, Tokyo time

Vice Admiral Adam Robinson, Navy surgeon general, on health concerns of families returning to Japan after voluntary departure:
 
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9WYaGfU4ZIc
 
 -- Dave Ornauer

Denver joins entry points for families leaving Japan

   12:37 a.m. Friday, Tokyo time

FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas -- Eligible family members who voluntarily leave Japan will arrive at Denver International Airport starting today aboard chartered military flights, according to a news release from U.S. Army North.

Denver is the third U.S. arrival location for these flights, officials said. Flights have been arriving at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in Washington state and Travis Air Force Base, Calif., since March 19.

Military representatives from U.S. Army North will help arriving passengers with follow-on arrangements.

In what officials describe as a prudent precaution in the wake of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan, the Defense Department is providing eligible family members of department personnel in Japan an opportunity to leave voluntarily at government expense.

-- Patrick Dickson

Tsunami concert to be held

   12:20 a.m. Friday, Tokyo time

Tsunami relief concert Sunday in Koza City, outside of Kadena Air Base
 
 http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=160654360660184
 
 -- Dave Ornauer

AFN-Okinawa interview with Kadena Air Base's 18th Wing commander

   12:10 a.m. Friday, Tokyo time

AFN-Okinawa interview with Kadena Air Base's 18th Wing commander and 18th medical group deputy commander, regarding the island's part in the relief effort. Good information.

http://tinyurl.com/4opgul4 

-- Dave Ornauer

Interview with Col. Feather, 374th Airlift Wing Commander

4:53 p.m. Thursday, Tokyo time

‎Posted on DODEA Pacific Facebook page:

Thursday's interview with 374th Airlift Wing commander, Col. Otto Feather on Eagle810.

Link: http://tinyurl.com/5t9yqca

-Matt Orr
 

Atsugi calling category 4, names A - M

4:53 p.m. Thursday, Tokyo time

‎Posted on NAF Atsugi Facebook page:

ATTENTION – All Category #4 personnel with last names from A through M report to Cinema 77 at this time.

-Matt Orr
 

Keep white bracelet with your passport

4:051 p.m. Thursday, Tokyo time

‎Posted on AFN Misawa Facebook page:

Team Misawa, if your family has left, or is leaving via the voluntary departure process, please KEEP the white bracelet with your passport in the event you need it upon your return. Pass it on!

-Matt Orr
 

Slides updated for voluntary departures

4:010 p.m. Thursday, Tokyo time

‎Posted on AFN Misawa Facebook page:

Updated voluntary departure slides have been updated and posted.
Link:

http://tinyurl.com/66ylvj8

-Matt Orr

Atsugi gasoline update

4:07 p.m. Thursday, Tokyo time

‎Posted on NAF Atsugi Facebook page:

As the supply of gasoline deliveries to the NEX Autoport has stabilized, the current ration of gas for authorized U.S. patrons has been lifted by NAFA command.

It has been authorized for NAF Atsugi Local National employees to purchase gasoline with a five-gallon ration per day at the NEX Autoport. The approved hours for NAFA Local Nation employees will be 1600-1800 Mon-Sat until further notice.

The situation for available gas off base and intermittent public transportation due to power outages has not improved significantly enough to ensure our local national work force is able to report to work as needed. Reduction of NAFA local national work force would severely hinder day to day operations at NAF Atsugi.

NAF Atsugi local national employees may only purchase gas for their personal vehicles. Their NAF Atsugi base pass and NAF Atsugi vehicle pass must be verified by Autoport personnel before they are allowed to dispense gas.

Credit cards and cash will be accepted. U.S. dollars are preferred, however yen will be accepted at the current *peg rate of 82 and change will be given in U.S. dollars.

* Only 1 gallon is authorized in approved containers.

* *Peg rate is subject to change

-Matt Orr
 

Atsugi calling all categories 1, 2, and 3

   4:06 p.m. Thursday, Tokyo time

‎Posted on NAF Atsugi Facebook page:

‎ATTENTION – All Category 1, 2 & 3 personnel with last names from A through Z report to Cinema 77 at this time.

-Matt Orr
 

Yokosuka school details

   3:18 p.m. Thursday, Tokyo time

Posted on Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka Facebook page:

School information:

* All five school bus stops at Ikego will stay the same, however only one
bus per stop will pick up.

* At this point, there is no plan to resume the TerraNova test this year.


- Matt Orr


Japan foreign minister thanks U.S. for relief efforts

   3:11 p.m. Thursday, Tokyo time

In a telephone conference with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Japan’s Foreign Minister Takeaki Matsumoto expressed gratitude for tremendous support by the United States in rescue and relief efforts. Cooperation of U.S. forces Japan including transportation and relief supplies as well as dispatch of the carrier vessels and nuclear experts are greatly appreciated, Matsumoto told Clinton, according to a statement release by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. .
Matsumoto then expressed condolences to a 24-years-old American teacher, Tyler Anderson, who was swept away by the tsunami in Ishinomaki city of Miyagi.
In response, Clinton stated that the United States stood ready to provide all kinds of supports, including technical and profession cooperation.


- Chiyomi Sumida


Japanese police say quake casualties up over 26,000

   3:08 p.m. Thursday, Tokyo time

Japanese Police Agency updated casualty to over 26,000. A report released by the agency said 9,700 people were confirmed dead as of noon Thursday. Missing people, the number reported by their families accounts for 16,501, according to the agency. The number is feared to rise as there are still countless numbers of cases where the entire family has been reported swept away by the tsunami.

- Chiyomi Sumida

Atsugi calling all Category 3

   2:21 p.m. Thursday, Tokyo time

Posted on NAF Atsugi Facebook page:

ATTENTION – All Category #3 personnel with last names from A through Z report to Cinema 77 at this time.


- Matt Orr

Updated volunteer departure slides

   2:05 p.m. Thursday, Tokyo time

Posted on AFN Misawa Facebook page:

Updated voluntary departure slides link:
http://www.facebook.com/?ref=logo#!/album.php?aid=286534&id=265661109385


- Matt Orr

Time extended for getting Japanese passport stamp

   2 p.m. Thursday, Tokyo time

Posted on NAF Atsugi Facebook page:

‎TIME EXTENDED - All Japanese Dependents of American military personnel who are voluntary departures are requested to report to Club Trilogy for a Japanese passport stamp until 7 p.m.


- Matt Orr

Atsugi calling all Category 1 & 2

   1:30 p.m. Thursday, Tokyo time

‎Posted on NAF Atsugi Facebook page:

‎ATTENTION – All remaining Category #1 & Category #2 personnel (A-Z) report to Cinema 77 at this time.


- Matt Orr


Pass and ID hours for Yokota Air Base

   1:08 p.m. Thursday, Tokyo time

‎Posted on Yokota Air Base Facebook page:

Operation Tomodachi DBIDS card issue/registration for support forces

In support of Operation Tomodachi, the Pass and ID office is open from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for 374th Airlift Wing customer support.

From 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. the office is open to support Operation Tomodachi personnel (DBIDS issue/registration) and Yokota Air Base contractors.


-Matt Orr

Base update for Yokota residents

1:05 p.m. Thursday, Tokyo time

Posted on Yokota Air Base Facebook page:

"While U.S. service members continue to provide humanitarian and disaster relief support to the people and Government of Japan, we have enhanced our measures to safeguard food and water supplies on all our military installations in Japan.
 
The food and water on U.S. military installations are safe and in accordance with U.S. FDA standards. The food sold and consumed on our installations comes from a variety of sources, inside and outside Japan. We are working closely with food suppliers to ensure the health and safety of our DoD personnel and their families and to date, there has been no interruption to our supply chain.
 
Also, the drinking water on all U.S. installations is within U.S. drinking standards. As we routinely do, we will continue testing the water supply. In fact, as an extra precaution, we have increased the frequency of water tests to daily to ensure the safety of our personnel and their families.
 
The safety and security of our service members and their families are our top priority. We take extreme care to ensure our personnel are protected and will continue to monitor the situation.
 
We will keep DoD personnel and their families updated through command information channels."


- Matt Orr


Anxiety in Tokyo over radiation in tap water

   12:43 p.m. Thursday, tokyo time

From The Associated Press:

Workers loaded trucks with boxes of bottled water to distribute across the city Thursday after residents cleared store shelves following warnings that Tokyo's tap water had elevated radiation coming from Japan's tsunami-damaged nuclear complex.
Anxiety over food and water supplies soared a day after city officials reported that radioactive iodine in the tap water was measured at levels considered unsafe for babies over the long term.
"The first thought was that I need to buy bottles of water. I also don't know whether I can let her take bath," real estate agent Reiko Matsumoto said of her daughter, Reina, age 5. "I am very worried."
Tokyo supermarket clerk Toru Kikutaka said water sold out almost immediately after the news broke Wednesday, despite a limit of two, 2-liter bottles per customer. "I've never seen anything like this," he said, surveying the empty shelves.

Read full story here.
 

Message from Navy Federal Credit Union

   12:40 p.m. Thursday, Tokyo time

Posted on NAF Atsugi Facebook page:

Message from Navy Federal Credit Union
Please see the operation status of our branch offices in Japan for Thurs, 24 March 2011.

Atsugi Branch: 0900-1400
Camp Zama Branch: 0900-1600
Misawa Branch: 1000-1400
Yokosuka Branch: 0900-1730
Yokota Branch: OPEN | Hours: TBD*

* The Yokota Branch will be open today. Hours for this branch will be posted no later than 0815 JST.


- Matt Orr

Atsugi calling Categories 1 & 2

   12:38 p.m. Thursday, Tokyo time

Posted on NAF Atsugi Facebook page:

‎ATTENTION - All Category #1 and Category #2 with last names starting with the letters A through M at this time.


- Matt Orr

Updated Community Bank hours

   12:36 p.m. Thursday, Tokyo time

Posted on NAF Atsugi Facebook page:
‎Due to the recent voluntary departure of our family members Community Bank is forced to reduce operating hours as below. These hours have been approved by DFAS, Home Office, and Bank of America corporate. The Home Office will update the Community Bank website with our new hours shortly. Please advise command group accordingly.
 Atsugi Hours
Monday and Wednesday - 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Friday - 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
 
Camp Zama Hours
Tuesday - 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Thursday - 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
 
Yokosuka Hours
Monday – Thursday - 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Friday - 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

- Matt Orr

Owen: Yokosuka water tests OK

   11:58 a.m. Thursday, Tokyo time

Water tests at Yokosuka have not found any dangerous levels of radiation, base commander Capt. David Owen said in a broadcast message on the base commander’s channel Thursday morning.
Concerns about drinking water arose after Tokyo officials found radioactive iodine in the Tokyo water system.
Yokosuka Naval Base gets its water from the Yokosuka municipal supply, Owen said. The base tests water in 16 locations, including the Negishi and Ikego housing areas.
 “There no problem with our water,” Owen said. “If there is, we would immediately let you know.”
During a televised news conference Wednesday, Ei Yoshida, head of water purification for the Tokyo water department, told reporters that infants in Tokyo should not be given tap water to drink.
Officials found radioactive iodine levels at 210 becquerels per liter. Officials said that health risks began at 100 becquerels per liter for infants and 300 becquerels for adults.


- Erik Slavin

Yokosuka Community Bank hours

   11:36 a.m. Thursday, Tokyo time

Posted on Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka Facebook page:

Community Bank Hours Effective Friday March 25
 
Monday – Thursday
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
 
Friday
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm


- Matt Orr
 
 

Community Bank ATM at Negishi has malfunctioned

   11:34 a.m. Thursday, Tokyo time

Posted on Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka Facebook page:

The ATM in Negishi has suffered a combination lock malfunction such that no new cash can be added. Cash should be sufficient to cover normal weekend requirements. Community Bank has scheduled repairs beginning Tuesday 29 March and expects repairs to be completed Thursday 31 March. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.


- Matt Orr

Yokota water OK; U.S. Ambassador issues statement on Tokyo water

   11:13 a.m. Thursday, Tokyo time

Posted on Yokota Air Base Facebook page:

U.S. Ambassador to Japan Statement
Warning for parents and caretakers about radioactive Iodine detected in Tokyo drinking water supply
March 24, 2011
The Tokyo metropolitan government on Wednesday, March 23, 2011, cautioned residents that infants (aged 0-3 years) should drink only bottled water because radioactive iodine exceeding the limit for that age group was detected in water at a purification plant.
The U.S. Embassy in Japan suggests U.S. citizens who live in Tokyo follow these recommendations. In addition, women who are pregnant or nursing should also follow these recommendations and drink bottled water. This guidance is consistent with the guidance that the United States Government would provide to Americans in the United States under similar circumstances.
U.S. citizens in metropolitan Tokyo can take the following steps to safeguard the health of infants (aged 0-3 years):
• If giving water to infants, use only bottled water.
• Use only bottled water to mix formula, cereal or other infant foods.
Health experts say that changing the water source for infants from tap water to bottled water should be adequate protection from exposure to radioactive iodine. No additional medication, such as potassium iodide (KI), is necessary at this time. Taking KI when it is not needed can harm a person’s health.
At this time, no changes in drinking water are recommended for adults because the limit for adults is higher than the amount detected in the water purification plant.
Embassy staff is consulting with health experts and radiation experts to continuously monitor these new developments. If more information becomes available, we will share it with you on the Embassy Web site.
 
Q and A:

--What are we advising U.S. citizens? Why?
Due to an elevated level of Iodine-131 found at a local Tokyo water purification plant, the Japanese local authorities and we are advising American citizens in Tokyo that infants (aged 0-3), as well as women who are pregnant or nursing, should drink only bottled water.
 
--Is this consistent with what we would advise in the U.S.?
Yes. It is consistent with the recommendation the U.S. Government would provide Americans in the United States under similar circumstances.
 
--What is the Japanese standard being used?
The Japanese standard for Iodine-131 in drinking water is 100 becquerels per liter if the water is to be consumed by an infant and 300 becquerels per liter if the water is to be consumed by an adult. The current reported contamination of 210 becquerels per liter is therefore about twice the permitted level for infants and about two thirds of the permitted level for adults, under Japanese regulations.
 
--What is the U.S. standard?
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s published standard for Iodine-131 contamination in drinking water is 3 picocuries per liter, which is equal to about 0.1 becquerels per liter. However, the assumptions underlying the EPA standard for continuous exposure do not apply to the current situation in Japan, which is a temporary exposure resulting from an accidental release. In addition, the science of radiation protection has advanced considerably since the EPA standard was published in 1974. If one uses the latest science and makes the adjustments in the calculations underlying the EPA standard in order to make it applicable to the temporary exposure occurring in Japan, one obtains a figure practically identical to the standard that the Japanese authorities are applying.
 
What is the risk of the current Iodine-131 levels to adults drinking the water?
--Short-term exposures at the levels that have been reported do not present significantly increased risks beyond the sensitive populations already identified.


- Matt Orr

Updated Yokosuka-area train/ bus schedule for Thursday

   10:49 a.m. Thursday, Tokyo time

Posted on Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka Facebook page:

Link to slide:
http://www.facebook.com/?ref=logo#!/notes.php?id=128522759186


- Matt Orr

Japanese passport stamp location, times

   10:47 a.m. Thursday, Tokyo time

Posted on NAF Atsugi Facebook page:

‎All Japanese Dependents of American military personnel who are voluntary departures are requested to report to Club Trilogy for a Japanese passport stamp between 1200-1500.


- Matt Orr

Travel advisory from Customs and Border Protection, Tokyo

   10:14 a.m. Thursday, Tokyo time

Posted on Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka Facebook page:

According to Mr. Keeho Kim, Immigration Advisory Program Team Leader for Customs and Border Protection in Tokyo:

At this time, all US citizens desiring to enter the US from Japan are permitted to do so on proof of US citizenship, including those without a passport. This rule is being applied to commercial carriers as well as our charters.
Recommend all camps, stations and basesissue orders to and permit SOFA status personnel who have proof of US citizenship, i.e., proof of birth to a US Citizen parent, to board airplanes bound for the US.
Requirements are twofold:
SOFA status personnel must show proof of US citizenship. Some examples of proof are:
- reenlistment contract (Navpers 1070-601)
- passport
- DS 2029(application for consular report of birth abroad of a citizen of the US)
Secondly, a USNH birth certificate or equivalent from other services. This certificate must show the parents names.
Resp,
Bill Ashton
CNIC, Personal Services Program Manager (N14) PASS/ TPU/ NFAAS


- Matt Orr
 
 

Colonel Feather on Eagle 810 today

   10:07 a.m. Thursday, Tokyo time

Posted on Yokota Air Base Facebook page:

Col. Otto Feather, 374th Airlift Wing Commander, will be on Eagle 810 at 3 p.m. today.

- Matt Orr

No rolling blackouts for Groups 2, 3 and 4 Thursday

   10:06 a.m. Thursday, Tokyo time

No rolling blackouts are scheduled for Thursday in areas designated as Group 2, Group 3 and Group 4.  Yet to be decided is Group 5 and Group 1 scheduled for the duration between 3:20 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. respectively. The decision will be made dependingon the supply-demand balance and will be notified two hours prior to the start of the planned outage.
 
http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/press/corp-com/release/11032306-e.html
 

- Chiyomi Sumida


25,000 dead or missing from earthquake, tsunami

   10:02 a.m. Thursday, Tokyo time

The earthquake and tsunami claimed more than 25,000 people, the Japanese Police Agency updated the toll Thursday morning.
The agency said 9,523 people were found dead, while 16,067 are reportedly missing.
The number of damaged homes and buildings amounts to134,858, the agency’s report said.
The toll of the victims is expected to continue to rise while search and rescue efforts continue. So far, 26,646 people were rescued from the rubbles and wrecked homes, according to the agency. Meanwhile, more than 257,000 people remain homeless, taking shelters at more than 1,900 private and public facilities, such as school gymnasiums and sports arenas.


- Chiyomi Sumida

Updated voluntary departure slides from Misawa

   10 a.m. Thursday, Tokyo time

Posted on AFN Misawa Facebook page in their photos section:

Slides posted Thursday, 9:30 a.m.
Link to slides:
‎http://www.facebook.com/chelsealately?ref=ts&sk=wall#!/AFNMisawa?sk=photos


- Matt Orr

Thursday flight information from NAF Atsugi

   9:53 a.m. Thursday, Tokyo time

Posted on NAF Atsugi Facebook page:

‎ATTENTION - All remaining Category #1 personnel and Category
#2 personnel with last names starting with the letters E through M report to
Cinema 77 at 1200 (noon).


- Matt Orr

Misawa Air Base Emergency Operations Center upate

   9:35 a.m. Thursday, Tokyo time

 
Posted on AFN Misawa Facebook page via Misawa Air Base Emergency Operations Center:

Update #20 – Thursday, 7 a.m.
Misawa Personnel,
Base leadership is actively planning the recently announced voluntary departures. Tune into Channel 20 for the most recent updates, and more information will be provided when available. Your patience is greatly appreciated. It is imperative that all personnel continue to conserve Misawa’s resources. Relief effort support is still ongoing. You may see transient individuals from news media such as CNN, CBS and ABC around the base. There are also relief aid organizations such as USAID using Misawa as a hub as we support Operation TOMODACHI. We are providing assistance to the Japanese community; contact 226-3757 if you would like to volunteer. Please be aware that some residents of the local community may be housed on-base.


Full update: https://www.facebook.com/AFNMisawa?ref=ts


- Matt Orr

 

Vice Adm. Adam Robinson on health concerns of returning families

   9:31 a.m. Thursday, Tokyo time

Posted on NAF Atsugi Facebook page via YouTube:

Vice Admiral Adam Robinson, surgeon general of the Navy, addresses health issues for family members returning to the U.S. from Japan

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9WYaGfU4ZIc


- Matt Orr

DODEA Pacific Crisis Center information

   9:29 a.m. Thursday, Tokyo time

Posted on DoDEA Pacific Facebook page:
 
The DoDEA Pacific Crisis Center is here for you 24/7 to assist with the voluntary authorized departure:

phone:
• DSN: 644-5652
• Commercial within Japan: dial 098-911-5111 and ask the operator to connect to 644-5652
• Commercial from the United States: 011-81-611-744-5652

email:
evacuation.japan@pac.dodea.edu

web:
http://www.dodea.edu/home/japan-evacuation.cfm


- Matt Orr

Atsugi Airborne Radioactivity samples are less than the limit

   9 a.m. Thursday, Tokyo time

Posted on NAF Atsugi Facebook page:

‎Executive Summary for NAF Atsugi: All Airborne Radioactivity samples are less than the limit. Radiation levels remain at 0.01 mr/hr, minimum detectable on the instruments.
 

- Matt Orr

DODEA Virtual High School assisting students

   8:58 a.m. Thursday, Tokyo time

Posted on DoDEA Pacific Facebook page:

The DoDEA Virtual High School will be: Assisting students who need courses not offered locally to complete their spring semester courses. This includes graduating seniors, students in AP courses, middle school students enrolled in high school courses; and fielding calls and providing information to military dependent families in transition who have questions related to DoDEA high school courses.
www.dodea.edu


- Matt Orr

Q&A ... What happens at Travis?

   8:53 a.m. Thursday, Tokyo time

Posted on AFN MisawaFacebook page:

When the plane arrives they are off loaded into the pax terminal where they are welcomed by the Wing Commander and the process is briefly explained.
The first waiting room has phones, changing stations, restrooms, food and stuff to entertain the kids.
From here they process through customs and immigration, like normal.
The next station takes a copy of their orders and ensures they are in order.
If they need their orders to be adjusted or amended, there are service tables that will crank out new orders on the spot.
Functional stations such as Medical (sick call), TRICARE, chaplain, finance and legal are available.
From there they pick up their Tickets from SATO. Those with family in the local area get to skip ahead and are out quick. If they can get the manifest from Japan when the plane leaves, they will be ticketing while they fly and things will go quick for all. If the flight doesn't leave the same day, they will be booked in a hotel with a free shuttle near their departing airport.
After ticketing, they get their bags and pets and jump on a bus heading to their airport or hotel. Travis is booking flights out of Sacramento, San Francisco, San Jose and Oakland. Not bluebird buses, nice buses.
They are processing an entire plane in 2-3 hrs. The people don't leave the terminal during the process but the Wing is making this a painless as possible.
 

- Matt Orr

Fukushima Nuclear Accident Update Log

   8:39 a.m. Thursday, Tokyo time

Posted on DoDEA Pacific Facebook page via IAEA.org (International Atomic Energy Agency):
 
Latest situation report from the IAEA (3/23)
 
http://www.iaea.org/newscenter/news/2011/fukushima230311.html
 

- Matt Orr

Additional seats on two flights leaving Yokota Thursday

   8:34 a.m. Thursday, Tokyo time

Posted on Yokota Air Base Facebook page:

Yokota has been allocated additional seats on two flights departing today.
Volunteers wishing to depart that have not pre-processed should arrive at the Taiyo as soon as possible.
Bring your bags. FSS does not anticipate space for pets on these flights.

- Matt Orr

Updated voluntary departure slides posted

   8:07 a.m. Thursday, Tokyo time

Posted on AFN Misawa Facebook page:

New updated slides posted Thursday 7 a.m. Located in the Misawa the photos section.
 
http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/AFNMisawa
 

- Matt Orr

U.S. looking for a few unaccounted citizens in Japan

   3:53 a.m. Thursday, Tokyo time

The United States says it is searching for fewer than 10 Americans who remain unaccounted for in Japanese areas affected by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

 -- AP

Updated info on voluntary departure flight 4 from Misawa

   12:35 a.m. Thursday, Tokyo time

http://tinyurl.com/4edgk4l 
 
 -- Dave Ornauer

Status of six reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant

     9:44 p.m. Wednesday Tokyo time

Workers at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant have been scrambling to cool down fuel rods and prevent the release of additional radioactive material since a 9.0-magnitude earthquake and tsunami hit the area on March 11.

CNN provides a summary of the status of each of the plant's six reactors and surrounding buildings; citing the non-profit Japan Atomic Industrial Forum, Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) and the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Read more at: http://tinyurl.com/5rfh5g7

-- Sandra Jontz

Electronic pdf form for voluntary departures

     7:16 p.m. Wednesday Tokyo time

Posted on the NAF Atsugi Facebook page:
 
‎ATTENTION - If you are going to be traveling on the voluntary departures please go the link, fill out the form and bring it with you to Cinema 77 to make your processing go easier.

For get the pdf, go to:http://tinyurl.com/6fkczmv

-- Matt Orr

Q&A about seat selection process for voluntary departure

     6:57 p.m. Wednesday Tokyo time

Posted on the AFN Misawa Facebook page:

Here is some info about the seating selection process for the voluntary departure:

1. How are wrist band numbers being selected for the flights?

Wrist bands numbers are being selected for flights based on a priority established by the Wing. It’s important to remember that the wrist band number that you were given was based on your pre-registration priority, but there are a few other priorities taken into consideration when we start actually applying passengers to the plane. So the first thing that we do is we load eligible pets onto the plane and the passengers associated with those pets. And then once we have all the pet slots taken, the rest are filled with passengers that weren’t traveling with pets. And we look at anything from medical situations and possibilities of the spouse being deployed and finally numerical order. The final thing taken into consideration when someone gets on a plane is whether or not they established a travel buddy or multiple travel buddies that they wanted to ride into the Conus with.

2. How are deployed spouses being selected for the flights?

The Deployed Spouses are being selected no different really unless they had a pet situation where no one was going to be left at home. So if you’re a deployed spouse and you are category one or two for preprocessing, chances are you are going to be called up higher than someone whose a deployed spouse but was maybe in category three or four, but unless you have a pet situation that requires you to get on a plane sooner rather than later, really it’s going to be a numerical order situation and then again with the travel buddies.

3. How are Cargo Pet slots being filled on the flights?

Cargo pet slots are filled first with anyone who identified themselves with having one or two cargo pets and once they voluntarily depart, there’s no one remaining behind in their family to take care of their pets. Those individuals have priority for pet booking. After that we fill any additional slots for pets with anyone on the list identified having a cargo pet.

4. Why are higher numbers being selected before lower numbers?

For standby packs we pull from the very bottom of the list. So the very highest of the p-numbers are probably going to be called the standby first in a descending type order. If you are skipped over on a standby, chances are is because you established a travel buddy that we either can’t get onto that plane for their situation or it doesn’t line up. But the standby is basically to come in and wait and in case we have an extra slot you can get on it. There is no guarantee that a standby person’s going to get on that plane.

5. Why are some numbers called out of order?

Wrist band numbers are called out of order; some of those things could be because someone who’s already on the plane established a higher number wristband as a travel buddy, so we try to accommodate the travel buddy situations. Sometimes someone needs to get out because of an impending family emergency in the Conus or a medical emergency that’s been established here that the Med Group has asked them to be moved up in priority and they pre-registered late so they have a higher wristband number, but they really do need to actually get out earlier than someone with say a lower wrist band number

-- Matt Orr

Listen to interview with 374th Airlift Wing commander

     6:53 p.m. Wednesday Tokyo time
 
Posted on the Yokota Air Base Facebook page via vimeo:
 
Wednesday's interview with the 374th Airlift Wing commander, Col. Otto Feather. 
 
http://player.vimeo.com/video/21383933?title=0&byline=0&portrait=0

-- Matt Orr

PSD recommendations

     6:52 p.m. Wednesday Tokyo time
 
Posted on the Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka Facebook page:
 
Personnel Support Detachment continues to accept packets from Command Representatives around the clock. However, we have logged packets by order of submittal and are STRICTLY enforcing the ordering system. We have a significant backlog, so if you have not yet been ticketed (received your second email), PSD recommends proceeding to the Fleet Rec Center for VMAD flights according to word put out by CFAY.

-- Matt Orr

Updates from Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka

6:25 p.m. Wednesday Tokyo time

Posted on the Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka Facebook page:

Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka Capt. David Owen updates the community on the voluntary departure.

http://www.facebook.com/#!/video/video.php?v=208656899146106

-- Matt Orr

AAFES halts stocks of Japanese produce

     6:22 p.m. Wednesday Tokyo time

Army and Air Force Exchange Service on Tuesday stopped stocking local Japanese produce in its stores as a precaution amid concerns about food supplies coming from Fukushima Prefecture, where conditions at Japan's nuclear power plant still were not completely under control.

George Ricker, an AAFES official based at Yokota, said the amount of Japanese goods sold at its stores around Japan was already minimal and that the measure was taken despite assurances and safety checks from Japanese vendors.

Ricker added that there was no shortage of food, supplies and gas arriving for AAFES facilities in Japan from the U.S.

-- Charlie Reed

Change in location at Yokota to get potassium iodide

     6:01 p.m. Wednesday Tokyo time

Yokota Air Base has changed its potassium iodide pill distribution line from hangar 15 to the base gym, which is to be open until 10 p.m. Wednesday. After that, the medicine will be available for pick-up at the hospital's urgent care center along with the required paperwork.

Officials cautioned that Americans still were not supposed to take the pills, but made picking them mandatory. Yokota officials asked pregnant women at the base to contact the Yokota hospital if a doctor or nurse had not already been in touch. There are higher risks associated with taking potassium iodide pills for expectant mothers, and Yokota medical officials are speaking with women to discuss their options on a case-by-case basis, said Col. Fred Stone, deputy commander of the 374th Medical Group at Yokota.

Still, Stone and 374th Wing commander Col. Otto Feather emphasized that hourly tests of the air, water and food in and around Yokota were safe.

Expectant mothers seeking advice should call the 374th Medical Group at Yokota at DSN 225-7342.

-- Charlie Reed

No pets processed at this time

     5:33 p.m. Wednesday Tokyo time
 
Posted on the Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka Facebook page:
 
No pets are being processed until further notice.

-- Matt Orr

Information for people taking the bus from Ikego and Negishi to Fleet Rec

     5:32 p.m. Wednesday Tokyo time
 
Posted on the Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka Facebook page:

For those taking the bus from Ikego and Negishi to the Fleet Rec tonight, please read the following instructions:

1. Contact your OIC (LT Kim or Chief Cross) NLT 2100 to confirm you are going.

2. A bus will be at the NEX parking lots at 2330 and will depart at 0000 for the Fleet Rec.

-- Matt Orr

Seats still available on bus departing FLT REC at 5:45 p.m.

     5:30 p.m. Wednesday Tokyo time
 
Posted on the Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka Facebook page:

Still have 10 seats left on the next bus departing FLT REC at 1745 ....... instruct family members to bring luggage and paperwork.

Plenty of room on the next flights ... NO LINES .... NO WAITING!!

-- Matt Orr

Seats available on 5:45 p.m. bus in route to Yokosuka

     4:55 p.m. Wednesday Tokyo time

Posted on the Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka Facebook page:

If you are ready to depart, you can depart tonight. Seats available on the 17:45 bus in route to Yokosuka. Bring luggage and all paperwork. First come, first served.

-- Matt Orr

Supplies needed for abandoned pets

    4:45 p.m. Wednesday Tokyo time
 
Posted on the Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka Facebook page:

Pets Are Worth Saving (PAWS) is in need of supplies for the pets being abandoned. Supplies needed include cat litter, animal carriers, kennels, dog food, cat food and blankets. PAWS is open until 9 tonight. Schedule for rest of the week is forthcoming.

-- Matt Orr

For those with concerns of entering the U.S. lawfully

     4:15 p.m. Wednesday Tokyo time
 
Posted on the AFN Misawa Facebook page:
 
Team Misawa, this just in: For voluntary authorized departure candidates with concerns about lawfully entering the U.S., please contact the legal office BEFORE processing: 226-4022. (ex. visas, passports, proof of residency, etc.)
 
-- Matt Orr

Misawa earthquake recovery update

     3:05 p.m. Wednesday Tokyo time

Posted on the AFN Misawa Facebook page:

From Misawa Air Base Emergency Operations Center:

Base leadership is actively planning the recently announced voluntary departures. Tune into Channel 20 for the most recent updates, and more information will be provided when available. Your patience is greatly appreciated. It is imperative that all personnel continue to conserve Misawa’s resources. Relief effort support is still ongoing. You may see transient individuals from news media such as CNN, CBS and ABC around the base. There are also relief aid organizations such as USAID using Misawa as a hub as we support Operation TOMODACHI. We are providing assistance to the Japanese community; contact 226-3757 if you would like to volunteer. Please be aware that some residents of the local community may be housed on-base.

Voluntary Departure Missions (Please note there could be changes):
3. 24MAR/0450L: B767 (240 Seats, 0 CPs, 3 LPs) TO: TRAVIS
CP Passengers: None
LP Passengers: LP 7-LP9, LP21-LP26
Regular Passengers:
P266-P273, P348-P350, P423-P425, P441-P506, P509-P664,
P697-P699, P814-P815, P1022-P1024, P1079, P1125, P1138-P1141
Stand By Passengers (show NLT 24/0000L): LP30, P981-P986, P1019, P1020, P1056, P1058, P1065, P1072, P1073, P1094, P1095, P1110, P1117, P1118, P1190-P1194, P1197-P1199
 
4. 24MAR/1720L: DC10 (310 Seats, 10 CPs, 3 LPs) TO: TRAVIS
5. 25MAR/0820L: B767 (240 Seats, 10 CPs, 3 LPs) TO: TRAVIS
6. 25 MAR/0830L: B747 (368 Seats, 10 CPs, 3 LPs) TO: SEATTLE
7. 25 MAR/2105L: DC10 (310 Seats, 10 CPs, 3 LPs) TO: TRAVIS
8. 26 MAR/1420L: B767 (240 Seats, 0 CPs, 3 LPs) TO: TRAVIS
9. 26 MAR/2020L: B767 (240 Seats, 0 CPs, 3 LPs) TO: TRAVIS
10. 27MAR/0540L: B-757 (170 Seats, 7 CPs, 3 LPs) TO: Anchorage-Seattle
 
Report to O’Club with all luggage, pets, and travel documents. A box meal will be provided at the club, and a meal service is provided on the aircraft.
 
Turn in your house key and leave your vehicle key at the last stop during the final processing line (not required if active duty sponsor remains).

ATTENTION: DUE TO LACK OF USE, SHUTTLE BUSES WILL NO LONGER BE RUNNING.

POV Drop Off:
- Personnel are authorized to drop off family members in front of the Officer’s Club at the overhang. Please use the entrance adjacent to Selfridge Street.
- Parking will not be authorized in the Club parking lot.
- Personnel will be available to assist family members with luggage
Voluntary Departure Flight Schedule:
Flight schedule is subject to change due to changing mission flows, please monitor Flight Reporting Announcement Slides for changes
Additional flights are being worked
Passenger lists will generally be released NLT 24 hours prior to each flight
- Street lights on Misawa AB have been turned off to conserve energy.
- Pedestrians are at a higher risk of being struck by a vehicle.
- During the hours of darkness, the 35 FW/CC has mandated all military personnel on Misawa AB wear reflective material or brightly colored clothing.
- Wear of reflective material or brightly colored clothing is highly recommended for ALL personnel.
 
- Traumatic Stress Response Team is available on the 2nd floor of the Mokuteki on Friday 25 Mar 11 at 0800L, 1400L and 1600L.
Base Services:
- TOMORROW 24 MAR THERE IS BULK TRASH PICKUP AT ALL BASE LIVING AREAS!!
- Grissom Dining Facility: Regular operating hours
- Commissary: Tue-Sat 0900-1900L/Sun 1000-1700L
- Exchange: Mon-Sat 0900-2100L,/Sun 0900-1900L
- Concessions: 1000-1800L
- Food Court: Mon-Fri 0800-1700L/Sat-Sun 0800-1900L
- MCSS: Tue-Sat 1000-1600L/Sun-Mon Closed
- Collocated Club: Mon-Fri Lunch: 1100-1400L/Dinner: 1700-2000L
- Main Base Shoppette: Mon-Sun 0600-2400L
- Community Bank: Mon-Fri 1000-1400L
- Navy Federal Credit Union Mon-Fri 1000-1400L (Withdraws and Deposits only). For more info go to navyfederal.org or call 1-888-842-6328.
- Potter Fitness Center: Mon-Sun 24 Hrs (Beddown Personnel Only)
- The Post Office: Regular operating hours
- Main base AAFES gas station: open Mon-Fri 0700-1900L; Sat 0800-1900L; Sun 0900-1700L to customers with a quarter-tank or less of fuel and customers filling gas cans. Customers must prepay with cash, check or credit card (no debit card) and are limited to 10 gals/vehicle. At this time, the Military Service Station (B470) is open 24/7 ONLY for mission essential local nations w/ endorsed letter from their commander. You must have less then ¼ tank, and there is a 10 gallon limit.
- Burger King, Popeye’s, Furniture Mart, Falcon Feeder, N. Area Shoppette/Food Court/Concessions are all CLOSED
- Self Help Store: Mon-Tues 0900-1600L, Wed 0900-1300L, Thur 0900-1600L, Fri 0900-1500L, Sat 0900-1600L and closed Sun.
 
- Concerning the nuclear reactor situation: A 200M travel restriction is in place, leadership will continue to closely monitor the situation to ensure the safety of US military personnel and their families. Official studies indicate that Misawa is unlikely to be impacted by the nuclear disaster at the three affected facilities. Misawa is 232 miles north of Fukushima and radioactive contamination is expected to travel south and east.
 
- 2011 Motorcycle Riding Season: Due to recent events, the 35 FW/CC has authorized an early start of the 2011 Motorcycle Riding Season. Those members authorized (Motorcycle Safety Foundation licensed) to ride may do so at this time to save on gas mileage. The 2011 Rider’s All Call has been postponed until further notice. Due to the rapid weather changes, the 35 FW/CC may rescind the early start until further notice. If there are any questions, please contact the Wing Safety Office at 226-2702.
 
- ATTENTION! Schools and various facilities have returned to normal hours. In an effort to conserve Misawa’s resources, ALL PERSONNEL must do their part to conserve fuel, water, and electricity, especially between the hours of 1730-2000. Personnel are asked to implement conservation measures and restrict use of high load electrical appliances such as washers, dryers, dishwashers, ovens, etc.
 
- BACK TO WORK DOES NOT MEAN BUSINESS AS USUAL. We must all do our part to conserve energy at work and at home…
 
AT WORK:
 
TVs off
Reduced heating in facilities (wear warm clothes)
Limit use of appliances and electronic devices
Cut back on lighting
Disconnect fridges
Order chem-lights for facilities
Consolidate functions to one facility
Close unnecessary facilities
AT HOME: (During the peak hours of 0900-1200 and 1700-2000)
Do not run washing machine and/or dryer
Use microwave for cooking and reheating
Set thermostat to 18C/65F, or less
Wear warm clothes
During day time, open blinds and keep lights off
During night time, turn lights off in unoccupied rooms; use no more than 2 rooms at once
Unplug TVs, VCRs, game consoles, coffee machines, toasters, etc. when not in use
Limit use of appliances and electronic devices
 
- The chapel is open during normal duty hours: Mon-Fri 0730-1630L.
- Pastoral care, counseling & spiritual support are available at the chapel or as needed by calling the below numbers.
Chapel: 226-4630
FWSA/UCC: 226-2116
Command Post: 226-9899
- The Chapel does have power now.
- All worship services are now on normal schedules. Please contact the chapel to check on other programs.
 
- The 35 Medical Group continues to be functional. Patients requiring care are to check-in at the Urgent Care Clinic. In support of Voluntary Departure, medical group staff are on the pre-processing line to assist you.
 
- Misawa Update Information slides are available on channel 4. To access this channel use the number 4 button on your remote control instead up the up/down arrows.
Child Development/School Age:
- Customers - Patrons whose dependents are returning stateside, please notify the CDC by sending an email to the following address to hold your slot: 35fss.airmanandfamilyservicesflight@misawa.af.mil. Child Care/School Age slots will be reserved for 30 days before being placed on a waiting list.
- Care - Hours of Operation Mon-Fri 0645-1845L. Open to Critical Mission Essential (Dual/Single Military)
Required items:
- Must be currently enrolled in the CDC/SAP/FCC Program
- Letter from Commander identifying parents are Critical Mission Essential (Commanders/First Sergeant validate). For dual military, both must have letters identifying mission essential status, especially if just on call.
- AFIMT 357 Dependent Care Plan is required to be implemented in the event services are not available.
- Priority Status:
1. Critical Mission Essential (currently enrolled with an updated letter validating Mission Essential status)
- Single/Dual Military/DoD Civilians (not DoDEA) identified as Critical Mission Essential (Spouse must also be Mission Essential)
2. Mission Support
- Military/Civilians in support of keeping the base operational
- Teachers
- All others
- Childcare options:
1. Child Development/School Age Program - Critical Mission Essential
2. Friends helping friends - If you are home and can aid another family temporarily, please offer to help!
3. Enact Family Care Plan - AF IMT 357
4. The following are no longer available:
- Family Child Care (dependent home care)
- Sheppard’s Place (off base)
 
- University of MD University College (UMUC): New start dates for Spring Session 2 on-site classes: 4 April – 14 May 11. Course LIBS150 new dates are 9 & 23 April 11. Registration is extended until 4 April 11. Proctored exams are still on for 28 Mar – 1 Apr 11.
 
- Central Texas College: New date for Term 4 is 4 April 11. Online classes will still begin on 21 March 11 and registration was extended to 4 April 11 for on-site & online classes.
 
- Notary service is available 0700-1700 at the Legal Office, as well as on the processing line at the Collocated Club. For Powers of Attorney (POAs): (1) go to https://aflegalassistance.law.af.mil/, (2) populate POA information, (3) write down your ticket number, (4) take ticket number to Legal Office or processing line. Please call the Legal Office at 226-4022 for further information. For emergencies contact the Command Post. The Tax Center is open; call 226-3948/2513 for an appointment.
 
- Active Duty Air Force members PCS’ing, separating or retiring 15 March - 15 April 11 please report to the MPS one-stop-center in Bldg. 653.
 
- Already scheduled TDYs & LVs (outbound) must be approved by FW/CC. Please route requests through your unit commander.
 
- Air Force CAC/DEERs updates are now available. Please visit the one-stop-center or call 226-4002 for any questions.
 
- Due to off-base fuel restrictions & incinerator issues, Misawa AB trash pick-up remains limited. To prevent health & sanitation concerns, immediately begin to minimize trash production using the following steps:
- Separate recyclable products from the trash by removing boxes, cans, bottles, and paper
- Save recyclable items until further notice
- Only place non-recyclable trash in garbage containers
- Compact all trash to maximize space
 
- Personnel are to report to work at Unit Commander’s discretion. Please contact your UCC for more information.
 
- AT&T land-line and cell phone calls, up to 60 mins, from the US to Japan are free through 31 Mar 11. For additional information visit www.att.com.
 
- Time Warner Cable is offering free calls from the US to Japan through 15 April 11. For additional information visit www.timewarnercable.com.
 
- Contact Verizon at 616-8920 for internet/phone issues.
 
- Monetary donations can be made through the Red Cross at www.redcross.org
 
- Mokuteki Community Center has six phone lines are available for 3-minute morale calls. They are currently accepting cash, check, and yen. A full menu is available at Café Mokuteki.
 
- For Air Force claims, please call 1-877-754-1212, visit https://claims.jag.af.mil/, or search “Air Force Claims” on Facebook. Documents required: copy of Misawa orders, housing assistance document, photos/other substantiation, employment verification for civilians, power of attorney (if not sponsor), and list of damaged or spoiled items. Members must file with their private insurance first (if applicable) and within 2 years of incident. Before discarding damaged items (unless unsafe to keep), JA recommends taking photographs and/or video documentation. Please call the Legal Office at 226-4022 for any questions or concerns. Navy will handle claims separately. For Navy claims, please visit http://www.jag.navy.mil/. For Army claims, please visit https://www.jagcnet.army.mil/.
 
- Schools are back to normal operations. Bus schedules, class schedules are back to normal hours. Plan on school lunches being only cold prepared food.
 
- Leave, TDY, and deployed personnel are authorized for return travel to Misawa
 
- All inbound Permanent Change of Stations (PCSs) have been delayed until further notice.
 
- UOD will be ABU/BDU/Flight Suit through the duration of the Contingency Operation.
 
- WAPS testing is suspended until further notice.
 
- Due to the stop movement in effect, base in-processing/Right Start appointments have been cancelled until further notice. If you have questions, please contact 226-4002.
 
- 35 CES is turning commercial power on to all facilities on main base. Many facilities still have lights, computers, and coffee pots on from when the earthquake shut power off. Facility managers must check/correct each building to ensure no unnecessary power is being consumed. All facilities must be in compliance with the energy conservation checklist regardless of power source (generator or commercial). Occupants of buildings receiving commercial power are asked to stay away from power panels and generators to avoid electrical shock. Call your UCC for more information.
 
- The following trips have been cancelled:
- ITT: Tony Roma’s (26 Mar), Ryesendo Caves (2 Apr)
- Community Center: Tokyo (24-27 Mar) SUNs/SAX Tokyo (24-27 Mar)
- Outdoor Rec: Ski Trip (26 Mar), Snow Shoe Hike (26 Mar)
Please continue to remain patient as we work to help Misawa Air Base recover from the damage to our community.

-- Matt Orr

Update on Misawa voluntary departure Flight 3:

      3:05 p.m. Wednesday Tokyo time

Go to: http://tinyurl.com/5s9nh9y

-- Dave Ornauer

Asia stocks mixed amid uncertainty in Japan, Libya

   3 p.m. local Tokyo time

From The Association Press:

Asian stocks were mixed Wednesday following a retreat on Wall Street as the staggering toll exacted by Japan's worst-ever earthquake came into sharper focus and uncertainties grew about the outcome of Western military action against Libya.

Read full story here.
 

Tokyo says radiation in tap water above limit

   2:51 p.m. local Tokyo time

From The Associated Press:

Tokyo Water Bureau officials say levels of radioactive iodine in some city tap water is two times the recommended limit for infants.

Read full story here.
 

Yokosuka-area rolling blackout update

   2:41 p.m. local Tokyo time

Posted on the Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka Facebook page:

Effective 23 March, during the Rolling Black-outs, Keikyu Line will enforce a “Special Train Timetable” which will be based on the weekend train timetable (80 % of the normal weekday schedule) until further notice.
- Jinmuji Gate will close during Rolling Black-outs.   Please go to the main side of the Jinmuji Entrance.
- During the Rolling Black-outs, please be advised that the driving between Keikyu-Kurihama to Misakiguchi will approximately 20 minutes.
- Keikyu Line is directly connected into the Toei Asakusa Line.  
- The station and the trains are expect to be crowed during the rush hours and lighting in the station, train, and escalators will be minimal.
 
ROLLING BLACK-OUT SCHEDULE of 23-28 March (Subject to change)
23 March (Wed):   1200 - 1620
24 March (Thu):     0900 – 1320 / 1630 – 2050
25 March (Fri):       0600 – 1020 / 1330 – 1750
26 March (Sat):      1800 – 2220
27 March (Sun):     1500 – 1920
28 March (Mon):    1200 – 1620


- Matt Orr

18th Wing commander to discuss relief efforts on TV, radio at 4 p.m.

   2:38 p.m. local Tokyo time

From AFN Okinawa's Facebook page:

AFN Okinawa
As a reminder, tune in TODAY at 4PM to hear the 18th Wing Commander discuss disaster relief efforts and how they could potentially impact the ENTIRE ISLAND of Okinawa. He'll be on Wave 89.1 FM, Surf 648 AM and, if you have access, tune your TV to the Pentagon Channel- we'll be broadcasting the entire interview live!


- Dave Ornauer

Tonight's departure flight out of Yokota canceled

   2:34 p.m. local Tokyo time

Posted on the NAF Atsugi Facebook page:

We have received information that tonight’s voluntary departure flight from Yokota Air Base has been canceled. The good news is there are four flights tomorrow 24 March, with the first show time tonight at 12:30 a.m. for all remaining Category #1 personnel and Category #2 personnel with last names starting with the letter A through M. (Category #2 = families with children 3 to 6 years old). For families departing with pets, the paperwork you received from the veterinarian needs to be attached to the cage your pet is traveling in. Also, families departing with children younger than one year old will travel on their parent’s lap. For families departing with children older than one year old they will be assigned a seat.


- Matt Orr

Yokosuka processing all Categories 1-5

   2:22 p.m. local Tokyo time

Posted on the Commander Fleet Activities Facebook page:

*** We are now processing ALL CATEGORIES (1-5) at the Fleet Recreation Center.
Category 5 is families in other categories who decided to depart at a later
time. Pets still aren't being processed at this time. ***


- Matt Orr

Updated departure details for Thursday mission out of Misawa

   2:18 p.m. local Tokyo time

Posted on the AFN Misawa Facebook page:

New Misawa update slides posted under the photo section.
http://www.facebook.com/?ref=logo#!/photo.php?fbid=10150121327934386&set=a.10150121327894386.286276.265661109385&theater

- Matt Orr

Atsugi skipper video update

   2:08 p.m. local Tokyo time

Posted on the NAF Atsugi Facebook page:

Wednesday’s 1 p.m. Skipper’s Update link:
http://www.facebook.com/?ref=logo#!/video/video.php?v=211141125563273&comments


- Matt Orr

Information on radiation levels and human health

   2:03 p.m. local Tokyo time 

Posted on the DODEA Pacific Facebook page via The Daily Yomiuri Online:

An article that provides helpful, straightforward information about radiation levels and human health:
http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T110322004943.htm

Daily Yomiuri News Site
www.yomiuri.co.jp
 

- Matt Orr

CFAY processing all Category 1-4

   2 p.m. local Tokyo time

Posted on the Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka Facebook page:

Currently processing all Category 1 - 4 for CFAY and both housing detachments. Category 4: Families with children 13 years or older or no children.


- Matt Orr

Atsugi: Wednesday flight full

   1:46 p.m. local Tokyo time

Posted on the NAF Atsugi Facebook page:

‎Wednesday flight at 1:43, Flight is Full


- Matt Orr

VFW Post 9612 to serve food to Tomodachi Marines

   1:44 p.m. local Tokyo time

Posted on the NAF Atsugi Facebook page:

‎Message from VFW Post 9612 - Tonight starting at 7 p.m. at Tower 3042, volunteers from American Red Cross, AESA, and VFW Post 9612 will be serving food to the U.S. Marines supporting Operation Tomodachi.
Also on Mar. 24, at 11:30 .am. volunteers from the Red Cross, AESA, and VFW Post 9612 will be serving free food to active duty members at the Bowling Alley.

- Matt Orr

Update on voluntary departures from Honshu

   1:39 p.m. local Tokyo time 

Posted on the NAF Misawa Facebook page via slideshare:

Here is the latest information regarding the voluntary departure of dependents from Honshu, Japan.
Japan Disaster Response Navy Civilian Personnel Update (March 23, 2011)
http://www.slideshare.net/nafmisawa/japan-disaster-response-navy-civilian-personnel-update

- Matt Orr

No quarantine required for pets returning to Japan

   1:31 p.m. local Tokyo time

Posted on the Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka Facebook page:

Pet Return to Japan.
CNFJ has checked on the issue of Pet Quarantine with the Yokohama Quarantine Planning and Coordination Office.   For those who took their pets to the United States with them during the Assisted Voluntary Departure of Dependents, no Japanese quarantine of pets is required as long as the following requirements are met:  

1.  Each pet must have a micro-chip implanted.
2.  Each pet must have had two Rabies/Distemper shots within the past year
3.  Each pet must have had a valid blood test within the past year
4.  Each pet must have up to date documentation that all these requirements have been met.
5.  Each pet must have an up-to-date U.S. Veterinarian's Certificate of Health  

If these requirements are not met, your pet will be required to go through Japanese Quarantine Procedures.

By: Commander, Naval Forces Japan

- Matt Orr

Updated Japan earthquake death toll

   1:08 p.m. local Tokyo time

The toll of the March 11 earthquake exceeded 24,000, according to the Japanese Police Agency.
A causality report updated at 12:00 p.m. Wednesday said that 9,408 people were confirmed dead while 14,716 are still missing.
 
- Chiyomi Sumida

Yokosuka shuttle schedule

   1:06 p.m. local Tokyo time

Posted on the Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka Facebook page:

Shuttles will be run between the Commissary parking lot, Fleet Rec, and
12hour parking by the main gate to support all departing flights this
evening.

The times will be:
23MAR: 1500-1600
24MAR: 0100-0330


- Matt Orr

Atsugi calling for Category 2s

   1:04 p.m. local Tokyo time

Posted on the NAF Atsugi Facebook page:

‎All Category #2 passengers with last names starting from A through C are to assemble @ Cinema 77 at this time. There is only space for carry-on pets allowed on this flight.
 

- Matt Orr

Visa application information from U.S. Embassy Tokyo

   12:44 p.m. local Tokyo time

Posted on the Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka Facebook page:

U.S. Embassy News: For Visa Applicants
Due to recent events in Japan, the U.S. Embassy Tokyo wishes to inform all visa applicants that our first priority at this time is assisting U.S. citizens in Japan. For details about non-immigrant visa procedures, please see Important Notices.   For non-immigrant visa procedures in Osaka, please see Osaka Consulate site.

- Matt Orr

Updated Category 1 details for people taking pets

   12:35 p.m. local Tokyo time

Posted on the NAF Atsugi Facebook page:‎
‎All Category #1 passengers are to assemble @ Cinema 77 at this time. There is only space for carry on pets allowed on this flight. All large pet space if full.


- Matt Orr

Atsugi calling for Category 1s to assemble

   12:19 p.m. local Tokyo time

Posted on the NAF Atsugi Facebook page:
‎All Category #1 are to assemble @ Cinema 77 at this time. There is limited pets space for this flight.


- Matt Orr

Col. Feather to speak on Eagle 810 today

   12:09 p.m. local Tokyo time

Posted on the Yokota Air Base Facebook page:

Colonel Feather will be on Eagle 810 today at 3 p.m. with the latest news--please tune in!


- Matt Orr

Yokosuka PSD update on travel booking

   12:07 p.m. local Tokyo time

Posted on the Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka Facebook page:

 PSD personnel booked approximately 480 tickets today, approx. 380 yesterday, 277 Sunday, and 180 on Saturday, bringing them to a grand total of more than 1,300 seats out of Japan.
Update:   PSD continues to accept packets from Command Representatives around the clock.  We have logged packets by order of submittal, and will be continuing with ticketing Group 1 tomorrow when the CTO opens at 0800.  CTO has been averaging 300 tickets booked per day.  If you'd like to see where your name is on the list, lists of names and groups are available at PSD around the clock.
 
- Matt Orr

Yokosuka PAWS open today, looking for volunteers

   12:04 p.m. local Tokyo time

Posted on the Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka Facebook page:

Pet Lovers - PAWS will be open today at 3 p.m. for those interested in volunteering. Thanks in advance for your support.

- Matt Orr

More than 23,000 dead, missing as of Wednesday morning

   12:01 p.m. local Tokyo time

The toll of victims of the earthquake and ensuing tsunami continues to rise. As of Wednesday morning, more than 23,000 people are either dead or missing, the Japanese Police Agency said. The agency updated the fatality to 9,301, while 13,786 are reportedly missing. The number of damaged homes and building has reached 128,574, leaving more than 264,000 people homeless. A cold air system is dominating over the earthquake stricken northern Pacific coast regions Wednesday and cold temperature is expected to continue throughout the week, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.
Meanwhile, in Miyagi, one of the hardest hit areas, 5,714 people were claimed dead, while the number of missing people is still not available, according to the prefectural police headquarters.
“All we can say now is that it is a significant amount, but there is no way for us to verify at this point,” said a police spokesman.

- Chiyomi Sumida

USCS Q&A set for 3 p.m. today

   11:31 a.m. local Tokyo time

Posted on the Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka Facebook page:

‎*** USCS Question and Answer period ***
A team of HR personnel will be available in C-2 auditorium TODAY at 3 p.m. to answer any questions that USCS employees may have regarding their work and dependent status if departing under Voluntary Departures and under Ordered Departures.
 

- Matt Orr

Yokosuka area rolling blackout schedule for next 6 days

   11:29 a.m. local Tokyo time

Posted on the Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka Facebook page:

Rolling blackout schedule for the next 6 days
Group 1 (Ikego and Urago):
23MAR: 0620-1020 and 1350-1730
24MAR: 1800-2200
25MAR: 1500-1900
26MAR: 1200-1600
27MAR: 0900-1300 and 1630-2030
28MAR: 0620-1020 and 1350-1730

Group 3 (Yokosuka):
23MAR: 1200-1600
24MAR: 0900-1300 and 1630-2030
25MAR: 0620-1020 and 1350-1730
26MAR: 1800-2200
27MAR: 1500-1900
28MAR: 1200-1600

- Matt Orr

More information on pet carriers

   11:24 a.m. local Tokyo time

Posted on the Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka Facebook page:

‎AMC FLIGHTS
In Cabin: Carrier Dimensions must be smaller than 20"L x 16"L x 8"H and must be an airline approved carrier. Pets must be able to stand, sit, turn and lay down with normal body posture to fit this category.
Excess Accompanied Baggage Shipment: This method is available to personnel traveling to and from Japan. Requests for obtaining transportation reservations for the movement of pets as excess baggage must be submitted to the personnel office during the outbound assignment interview. While travel reservations permitting the movement of your pet cannot be guaranteed, every effort will be made to meet your requirements by the personnel office, TMO, and AMC.
 
Commercial Transportation
It is recommended to contact your airline in advance to get the most current information. Each airline determines their specific pet policies. The following is a list of major airlines and their phone numbers with embargo information.
**To view a complete list of airlines and comprehensive animal transportation information, view these websites.
http://www.pettravel.com/airline_rules.cfm <https://webmail.ncis.navy.mil/app_common/msg.aspx?id=140>
http://www.aphis.usda.gov/oa/pubs/petravel.html <https://webmail.ncis.navy.mil/app_common/msg.aspx?id=141>
A complete list of airline contact numbers and links to pet policies can be found at:
http://www.pettravel.com/links_airport_contactinfo.cfm <https://webmail.ncis.navy.mil/app_common/msg.aspx?id=140>
Numbers for the most common airlines are provided here:
American Airlines: 1-800-227-4622
Japan: 0120-00-0860
Continental Airlines: 1-800-525-0280
Japan: 0120-24-2414
Japan Airlines 1-800-525-3663
United Airlines: 1-800-241-6522
Japan: 0120-11-4466
Northwest Airlines: 1-800-225-2525
Japan: 0120-12-0747
Delta Airlines: 1-800-221-1212
Japan: 0120-33-3742
Pet Travel Tips
Most airlines have maximum pet carrier size acceptance guidelines:
Baggage/cargo: 40 inches (L) x 27 inches (W) x 30 inches (H)
In cabin:
Commercial: 18 inches (L) x 12 inches (W) x 8 inches (H)
AMC: 20 inches (L) x 16 inches (W) x 8 inches (H)
The kennel / cage must be approved by the International Air Transportation Association and be large enough for the animal to stand up, turn around, and lie down with normal posture and body movements. Kennels must have air holes on all 4 sides. Several layers of newspaper, shredded paper, or absorbent material (towel/blankets) should be placed in the bottom of the cage.


- Matt Orr


Yokosuka not currently processing pets

   11:22 a.m. local Tokyo time

Posted on the Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka Facebook page:

Due to the abundance of pets - no pets are being processed for the time being. Processing will continue once the back log is caught up.
 
- Matt Orr
 

Yokota flight departure change

   11:08 a.m. local Tokyo time

Posted on the Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka Facebook page:

‎*** FLIGHT DEPARTURE CHANGE ***
The Yokota air terminal logistics team can only support processing personnel 30 minutes prior to their planned departure. The flight scheduled to depart at 10:20 p.m. Wednesday, March 22 has been rescheduled to 1:20 a.m., Thursday, March 23. Processing time is now 3:20 p.m. for a 5:20 p.m. bus departure.

- Matt Orr

Help feed the Atsugi MAVDD volunteers

   11:06 a.m. local Tokyo time

Posted on the NAF Atsugi Facebook page:

• ‎It was brought up to ask the NAF Atsugi residents to help with some cooked food for the hungry MAVDD active duty volunteers at Cinema 77, Club Trilogy, Hangar 183, and the Emergency Operation Center. This may help you get rid of some food in your refrigerators if you are planning on departing. Please bring any food to those locations. It will be greatly appreciated.

- Matt Orr

Rolling blackout update

   11 a.m. local Tokyo time

Rolling blackouts scheduled for Wednesday in areas designated as Group 4 and Group 5, according to Tokyo Electric Power Company.
Whether or not to carry out power outage in Group 1, 2 3, currently scheduled between 12:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. will be determined two hours prior to the planned time depending on the supply-demand balance, TEPCO said.
TEPCO news release is posted below.
 
http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/press/corp-com/release/11032212-e.html

- Chiyomi Sumida

Public transportation info for Yokosuka residents

   10:58 a.m. local Tokyo time

Posted on Commander Fleet Activities Facebook page:

‎Please note, all services indicated below are subject to change without notice
Yokosuka/Yokohama:
 
Bus - the Keikyu line will run as scheduled.
Train - the Keikyu line will run on weekend schedule
20 minute increments during BLACKOUT PERIOD between Keikyu-Kurihama and Misakiguchi.
 
JR Yokosuka line will run as follows:
                  - normal schedule between Tokyo and Zushi
                  - 80% of normal schedule between Zushi and Kurihama
 
JR Tokaido line will run as follows:
                  - 90% of normal schedule between Tokyo and Hiratsuka
                  -  90% of normal schedule between Hiratsuka and Atami
 
Keihin Tohoku line will run between Omiya and Ofuna
 
 Enoden line will run between Fujisawa and Kamakura in 12 minute increments during the following hours:
                 -  FIRST TRAIN TO 13:00
                 - 18:00 TO LAST TRAIN.

- Matt Orr

Vice Adm. Adam Robinson addresses health concerns of returning families

   10:53 a.m. local Tokyo time

Posted on DoDEA Pacific Facebook page via YouTube:

Good info for military families involved in the voluntary authorized departure. Vice Admiral Adam Robinson, surgeon general of the Navy, addresses health issues for family members returning to the U.S. from Japan.
Link to YouTube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9WYaGfU4ZIc

- Matt Orr

Message to Japan from DOD

   10:51 a.m. local Tokyo time

Posted on Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka Facebook page:

U.S. forces will remain in Japan to support the country in its disaster relief efforts, a Pentagon official said Tuesday, denying recent U.S. reports that the United States is considering evacuating its forces from Yokosuka base in Kanagawa Prefecture.

"The men and women of U.S. forces Japan and the 7th Fleet are actively conducting their missions, including the defense of Japan, and they will continue to perform their duties," said Col. Dave Lapan, acting deputy assistant secretary of defense.

"Although some families may choose to depart Japan, our military service members will remain to continue the humanitarian assistance and disaster relief efforts," the Pentagon spokesman said, adding no U.S. government personnel are being withdrawn from Japan at this time.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates told reporters in Moscow, "We're very concerned about the health of our men and women in uniform. We're also deeply concerned about the well-being of our Japanese allies."

"We will do what's best both for our men and women in uniform and for our allies," Gates said.

- Matt Orr

Information for families departing with children

   10:48 a.m. local Tokyo time

Posted on NAF Atsugi Facebook page:

‎For families departing with children younger than 1 year old, they will travel on the parent’s lap. For families departing with children older than 1 year old they will be assigned a seat.

- Matt Orr

CFAY processing categories 1, 2, 3

   10:46 a.m. local Tokyo time

Posted on Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka Facebook page:

‎*** Currently processing all Category 1, Category 2, and Category 3 (A-Z) for CFAY and both housing detachments. Category 3: Families with children 7-12 years old. ***

- Matt Orr

Fussa City cancels Wednesday power outage

   10:43 a.m. local Tokyo time

Posted on Yokota Air Base Facebook page:

Fussa City just called to let us know that the off-base announcement just now was about “cancellation” of today’s power outage for Fussa City.

- Matt Orr

Nuclear power loses support in new U.S. poll

   10:06 a.m. local Tokyo time

From the New York Times:

What had been growing acceptance of nuclear power in the United States has eroded sharply in the wake of the nuclear crisis in Japan, with support for building nuclear power plants dropping slightly lower than it was immediately after the accident at the Three Mile Island plant in 1979, according to a CBS News poll released on Tuesday evening in the U.S.

Read full story here.


FDA halts food imports from affected area of Japan

   9:28 a.m. local Tokyo time

The Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday it will halt imports of dairy products and produce from the area of Japan where a nuclear reactor is leaking radiation.

Read full story here.
 

U.S. spent-fuel storage sites are packed 

   9:11 a.m. local Tokyo time 

From The Associated Press:

The nuclear crisis in Japan has laid bare an ever-growing problem for the United States - the enormous amounts of still-hot radioactive waste accumulating at commercial nuclear reactors in more than 30 states.
The U.S. has 71,862 tons of the waste, according to state-by-state numbers obtained by The Associated Press. But the nation has no place to permanently store the material, which stays dangerous for tens of thousands of years.
Plans to store nuclear waste at Nevada's Yucca Mountain have been abandoned, but even if a facility had been built there, America already has more waste than it could have handled.

Read full story here. 
 

Power lines up in progress at Japan nuclear plant

   8:30 a.m. local Tokyo time

From The Associated Press:

Workers at a leaking nuclear plant hooked up power lines to all six of the crippled complex's reactor units Tuesday, but other repercussions from the massive earthquake and tsunami were still rippling across the nation as economic losses mounted at three of Japan's flagship companies.
The progress on the electrical lines at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant was a welcome and significant advance after days of setbacks. With the power lines connected, officials hope to start up the overheated plant's crucial cooling system that was knocked out during the March 11 tsunami and earthquake that devastated Japan's northeast coast.

Read full story here.
 

Japanese government failed to prepare residents for nuclear crisis

   6 a.m. Wednesday local Tokyo time

While Japanese citizens often go through earthquake drills, they had no preparation for what to do in a nuclear crisis ahead of the disaster at the Fukushima nuclear power plant, according to the Associated Press.

"I just think no one ever expected this,” a maintenance worker at the plant told the AP.

Read more here.

- Jeff Schogol
 


Time-lapse display of quakes and aftershocks

    12:50 a.m. Wednesday, Tokyo time

This gives you a sense of the activity:

http://www.japanquakemap.com/

— Patrick Dickson
 

NAF Atsugi Skipper's Update

   11:55 p.m. Tuesday, Tokyo time.

Video address from NAF Atsugi skipper Capt. Eric W. Gardner.

See the video here.

— Dave Ornauer
 

Latest processing at Yokosuka

   11:50 p.m. Tuesday, Tokyo time

From Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka Facebook page:

Currently processing all Category 1 and Category 2 (A-Z) for CFAY and both housing detachments.

— Dave Ornauer
 

Food donations accepted at Atsugi

   11:45 p.m. Tuesday Tokyo time

From NAF Atsugi's Facebook page:

110322@2332 There are a number of people who have elected to stay and have volunteered to cook food for the service-members, including the Marines who have been assigned here. If you are leaving & would like to donate any food to this cause, you may bring all your food items to the American Red Cross office in Bldg 71. Items that do not need refrigeration may be left at The Second Fiddle.

If you are staying & would like to help, please contact Ruthie Clearwater at the Red Cross office.

— Dave Ornauer
 

CDC fact sheet on potassium iodide

  11:30 p.m. Tuesday, Tokyo time

Potassium iodide is an important tool for protecting the thyroid against radioactivity in an emergency. But a fact sheet from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reinforces what officials on bases where the pills are being distributed have been saying: Potassium iodide should be used only as directed.

Read the CDC fact sheet on potassium iodide.

— Joe Gromelski

See previous postings here.

 

 

AFN-Okinawa interview with Kadena Air Base's 18th Wing commander and 18th medical group deputy commander, regarding the island's part in the relief effort. Good information.

http://tinyurl.com/4opgul4
 
-- Dave Ornauer

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