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Newlywed PCS, Part 2: Boxes

For those of you planning a move to Okinawa soon, we hope Marie's descriptions of the process of their travel and first months of...

Newlywed PCS, Part 1: Not Your Typical Honeymoon

We are excited to introduce a new writer -- one who is beginning her journey to Okinawa.  She's agreed to keep us posted on...

Patriot Express from Seattle to Okinawa

For those of you coming to join us on our tropical island paradise, we hope Trish's experience leaving Seattle will be helpful.  For another...

Final Moments – PCS to Oki via Seattle

CONTRIBUTED BY CRYSTAL SCHOLLARD Moving to Okinawa with 2 boys (ages 2 & 4), a bunch of bags and a great husband! *I write this from...

PCS: Positive Change of Scenery, IX — Bad News

It's been a number of weeks since we've updated you on the process of the Howe Family PCS.  There is a good reason why...

Finances when PCSing "Home"

CONTRIBUTED BY JOELLE YAMADA AND HEATHER GELORMINE A few weeks before PCSing back to the States last spring, Heather and I got to talking about...

PCS: Positive Change of Scenery, VIII — Port Call

Join the Howe Family as they prepare to PCS to Okinawa.  If you've missed any of their journey, you can find more here:  PCS...

PCS: Positive Change of Scenery, VII — Kid Questions

Join the Howe Family as they prepare to PCS to Okinawa.  If you've missed any of their journey, you can find more here:  PCS...

Skipping Animal Quarantine in Hawaii: 10 Not-So-Easy Steps

CONTRIBUTED BY BETH OLMO We’ll be stopping in Hawaii for a week when we PCS back to the States this fall, which promises to be...

PCS: Positive Change of Scenery, VI — Doldrums

CONTRIBUTED BY RJ HOWE Doldrums:  a depressed or bored state of mind; a state of inactivity or stagnation. Ref: World Heritage Dictionary Well the family and I...

PCS: Positive Change of Scenery, V — Limited Choices

CONTRIBUTED BY RJ HOWE This last weekend, my wife (whom we call Red), Alexis and I were out shopping. Red needed her weekly therapy session...

PCS: Positive Change of Scenery, IV — Getting Rid of Stuff

CONTRIBUTED BY RJ HOWE We had a yard sale this weekend.  Like most Americans in the states we have WAYYYY too much stuff, but didn’t...

PCS: Positive Change of Scenery, III — Guilt

  CONTRIBUTED BY RJ HOWE This last month was very difficult for the family and me.  Apparently, the joy and excitement we have been experiencing about...

PCS: Positive Change of Scenery, II — Paperwork

Last week, we introduced you to the Howe Family.  Barring any catastrophic event and/or fickle military change, they'll be PCSing to Okinawa at the...

PCS: Positive Change of Scenery, I — Introducing the Howe Family

For those of us serving in the military, one of the benefits of our frequent PCS schedule is the chance to meet a lot...

PCSing with pets FROM Oki to the States

Having just gone through this process myself, I was delighted to receive this submission from Barbara.  She nailed the details and the experience! We...

Sometimes You Don’t Get There

CONTRIBUTED BY JOELLE YAMADA In 24 hours, we’ll be headed to the airport to begin our journey...  home. Home??? It’s been a whirlwind week of chasing...

Now What?

CONTRIBUTED BY STEPHANIE LONG Konichiwa!  My name is Stephanie and I’m 25 years old.  I am not a dependent, a spouse, or contracted by the...

House Moving Tips – for families moving from one off-base home...

CONTRIBUTED BY JANNINE MYERS During the summer my husband and I decided that the Kadena flightline, located directly across the road from our off-base home,...

Moving and Friends 101

CONTRIBUTED BY JANAE BURGER The last picture has been hung on the wall, the kids are getting settled into school, you’ve made it to the...

PCS With A Twist!

CONTRIBUTED BY DASHA GARIEPY A couple of weeks ago I received the above invitation from my friend (and next door neighbor) Michela. She throws the...

Working on Becoming Me: New Orders

CONTRIBUTED BY JOELLE YAMADA We’ve still got a year to go, but recently my husband received an email from his detailer (Navy speak for the...

Working on Becoming Me: Saying Goodbye

CONTRIBUTED BY JOELLE YAMADA I kept her from seeing her midwife.  While she was in labor.  Course, it was my midwife too, and we were...

DEROS. What can you do to leave a little earlier...

CONTRIBUTED BY KANDY No matter how seasoned I think I am in this military life, (from military brat, in the military and now military spouse)...

Can you DITY move to Okinawa from the States?

CONTRIBUTED BY KANDY   PCSing can be stressful enough with the sorting and planning and hoping.  Hoping that no other stress inducing factors will be...

PCSing with a motorcycle.

CONTRIBUTED BY KANDY You know you're a military spouse...if there has ever been a motorcycle in your dining room. One thing I will never forget...

Me & My Big PCS: XXI {the aftermath}

CONTRIBUTED BY MEREDITH NOVARIO A-hem. Um, we haven't spoken in a while but it's me, Meredith, checking in from Virginia. Joelle is flying back to...

101 tips on Your Okinawa PCS with Pets!

CONTRIBUTED BY KANDY Okay, maybe not one hundred and one tips, but enough to get your beloved furry friend overseas. The information is compiled from the...

Visa Sort of Question

CONTRIBUTED BY JOELLE YAMADA Once more on my adventure brave and new. (R. Browning) Amy is about to embark on her new adventure of moving...

Me & My Big PCS: XX {chest candy}

CONTRIBUTED BY MEREDITH NOVARIO Welcome to the final episode of this PCS. Feel free to remain on the edge of your seat. On Friday, we board...