NAF Atsugi

Location

The 1,249 acres of Naval Air Facility Atsugi lies in the heart of the Kanto Plain on the main island of Japan, Honshu, Kanagawa (Prefecture), Ayase (ah-ya-sey). Co-located with the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF), it is located about 16 km west of Yokohama and about 36 km southwest of Tokyo. The Base is divided into two areas: individual mission operating areas for exclusive use by each nation, and a joint area for administrative functions. The sharing of this area of the Base allows a great opportunity to cultivate partnerships on a daily basis and through a variety of friendship events. The base operator’s phone number is 011-81-467-63-1110.


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History

The base was built in 1938, by the Japanese Imperial Navy as the Kamikaze Naval Air Base. On August 15, 1945, Japan announced its unconditional surrender. On August 30, 1945, General Douglas MacArthur landed with 8,000 troops at Atsugi to accept the formal surrender and assume the duties as military Governor of Japan. For several years, the Army used the base as a storage area. In 1950, at the outset of the Korean War, the Navy selected/commissioned Atsugi as its major naval air station in the Far East and base restoration and development immediately began. At the height of the Korean War, more than 250 aircraft flew daily from Atsugi. After the War, NAS Atsugi began downsizing. At this time, the U.S. Navy and Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) became base partners, sharing the facilities at NAF Atsugi.For more information, please visit our homepage.

Mission

The mission is to provide facilities, services, material and logistics support for U.S. Navy aviation operations for Carrier Air Wing FIVE, deployed aboard USS George Washington (CVN-73) commonly known as GW. Homeport of GW is Yokosuka Naval Station.

Population Served

NAF Atsugi is home to:

  • 5,670 active duty and their family members
  • 455 Department of Defense (DoD) personnel and their families
  • 3210 Japanese military and civilian employees
  • Base Transportation

    The base shuttle service is free and provides transportation around the base for military when they go to work. Taxi is now available on base and off base. For base pick-up call 0120-145-286 or 0462-61-8970. Location of the taxi is just across the bookstore. Be patient because the dispatcher/driver may not understand English. Fares may vary depending on where the taxi is dispatched from.

    There is only one bus that transports service members, family, guests to and from Narita Airport. The bus leaves Atsugi at 10:00 a.m. and leaves Narita Airport at 6:30p.m. Narita Bus stops five times at the different location. (BOQ- Bachelor Officer Quarters to pick up passenger with TAD/PCS orders, Bachelor Enlisted Quarter, Navy Lodge and back to the bus stop across the Bachelor Officer’s Quarters to pick-up Space-A passengers before it departs to go to Narita Airport.)

    Sponsorship

    The Command Sponsorship program is operated at the unit level. If incoming personnel have not heard from the new commands, the easiest method to coordinate sponsorship contact is via the Command Master Chief. Upon flight arrival to either Yokota AFB or Narita International Airport, members must report to the Military Liaison Counter for assistance and transportation. Refer to Topic Check-in Procedures for more details. While enroute, incoming personnel may re-direct their personal mail to their new individual command’s address. During check-in process, detailed mail instructions will be provided.

    Temporary Quarters

    Bachelor Officer/Enlisted Quarters are available for unaccompanied personnel. The Navy Lodge is available for incoming families. Reservations must be made directly with the Atsugi Navy Lodge, at 011-81-467-63-6880 or DSN 315-264-6880. Navy Lodge in NAF Atsugi has 58 rooms (2 queen beds with microwave and refrigerator) with fully equipped kitchenette (dished, pans, etc) that cost $69/day. Have multilingual staff, hair dryer, free daily newspaper, snack, vending machines and ice rollaway. Walking distance from NEX, commissary, McDonald’s, NEX Food Court, bowling alley and base clubs.

    Service members and their family can stay with the maximum of 60 days if they have PCS orders to Atsugi. Reservations for family guests are also available for a short period of time.All military personnel who have orders are priority to have a room. No pets are allowed in these quarters. Camp Zama has kennels and reservation in advance is highly recommended. For Camp Zama kennel you may call DSN 315-263-5915 and if calling off base you may dial 046-407-5915.

    Relocation Assistance

    The Fleet and Family Support Center, at 011-81-467-63-3628 or DSN 315-264-3628, offers a variety of relocation assistance services including Area Orientation Brief (AOB), Intercultural Relations (ICR) classes, Teen & Children’s Intercultural Relations classes, Japanese translation services, and Home Visitors to orient new families who are living in off-base homes.

    Critical Installation Information

    We are guests and ambassador in Japan. Unwavering professionalism is always emphasized with our Commanding Officer such as integrity, service, excellence, honor, courage, commitment, loyalty, duty and respect. We are warriors of character and behavior counts and moral commitment & technical proficiency become part of our daily lives by consistently doing the right thing even when no one is looking. Some critical Installation information of NAF Atsugi are the following:

    Drinking and Driving in Japan – This is punishable with large amount of money and imprisonment for years.
    *BAC (blood alcohol content) is between 0.15-0.25 MG (.03 to .05 BAC) you will lose 13 points and have your license REVOKED, instead of the 90-Day suspension given before.
    *If you are above 0.25MG (.05 BAC) you will lose 25 points and your license is suspended for 2 years. Please read the below email.
    To drive in Japan, you must have a valid state driver’s license upon arrival in Japan. Japanese SOFA licenses will not be issued without a valid license.
    Very limited on or off-base housing is available for pets, particularly dogs. It may delay your move.
    Refrain from bringing large furniture because Japanese housing is small.
    The currency is Japanese yen. It is recommended to exchange a small amount ($100-$200) prior to arrival for use in the airport upon your arrival.
    Childcare is limited and reservation in advance is highly recommended.