The Retiree Activities Office (RAO) serves as the interface between the active and retired communities. It is an official Air Force activity staffed by volunteers. All military retirees, regardless of service, surviving spouses of retired and active duty personnel and all military members about to retire are served by the RAO.
The office offers a wide range of services to include:
a. Assistance to survivors on the Survivor Benefit Plan, Social Security benefits, preparation of tax returns, accomplishment of new identification cards, filing insurance claims, establishing direct deposit accounts, to name a few of the services available
b. Web and email access is available and we can assist those who do not have internet capability.
c. Working with senior leadership and higher headquarters to insure that retirees get as many of the benefits due to them as possible. There are some limitations overseas due to the SOFA. If you desire more information in this area please contact the office for specifics.
d. Basically, we act as a clearing house for all military retirees (regardless of branch of service) who have retired in the Tohoku and Hokkaido areas. To date, we have identified over four hundred retirees and or their dependents/survivors in the area.
Prospective retirees who have any questions that have not been answered elsewhere may contact us by
OR WRITE TO US AT.....
Phone: DSN 226 - 4428/5675
US COMM: 011 - 81- 176- 77- 4428/5675
|UNIT 5021 Box 5|
IN JAPAN: 0176 - 77- 4428/5675
|APO AP 96319-5021|
We are located in Bldg. 653, Room 210 and open Monday through Friday, 0900 to 1500 hours.
Casualty Affairs: Retirees and their dependents who require assistance in the area of casualty affairs may contact the Military Personnel Flight or the Retiree Activities Office at 226- 4428/5675. Individuals who have limited English ability or speak only Japanese may talk with Joe on Monday and Thursday in the office.
Checklist: A copy of the Retiree Casualty Assistance Checklist and Letter of Instruction for Next of Kin is available by clicking on the following links....
*These forms were provided byt SMSgt. H.K. O'Leary, USAF, Ret., Grants Pass, OR
Newsletter: The RAO publishes a quarterly newsletter mailed/emailed to all known military retirees in northern Japan (Prefectures of Hokkaido, Akita, Iwate, Fukushima, Miyagi and Yamagata). If you are not receiving the newsletter, or our e-mail advisories, please complete the locator form (link at the top left of this page) and forward it to the RAO.
Survivor Assistance: The Misawa Military Retirees Association, in cooperation with the RAO, provides emergency assistance to survivors in need through the Survivors Assistance Fund. This is normally a one-time monetary grant. More information may be obtained from the RAO.
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