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Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan

 

Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan

MCAS Iwakuni is a mission-ready air station, capable of providing continuous base-operating support for tenant organizations and follow-on U.S. and allied forces during training, combat or contingency (HA/DR) operations throughout the Indo-Asia Pacific region.
LEGAL SERVICES

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There are a number of legal offices at MCAS Iwakuni. Most of these offices are co-located in Building 608 with the Provost Marshal's Office, and include the Staff Judge Advocate and a Legal Services Support Detachment. In general, the Staff Judge Advocate provides advice to the commanding officer regarding ethics, military justice, and installation legal matters involving foreign jurisdiction, on-base businesses, and the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The Legal Services Support Detachment primarily provides legal assistance services to individuals regarding estate planning, family law, powers-of-attorney, consumer law issues, passports, immigration, and other types of civil law matters. There is also a Victims' Legal Counsel located in Building 608 who provides representation to victims of various crimes. A Pacific Area Counsel is currently located in the same building.

STAFF JUDGE ADVOCATE

Command Legal Advice:  The Staff Judge Advocate provides timely and accurate advice to the command on military justice, ethics, foreign jurisdiction, and installation legal matters. For assistance, call DSN 253-5591.

Foreign Jurisdiction:  This section of the SJA coordinates and processes all Japanese jurisdiction cases involving Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) members that come under the cognizance of MCAS Iwakuni. In this capacity, this section coordinates with Japanese attorneys, police, and provides counsel to SOFA members and arranges condolence visits in order to properly resolve all criminal and civil issues implicating Japanese law. The Japanese Jurisdiction Office’s Claims Section processes foreign claims, military claims, personal claims, hospital recovery claims, and government claims. All compensation requests are processed in coordination with Japanese and U.S. agencies and governing law. For more information, call DSN 253-3570 or send an email to Iwakuni.JapaneseJuri@usmc.mil.

Installation Law:  This section of the SJA provides legal advice to the commanding officer and his staff regarding any foreign legal issue impacting MCAS Iwakuni. Installation law also includes guidance to individuals concerning the policies and regulations of MCAS Iwakuni. Common issues that the Installation Law Section addresses are: Ethics for Federal employees, FOIA and the Privacy Act, on-base commercial activities, private organizations, community relations activities, fundraisers and jurisdictional issues. Individuals seeking to start an on-base business, a private organization, or conduct a fundraiser should contact the Installation Law Section. For more information, call DSN 253-5591 / 5598 or send an email to Iwakuni.Installation@nmci.usmc.mil.

LEGAL SUPPORT SERVICES DETACHMENT IWAKUNI

Legal Assistance:  This section of the LSSD provides a wide range of services concerning civil legal matters, to include estate planning, family law, consumer law, etc., to eligible personnel in accordance with the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) and supplemental implementing regulations of the Navy and Marine Corps. Appointments should be made in person at the Legal Assistance Office located in building 608 from Monday at 7:30 a.m. through Friday until 4:30 p.m. For additional questions, contact DSN 253-5591.

Notary Services:  Notaries are provided on a walk-in basis only during legal assistance hours: no appointment needed. For additional questions, contact DSN 253-5591.

Passport and Immigration:  This section of the LSSD provides services concerning official and tourist passports, consular report of birth abroad, marriage, immigration and naturalization matters, social security matters, and case-specific translations to eligible personnel in accordance with the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) and supplemental implementing regulations of the Navy and Marine Corps. Appointments should be made in person at building 608 from Monday at 7:30 a.m. through Friday until 4:30 p.m. For additional questions, contact DSN 253-5591.

Tax Services:  This section of the LSSD provides free, accurate federal and state income tax preparation; timely electronic and paper income tax filing; and income tax related information for active duty, mobilized reservists, retired U.S. military personnel, government employees and their dependents aboard Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan. The tax center is open from 1 February to 16 June, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.  The tax center is closed on holidays. Note, you (1) must have CLIENT INTAKE completed prior to being seen by a tax representative, (2) taxes for the prior three years may be filed, and (3) if you are deployed, you and your spouse have 180 days from the time you leave the deployment area to prepare your tax return. Please visit the Legal Assistance Office, call DSN 253-5591/5592.

ADDITIONAL SERVICES

Pacific Area Counsel:  The MCAS Iwakuni Pacific Area Counsel enables the Marine Corps to fulfill its mission by providing candid legal advice and counsel, effective advocacy, and creative problem solving under the direction of the Counsel for the Commandant on labor, employment, environmental, land use, ethics, fiscal, procurement, and MCCS legal matters. Contact DSN 253-5232 for assistance.

Victim Legal Counsel:  Victims' Legal Counsel provides legal advice, counseling, and representation to victims of sexual assault and other crimes, and to protect victims' rights at all stages of the military justice process. You may visit the Legal Assistance Office for assistance or call 253-5591. After hours, you may call 080-8373-9359. 

Defense Counsel:  Please visit the link located on the right of this screen for contact information for regional defense attorneys.

DISCLAIMER
The information on this site is for informational purposes only and does not represent legal advice from an attorney.
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