Information about the Patriot Express:
The Patriot Express is a commercial charter mission that provides support for DoD eligible travelers and their family members. These flights offer an array of in-flight amenities and operate the same as scheduled commercial airlines. The Patriot Express is also an excellent provider of troop morale by providing "Space Available" travel opportunities to and from the United States transiting both Kadena, and Yokota Air Bases in Japan. It provides a convenience for service members by landing directly at MCAS Iwakuni. Patriot Express is mandated for Duty and Permanent Change of Station (PCS) travelers and highly recommended for travel to the Air Station.
Once eligible travelers receive travel orders to or from MCAS Iwakuni Japan, they must contact the Installation Personnel Administration Center (IPAC) to coordinate area clearances, port call requests, pet and dependent travel requirements and receive a brief on eligibility for travel to/from Iwakuni. The IPAC will submit your port-call to the Distribution Management Office (DMO) for Patriot Express or commercial airline booking. It is important for eligible personnel to contact the IPAC as soon as possible for accompanied pet travel to/from Iwakuni, Japan. There are limited pet spaces per flight and only one Patriot Express flight per week to/from Seattle WA.
Eligible members must provide proper documentation to fly on the Patriot Express. Documents required include a complete set of travel orders with all required endorsements from the DMO. Military and DOD Travelers (dependents 10 years or older) must possess government issued ID cards, travel orders, passports, and visas. Travelers are fully responsible to obtain and maintain the required documentation. Additional border clearance information can be found by visiting the website; https://www.fcg.pentagon.mil/
Families in PCS status are authorized to take two pets (dogs and cats only). Travel kennels must meet requirements established by the International Air Transport Association (IATA). Kennel with pets may not exceed 150 pounds. The pet must be able to lie down, stand up, and turn around in the kennel. For the safety of your pet, soft-sided and collapsible kennels are not allowed. Small pets are authorized in-cabin as long as carry-case fits under the seat. Soft-sided kennels are authorized for in-cabin movement. Passengers are responsible for all pet shipment requirements, quarantines, and all costs associated with pet shipment.
Pet Fees : Under 70 lbs: $116.00, 71-140 lbs: $232.00, 141-150 lbs (max): $348.00
Each passenger is authorized two pieces of baggage not to exceed 70 pounds each and 62 linear inches (sum of length + height + width). Single bags larger than 62 linear inches and/or heavier than 70 pounds will be counted as two pieces. BAGGAGE EXCEEDING 80 LINEAR INCHES/100 POUNDS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED ON PATRIOT EXPRESS. Excess baggage is not authorized. Disposition of oversized/excess baggage is the responsibility of the owner/traveler.
Passengers and all authorized hand-carried baggage will be subject to local installation and U.S. Transportation Security Agency (TSA) screening processes. Liquids in hand-carried luggage are restricted to 3.4 ounces (100 ml) in a single 1-quart zip-lock bag removed from luggage for inspection. Additional information on authorized and prohibited items can be found at http://www.tsa.gov.
Helpful Links and Contact Information:
AMC Travel Website: http://www.amc.af.mil/Home/AMC-Travel-Site
MCAS Iwakuni AMC Passenger Services: DSN 315-253-5509, Commercial; 082-779-5509, International; 011-81-82-779-5509
FACEBOOK: Iwakuni Passenger Terminal https://www.facebook.com/IwakuniPassengerTerminal
MCAS PMO Customs and Immigration Office: DSN 315-253-5418