Medical Assistant Apprenticeship Training Program

US Naval Hospital Okinawa The American Red Cross and US Naval Hospital are offering the opportunity for free Medical Assistant training to Red Cross volunteers. During this training, Red Cross volunteers learn the basic skills necessary to work at the Naval Hospital. It includes TWO (2) weeks of intense classroom training followed by 304 hours of clinical training. This is a non-licensing course. An interview of the candidates will take place prior to the start of the program, and, due to limited space, approximately 14 candidates will be selected into the program (12 accepted plus 2 on standby). Please take a look at the information packet for more details.

(Eligible candidates not selected may re-apply for the next program)

Download the Medical Assistant Apprenticeship Training Program information packet here.


Philippines Disaster Relief Effort

Dear Okinawa Military Community,

Philippines Red Cross We are humbled and touched by the outpouring of assistance this community is offering to the Philippine Disaster Relief effort. We have had hundreds of calls offering different types of assistance from you.

In order to support your efforts to assist, please allow us to briefly rundown your donation options at present.

Currently, monetary donations can be made directly to the Philippine response through, through our Philippine Relief "button" on, and in person at any Red Cross office.

However, there is currently no avenue to make material (clothing, canned goods, etc.) donations. As you can see from the news, the infrastructure in the Philippines is so badly compromised that the cost of transporting, sorting and dispersing material goods without roads, electricity, or adequate facilities far outweighs the actual value of the goods at this time. If this changes, we will absolutely issue a public request.

Generally, however, if there are ANY facilities locally where goods can be obtained, that is always the best practice. From our perspective, money can be moved instantly, for free, without infrastructure, and moved directly where the need is. Moreover, if we can spend the money in the Philippines, in addition to saving on shipping costs, the dollar does exponential good by helping to bolster the Philippine economy, which means that people have jobs, which means that they can help with their own feeding and shelter.....which leads to recovery.

If you are unable to make a financial contribution, but would still like to help, please consider, in lieu of canned goods or clothing, making an even more personal donation....your time. You can begin the process to be a Red Cross volunteer through our website at

Thanks for everything that you do!

Kris Adams
Station Manager
American Red Cross


Home Fire Safety & Prevention

fire1 The most effective way to protect yourself and your home from fire is to identify and remove fire hazards. 65 percent of house fire deaths occur in homes with no working smoke alarms. During a home fire, working smoke alarms and a fire escape plan that has been practiced regularly can save lives.

Be Red Cross Ready

  • If a fire occurs in your home, GET OUT, STAY OUT and CALL for help.
  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas. Test them every month and replace the batteries at least once a year.
  • Talk with all household members about a fire escape plan and practice the plan twice a year.

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