- May 1, 2012
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About 3,000 of the 5,000 Marines expected to relocate to Guam from Okinawa will rotate through, meaning that only 2,000 troops will be stationed there, reported the Pacific Daily News. The force that will be stationed on Guam, however, will be higher ranking and under the command of a one-star general, according to Mark Calvo, buildup director for the governor of Guam. The island will receive the 3rd Marine Expeditionary Brigade headquarters, along with other units. Last week, the U.S. and Japanese governments unveiled a new plan for moving about 9,000 Marines off Okinawa to Guam, Hawaii, Australia and other locations in the Western Pacific. Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie said he expects the military will send up to 2,700 Marines to Hawaii, reported the Star-Advertiser.