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Posts Tagged ‘Marine Corps realignment’

Governor Advances Replacement Facility for Okinawan Air Base

  • January 2, 2014
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The governor of Okinawa last week approved the start of construction for the replacement for Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, a move that no longer is directly linked to the realignment of thousands of Marines from Okinawa to Guam but one that remains vital to rebalancing the footprint of U.S. Armed Forces in Japan. “This decision comes after many years of sustained effort between the United States and Japan, and it is the most significant milestone achieved in these realignment efforts so far,” according to a written statement issued by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel …

New Estimate Needed for Infrastructure Needs on Guam, GAO Finds

  • December 17, 2013
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Despite scaling down the scope of the realignment of Marines from Okinawa to Guam, the Defense Department has not reexamined its estimate of the island’s public infrastructure needs, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO). That revalidation is not expected to be completed until 2015. Under the current realignment plan, which was revised in April 2012, up to 5,000 Marines will relocate to Guam beginning in the mid-2020s …

U.S., Japan Codify Changes to Marine Corps Realignment

  • October 3, 2013
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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Secretary of State John Kerry and their Japanese counterparts reaffirmed their commitment to shift thousands of Marines from Okinawa to Guam during a signing ceremony Thursday in Tokyo. Under the realignment plan, which was revised in April 2012, up to 5,000 Marines will relocate to Guam beginning in the mid-2020s, a senior U.S. administration official told reporters. The Japanese government will contribute $3.1 billion to support the effort to build new facilities to accommodate the troops …

U.S., Japan to Ink Deal on Marine Corps Realignment to Guam

  • September 30, 2013
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High-level officials from the United States and Japan on Thursday are expected to revise the bilateral accord governing the transfer of Marine Corps troops from Okinawa to Guam, codifying last year’s agreement that scaled back the realignment from about 9,000 Marines to 4,000 personnel. The two nations will sign the revised agreement during their “two-plus-two” meeting in Tokyo; the United States will be represented by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Secretary of State John Kerry …

Concerns Persist over Marine Corps’ Pacific Realignment Plan, McCain Says

  • August 22, 2013
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U.S. lawmakers still are concerned over the lack of detailed plans and cost estimates for moving up to 8,000 Marines from Okinawa to Guam and other locations in the Pacific, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) told reporters in Japan this week. The Senate has suspended funding the past several years for DOD’s plan to move 5,000 Marines to Guam as part of an effort to reduce the burden on Okinawa of hosting Marine Corps bases …

U.S., Japan Leaders Urge Progress on Marine Corps Realignment to Guam

  • August 1, 2013
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Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Japanese Parliamentary Senior Vice Minister of Defense Akinori Eto this week agreed to make steady progress on the realignment of U.S. Forces Japan, including the relocation of Marines from Okinawa to Guam, and of Marine Corps Air Station Futenma on Okinawa. In a meeting at the Pentagon, Carter also emphasized the steadfast nature of the U.S. commitment to the Asia-Pacific rebalance, and noted the significant role of the U.S.-Japan alliance in maintaining regional security and stability, reported American Forces Press Service. They also discussed progress being made with respect to the joint strike fighter program and agreed to stay in close touch to build upon the strong bilateral relationship between their two countries, according to the story.

Pentagon Launches Studies to Find Housing for 2,700 Marines Moving to Hawaii

  • June 19, 2013
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The Defense Department is conducting three studies to find sites that can accommodate the shift of 2,700 Marines from Okinawa, Japan, to Oahu, a move that may not be completed until 2026. The department said it is carrying out a Marine Corps Base Hawaii optimization study examining existing Kaneohe Bay land, a land use study looking at defense facilities on the island and a third study assessing former defense property in the Kalaeloa area …

Senate Report Criticizes Planned Housing Privatization Project in Korea

  • April 17, 2013
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Pentagon spending to support a permanent military presence in Germany, South Korea and Japan is subject to little oversight and rising faster than anticipated, according to a report released Wednesday by the Senate Armed Services Committee. Nearly 70 percent of the $10 billion DOD spends on overseas installations goes to facilities in those three countries. The committee’s review looked at how the burden of costs is shared between the United States and its allies, the impact of planned posture changes on those costs, and the spending and oversight of foreign governments’ in-kind payments used for military construction projects …

U.S.-Japan Consolidation Plan Calls for Extended Timeline to Realign Bases

  • April 7, 2013
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The new plan the U.S. and Japanese governments announced Friday to reduce the U.S. footprint on Okinawa could take 16 years to complete. Closure of Marine Corps Air Station Futenma and its realignment to another part of Okinawa, the trickiest part of the Okinawa Consolidation Plan, would occur by 2023 at the earliest. About 2,500 acres of land on the island currently under U.S. control, which includes six major installations, would be returned by 2029 …

U.S., Japan Reach Comprehensive Agreement to Realign Bases, Report Says

  • April 4, 2013
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The U.S. and Japanese governments have reached a deal to realign dozens of U.S. bases across Okinawa and resolve a decade-long question as to how thousands of U.S. forces would be repositioned around the Pacific, reported Foreign Policy. The two governments are expected to announce the plan to consolidate facilities in Okinawa on Friday. It will call for the U.S. to turn over six major facilities and a total of 2,500 acres to Japan …

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