I ran across this opinion piece while browsing at http://www.usmc.mil and couldn’t resist putting it up here. It speaks to the challenge that U.S. officials are going to have “selling” the proposed Guam buildup to the people of Guam and the friction that has been caused in the timeline for the project by the Japanese government’s decision to re-consider its 2005 agreement with the U.S. about relocating a Marine airbase on Okinawa and transferring several thousand American Marines from Okinawa to Guam (read more about it in my last post on the subject here).
I wonder how those Draft EIS public hearings on Guam went?
More Marines coming to Guam? Japan wants to make it official.
Posted: Jan 13, 2010 7:27 AM TSTUpdated: Jan 13, 2010 7:40 AM TST
by John Davis
Guam – New stories coming out of the Japan Media report Japan’s Social Democratic Party is pushing not just for the relocation of Marines and their dependents from Okinawa to Guam, but also for the complete closure of the Futenma Air Base and relocation of at Least 2,000 additional military personnel and 3,000 dependents to Guam.
The Futenma Air Base is located in the center of Ginowan City, which lies just north of the Okinawan military base where the first surge of military personnel will come from during the Guam buildup. The Futenma Air Base covers 480 hectares or 1,200 acres, which makes up a quarter of land in Ginowan City. The 2006 plan negotiated between the United States government and the Japan government included relocating Marines from Okinawa to Guam and the closure of Futenma and it’s relocation to an existing Marine base called Camp Schwab, which lies a few hundred meters away from the current Futenma base location. Did you see this coming? I did.
Read the full article at KUAM.com: