18th Wing commander explains new curfew
KADENA AIR BASE - Due to the recent off base incident, Lt. Gen. Sam Angelella, Commander, U.S. Forces, Japan, released the following statement on the attached General Order regarding the initiation of a USFJ Off-Installation Curfew and Training period:
"It is an honor and privilege for me to serve as Commander U.S. Forces, Japan. In the military we are held to a higher standard because of the trust and responsibility that we are given.
"I want to personally apologize for the grief and trauma the victim has endured and the anger it has caused among people in Okinawa. Under U.S. Pacific Command Commander authority, I am immediately issuing a curfew to all military personnel in Japan, both temporary and assigned. In addition, core value retraining for military and SOFA civilians will be conducted by subordinate commanders and a review of the USFJ liberty policy will be executed over the coming days and weeks. Additional program details will follow.
"Japan is one of our greatest allies, most trusted partners, and is the cornerstone of peace and stability in the Pacific region. We will continue to do all we can to ensure the U.S.-Japan relationship remains strong."
The following points from the General Order will go into effect at 11 p.m., Oct. 19, 2012:
- Applies to members of the United States Armed Forces when in Japan, which includes personnel temporarily in Japan
- Off-installation curfew is in effect from 11 p.m. until 5 a.m. daily
- During the hours of curfew, service members must either be:
1. On a U.S. military installation
2. Off the installation in a private residence
3. If on temporary duty (TDY/TAD) or on leave or pass, in their place of lodging, which may include a hotel room.
- Violations of this order are punishable under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.
This incident, if true, was a heinous and unconscionable act and a disgrace to our uniformed service as well as a chest blow to our "American ambassadorship" program we service men and women have worked so hard to build here on Island. This curfew will show that we take this issue to heart, and we sympathize with the Okinawan people.
This weekend will be extremely challenging. In the context of this incident and with the ORI Phase I inspection kicking off sometime this weekend, I need us to be Mission Ready...I need us to be ready for a recall and, moreover, I need us to be vigilant Wingmen to prevent future incidents.