U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Christopher A. Madero
U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Christopher A. Madero

Lt. Col. Wayne A. Carr takes over as Camp Butler's new provost marshal

by Lance Cpl. Christopher Madero
Marine Corps Installations Pacific

CAMP FOSTER, OKINAWA, Japan – Among Marine Corps Installations Pacific’s top officials, close friends, family and the Marines of the Provost Marshal’s Office, Lt. Col. Wayne A. Carr was promoted to his current rank and appointed to become the provost marshal of Marine Corps Base Camp Smedley D. Butler July 1 on Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan.

As provost marshal, Carr takes command and control of the largest PMO in the Marine Corps with unique mission capabilities due to it’s location in Okinawa, Japan.

“I’m looking forward to working alongside the staff and the Japanese Security Guards,” said Carr, who brings 29 years of Marine Corps experience to the command, including many years as an enlisted Marine.

Along with personnel residing on Marine Corps installations, the Provost Marshal’s Office jurisdiction on Camp Butler extends beyond the boundaries of the various camps. PMO Marines also respond to calls for Status of Forces Agreement members living within the Okinawa community.

Marine military policeman with PMO rove throughout the streets of Okinawa during routine shifts in their recognizable squad vehicles, branded with scarlet and gold lettering. The Marines wear the woodland digital Marine pattern uniform, a police duty belt and a golden badge over their left breast pocket. These features tie the Marine Corps image to the Okinawan community.

Carr believes responding to calls, whether big or small, is important in an environment like Okinawa.

“One thing you see in Japan that you don’t typically see in the U.S. is we respond out in town.” said Carr, who stated his Marines are also ambassadors between the Marine Corps and the local community. “We provide an additional face of the United States to the Japanese people because we want to show them that we police our own.”

Carr also noted other details about being stationed and leading Marines in Okinawa.

“There’s a lot of history and culture that comes from this country and I am looking forward to being a part of it as well as working very closely with it,” stated Carr.

The Provost Marshal Office provides security and law enforcement, criminal investigations, confinement and correctional facilities, Japanese/Joint Police Liaison, Japanese Security Guards, vehicle registration, accident investigation and traffic court, air station security, special reaction team capability, military working dog support, customs and black marketing enforcement, animal control, vehicle impound and related services to Marine Corps Base Butler, Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, and tenant commands on Marine Corps facilities throughout Okinawa.

Photo Caption:
U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Col. Wayne A. Carr, provost marshal of Marine Corps Base Camp Smedley D. Butler, poses for a photo with his wife and Lt. Col. James P. Dollard, commanding officer of 3rd Law Enforcement Battalion at the Ocean Breeze on Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan, July 1, 2019. Carr was appointed provost marshal of the largest provost marshal’s office in the Marine Corps. His new appointment gives him command and control of law enforcement and security forces that operate for Camp Butler.

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