Aircraft from the United States, Australia and Japan fly together off the coast of Guam, March 6, 2019. XAVIER NAVARRO/U.S. AIR FORCE
Aircraft from the United States, Australia and Japan fly together off the coast of Guam, March 6, 2019. XAVIER NAVARRO/U.S. AIR FORCE

Marines’ move from Okinawa to Guam could begin as early as October 2024, report says

by Matthew M. Burke
Stars and Stripes

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — The transfer of Marines from Okinawa to Guam could begin as early as October 2024 and take 18 months to complete, according to a report by Japan’s Kyodo News service that cites a Marine Corps official on the U.S. Pacific island territory.

The Marine Corps’ Asia-Pacific realignment calls for 4,100 Okinawa-based Marines to be relocated to Guam, along with 900 others from elsewhere around the globe.

About 2,700 more Okinawa-based Marines will be sent to Hawaii, while 800 will go to the U.S. mainland. Another 1,300 are to make up most of a 2,500-person rotational force in Australia.

It is unclear how many Marines will be left on Okinawa once the realignment is complete. Marine officials had yet to answer queries by Thursday afternoon in Japan.

Read more at: https://www.stripes.com/1.581201

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