9,000 Marines to leave Okinawa
April 27th, 2012
09:19 AM ET

9,000 Marines to leave Okinawa

By Bob Kovach and Chelsea Carter

Roughly half the U.S. Marines on Okinawa will be transferred under an agreement announced Thursday that will reduce the military footprint in Japan, easing local resentments over the amount of land being used by American forces.

Some 9,000 Marines along with their family members will be transferred under the agreement, with about 5,000 being sent to Guam as part of a military buildup on the U.S. territory in the Pacific, according to a joint statement released by the U.S.-Japan Security Consultative Committee.

"I am very pleased that, after many years, we have reached this important agreement and plan of action," Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta said.

The announcement by the committee, which included the top U.S. and Japanese defense officials, ends years of seesaw talks aimed at cutting the American presence on the island south of Tokyo.

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  1. Julio

    next year, i hope you add september's (indian lakes) to the list. they have a bleu chesee-stuffed burger that is excellent. btw, i do hope to ping you once the weather gets nice to check out the stump smoker.~ carpetbagger

    May 22, 2012 at 11:52 am | Reply
  2. Mark Murata

    Article about the real story behind why Okinawa is important, in case anyone is interested: http://chroniclesoftheendofhistory.blogspot.com/2010/06/best-course-available.html

    April 28, 2012 at 7:31 pm | Reply
    • Soledad

      Craig Posted on I don't know if 8 hours of utility there's much or not. But I woludn't buy a HP mini laptop, because first of all it's more expensive than a normal dimensioned laptop.Not running modern games on high detail settings is a bad point also.

      May 22, 2012 at 10:11 am | Reply
  3. Everett Wallace

    Oh my, 9000 MARINES sombody is in Big trouble. Where I am from that number of Marines could take on a country the size iran.

    April 28, 2012 at 9:19 am | Reply
  4. gideon

    More soldiers to protect Israel, and kill terrorists.

    They need to be sent to cull the West Bank of Arabs.

    Israel needs these soldiers, give them to us.

    April 27, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Reply
    • Loki

      You again....

      Go back to whatever murderous Tel you originated from.. Try not to kill any children, I do know how you lot love to kill babies with white phosphorus...

      Piece of shit

      April 27, 2012 at 3:15 pm | Reply
    • Peace Keeper

      Keep speaking like that you'll be bagged for a terrorist you cunt. Talking about killing children wtf is wrong with you?

      April 27, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Reply
      • eye opener

        hey PEACE KEEPER its the same guy posting the two post. he is just an idiot on all levels

        April 27, 2012 at 5:53 pm |
      • gideon

        You goy who wish Israel dead are filth, and meant to serve the Jewish race in Israel. Period.

        April 27, 2012 at 6:17 pm |
  5. DEFENDERS OF FREEDOM fired by obama

    OFF TO THE UNEMPLOYMENT LINES TO JOINS MILLIONS OF OTHER AMERICANS !

    April 27, 2012 at 11:40 am | Reply
    • JayBee

      The article says they are being transferred not fired. Although it is true that military is downsizing. But thats due to spending cuts by the Federal Government. People bitch when the government spends too much then bitch when the government cuts spending in defense, the biggest spending program by far in the federal government.

      April 27, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Reply
      • DEFENDERS OF FREEDOM fired by obama

        PLEASE DO NOT LET THE FOG OF OBAMA POLITICS OBSCURE THE TRUTH

        April 27, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
    • //////////

      I'd suggest they seek employment within the TSA, but hope that they'd have too much integrity than to stoop that low.

      The soldiers, that is.

      April 27, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Reply
  6. JayBee

    The Marine in the middle of the picture is locked and loaded pretending he's storming the beach at Okinawa lol.

    April 27, 2012 at 11:11 am | Reply
  7. Hahahahahahaha

    Moving them closer to Iran. Hahahahahahahaha

    April 27, 2012 at 9:48 am | Reply

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