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Readout of Visit to U.S. facilities in Okinawa by Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya

19-006 | Sept. 5, 2019

United States Forces Japan Office of Public Affairs provides the following readout from today’s visit to U.S. facilities in Okinawa by Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya: 

U.S. Forces Japan (USFJ) and the Third Marine Expeditionary Force (III MEF) hosted Defense Minister Iwaya today in Okinawa for briefings and an orientation. Lieutenant General H. Stacy Clardy, III MEF Commander, appreciated the opportunity to discuss the strategically critical role U.S. and Japanese forces play in the region.    

The orientation included visits to Camp Schwab and Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Futenma.  During his visit to Camp Schwab, Minister Iwaya received a briefing from the Okinawa Defense Bureau (ODB) on the Futenma Replacement Facility (FRF), highlighting the close partnership between U.S. and Japanese personnel. 

After his arrival at MCAS Futenma, the Minister conducted an office call with Lt. Gen. Clardy and received III MEF and MCAS Futenma command briefs.  During the briefings, Lt. Gen. Clardy discussed a number of training and operational issues in Okinawa; the importance of readiness and realistic training; community relations; and the FRF.

At the conclusion of these briefings, Minister Iwaya discussed the importance of the U.S. military presence on Okinawa and reaffirmed that the U.S.-Japan Alliance is the cornerstone of peace and security in the region. Iwaya also commented that he is looking forward to seeing U.S. and Japanese Ospreys, which are currently conducting training in the U.S., responding together to future crises.

Following the meetings and orientation, U.S. Marine leaders expressed their appreciation for the Minister’s visit, as well as his strong support for the Alliance and the U.S. personnel defending Japan’s security. They also expressed their appreciation for the support and hospitality they enjoy from the people of Okinawa.     




在日米軍司令部と第3海兵遠征軍(III MEF)は本日、ブリーフィングとオリエンテーションにより岩屋防衛大臣の沖縄訪問を支援致しました、ステーシー・クラーディ中将は、米軍と日本の自衛隊の地域での重要な役割について議論する機会を得たことに感謝致しました。