Pentagon calls airman’s home intrusion “Extremely Regrettable”
|The U.S. Department of Defense has expressed deep regret over the alleged break-in and assault by a serviceman in Japan’s Okinawa Prefecture, saying “This reported incident is extremely regrettable; we expect the highest standards of conduct for our service members.”
The Pentagon statement said “It’s unfortunate that the purported actions of a small minority of individuals cast a shadow on the thousands of hard-working service members in Japan who are there for the defense of Japan and to maintain peace and security in such an important region of the world.” The Okinawa prefectural police are investigating allegations that a drunken member of the U.S. Air Force’s Kadena base intruded into an apartment and hit a 13-year-old boy in the Okinawa village of Yomitan early last Friday.
The alleged incident took place only two weeks after the United States imposed an off-installation curfew on all military personnel stationed in Japan following an alleged rape of a woman by two sailors in Okinawa in mid-October. This southernmost prefecture of Okinawa hosts the bulk of U.S. military facilities in Japan. In the statement, the department said U.S. forces in Japan are currently “undergoing a complete review of the liberty policies and other policies to minimize the chances of these types of events happening.”
The Pentagon also emphasized that the U.S. military is working with the Okinawa police in the investigation of the latest case.