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DoD brushes aside idea of Kadena as joint base

Date Posted: 2011-05-19

The idea of consolidating Futenma Marine Corps Air Station with the Air Force’s Kadena Air Base as a solution to the relocation issue has been studied before, says the Department of Defense, signaling it has no plans to revisit the concept.

The statement by Pentagon spokesman David Lapan tossed cold water on a bipartisan proposal by U.S. Senators Carl Levin, John McCain and James Webb, who think the controversial Marine base in crowded Ginowan City should be combined with Kadena, rather than constructing a new airfield facility at Camp Schwab in northern Okinawa. Lapan says the administration’s commitment to the current Henoko relocation plan remains unchanged.

The plan for building a new airbase in Nago City’s Henoko district was reaffirmed in a May 2010 Japan-U.S. agreement, and preliminary construction activity is already under way, despite objections from Okinawa Governor Hirokazu Nakaima, who made it clear to Webb and Levin during an Okinawa visit last month he does not want Futenma to stay on Okinawa. Levin, McCain and Webb jointly proposed Futenma be abolished and its planes and helicopters moved in part to Kadena, while other assets would go to sites in mainland Japan and to Anderson Air Base in Guam.

“I would like to emphasize that the recommendations we moved forward are workable, cost-effective, capable of being implemented in a timely manner, will reduce the burden on the Okinawan people, and will strengthen the American contribution to the security of East Asia,” Webb said. The idea of combining Kadena and Futenma was studied before, and neither the U.S. military nor Okinawa’s citizens liked the idea.

The Air Force, which uses Kadena for jet aircraft, doesn’t think integrating the slower helicopters and propeller-driven aircraft would be a good idea. The Marines are equally opposed, noting air traffic control difficulties that would arise because of the different types of aircraft that would complicate coordinating takeoffs and landings. Residents of Kadena Town, adjacent to the sprawling airbase, are already at odds with Kadena and the Japanese government over noise issues, and maintain things would be worse with the addition of Marine air assets.

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