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General meets with government officials

Date Posted: 1998-06-27

Last Wednesday, Major General Geoffrey B. Higginbotham, Commanding General Marine Corps Base, Camp Smedley D. Butler and Deputy Commander Marine Corps Bases Japan, met with the Governor of Okinawa, the director of the Defense Facility Administration Bureau, and the Ambassador to Okinawa to say farewell and to invite each of them individually to attend his change of command ceremony on Monday, June 22.

During his visits, he expressed how much he enjoyed his time on Okinawa and his admiration for the people he had met.

"I'm particularly proud of the continued friendships I see being fostered between our Marines and the people of Okinawa," said Higginbotham.

Of the issues addressed during his meetings, Higginbotham specifically mentioned the contributions Marine Corps Base has made towards the preservation of the environment, stating that Marine Corps Base exceeds Japanese environmental standards and with more than 38 members on the environmental team, Marine Corps Base will continue to protect and nurture the environment here.

After relinquishing command of Marine Corps Base, Camp Smedley D. Butler and the position of Deputy Commander, Marine Corps Bases Japan, Higginbotham will report to Washington, D.C., where he will become the Deputy Chief of Staff, Installations and Logistics.

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