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Marines ‘not going away’ After Iraq service complete

Date Posted: 2004-12-24

American Marines serving in Iraq who normally are stationed in Okinawa will return.

Lieutenant General Robert Blackman, who commands the III Marine Expeditionary Force on Okinawa, says the troops in Iraq are performing “in an interim and temporary situation” in the middle east, and that they’ll ultimately come back to their bases here. He says “the focus in the global war right now is on terrorism. To do that, we must be successful in Iraq.

Once that’s done, you’ll start to see those units come back. They will return to Okinawa.”
Speaking to the Japanese news media, Blackman said the nearly 5,000 troops and their equipment, including the helicopters from Futenma Marine Corps Air Station, will redeploy back to Okinawa. Dozens of helicopters from Futenma’s Marine Air Wing are now in Iraq, having deployed in Fall shortly after the crash of a CH-46 Sea Stallion near the sprawling airbase.

Ginowan officials are opposed to the helicopters being allowed to return, but Blackman says the aircraft will serve at Futenma until a new airport is ready. The U.S. three star general says he’s probably the person who most wants to see the new facility complete and Futenma taken out of the spotlight. Ginowan leaders are demanding the helicopters be blocked from coming back to Okinawa, and sent to their stateside bases instead.

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