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Period of Reflection continues for SOFA-status personnel

Date Posted: 2008-02-26

Lieutenant Gen. Richard C. Zilmer, the Okinawa Area Coordinator and senior U.S. military commander on Okinawa, met with senior military leaders from all the services Feb. 24 to evaluate the effects and impacts of the “Period of Reflection.” As a result, Lt. Gen. Zilmer decided the “Period of Reflection” will remain in place until further notice while service leaders continue to review procedures and orders that govern the discipline and conduct of all U.S. service members serving in Okinawa. However, the order governing the limited movement of SOFA-status personnel will be reassessed again by senior service leaders on March 3.
Lieutenant Gen. Zilmer said, “I need leaders at all echelons in all the services to continue to reinforce what the vast majority do well as forward serving ambassadors of America.”
The U.S. military and its commanders take very seriously all incidents and allegations involving misconduct by service members, especially those that impact the host nation community.
For the indefinite future, SOFA-status personnel will continue to be limited to their place of duty or employment, worship, education, or medical or dental treatment. SOFA-status personnel are authorized to transit between U.S. military installations or their off-base residence via privately owned vehicle, military supported transportation, or commercial taxi.
There is no restriction to regularly scheduled activities and facilities aboard any U.S. base or installation
“I highly encourage our service members, civilians and family members to continue to utilize the plethora of activities and services aboard all camps and installations on Okinawa,” Lt. Gen. Zilmer said.

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