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‘Off Limits’ areas are nothing new: III MEF Commander

Date Posted: 2008-11-21

An October 31st Marine Corps announcement listing a number of locations off limits to Marines isn’t anything new, says a spokesman for III Marine Expeditionary Force and Marine Corps Bases Japan.

“The off-limits locations described in the Liberty Campaign Order are not new additions to the order,” says 1st Lt. Adrian Rankine-Galloway, the Media Relations Officer, “and were off limits before the Liberty Campaign Order was published. It simply restated off-limits restrictions that were already in place.”

The Liberty Campaign Order signed by Lt. Gen. Richard C. Zilmer on September 29th applies to all service members and civilian personnel assigned to Marine Corps Bases Japan, III Marine Expeditionary Force in Japan, as well as their dependents.

Off limits areas off base, unless sponsored and escorted by a local national, are the Henoko Village playgrounds, the Henoko Village baseball field, the Henoko Village fishing boat pier, the Kin-Cho Athletic Field, and the Ryukyu Sanitarium. The Marine Corps says no service members, civilian personnel assigned to marine Corps Bases Japan, III MEF in Japan, or their dependents, will enter any burial site or tomb except as a member of a funeral cortege or as a family membr at appropriate ceremonies.

SOFA personnel are also reminded they are not to enter any public or private schools, unless they are enrolled in such schools, school employees, parents who have children enrolled in such schools, or personnel having official business at such schools. The order also prohibits engaging in certain activities such as bungee jumping, cliff and bridge diving and hang gliding.

Lieutenant Rankine-Galloway told Japan Update the order does not apply to other military services stationed on Okinawa, and advised the newspaper to “contact the appropriate service public affairs office for service-specific regulations. Asked how the Command would enforce the bans, the Lieutenant said “Marines and sailors assigned to III MEF and Marine Corps Bases Japan are expected to hold themselves to the highest standards of conduct.” Rankine-Galloway says “ This includes holding each other accountable for their actions at all times. Marines are expected to adhere to military orders and regulations.”

Rankine-Galloway says “there are currently four businesses that fall into the off-limits category: The Hideaway Nightclub, Orange Boom, Shampoo and The Ground Tobacco Club.”

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