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The United States Marine Corps base at Futenma is located in the city of Ginowan on the island of Okinawa. It is home to around 4,000 Marines and has been a key US military airbase since the island was occupied by the Americans in 1945. United States Marine Corps Emblem The United States Marine Corps (USMC) is a branch of the U.S. military. ... Ginowan (宜野湾市; -shi) is a city located in Okinawa, Japan. ... Okinawa Island (沖縄本島 Okinawa-hontō, the main island of Okinawa) is the largest of the Ryukyu Islands at the edge of the East China Sea, helping to define the seas boundary with the open Pacific Ocean. ...

The base includes a 2,800 meter-long runway as well as extensive housing, administrative and logistical facilities. The Marine Corps Air Station is tasked with operating a variety of fixed and rotary-wing aircraft in support of the III Marine Expeditionary Force. The base is also used as a United Nations air facility, but the rent of the base is paid for entirely by the United States government. An aircraft is any machine capable of atmospheric flight. ... The United States 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force was originally activated in 1942, and took part in the struggle against the Japanese Empire during World War II. It took part in some of the bloodiest battles in the Pacific, including invading the Japanese islands of Iwo Jima and Okinawa. ...

MCAS Futenma is a key American air-base where Marine Corps pilots and aircrew are assigned for training, providing the air complement to other land-based Marines in Okinawa, and to help fulfil the 1952 treaty commitment of the United States to defend Japan. But noise and air pollution from the base has become a controversial issue in Ginowan City. In 1997, it was decided that the base should be relocated to a more expensive but much quieter off-shore location at Henoko. This was, and remains, an extremely controversial decision, since the base is to be constructed on a living coral reef, and in a 1997 referendum, a majority of local people voted against it. Construction has yet to begin, and at present it is the subject of an international Greenpeace campaign. This power plant in New Mexico releases sulfur dioxide and particulate matter into the air. ... Greenpeace protest in Brasília, Brazil. ...

External Links

  • Greenpeace campaign to stop construction at Henoko
  • On Okinawa, trouble at home base article by Kosuke Takahashi (September 9, 2004)

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Futenma Marine Corps Air Station (732 words)
Since 15 January 1969 MCAS Futenma serves as a United Nations air facility and a divert base for Air Force and Naval aircraft operating in the vicinity of Okinawa.
MCAS Futenma covers 1,188 acres of land and is completely surrounded by the urbanized growth of Ginowan City.
MCAS Futenma has a runway and parallel taxiway that are 9,000 feet long as well as an aircraft washrack, maintenance facilities, vehicle maintenance facilities, fuel storage facilities, a hazardous waste storage and transfer facility, a control tower, an armory, and other facilities needed to operate a Marine Corps air station.
Marine Corps Air Station Futenma - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (745 words)
Marine Corps Air Station Futenma (MCAS Futenma) is a United States Marine Corps base located in the city of Ginowan on the island of Okinawa at 26.27° N 127.76° E.
MCAS Futenma is situated in the center of Ginowan City (pop.
This was and remains a controversial decision, since the projected site involved construction on a coral reef and seagrass beds which are the habitat of the dugong, an endangered marine mammal protected under Japanese and U.S. law.
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