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Liszewski assumes office as commanding general of MCIPAC

  • June 26, 2022
  • , Ryukyu Shimpo , p. 2
  • JMH Translation

On June 24, Major General Stephen Liszewski took office as new commanding general of Marine Corps Installations Pacific (MCIPAC), which oversees U.S. Marine bases located in Okinawa Prefecture. After attending a personnel change ceremony held at Camp Zukeran (Kita Nakagusuku Village), the new commanding general said in response to a question from Ryukyu Shimpo, “We will conduct training to ensure we can address regional concerns.” He also expressed his desire to promote cooperation with the Self-Defense Forces.

 

Since the beginning of the year, a number of aircraft have flown into the U.S. Naha Port Facility, which is located next to a residential area, drawing protests from the prefecture and local communities. On this, Liszenwski commented, “I believe these operations were conducted in line with the Japan-U.S. Status of Forces Agreement.”

 

The MCIPAC oversees MCAS Iwakuni and bases in Hawaii, in addition to facilities in Okinawa.

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