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    Marines Reopen Base on Guam as Part of a Shift from Okinawa

    Marines Reopen Base on Guam as Part of a Shift from Okinawa

    The Marine Corps has reactivated a historic base on the island of Guam as part of an ongoing reshuffle and reorganization of troops in the Pacific.

    The service held a ceremony to establish Marine Corps Base Blaz — the first new base for the Marines in 70 years — on Thursday at Asan Beach in Guam, a press release announced.

    Ultimately 5,000 Marines will be stationed there, Sabrina Singh, the Pentagon's deputy press secretary, told reporters Thursday. Capt. Ryan Bruce, a spokesman for the Marine Corps, said that Marines will begin relocating to the island “in the first half of the 2020s.”

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    Japanese news outlets reported that the transfer will in 2024.

    The base, which is on Guam's northern plateau, is still in the process of being built. The Marine Corps noted in its press release that it is “partially funded by a large monetary contribution from the Government of .” Japanese news outlets, citing the country's defense ministry, reported that the contribution is 370 billion yen, or $2.86 billion out of a total cost of $8 billion.

    The press release said that Guam was chosen as a location for a new base in 2012 as part of a broader defense agreement between the U.S. and Japan. That agreement “set the framework for the relocation of Marines from Okinawa to Guam.”

    Singh noted that the move of Marines from Okinawa…

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