Guam – Japan’s Yomiuri newspaper is reporting that Washington and Tokyo have reached a tentative agreement on moving some training functions of F-15 fighters stationed at Kadena Air Base in Okinawa here to Guam.
The paper quotes unnamed Guam and Japanese authorities of its report.
Kadena is home to two F-15 squadrons of the U.S. Air Force’s 18th Wing.
According to the article, the transfer of some of those planes would occur very soon, within the current fiscal year.
The paper reprots that U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Defense Minister Toshimi Kitazawa will finalize the agreement on January 13th during a two-day visit by Gates to Japan.
If the agreement is finalized, it will be the first reduction of U.S. forces stationed in Okinawa since they arrived.