Guam – Japan’s Yomiuri Shimbun is reporting that U.S. negotiators have proposed that the 4,700 Marines coming to Guam from Okinawa be permanently stationed on island.
The paper cites un-named sources in a report on the ongoing negotiations between Washington and Tokyo over a revised Realignment roadmap.
According to those sources, U.S. government officials have proposed to their Japanese counterparts that the Marine Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTF), which is currently located in Okinawa Prefecture, be spread out to Guam and Darwin, Australia.
The number of Marines proposed to come to Guam remains the same at 4,700, but, according to the report, the Marines coming to Guam “will be permanently stationed in Guam”.
The Marines that remain in Okinawa Prefecture will be responsible for northeast Asia, including the Korean Peninsula and the East China Sea.
Those stationed in Guam will be in charge of the entire western Pacific, while troops in Darwin will be responsible for the South China Sea and the Indian Ocean.
The MAGTF is a basic component of the U.S. Marine Corps that has a high-level of readiness in an emergency. It comprises a command center, ground combat units, air combat units and logistic support units.