Is There a Marine Corps Base in Okinawa?


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Marine Corps Base Camp Smedley D. Butler is located in Okinawa, Japan. The Butler Marine Base, as it is known to locals, was founded in 1955 and is still in use as of 2015. It is made up of several facilities dispersed throughout Okinawa.

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The camp was originally founded by the U.S. Army as Fort Buckner. It was renamed when the Marine Corps took control of the camp. The camp is classified as a Permanent Duty Station. Marines stationed there are not considered deployed because there are currently no combat operations conducted in Okinawa. Okinawa is also home to the Kadena Air Base, operated by the U.S. Air Force, and the Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, which shares some facilities with Butler Marine Base.

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