Lt. Governor Tenorio Tours Marine Corps Facilities in Okinawa. Meets Marines from Guam and CNMI

Lt. Governor Tenorio Tours Marine Corps Facilities in Okinawa. Meets Marines from Guam and CNMI


Hagåtña, Guam – Lt. Governor Joshua Tenorio is back from Okinawa, Japan, where he met with some of the top brass in the Marine Corps there to gain a better understanding of the assets and personnel that will be relocated to Guam in the near future. Lt. Governor Tenorio met with Major General Stephen Liszewksi, Commanding General of the Marine Corps Installations Pacific (MCIPAC), Sgt Major Anthony Easton, and Col. James Thornburg, among others.

At MCIPAC, Lt. Governor Tenorio was briefed on some of the latest plans to relocate some 5,000 Marines from Okinawa to Guam. During this briefing, he shared issues important to Guam regarding the Marines' relocation to Camp Blaz. This included needed improvements to the island’s infrastructure and how the Marine Corps and Guam can work closely together to align their workforce needs with the island’s workforce development. 

“We’ve established crucial connections with Marine Corps leadership in Okinawa, learning that the majority of civilians they employ are Okinawan citizens. It’s imperative that our Guam residents have similar opportunities,” said Lt. Governor Tenorio. “This partnership will facilitate collaboration with institutions like Guam Community College to train our people for civilian roles needed to support Camp Blaz.” 

Lt. Governor Tenorio also toured Camp Hansen, a Marine Corps base comparable in size to Camp Blaz. His visit included a stop at a firing range to witness Marine combat training, a look at the barracks to see how Marines are housed, and the USO to explore the recreational amenities offered to Marines during off-duty hours. While at Camp Hansen, he shared a meal in the mess hall with several Marines from Guam and the CNMI who are stationed in Okinawa. 

“This was undoubtedly a standout moment–connecting with Marines from Guam and the CNMI, who selflessly dedicate themselves to defending our nation abroad. Many of these Marines aspire to return home and serve at Camp Blaz. In fact, I had the pleasure of meeting a CHamoru Marine eagerly anticipating being among the first stationed there,” he added. 

Lt. Governor Tenorio also visited Camp Courtney, where he met with Brigadier General Trevor Hall, the Deputy Commanding General of the III Marine Expeditionary Force. He also toured Camp Foster, where he viewed family housing units and the Ashibina Child Development Center. 

“I found this experience incredibly enriching, as it allowed me to witness firsthand some of the Marine facilities and assets in Okinawa, integral to the relocation discussions on Guam. Seeing these facilities up close provided valuable insight for me as a leader, enhancing my understanding of what to expect on Guam soon. Additionally, it provided a platform to address Guam’s concerns and collaborate with the Department of Defense to ensure a seamless relocation process, maximizing the benefits for the people of Guam.”


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