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From: "Parsons, Christi" >
Date: May 27, 2016 at 4:01:40 PM GMT+9
To: Desiree Barnes >, Peter Velz >
Subject: Pool report #7
The president will speak to the troops in a hangar at the Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni.
The press lead at this event is Obama 2008 veteran Katie Lillie.
According to the White House:
The station is a mission-ready air station, capable of providing continuous base-operating support for tenant organizations and follow-on U.S. and allied forces during training, combat or contingency Humanitarian Assistance/Disaster Relief operations throughout the Asia-Pacific region.
--Iwakuni has one of the most successful, shared-use installations in Japan. The U.S. aircraft and personnel work side-by-side with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, providing the Pacific theater a 911-response partnership.
--Since 2004 alone, Marines from Okinawa have responded to 17 disaster relief missions across the Indo-Asia-Pacific region, the most recent being in Kyushu, in which MV-22 Ospreys based out of Okinawa used MCAS Iwakuni as a hub to bring relief to those isolated by the earthquakes.
--MCAS Iwakuni succeeded in a historical reduction of forces from the island of Okinawa with the relocation of VMGR-152 to Iwakuni in 2014.?
?Crowd composition (nearly 3,000 total):
--Approximately 600 participants at the President's town hall including a combination of fairly equal parts US service members (Marines, Navy, Army, Air Force) and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force - Navy.?
--The remaining 2,000+ attendees are a combination of spouses, children, Japanese civilian employees, USGS civilians, US contractors, and visiting family members.
--The service members represent one of the following organizations: Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron, Marine Aircraft Group-12 (MAG-12); Department of Defense Dependent Schools; Defense Commissary Agency; American Forces Network; Combat Logistics Company-36 (CLC-36); Defense Policy Review Initiative; and various smaller Navy tenant units.?
History// Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni Timeline
-Over three hundred years ago the waters of the Inland Sea rolled over the area where aircraft wheels now screech as they hit the solid concrete of Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni' s airstrip.
-In 1938 the Japanese government purchased a large portion of land, which the station now stands on.
-The air station was incorporated into the farming village of Iwakuni in 1940.
-In 1940 defensive and training missions were initiated from the Japanese Naval Air Station.
-In WWII Iwakuni Air Station was used as a training and defense base, with 96 trainers and 150 Zero fighter planes.
-The famous Eta Jima naval Cadet School, which is comparable to a combination of the Annapolis and Pensacola Naval Air station, was stationed at the air station in 1943.
-The base was only attacked once during the war. A carrier based strike force carried out a raid in July of 1945.
-After the war, the initial occupation of the base was by the Marine Corps, which transitioned when the U.S. Army disposal team arrived. The Army troops were then followed by forces of Britain, India, Australia and the U.S. Air Force.
-Iwakuni is future home of F-35 jets. Part of our rebalance to the Asia-Pacific.
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