Thursday, March 17, 2011

Japan: US Military begins voluntary evacuation

UPDATE: First US evacuation flight leaves Japan

From War on Terror News:

The US Navy said Thursday afternoon it would start evacuating families from Naval Air Facility Atsugi and Yokosuka Naval Base, near Tokyo. A few hours later, officials at Misawa Air Base, in northern Japan, did the same. Camp Zama, a U.S. Army facility near Tokyo, said it was allowing families and non-essential workers to voluntarily leave.

In a radio address Thursday afternoon, Col. Otto Feather, 374th Airlift Wing commander, said he expects Yokota Air Base to join the list soon.

“For those folks that really want to go, I think we’re going to be able to offer an opportunity in the next couple of days, or so, to make that happen,” Feather said in a release on the Yokota website.

The Marine Corps, however, said they have no immediate plans for evacuation from either Air Station Iwakuni near Hiroshima nor Sasebo Naval Base near Nagasaki. ...

Read the rest here, and stay tuned!

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