Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa (HI-01) released the following statement after the Pentagon announced that the U.S. and Japan have reached an agreement to reposition 9,000 Marines from Okinawa. Around 5,000 of the Marines will move to Guam, with the remainder coming to Hawaii and other bases around the Pacific.
"This is another powerful statement about the United States' commitment to the Pacific as the theater of the future, and to Hawaii as a critical part of that presence," said Hanabusa, member of the House Armed Services Committee. "We have shown both the capacity to provide for these Marines and their families and an openness to welcoming them into our community. We should also view this within the context of other changes in our military's deployment of defense assets, including personnel. Our nation is going through a process of re-examining our defense needs and determining the best way to position military personnel and equipment for the future. Our state, our people, and our economy stand to gain from that. I'm happy to see this as part of that process."