|In use||1959- present|
|Garrison||3rd Reconnaissance Battalion Combat Logistics Battalion 4|
Camp Schwab is a United States Marine Corps camp located in northeastern Okinawa Prefecture, Japan, that is currently home to the 4th Marine Regiment and other elements of the 28,000 American servicemen based on the island. The Camp was dedicated in 1959 in honor of Medal of Honor recipient Albert E. Schwab who was killed in action during the Battle of Okinawa.
The unit conducts live-fire training and coordination with other units.
- Location: Nago (Toyohara, Henoko , Kushi, Kyoda, Sukuta, Yofuke), Ginoza Village (Matsuda)
- Area: 20,626 thousand m2
- Area ratio by municipality: Nago City 99% (about 20.43km 2 ), Ginoza Village 1% (about 0.2km 2 )
- Management Unit: U.S. Marine Corps Base Command in Okinawa
- Number of landowners: 752
- Annual rent: 2,639 million yen (FY2012 results)
- Number of stationed Marine employees: 242
Adjacent to the north side of Camp Schwab is the Henoko Ordnance Storage.
|U.S. military base in Henoko, Nago City|
|FAC6009||Camp schwab||Camp schwab|
|Camp Schwab Training Ground|
|Camp Schwab LST mooring facility||See Table C|
|FAC6010||Henoko Ordnance Storage||Henoko Ordnance Storage|
|Henoko Navy Ammunition Dump|
Units and mission
III Marine Expeditionary Force, 3rd Marine Division (4th Marine Regiment, Combat Assault Battalion and 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion), etc. (Army, Navy, Air Force use range etc.)
Purpose of use: Dormitory, various entertainment facilities, management office and training ground
The Henoko Ordnance Storage is adjacent to the north side. The Schwab training area forms the north side of a large training ground called the Central Training Area. The south side is adjacent to the Camp Hansen training area.
There is also a Marine training ground and training area on the coast for amphibious assault exercises on LSTs (tank landing ships) and amphibious vehicles. The foot of Mt. Kushidake is used as a landing area for live ammunition training and as an abandoned ammunition disposal site.
Relocation of Marine Corps Air Station Futenma
There have been various plans to relocate Marine Corps Air Station Futenma—first off the island and most recently to Camp Schwab—however, as of November 2014[update] the future of any relocation is uncertain with the election of base-opponent Onaga as Okinawa governor. Onaga won against the incumbent Nakaima who had earlier approved landfill work to move the base to Camp Schwab in Henoko. Onaga has promised to veto the landfill work needed for the new base to be built and insisted Futenma should be moved outside of Okinawa.
Reports indicate that Agent Orange was stored and used at Camp Schwab and other US bases on Okinawa in the 1960s. The US government denies that the toxin was present at the base and the Japanese government has declined to investigate.
On 24 March 2009 a Marine was killed and two others injured in an explosion near the base. The Marine Corps announced that the Marines were part of an explosive ordnance disposal team preparing unexploded ordnance for disposal when the explosion occurred.
- "Okinawa US base move in doubt after governor elections". BBC. 16 November 2014. Retrieved 17 November 2014.
- "U.S. base relocation opponent elected Okinawan governor". Japan Today. 17 November 2014. Archived from the original on 29 November 2014. Retrieved 17 November 2014.
- Mitchell, Jon (13 August 2011). "Agent Orange buried on Okinawa, vet says". Japan Times. Okinawa. Retrieved 27 November 2014.
- Mitchell, Jon, "U.S. Agent Orange activist brings message of solidarity to Okinawa", The Japan Times, 15 September 2012, p. 14
- The Washington Post, "Okinawa Blast Kills U.S. Marine", 25 March 2009, p. 10.
- What Okinawa Wants You to Understand about the U.S. Military Bases(PDF) from Okinawa Prefectural Office Washington DC
- Japan Times Online article showing the layout of the new airport
- ヘリ基地反対協 声明