Just when the long-in-the-works move of U.S. Marines from Okinawa seemed to be proceeding, the outgoing commandant of the Marine Corps appears to be having second thoughts.
Riflemen from the 4th Marines, rush toward a firing position during live-fire training at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. (Lance Cpl. Harrison C. Rakhshani/Marine Corps)
According to a report in the Marine Times newspaper, Gen. Robert B. Neller has just told a congressional committee that the relocation effort needs a review.
Neller's major concern, expressed before a Senate Appropriations Committee meeting last week, appeared to center on how to get Guam-based marines to where they are needed to fight.
In a back and forth with Hawaii Sen. Brian Schatz during the meeting, Neller indicated he didn't believe the planned high speed vessels planned to move the marines and their gear would work for a large force.