MCAS Iwakuni restricts overnight liberty for base residents over coronavirus concerns

A service member enters his home at Atago Hills Housing Faciilty on Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, Dec. 6, 2017. JOSEPH ABREGO/U.S. MARINE CORP
A service member enters his home at Atago Hills Housing Faciilty on Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, Dec. 6, 2017. JOSEPH ABREGO/U.S. MARINE CORP

MCAS Iwakuni restricts overnight liberty for base residents over coronavirus concerns

by James Bolinger
Stars and Stripes

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION IWAKUNI, Japan — The commander has ordered restrictions on visitors to this installation in southwestern Japan, along with a ban on any of its U.S. residents staying overnight off base, as part of efforts to curb the spread of coronavirus.

The leave and liberty order posted Sunday on MCAS Iwakuni’s official Facebook page applies to any base resident who falls under the U.S.-Japan status of forces agreement, namely U.S. service members, civilian Defense Department employees, contractors and their families.

“NO overnight liberty or leave is authorized,” said the statement by Col. Lance Lewis. “When you go to sleep, it must be in your own bed. If you feel you need an exception to have overnight leave or leave outside of mainland Japan, engage your chain of command.”

The order also bars visitors to the air station other than those coming from the United States. It does not apply to residents of Japan.

Read more at: https://www.stripes.com/1.622542

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