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For many in Okinawa, Futenma and its 2,000 American personnel have been a perpetually noisy and polluting symbol of continuing U.S. dominance. But U.S. military leaders insist that as long as the 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force is based on Okinawa, they need the air base, which allows them to rapidly deploy Marines throughout the region. Stalder uses the analogy of a baseball team to explain why the force can't do without its aircraft: "It does not do you any good to have the outfielders practicing in one town, the catcher in another and the third baseman somewhere else."

Hoi An, December 1969. Photo Credit: Bob Lindgren. Online Source:

Hercules military aircraft, at the Futenma air base on Okinawa on May 3, 2010

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The U.S. made clear shortly after Hatoyama's election that it had nointention of retreating from East Asia. Last October, Defense SecretaryRobert Gates called the Marines' continued presence on Okinawa the"linchpin" of Washington's East Asian strategy. "This may not be the perfect alternative for anyone," he said in Japan, "but it is the best alternative for everyone." In February, Lieut. General Keith Stalder, who commands Marines in the Pacific, put it more bluntly. "All of my Marines on Okinawa are willing to die if it is necessary for the security of Japan," he told a Tokyo audience. "Japan does not have a reciprocal obligation to defend the United States, but it absolutely must provide the bases and training that U.S. forces need." That U.S. security umbrella, he pointedly added, "has brought Japan and the entire region unprecedented wealth and social advancement."

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While it has undergone many changes over the years, the G.I. Bill continues to help military service-members and their families to achieve their educational and professional ambitions.

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Marines at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, Sept

The USNS Core arrives in Saigon with the first US helicopter units,
33 Vertol H-21 C Shawnee and 400 Crewmen.

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Vietnamese Air Force T-28 Skyraiders, flown by U.S. Air Force pilots, drop napalm on Viet Cong targets.
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Khe Sanh under fire.  Photo Credit: The Byrd Archives. Online Source:

Dogs have been fighting alongside U.S

May 4, 1970. Ohio National Guardsmen fire on student protestors at Kent State University, Ohio, killing 4 and wounding 16.
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That's not going to happen anytime soon, in part because both sides benefit from the current agreement. The U.S. gets to station a potent punch amid one of the world's most dynamic but unsettled regions, while Japan is relieved of an additional defense-spending burden that would do little to help revive its flagging economy.

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05/12/2012 · By J.T.O

Every branch of the United States military offers some form of educational assistance for its enlisted personnel. Over the years, military service has offered a great many students the opportunity to serve their country while earning money to help pay for a college education. Scholarships and grants from the U.S. Military are a valuable source of financial assistance for students struggling to meet the rising costs of college tuition. However, students considering any branch of the military as a source for scholarships or grants should understand that these are all award-for-service programs. Students will be required to enlist in a branch of the armed services, and will be expected to fully complete their service contract. Students should carefully weigh the benefits of military service against their responsibilities as active-duty service-members.