July 2010

Navy Brass Targets Hike in Sexual Assaults


Jeanette Steele
San Diego Union-Tribune
July 3, 2010

The Navy’s top brass wants commanders to “get uncomfortable” about sexual assaults, which are happening at the rate of more than one a day and to one in five female sailors during her career — mostly at the hands of other shipmates.

“A lot of it is blue on blue, sailor on sailor,” the Navy’s No. 2 officer, Vice Chief of Naval Operations Jonathan Greenert, said during a recent speech in San Diego.

“In your Navy and my Navy, that’s, to me, totally unsatisfactory. I have a problem even talking about it. It gets me irritated,” he said.

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Additional Information:

Statement of Admiral Michael G. Mullen, U.S. Navy Vice Chief of Naval Operations before the Subcommittee on Personnel of the Senate Armed Services Committee on Sexual Assault in the Armed Forces, February 25, 2004

Okinawa Assembly Chides U.S. on Base Relocation


David Allen
Stars & Stripes
July 9, 2010

Okinawa’s lawmakers Friday urged the United States to rethink plans to build a new Marine Corps air station on the island.

On the last day of its current session, the Okinawa Prefectural Assembly passed a resolution calling on the U.S. and Japan to reconsider a recent decision to go forward with closing Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, located in urban Ginowan, and moving Marine air units to the island’s rural northeast shore.

Addressed to President Barack Obama, the leaders of the House and Senate, the U.S. Ambassador to Japan and the commander of U.S. Forces Japan, the resolution states that the plan — established in a 2006 U.S.-Japan agreement — “ignores the full will of the people of Okinawa, who wish to move the operations out of Okinawa.”

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