Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Futenma is located on Ginowan, a city in Japan's Okinawa Prefecture, the center Okinawa Island. Futenma is about 3.10 miles south from Kadena Air Force Base and 5 nautical miles (5.8 miles) northeast of Naha, the capital of this prefecture. This Air Station is operated by the U.S. Marine Corps since the triumph of the American troops over the Japanese Imperial Army in 1945, when a series of battles (codename Operation Iceberg) took place at the Ryukyu Islands, a chain of islands in southwest Japan, which larger island is Okinawa, and therefore a historical episode known a the Battle of Okinawa.
This facility provides support to different sea and land-based Marine Corps bases in Okinawa and across the Asia-Pacific region. MCAS Futenma is part of the Camp Smedley D. Butler and the Marine Corps Installations Pacific command. The Air Station is also an air distribution pivot for the United Nations disaster operations and other critical situations.
Cost of Living: Although the cost of living in Okinawa is considered to be cheap, Consumer Prices in United States are 9.30% lower than in Japan and Local Purchasing Power in America is 20.60% higher than in the Nippon country.
Automated Telephone Attendant Number: MCAS Futenma Base Operator is reachable through Camp S. D. Butler at 011-81-98-911-5111-5111/5112 or DSN 315-911-5111/5112.
Base Population: MCAS Futenma has an estimated population that fluctuates between 3,000 and 4,000 military personnel, including Marines of the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing and other units. Total Marine Corps population at Camp S. D. Butler is 32,281 including Active Duty, Retirees, Civilian employees and family members.
City/Area Population: Ginowan is a small city to the south of Okinawa City, with an estimated population of 94,405 people in 2012, while the total population in Okinawa is 1,389,400 people.
Child Development Centers: The four MCAS Futenma Child Development Centers are located at Camp S. D. Butler, where there are also three School Age Programs, twelve DoD dependent schools, eight elementary schools, and one Pre-school and Family Child Care located at the Camp housing areas.
Youth Programs: The Youth and Teen Program at MCAS Futenma is DoD certified and education services include two Jr. high/middle schools, and two high schools. For more information call MCCS (Marine Corps Community Services) at l 011-81-98-970-2110.
Family Readiness Center: All Marine and family services are attended at these telephone numbers; 011-81-98-970 -2104, 011-81-98-970-2106, and 011-81-98-970-8395.
Employment: Military and civilian employment in Japan usually require bilingual skills, but job hunting usually starts through the Transition Assistance Management Program, which provides further job-related information at 011-81-98-970-3151, DSN: 315-645-3151.
Base Services: This air base has a non-profit central facility called United Service Organizations (USO) Futenma, Okinawa, Japan, Marine Corps Installations Pacific, which host free activities and dinners, movies, gaming, phone calls, live entertainment and several other events, services and activity programs. Other MCCS common services are also available at this Air Station.
History: MCAS Futenma Marine Corps was established in 1960, although this military facility was first built to combat enemy forces during the World War II in 1945. Initially the base was operated by U.S. Air Force, until they gave up this air field and transferred it to the U.S. Marine Corps.
Between the end of the war and the beginning of the 60s decade, it is unclear what the purpose of this airstrip was. Japanese sources report a period of inactivity at which there were even people trying to grow food on the runway, but the Air Force reported a different version of those early unclear operation years.
Throughout the last decade, the Japanese authorities have recommended the relocation of MCAS Futenma and people demanded the relocation, that was agreed to in 2011, moving this base to Kadena Air Base, but relocation is not clear to happen yet.
Units: Nowadays, military activity in Japan is very low, hence there are only very few units stationed at MCAS Futenma from time to time, and deployment of tenants is also scarce.
Housing: MCAS Futenma Marine Corps have administrative and logistical facilities, besides extensive barracks and housing opportunities on post and around the base area, which are managed by the Housing Office at Kadena Air Base. More information can be obtained through its Housing Office, phone 011-81-98-970-0114, DSN: 315-634-0114.
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