News: Marine Corps Installations Pacific activates
Story by Lance Cpl. Courtney White
CAMP FOSTER, Japan - Marine Corps Installations Pacific was activated, and Marine Corps Bases Japan deactivated, in a ceremony on the parade field of Building 1 here Sept 30.
MCIPAC, headquartered in Okinawa, will oversee and manage all Marine Corps installations in the Pacific region to include Marine Corps Base Camp Butler, Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, MCAS Iwakuni, Combined Arms Training Center Camp Fuji on mainland Japan, MCB Hawaii and Camp Mujuk in the Republic of Korea.
MCBJ was deactivated after a Headquarters Marine Corps decision to realign installation commands to optimize support to Marine Corps operating forces and tenant commands.
MCIPAC will implement policies, develop regional strategies and plans, prioritize resources, and provide services, direction and oversight to all Marine Corps installations in the Pacific.
The establishment of the new Marine Corps Installations Command at Headquarters Marine Corps in Washington, D.C., will further refine performance measures, improve effectiveness, and reduce costs, said Maj. Gen. Peter J. Talleri, the commanding general of MCB Camp Butler and commanding general of the newly activated MCIPAC, during his speech at the MCIPAC activation ceremony.
The new command will join Marine Corps Installations West and Marine Corps Installations East. All three will report to Marine Corps Installations Command.
“The new command structure will streamline processes, so the current personnel can better support these commands,” said Talleri.
MCIPAC will ensure that requirements across the installations are met and good quality of life is maintained in order to keep faith with our Marines and sailors, said Talleri.
“MCIPAC will be the model of installation excellence,” said Talleri. “This is an exciting time for the Marine Corps as we move installation support into a new direction. It’s the right move for the Corps. My enthusiasm level is extremely high right now as I unfurl the colors of MCIPAC and close those of the proud legacy of MCBJ.”