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Camp Kinser
Okinawa, Japan
Barracks buildings on Camp Kinser.
Coordinates 26°15′09″N 127°41′51″E / 26.252528°N 127.697396°E / 26.252528; 127.697396Coordinates: 26°15′09″N 127°41′51″E / 26.252528°N 127.697396°E / 26.252528; 127.697396
Type Military base
Site information
Controlled by United States Marine Corps
Garrison information
Colonel John E. Kasperski

Camp Kinser is a United States Marine Corps logistics base in Okinawa, Japan.


Camp Kinser is a major logistics base for Marine Corps Forces on Okinawa. Its flagship command is the 3rd Marine Logistics Group. It sits adjacent to the East China Sea in the city of Urasoe, and just a few kilometers north of Naha.

Camp Kinser is the southernmost of nine Marine Corps bases on Okinawa, which make up Marine Corps Base Camp Smedley D. Butler. Another military installation, the Naha Port Facility which belongs to the U.S. Army is located south of Camp Kinser.

Camp Kinser is equipped with a DeCA Commissary, AAFES Shopette, and an AAFES PX, which houses a food court with eateries such as Subway, Pizza Hut, and Taco Bell. It sports a bowling alley, enlisted club, fitness center, and mess hall.

It was named for 21 year old Sergeant Elbert L. Kinser, who threw himself on a grenade to protect his fellow soldiers at the Battle of Okinawa during World War II, and was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor.


As of 2013, the U.S has indicated that it wants to return Camp Kinser also known as the Machinato or Makiminato Service Area to Japan by 2030.[1]

Environmental pollution[edit]

In 1993, the US government issued a classified report entitled "USFJ Talking Paper on Possible Toxic Contamination at Camp Kinser, Okinawa". Publicly available U.S. military documents have quoted excerpts suggesting extensive pollution with Vietnam era chemicals stored there, like insecticides including DDT and heavy metals, rodenticides, herbicides, inorganic and organic acids, alkalis, inorganic salts, organic solvents like vapor degreasers and ferric chloride, of which 12.5 tons were buried.[2][3]

Evidence of wildlife contamination are the 2013 finding of mongooses caught near the installation with high levels of polychlorinated biphenyls(PCBs) and the September 2015 report of habu snakes from the vicinity of Camp Kinser with elevated concentrations of PCBs and DDT. In 2009 six Japanese workers of a warehouse on the base had fallen ill of an unknown illness. A scholar from Okinawa International University has speculated that "the Pentagon wants to conceal the reality of contamination that would damage the political value of [Camp Kinser]'s return".[2]

Resident Commands[edit]

Briefing session for Operation Red Hat, May 11, 1971, a demonstration for Japanese press of actions that would be taken in the event a chemical munition was found to be leaking during transport. Retrograde chemicals from Vietnam are in background.


  1. ^ Yomiuri Shimbun (31 March 2013). "U.S. to return Makiminato facility in Okinawa in 2020s". West Hawaii Times (Oahu Publications, Inc). Retrieved 20 September 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Mitchell, Jon, "Pentagon blocks report on ‘toxic contamination’ at base outside Okinawa capital", Japan Times, 16 Sep 2015
  3. ^ Mitchell, Jon, "FOIA documents reveal hot spots, fish kills and toxic dumps on Okinawa military base", Japan Times, 29 September 2015

External links[edit]

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301 news items

The Japan Times

The Japan Times
Wed, 27 Apr 2016 06:12:07 -0700

According to documents released last year under the FOIA, careless storage of these chemicals at Machinato Service Area (today named Camp Kinser), just north of Naha, caused a series of fish kills and widespread contamination from dioxin, the toxic ...

The Japan Times

The Japan Times
Sat, 16 Apr 2016 07:09:15 -0700

This problem is not confined to Kadena Air Base; during the 1970s, the disposal of surplus chemicals from the Vietnam War also contaminated Camp Kinser with PCBs, heavy metals, pesticides and dioxin. Okinawa's pollution shares many similarities to ...

Stars and Stripes

Stars and Stripes
Wed, 07 Jan 2015 07:22:04 -0800

The two male teenagers were trying to evade police after driving without a license plate on Highway 58 in Urasoe when they sped past a guard at Kinser's Gate 4 about 2:15 a.m., according to Okinawa prefectural police in Urasoe City, where Camp Kinser ...

Marines.mil (press release)

Marines.mil (press release)
Mon, 29 Dec 2014 22:45:00 -0800

Urasoe Police Department Officers search a suspect before taking him into custody Dec. 24 during an anti-terrorism force protection exercise at Camp Kinser. The police officers, with the Urasoe Police Department, and the Marines and Japanese security ...

The Japan Times

The Japan Times
Wed, 16 Sep 2015 02:41:14 -0700

The U.S. military is refusing to release a report detailing environmental contamination at Camp Kinser, a 2.7-sq.-km U.S. Marine Corps supply base near Okinawa's capital, Naha, that is scheduled for return to civilian use. Since April 2014, U.S ...

The Japan Times

The Japan Times
Fri, 04 Dec 2015 01:46:21 -0800

One of the two lots is a 4-hectare strip along the eastern edge of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Ginowan; the other is a 3-hectare section on the eastern side of Camp Kinser, between the city of Urasoe and the sea, both in central Okinawa.
The Japan Times
Tue, 29 Sep 2015 01:22:00 -0700

The 82-page package, which includes reports and memoranda from the U.S. Army, Navy and Marine Corps, reveals mass deaths of sea life, burials of toxic chemicals and the possible exposure of base workers at U.S. Marine Corps Camp Kinser in Urasoe, ...
Thu, 27 Jun 2013 22:30:26 -0700

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP SMEDLEY D. BUTLER — The only commissary on Marine Corps Base Camp Smedley D. Butler to be effected by furloughs caused by sequestration is the Camp Kinser commissary, which is scheduled to close on Tuesdays, ...

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