Residents of Chatan, Okinawa, and marines of Headquarters and Support Battalion conducted a tsunami evacuation drill on a route through Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan, November 9, 2019. The drill was to show the residents of Chatan the route to safety from a tsunami. (Video by LCpl Moises Rodriguez)
So this is a tsunami drill, an evacuation drill. To make sure that everybody knows the routes. In particular, the local Chatan town residents. And they know that they can come safely onto Camp Foster, get in the gate, get up the hill, and then out the backside of our base to get away from any kind of disaster, like a tsunami. For realism, we brought some Marines on board. They came from, mostly, H&S battalion. To come out and support and just show support for what the Chatan residents need to do. The ceremony is just a way to express our partnership, the significance of the event, and what it means when a resident has to leave their house. As well as when they have to leave their work center in the middle of the day, in the middle of the night, to run out. So, we try and bring some gravity to that situation, Make sure everyone understands how important it is. And then we really express our partnership just by thanking each other, here on base.