Marine Corps activates Camp Blaz in Guam
Marine Corps Base Camp Blaz (MCB) Camp Blaz was activated on October 1, 2020. This activation was an administrative action officially marking the initial operational capability (IOC) of the base. This is the first new Marine Corps base activated since March 1, 1952, with the commissioning of what is presently Marine Corps Logistics Base, Albany, Georgia. The Marine Corps plans to hold a formal activation ceremony for its newest base in spring 2021.
“As the Marine Corps presence on Guam grows, I am confident that we will live up to our motto of honor, courage, and commitment – we will honor the history of the island of Guam, we will have the courage to defend it, and we will remain committed to preserving its cultural and environmental resources,” said Col. Bradley M. Magrath, the first base commander of MCB Camp Blaz.
The formal establishment of MCB Camp Blaz is a significant milestone of the REALIGNMENT OF FORCES and honors an international agreement with the Government of Japan while securing a Marine Corps posture in the Indo-Pacific region that is geographically distributed and operationally resilient. MCB Camp Blaz will play an essential role in strengthening the Department of Defense’s ability to deter and defend, and is also a testament to the strength of the U.S.-Japan alliance, which is a cornerstone of peace, security, and prosperity in the region.