The realignment of Marine Corps forces on Guam honors an international agreement that took place in April 2012, adjusted the 2006 Realignment Roadmap and set the framework for relocating Marines and their associated dependents from Okinawa to locations outside of Japan. Additionally, this agreement secures the Marine Corps posture in the Indo-Pacific region that is geographically distributed, operationally resilient and politically sustainable. Under the terms of the 2012 agreement, the Government of Japan will contribute $3.1 billion for the construction of facilities and infrastructure in Guam and training ranges in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
Marine Corps Base (MCB) Camp Blaz was administratively activated on October 1, 2020, making it the first newly constructed Marine Corps base since 1952. Serving as a strategic logistics hub positioned to bolster regional security and stability in the Indo-Pacific, the base plays a critical role in the DoD’s ability to deter and defend and is a testament to the strength of the U.S.-Japan alliance, which is a cornerstone of peace, security and prosperity in the region. The base is named in honor of Brigadier General Vicente Tomas “Ben” Garrido Blaz, the first CHamorro Marine to attain the rank of general officer and honors the Blaz family and the significant relationship between the island of Guam and the U.S. Marine Corps, which has endured since before the campaigns of World War II.