Story by PFC Nicole Rogge on 05/16/2018An early morning thunderstorm brought heavy rain to the northern Marine camps on Okinawa May 12. Members of Henoko, and the Okinawa Defense Bureau, and Marines gathered midday, ready for their softball tournament, to find their playing field aboard Camp Schwab, covered in water.
Determined and ready to work together, players from all teams found brooms to clear the water off the field.
"The sun has come out and it is a perfect day for a softball game," said Col. Kevin Norton, the commanding officer of Camp Schwab in his opening remarks. "Let's play ball."
Four teams participated in the tournament which included two Marine teams, an ODB team and a Henoko team. Players of all ages had fun running and sliding through the mud to make it safely from base to base.
"It is good for everyone to get together and meet face to face," said Munekatsu Kayou, the district mayor of Henoko. "That way it is easier to work together in the future."
Marines from Camp Schwab participate in different community events each month. From cleaning beaches to visiting the local schools, they are always looking for ways to interact with the community.
"We have a very strong relationship with Henoko," said Norton. "We continue to look for ways to build on that relationship and keep our friendship growing."