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The U.S. military made Live House Garo off-limits to all U.S. military and civilian members of Misawa Air Base, Japan, on Thursday. In a memorandum announcing the order, commander Col. David Stilwell said the ban was enforced because the bar “repeatedly” served alcohol to underage drinkers.

The U.S. military made Live House Garo off-limits to all U.S. military and civilian members of Misawa Air Base, Japan, on Thursday. In a memorandum announcing the order, commander Col. David Stilwell said the ban was enforced because the bar “repeatedly” served alcohol to underage drinkers. (T.D. Flack / Stripes)

MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan — The 35th Fighter Wing commander has placed a popular Misawa city bar off limits to his personnel beginning Thursday because, he said, it serves alcohol to underage drinkers.

In a memorandum released Thursday, Col. David Stilwell explained he made Live House Garo, in M’s Plaza, off limits to all servicemembers, Department of Defense civilians, contractors and family members.

Nobody may enter Garo until further notice, and “a change in ownership, management, or name to this establishment does not change the effect of this order,” the memorandum said.

Military members who violate the order face punitive or administrative action. DOD civilians or family members could face Misawa Conduct Adjudication board punishment up to being banned from the base. Contractors could face action by their employer.

In March, the Armed Forces Disciplinary Control Board looked into an alcohol-related incident that involved an underage person drinking at Garo, according to base officials. The board asked Garo’s proprietor to help prevent future problems.

“Security Forces checked the establishment over the next several weeks to see if the measures were being followed, and they were,” according to a statement from base spokesman Capt. Martin Gerst. “Eventually, however, the measures were no longer being taken and the underage drinking problem resurfaced.”

The proprietor must prove to the disciplinary board that he’s taken “proper corrective action” before it will consider recommending that Stilwell rescind the ban.

No other bars are off limits to the military community in Misawa city.

Calls to Garo early Thursday evening went unanswered.


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