CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — U.S. military commanders on Okinawa gathered in the Marine’s headquarters building here Friday to pledge their support of nationwide campaigns to raise community awareness for domestic violence and substance abuse.
“There are probably a lot of unreported incidents we never hear about that never enter the statistics,” said Marine Lt. Gen. R.C. Zilmer, commanding general of III Marine Expeditionary Force and Marine Corps Bases Japan, according to a press release. “But we do recognize that there is a problem out there and we’re trying to increase awareness and continue to bring these incident levels down.”
About 30 servicemembers representing all military branches on Okinawa, including four substance-abuse counselors from Department of Defense Dependents Schools, attended the event, which included the signing of proclamations.
“We solve problems when we step in and break the chain,” Zilmer said. “And, so it is a great honor to sign these proclamations and look forward to bringing incident levels down to zero.”
Joint-service media events and a 5-K run are planned throughout the month of October to show that domestic violence and substance abuse will not be tolerated, said Dorothy Vick, public affairs chief for the Army on Okinawa.