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A row of red pylons block off the entrances to the gasoline stands after the filling station on Camp Foster closed Tuesday, June 7, 2016.

A row of red pylons block off the entrances to the gasoline stands after the filling station on Camp Foster closed Tuesday, June 7, 2016. (Chiyomi Sumida/Stars and Stripes)

A row of red pylons block off the entrances to the gasoline stands after the filling station on Camp Foster closed Tuesday, June 7, 2016.

A row of red pylons block off the entrances to the gasoline stands after the filling station on Camp Foster closed Tuesday, June 7, 2016. (Chiyomi Sumida/Stars and Stripes)

A view through a car window at the Kadena Air Base gasoline stand on Tuesday afternoon after word spread of the change in contract that interrupted gasoline delivery to Foster and Kadena, forcing the gasoline stands to shut down Tuesday, June 7, 2016.

A view through a car window at the Kadena Air Base gasoline stand on Tuesday afternoon after word spread of the change in contract that interrupted gasoline delivery to Foster and Kadena, forcing the gasoline stands to shut down Tuesday, June 7, 2016. (Courtesy of Lexi Klimek)

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — The Exchange gas stations on Okinawa were shut down Tuesday afternoon because of a change in the fuel delivery contract, but are expected to reopen at 9 a.m. Wednesday.

An Army and Air Force Exchange Service memo posted Tuesday on multiple base Facebook pages said the interruption was due to a change in contracts.

Defense Logistics Agency awarded a new ground fuel contract for gasoline on Okinawa. The current contract holder, Asian Logistics Partners, lost the contract and refused to fulfill any more delivery requests, although it was required to continue until Friday, the Facebook post said.

The Exchange has been working with DLA Japan on a solution, one of which would allow the new contractor to begin deliveries immediately.

“#TeamKadena: Per AAFES Public Affairs, at 0900 tomorrow (Wednesday), all normal fuel availability will resume,” read an Exchange message posted on the Kadena Air Base Facebook page.

The shutdown did not affect gasoline stands on bases in Japan’s main islands.

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