by Ross Eastgate
Ross Eastgate is a military historian, writer and journalist specialising in Defence. A graduate of Duntroon and the Army Command and Staff College, he has served in the Middle East, PNG and East Timor.
Japan and particularly Okinawa have been important strategic bases for the US, as demonstrated by their role during the Korean and Vietnam wars.
Even now they play a crucial role in supporting the US military presence in the Pacific and Asia, particularly since the withdrawal of US