Are US troops in Japan prepared if another disaster strikes?

SASEBO NAVAL BASE, Japan — Military leaders in Japan say they are concerned that servicemembers are not ready for another disaster despite seeing the devastating effects firsthand in March. One of the biggest obstacles commanders face is the thought that when trouble hits, the U.S. military will provide for its people, they say.

“We’re out to sea so much,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class James Trickett, who is assigned to Sasebo. “If a disaster came, we’d be on the ship. … If a disaster was coming, we’d go to the ship.”

It’s that carefree attitude that is keeping commanders up at night.

“People are complacent and they feel like, ‘I’m on a military base, the government is going to take care of me,’” said Cmdr. Mark Lyle, who heads emergency operations at Sasebo. “What they don’t realize though, was that we as a military base don’t carry [Meals Ready to Eat]. We don’t have stockpiles of water.

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