Camp Lester, formerly Camp Kuwea, is located in the southern half of Okinawa, Japan, in the seaside town of Chatan facing the East China Sea. The U.S. Marine base has seen many changes since its commission in 1958, including the decommissioning of the famed U.S. Naval Hospital Okinawa in 2013.
Camp Kinser continues to be a critical asset for the Marines stationed in Okinawa. And like many other Marine bases in the area, it has become a target for sting operations by the military’s law enforcement branches and a hotbed for court martial activity.
- Sting operations are rampant in Okinawa and the Pacific. Just being in the wrong place at the wrong time could warrant accusations of predation against children, drug use or financial fraud against the government.
- A Captain’s Mast or other form of non-judicial punishment may feel like you dodged a bullet, but even this could leave a stain on your permanent military record that could completely halt your advancement in the ranks of the Marines.
- The threat of a dishonorable discharge is very real. Not only will you lose your rank and titles, you will also see your pension, your healthcare and your salary disappear overnight.
Bilecki & Tipon fights for the U.S. Marines and other service members stationed at Camp Lester. Call our law offices today for a confidential consultation into your case.
Camp Lester History and Court-Martial Activity
Camp Lester was originally established as a small garrison after the Battle of Okinawa during World War II. Later, in 1958, a U.S. Army hospital was commissioned at the site. The hospital was later transferred to the U.S. Navy, where it became the U.S. Naval Hospital Okinawa, the largest hospital operated by the U.S. Navy anywhere in the world.
U.S. Naval Hospital Okinawa was decommissioned in 2013, but the base is still garrisoned today by U.S. Marines. Under the current U.S.-Japanese agreement, Camp Lester will be subject to return to Japanese control within the decade.
- Established: 1958 (U.S. Naval Hospital Okinawa)
- Location: Okinawa, Japan
- Population: 2,000+
Court-Martial Activity: Camp Lester, much like the nine other Marine installations which make up Marine Corps Base Camp Smedley D. Butler, has been a primary target for the military’s law enforcement over the last decade. Accusations here range from sexual assaults and drug distribution to minor drug crimes and assault charges.
U.S. Marines at Camp Lester Trust Bilecki & Tipon to Defend Their Interests in Court
Bilecki & Tipon has built a reputation as one of the most experienced law firms operating throughout Okinawa and the Pacific today. There are many reasons why our clients choose us to represent them rather than relying solely on a JAG defense attorney or a civilian attorney on the mainland U.S.:
- We’re located in Honolulu, HI. Cases may be won and lost based on how fast you receive legal representation. Our location in the Pacific means we can reach you faster than any defense attorney operating out the mainland U.S.
- We pack substantial firepower. We employ a team of attorneys, a full-time investigator and support staff, and have a dedicated network of consultants and expert witnesses that we can pull from at any time.
- We understand Okinawa. We’ve been serving U.S. Marines and other U.S. Military on the island of Okinawa and mainland Japan since inception. We understand how the judicial code operates and the nuances of trying a case in Okinawa. If you’ve been accused of a military criminal offense in Okinawa, then we can help.
Bilecki & Tipon serves all U.S. Marine personnel at Camp Lester. Call us TODAY for a confidential consultation into your case.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Are the Most Common Criminal Offenses in Okinawa and Camp Lester?
The most common criminal offenses at Camp Lester are drug charges (possession and use being the most common) and sexual assault charges. Other criminal offenses, such as BAH and OHA fraud, are somewhat common throughout Okinawa and mainland Japan. We’ve also assisted service members accused of assault and battery charges.
Will Bilecki & Tipon Represent Me in Okinawa?
Absolutely. We travel to Okinawa several times a time. We know our way around and you won’t have to babysit us once we land in Naha.