Paid tours of Kadena still happening despite warnings

Vince Coglianese Contributor
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CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — Local companies are paying servicemembers and their families to bring tourists onto military installations despite repeated warnings the activity is against the rules, according to Kadena Air Base officials.

The 18th Air Wing said it has denied “hundreds” of requests in recent weeks by status of forces agreement visa holders attempting to bring visitors on base who are paying for the access.

Companies such as American Pro and Friends Abroad International Cultural Exchange sell trips that offer American cultural experiences to students on mainland Japan, military officials said. The companies have recruited and paid SOFA members, mostly military spouses, to host the visiting students for a day and sponsor trips to military facilities, officials said.

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