Camp Foster is one of the wide variety of military facilities operated by the United States of America in Japan. The base is under the jurisdiction of the United States Marine Corps. It is a co-base, therefore it is run under the regulations and laws of the Japanese government. The base is large enough to spread over four different civilian communities – Kitanakagusuku, Okinawa, Ginowan and Chatan. Most of it is located in Ginowan. The base is not entirely functioning on its own. It is part of a larger complex that includes more similar facilities – Camp Smedley D. Butler. They share their facilities and operate in a tight collaboration. There are ten bases in this complex, including Camp Courtney, Camp Schwab, Camp Kinser or MCAS Futenma. The installation was initially established as Camp Zukeran, but its name was later changed in the memory of William A. Foster. Foster was awarded with the Medal of Honor for his risky missions during the battle of Okinawa. The battle took place in 1945 and represented the harshest clash of forces during World War II in the Pacific zone.
Although the base was initially established with military purposes, its military status is not that obvious anymore. However, the officials are always ready to involve in any situation that arises. The current primary mission of Camp Foster is to ensure a high quality of life for all of its citizens, including the civilian families, workers and contractors. The officials make no difference between the military troops and the civilians. It aims to make everyone get over the clash of cultures between the United States of America and Japan. With a wide variety of homelike facilities, most people almost feel like home.
The base also supports the United States Marine Corps in any potential situation, regardless of the actions. Although the military activities in the area are not too intense, the units on site are always ready to go.
In an attempt to provide a good and normal life to all its inhabitants, the officials at Camp Foster ensure some of the most advanced facilities. The general system is well structured and includes a health care clinic, a dental clinic, family centers, a community club, a society center, not less than two elementary schools and a high school. Those who like arts can always relax at the local movie theater or at the nearby center for performing arts. When it comes to more recreational activities, there are bowling alleys, skate parks, basketball and golf courts or swimming pools.
When it comes to shopping, there is a huge Exchange at Camp Foster, as well as a few shops, combining the Japanese culture and the American lifestyle. As for food, aside from a huge dining facility, the inhabitants can rely on traditional American snack bars and restaurants.
All in all, Camp Foster lost its military look long ago. These days, it supports a real community that slowly adopts the Japanese lifestyle, while also sticks to its traditional habits.