Here is some good news for USFJ servicemembers who just had their curfew restrictions eased:
YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — U.S. Forces Japan adjusted its curfew rules Wednesday, pushing back the start by an hour to midnight for servicemembers below E-5 and dropping it altogether for higher ranks.
Servicemembers of all ranks in mainland Japan remain barred from drinking alcohol in public during the 12 a.m.-5 a.m. curfew, according to a USFJ statement.
The Air Force and Army immediately adopted the new policy. The Navy said it was delaying implementation pending further review. In the meantime, sailors must continue to abide by the old 11 p.m.-5 a.m. curfew on all ranks, Commander Naval Forces Japan officials said. [Stars and Stripes]
You can read more details at the link.
Now here is the bad news, an Air Force E8 got arrested for a DUI related accident just a few hours prior to the policy change:
CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — A U.S. airman remained in Okinawa police custody Tuesday after he allegedly caused a chain-reaction traffic accident while driving under the influence of alcohol at six times the legal limit, police said.
Senior Master Sgt. Eric Simmons, 41, of Kadena Air Base, was driving after curfew in Uruma at 11:36 p.m. Sunday when his car struck a vehicle in front of him at an intersection, pushing it into a third car, according to a spokesman for Okinawa prefectural police in Uruma. No injuries were reported.
A breathalyzer test detected an alcohol level of six times the legal limit of 0.15 milligrams per liter of exhaled breath, the police said. [Stars and Stripes]
Talk about bad timing.