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Preparation for Guam Buildup to Move ahead following Record of Decision

  • September 4, 2015
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Officials from the Navy and Guam are pointing to last week’s release of the record of decision for the realignment of 5,000 Marines from Okinawa as a key milestone for the territory as well as for the U.S. rebalance to the Asia Pacific. “It is a historic event for Guam; and for our armed forces,” said Gov. Eddie Calvo. Most significantly, the record of decision accepts the Navy’s scaled-down plan for accommodating the move within the military’s existing footprint on Guam. Prior to a 2012 agreement between U.S. and Japanese officials, 8,600 Marines and 9,000 dependents were slated to relocate to Guam, which would have required the Navy to acquire 1,688 acres of land from either the local government or private landowners …

OEA Grant to Support Guam Realignment

  • September 1, 2015
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The Guam governor’s office has been awarded a $372,002 grant from DOD’s Office of Economic Adjustment to help the island prepare for the relocation of about 5,000 Marines and 1,300 dependents from Okinawa. The grant will pay for the salaries of three new employees, new computers, and travel by the governor and other officials, reported Pacific Daily News. The new staff will include the governor’s buildup director, an executive assistant and a program coordinator. Since 2007, OEA has awarded $2.6 million in grants to the governor’s office related to the realignment of Marines Corps personnel …

Revised Relocation of Marines Would Lessen Impact to Guam, Review Concludes

  • July 21, 2015
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The Navy last week released its environmental review for a revised realignment of Marines from Okinawa to Guam agreed to in 2012, signaling the likely resumption of the Navy’s effort to ready Guam to accommodate the arrival of about 5,000 Marines. As a result of the scaled-down move, the cantonment area, housing and live fire training range needed to accommodate the relocation will be confined to the military’s existing footprint on Guam, according to the final supplemental environmental impact statement. The Navy’s original plan called for the acquisition of 1,688 acres of land from either the local government or private landowners, reported the Pacific Daily News. “This is a very important step forward in the relocation effort, and the Department of Defense has worked diligently to address the core concerns that were raised by our community,” said Guam Delegate Madeleine Bordallo …

House Bill Would Relax Restrictions on Funding Public Infrastructure Projects on Guam

  • May 18, 2015
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The draft fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill passed by the House last week would amend existing restrictions on the development of civilian infrastructure on Guam by allowing funding for projects identified in a report from the federal Economic Adjustment Committee. The FY 2014 defense authorization bill had restricted the expenditure of any funds on public infrastructure on Guam that had not been specifically authorized by law. That statute also called for EAC to consider assistance — including assistance to support public infrastructure requirements — needed to accommodate the realignment of Marine Corps forces from Okinawa …

Utility to Build Solar Farm at Navy Sites on Guam

  • May 11, 2015
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The Navy is planning to lease almost 200 acres to the Guam Power Authority to install photovoltaic solar panels in eight locations capable of generating up to 43.8 megawatts of power. Officials are seeking public comment on the project after issuing a draft environmental assessment Friday. Four of the arrays would be located at Navy Base Guam in the southern half of the island, and four arrays would be located at sites in northern Guam, reported Stars and Stripes. “We approached the Navy several years ago with a request to possibly utilize their properties, and today we believe we’ve reached a major milestone in our process with the publishing of this draft EA for public comments,” said John Benavente, general manager of the Guam Power Authority …

Navy Issues Impact Statement for Training Facilities on Marianas

  • April 7, 2015
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The Navy on Monday released a draft environmental impact statement for the construction of live-fire ranges, training courses and maneuver areas in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) needed to support the realignment of 5,000 Marines from Okinawa to Guam. “Establishing unit and combined level [range training areas] in the CNMI would support ongoing operational requirements, changes to U.S. force structure, geographic repositioning of forces and U.S. training relationships with allied nations,” according to the April 6 Federal Register notice. The Navy’s preferred alternatives for the training facilities are on the islands of Tinian and Pagan …

Authorization Bill Loosens Restrictions on Guam Buildup Spending

  • December 16, 2014
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A freeze on spending construction funds from the Pentagon and the government of Japan on projects in Guam needed to accommodate an influx of Marines would be lifted under the final version of the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill. In recent years, leaders of the Senate Armed Services Committee had barred the United States from spending money needed to prepare Guam for the realignment of about 5,000 Marines from Okinawa due to concerns over the lack of a DOD implementation plan for the buildup. Japan so far has contributed $1 billion out of the $3 billion it pledged to support the move …

Navy, Guam Celebrate Opening of Island’s Main Highway

  • July 10, 2014
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Officials from the Navy and Guam held a ribbon cutting Wednesday for the island’s reconstructed main thoroughfare in Hagatna, a $16.4 million federally funded project needed to accommodate the relocation of thousands of Marine Corps troops from Okinawa to Guam. Improvements included the removal and replacement of the six-lane bridge over the Agana River in the capital and the addition of new lanes linking the two roads for motorists traversing to the southern end of the island, reported Navy public affairs. “This was the Department of Defense’s work on outside-the-fence contracts,” said Guam Gov. Eddie Calvo …

Senate Panel Maintains Freeze on Guam Buildup Funding

  • June 1, 2014
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The fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill approved last month by the Senate Armed Services Committee would extend the ban on the use of U.S. or Japanese funds for facilities on Guam needed to accommodate the arrival of Marine Corps forces from Okinawa until the Defense Department completes a master plan for construction needed to support the buildup. “The bill approved by the committee makes the hard choices necessary to preserve our military readiness and uphold our obligations to our men and women in uniform and their families in a difficult fiscal environment …

Panel Interested in Feasibility of Privatized Housing Venture on Guam

  • May 13, 2014
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The House Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee is directing DOD to conduct a feasibility study for relying on a public-private venture to provide military housing on Guam following the arrival of about 4,000 Marines from Okinawa beginning in the mid-2020s, according to report language accompanying the panel’s portion of the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill. The report should address any factors that could inhibit establishment of such a venture, and assess the current backlog and projected backlogs in family housing under the department’s five-year spending plan …

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