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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 …

Revised Plan Would Ease Impact of Marines’ Realignment to Guam

  • April 20, 2014
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The Navy’s revised plan for relocating 4,700 Marines from Okinawa to Guam would extend the timetable for constructing facilities to accommodate the move from seven to 13 years, eliciting praise from the government of Guam. The plan would diminish the realignment’s impact on Guam’s infrastructure and residents, as a smaller military footprint results in a lower demand for power, water and wastewater treatment, according to the draft supplemental environmental impact statement the Navy released last week …

Governor Advances Replacement Facility for Okinawan Air Base

  • January 2, 2014
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The governor of Okinawa last week approved the start of construction for the replacement for Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, a move that no longer is directly linked to the realignment of thousands of Marines from Okinawa to Guam but one that remains vital to rebalancing the footprint of U.S. Armed Forces in Japan. “This decision comes after many years of sustained effort between the United States and Japan, and it is the most significant milestone achieved in these realignment efforts so far,” according to a written statement issued by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel …

New Estimate Needed for Infrastructure Needs on Guam, GAO Finds

  • December 17, 2013
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Despite scaling down the scope of the realignment of Marines from Okinawa to Guam, the Defense Department has not reexamined its estimate of the island’s public infrastructure needs, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO). That revalidation is not expected to be completed until 2015. Under the current realignment plan, which was revised in April 2012, up to 5,000 Marines will relocate to Guam beginning in the mid-2020s …

U.S., Japan Codify Changes to Marine Corps Realignment

  • October 3, 2013
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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Secretary of State John Kerry and their Japanese counterparts reaffirmed their commitment to shift thousands of Marines from Okinawa to Guam during a signing ceremony Thursday in Tokyo. Under the realignment plan, which was revised in April 2012, up to 5,000 Marines will relocate to Guam beginning in the mid-2020s, a senior U.S. administration official told reporters. The Japanese government will contribute $3.1 billion to support the effort to build new facilities to accommodate the troops …

U.S., Japan to Ink Deal on Marine Corps Realignment to Guam

  • September 30, 2013
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High-level officials from the United States and Japan on Thursday are expected to revise the bilateral accord governing the transfer of Marine Corps troops from Okinawa to Guam, codifying last year’s agreement that scaled back the realignment from about 9,000 Marines to 4,000 personnel. The two nations will sign the revised agreement during their “two-plus-two” meeting in Tokyo; the United States will be represented by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Secretary of State John Kerry …

Concerns Persist over Marine Corps’ Pacific Realignment Plan, McCain Says

  • August 22, 2013
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U.S. lawmakers still are concerned over the lack of detailed plans and cost estimates for moving up to 8,000 Marines from Okinawa to Guam and other locations in the Pacific, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) told reporters in Japan this week. The Senate has suspended funding the past several years for DOD’s plan to move 5,000 Marines to Guam as part of an effort to reduce the burden on Okinawa of hosting Marine Corps bases …

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