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Marine Corps Realignment to Guam “Coming Together,” DOD Official Says

  • July 22, 2012
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During meetings with the governor of Guam and other leaders last week, Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter described the planned relocation of almost 5,000 Marines from Okinawa to Guam as “in a much better place than it was even six months ago,” according to a senior DOD official traveling with Carter. The plan now calls for transferring about 4,800 Marines to the island, rather than the 8,000 originally projected. About two-thirds of the relocating troops will do so on a rotational basis, meaning the island will not need to accommodate as many family members as had initially been planned …

Guam Lawmaker to Urge DOD to Rely on Privatization to Supply Housing for Buildup

  • June 25, 2012
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A member of the Guam legislature plans to recommend the Defense Department turn to its family housing privatization initiative to provide housing needed to accommodate up to 5,000 Marines slated to move there from Japan. “The MHPI [Military Housing Privatization Initiative] is a workable alternative to what was previously announced by the DOD, which saw the government of Japan taking advantage of constructing military housing and reaping the benefits of the repayment by the DOD …

Change in Marine Corps’ Plans Leaves Guam Unsettled

  • June 17, 2012
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The impact of the decision by the United States and Japan to scale down the scope of the realignment of Marine Corps troops from Okinawa already is being felt in Guam, the island territory that had been preparing for the influx of military personnel. Homes built in Guam for thousands of temporary construction workers sit vacant, with some now serving as affordable housing for island residents. In April, the two nations revised their roadmap for moving troops off of Okinawa. Under the new agreement, between 4,700 and 5,000 troops will be stationed in Guam; initially, 8,600 Marines and their families would have relocated from Okinawa …

Authorization Bill Would Extend Ban on Guam Realignment Expenditures

  • May 29, 2012
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The freeze on spending funds to prepare Guam for an influx of Marines from Okinawa would continue under the fiscal 2013 defense authorization bill approved last week by the Senate Armed Services Committee. DOD would need to provide Congress three reports before the prohibition is lifted: a master plan detailing construction costs and a schedule of all projects needed to implement U.S. Pacific Command’s strategy; a plan describing necessary repairs and restorations to Marine Corps Air Station Futenma …

Guam Needs Guarantee for Infrastructure Funding, Governor Says

  • May 23, 2012
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Despite a reduction in the number of Marines relocating to Guam, the island still needs funding from the United States or Japan to pay for badly needed upgrades to its environmental infrastructure, Gov. Eddie Calvo told Japanese reporters during a visit to Okinawa. The original buildup plan between the United States and Japan earmarked $700 million for Guam’s water and wastewater systems, but the revised agreement leaves the issue murky …

DOD Trying to Get a Handle on Cost of Moving Marines to Guam

  • May 15, 2012
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The stated $8.6 billion cost for the revamped realignment of 5,000 Marines from Okinawa to Guam is still a preliminary estimate and most likely will shift after more detailed planning is completed. The cost of moving thousands of Marines to Hawaii, for instance, was not included in the estimate, reported Stars and Stripes …

Navy to Reconsider Location of Marine Base on Guam

  • May 2, 2012
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The Navy plans to broaden the scope of an ongoing environmental impact study to assess the impact of reducing the number of Marines relocating from Okinawa to Guam, the Joint Guam Program Office said Tuesday. The expanded supplemental EIS — initially intended to identify locations for a live fire training complex — will evaluate new alternatives for locating the Marine’s main base and family housing, and take a fresh look at how changes in the size of the influx will affect Guam’s civil infrastructure …

Majority of Marines on Guam Will Rotate

  • May 1, 2012
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About 3,000 of the 5,000 Marines expected to relocate to Guam from Okinawa will rotate through, meaning that only 2,000 troops will be stationed there, reported the Pacific Daily News. The force that will be stationed on Guam, however, will be higher ranking and under the command of a one-star general, according to Mark Calvo, buildup director for the governor of Guam. The island will receive the 3rd Marine Expeditionary Brigade headquarters, along with other units. Last week, the U.S. and Japanese governments unveiled a new plan for moving about 9,000 Marines off Okinawa to Guam, Hawaii, Australia and other locations in the Western Pacific. Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie said he expects the military will send up to 2,700 Marines to Hawaii, reported the Star-Advertiser.

DOD Could Support Municipal Services in Guam under Authorization Bill Provision

  • April 30, 2012
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Guam would eligible for federal assistance to cover the costs of providing increased municipal services and facilities stemming from the relocation of Marine Corps personnel, under a provision in the FY 2013 defense authorization bill approved by the House Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee Friday. DOD would be required to determine “that an unfair and excessive financial burden will be incurred by the government of Guam to provide the services and facilities in the absence of the Department of Defense assistance,” according to the provision.

Up to 5,000 Marines to Move to Guam under New U.S.-Japan Agreement

  • April 29, 2012
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The U.S. and Japanese governments last week unveiled a new plan for moving about 9,000 Marines off Okinawa to Guam, Hawaii, Australia and other locations in the Western Pacific. The new agreement — an update of an earlier one which would have relocated 8,600 Marines and their families to Guam — calls for between 4,700 and 5,000 troops to be stationed in Guam. No figures, however, were provided for how the remaining 4,000 Marines would be allocated to other Pacific locations …

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