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Posts Tagged ‘Marine Corps realignment’

Bordallo to Remain Ranking Member on House Readiness Panel

  • January 23, 2013
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The House Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee has a new chairman for the 113th Congress, but its senior Democrat will remain Madeleine Bordallo, the Guam delegate announced this week. In a written statement, Bordallo said she will continue to support the military construction effort needed to ready Guam to accommodate about 5,000 Marines relocating from Okinawa …

Navy Anticipates Political Support for Guam Realignment

  • November 13, 2012
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There’s every reason to expect Congress to restore its support for the move to Guam of thousands of Marines from Okinawa, a senior Navy official said Sunday. “We’ve answered their concerns; we’ve done the study; we have this process for the environmental impact study completed with some pretty good detailed information,” Joseph Ludovici, principal deputy assistant secretary (energy, installations and environment) said prior to a scoping meeting on Guam to gather public input for the environmental review …

Navy Begins to Study Options for Housing Marines on Guam

  • November 8, 2012
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The Navy this week restarted its review of seven locations on Guam under consideration to house the main base and firing range needed to accommodate thousands of Marines relocating from Okinawa. Officials are showing the island’s residents proposed locations for live-fire training ranges and housing, and soliciting their input for the environmental impact statement now under way …

Navy to Expand Alternatives for Housing Marines on Guam

  • October 11, 2012
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The Navy will reassess where on Guam it will house thousands of Marines relocating from Okinawa and where it will construct a firing range in response to a substantially smaller realignment than officials previously considered. Among the new options officials will study for the main cantonment and family housing areas are Andersen Air Force Base and Naval Base Guam, which were initially dismissed because it was not believed they could accommodate a large force of Marines …

DOD-Senate Talks to Determine Fate of Guam Realignment Funds

  • September 30, 2012
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Pentagon officials are hopeful they are close to striking a deal with the Senate to resume funding construction projects on Guam needed to accommodate the relocation of thousands of Marines from Okinawa. Since the July release of a congressionally mandated assessment of the nation’s realignment plans for the Asia-Pacific region, Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has reached out to several members of Congress to discuss lawmakers’ outstanding concerns regarding the realignment …

Benefits to Further Investment in Guam, Marianas, Consultants Say

  • August 2, 2012
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The military’s existing force structure in the Asia-Pacific needs to realigned and should include a greater presence on Guam and the Mariana Islands, the authors of an independent review of the nation’s force posture in that region told lawmakers this week. Some steps can be taken immediately, David Berteau, senior vice president and director of the international security program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, told the House Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee on Wednesday. “There are some initial investments in Guam and the Marianas that make sense, both in terms of robust infrastructure and in terms of training capability that are to some extent not dependent on the total number of Marines that are going to move …

Think Tank Review Supports DOD’s Asia-Pacific Strategy

  • July 29, 2012
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An independent assessment of the nation’s realignment plans for the Asia-Pacific region generally supports the Pentagon’s current approach, and recommends DOD go ahead with plans to transfer 9,000 Marines from Okinawa to Guam and other Pacific locations. Completing the study, conducted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies, was one of the requirements Congress included in the fiscal 2012 defense authorization bill before lawmakers would reconsider funding the Marine Corps realignment to Guam …

Posture Assessment Indicates Guam Realignment Could Be Scaled Down Further

  • July 26, 2012
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The congressionally mandated study of the U.S. defense posture in the Asia-Pacific region suggests that fewer than 5,000 Marines should move from Okinawa to Guam, according to a statement from Guam Delegate Madeleine Bordallo. “While the report is positive overall for Guam, it also includes a vague suggestion that fewer than 5,000 Marines on Guam might be more operationally viable. I do not agree with this suggestion; however, it is important to note that the recommendations included in this report do not represent the views of the Department of Defense …

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 …

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