U.S. AIR FORCE SUPPORTS TURNOVER OF GUAM LAND

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Variety News Staff

HAGATNA, Guam (October 30, 1998 -Marianas Variety)---Visiting Air Force Secretary F. Whitten Peters yesterday said he is supporting the expedited turnover of excess property on Guam no longer needed for Air Force defense purposes.

In a meeting with Gov. Carl T.C. Gutierrez, Peters said it makes no sense to keep the property on the books.

Gutierrez, on the other hand, expressed to Peters his praise for the working relationship that the Government of Guam currently has with the Air Force.

Peters also spoke of the importance of using local Guam businesses as much as possible, as the process of outsourcing military goods and services proceeds.

Gutierrez encouraged Peters to assist Guam in ensuring that locally registered businesses, especially small businesses, be given the opportunity to bid for contracts as the Air Force moves to privatize some of its support services.

Peters leaves Guam today and is scheduled to continue his tour of Air Force bases throughout the Pacific. He arrived on Guam late Wednesday.

Joining yesterday's meeting were Lt. Gov. Madeleine Z. Bordallo, BRAC Chairman Joe T. San Agustin, and Guam Waterworks Authority land-use consultant Attorney Peter Sgro. Peters was joined by Andersen Air Force Base Commanding Officer William Hodges and his staff.

In another development, the ComNavMarianas Public Affairs Office announced the arrival today of Royal Thai Navy ship HTMS P. Naphalai, for a routine three-day port visit. The ship, commanded by Capt. Wilers Smabut, is 438 feet long and displaces 4,200 tons. More than 275 Royal Thai Navy personnel are on board.

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