GUAM GOVERNOR SEEKS FUNDING FOR INFRASTRUCTURE

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By Mark-Alexander Pieper

HAGATNA, Guam (Pacific Daily News, Feb. 1) – Guam Governor Felix Camacho has asked the head of the Joint Guam Program Office to lobby the U.S. Congress for funding needed for additional infrastructure that will be needed with the realignment of military forces to Guam.

Retired Marine Corps Maj. Gen. David Bice, executive director of the office in charge of planning and managing the military expansion on Guam, met with the Guam governor and lawmakers yesterday.

[PIR editor’s note: According to PIR news files, Maj. Gen. Bice has said some US$4 billion of the US$10.3 billion in estimated costs for the Marine relocation will be spent on Guam for housing and related facilities, including infrastructure that will complement the island’s existing utilities (See Story). However, construction activities related to the Marine relocation won’t start for about four years because environmental studies and clearances will have to be secured first.]

In addition to military construction funds, Camacho recommended that the Joint Guam Program Office lobby with the Department of Defense for federal funding to help the government of Guam build off-base infrastructure, according to a press release from the governor's office.

Thousands of Marines and Air Force personnel and their dependents will relocated to Guam in the coming years, as part of the U.S. military realignment in the region.

Yesterday's meeting took place inside the Navy base.

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