GUAM NAVAL COMMANDER ASSURES BASE PROJECTS SAFE

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Work will continue on base despite buildup uncertainty

SAIPAN, CNMI (Marianas Variety, July 6, 2011) –Captain Richard K. Wood II, Commanding Officer of the U.S. Naval Base Guam, yesterday assured that though there seems to be "fluidity" in terms of the military buildup plans, there will still be improvement projects slated for the Navy base.

Wood gave this assurance during yesterday’s weekly Rotary Club of Tumon Bay meeting.

He said ongoing projects include the Naval Hospital Replacement Project; Sumay Cove repairs and improvements; Uniform wharf repairs; the Learning Center HQ; and barracks renovations.

"Every year we are looking at projects which conserve energy because it's the right thing to do, it makes us a good neighbor and a good customer to Guam Power Authority," he said.

"We're definitely planning on energy projects, we're definitely planning on sustaining, repairing and modernizing the facilities we have, and upgrading and repairing utility improvements," he added.

During his talk, Wood also spoke about the U.S. Navy’s mission on Guam and the region, as well as military projects that have been completed.

Among the completed projects are the Navy's fitness center, pool and track/field; community center renovation, Apra View; North Tipalao Housing; waste water treatment plant upgrades; 250KW solar array; and many more.

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