U.S. Army Eyes Am. Samoa Land For Training Purposes

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Corps seeks ‘exclusive’ use, access over five-year lease

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Jan. 7, 2013) – The United States Army Corps of Engineers is looking for land in American Samoa to be used for military training.

A public notice published in the Samoa News says the Corps of Engineers is seeking to lease about 80 to 15,000 acres to be used for military training such as small unit tactics, land navigation and driver training.

The corps requires certain conditions for the land to be met.

The entire acreage must be available for exclusive use by the army and the landowner must allow capital improvements to meet training requirements and use of pyrotechnic and blank ammunition during day and night training.

The notice says the land shall be used 60 days a year and during training, access roads and training site shall be used on a 24-hour basis.

The lease is sought for a five-year term, with options to renew.

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