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Chatfield Assumes Command of Joint Region Marianas
Navy holds Industry Day at UOG
Guam Military, Local Communities Commemorate SAAPM, Child Abuse Prevention Month
Jeanne D’Arc Multinational Exercise to take place in Guam, CNMI
Commander, Joint Region Marianas, Guam High School Students Enhance Environmental Stewardship
Jeanne D’Arc resumes in Guam
Salvage Divers Clear Submerged Wreckage from Guam’s Waters; Render Area Safer for Boaters
Navy Submits Net Negative Update to Congress; Continues to Meet Commitment
Contractors, Vendors Required to Obtain DBIDS Access Cards by Aug. 14
Guam Commands Celebrate 73rd Liberation Day
Joint Region Marianas to Participate in Citadel Pacific 2017
U.S. Navy Seeks Public Input on Training and Testing Supplemental Environmental Impact Analysis
U.S. Navy Revises Public Input Dates on Training and Testing Supplemental Environmental Impact Analysis
HSC 25 Conducts Search and Rescue
Joint Region Marianas, Community Members Discuss Natural, Cultural Resources Management
Military to Conduct Training at Farallon de Medinilla, Warning Area 517
Military to Conduct Training at Warning Area 517, Farallon de Medinilla
Military to Conduct Training at Warning Area 517, Farallon de Medinilla
Military to Conduct Training at Warning Area 517, Farallon de Medinilla
Military to Conduct Training at Warning Area 517, Farallon de Medinilla
USS America/15th MEU Arrives in Guam
USS San Diego Arrives in Guam
Military Suspends RUTEX Training at Tanguisson
Navy to Conduct Underwater Training in Piti
Navy to Conduct Underwater Training in Outer Apra Harbor
Military to Conduct Training at Warning Area 517, Farallon de Medinilla
Military to Conduct Training at Farallon de Medinilla
Military to Conduct Training at Farallon de Medinilla
Military to Conduct Training at Warning Area 517, Farallon de Medinilla
Military to Conduct Training at Warning Area 12
Military to Conduct Training in Guam and CNMI
Military to Conduct Training in Guam, Farallon de Medinilla
Military to Conduct Training at Warning Area 517
U.S. Naval Hospital Guam to Conduct Readiness Exercise
Military to Conduct Training at Farallon de Medinilla, Warning Area 517
Military to Conduct Training at Warning Area 517
GovGuam, Joint Region Marianas Sign Civil-Military Coordination Council Charter
JRM Commander asserts enduring U.S. commitment to Palau at Pacific Partnership closing ceremony
Frank Cable Dominates Environmental Safety
HSC-25 Rescues Stranded Hikers Near Cetti Bay
Military to Conduct Training at Farallon de Medinilla
Joint Region Marianas Hosts Training for Fallen Hero Support
MCPON Holds All-Hands Call in Guam, Announces Laying the Keel
Navy to Conduct Underwater Training in Piti, Outer Apra Harbor
Military to Conduct Training at Farallon de Medinilla
Navy, Resource Partners Begin Talks to Establish Historic Display at Future Marine Corps Base
Military to Conduct Training at Farallon de Medinilla
Military to Conduct Training at Former Adm. Nimitz Golf Course, Andersen South
Military to Conduct Training at Warning Area 517
Joint Region Marianas to Hold Annual Typhoon Exercise
Military to Conduct Training at Former Adm. Nimitz Golf Course, Warning Area 517 Farallon de Medinilla
Navy to Conduct Underwater Training in Outer Apra Harbor
Military to Conduct Training at Farallon de Medinilla, Warning Area 517
Military to Conduct Training at Farallon de Medinilla, Warning Area 517
Military to Conduct Training at Farallon de Medinilla, Warning Area 517
Joint Region Marianas to Participate in Citadel Pacific 2018
Navy Collaborates with Local and Federal Partners during Sixth Annual Programmatic Agreement Workshop
Military to Conduct Training at Farallon de Medinilla, Warning Area 517
Military to Conduct Training at Former Adm. Nimitz Golf Course, Andersen South
Guam Sailor Extends Aid to Auto-pedestrian Crash Victim
Military to Conduct Training at Former Adm. Nimitz Golf Course, Andersen South
Navy to Conduct Underwater Training in Outer Apra Harbor
Military to Conduct Training at Farallon de Medinilla, Warning Area 517
Military to Conduct Training at Warning Area 517, Farallon de Medinilla
Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 25 Rescues Divers
Military to Conduct Training at Warning Area 517, Farallon de Medinilla, in Waters Around Guam
Military to Conduct Training at Warning Area 517
Military to Conduct Training at Farallon de Medinilla, W-11AB
Guam Ombudsmen Celebrated During Appreciation Luncheon
Military to Conduct Training at Farallon de Medinilla
Guam’s HSC-25 Island Knights Welcome New Commanding Officer
Joint Region Marianas to Participate in Great Guam ShakeOut, Tsunami Drills
Military to Conduct Training at Farallon de Medinilla, W-517
Palau Receives Cots from U.S Coast Guard, U.S. Navy for Emergency Victims’ Shelter
Military to Conduct Training at Farallon de Medinilla, W-517, Former Adm. Nimitz Golf Course, Andersen South
Public Comment Period Begins for Draft 2018 Integrated Natural Resources Management Plan, Environmental Assessment
JRM Ensures Continued Access for GWA to Water Wells on Reverted Land in Northern Guam
Military to Conduct Training at Warning Area 517, Farallon de Medinilla
Navy to Conduct Underwater Training in Piti
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History

On Dec. 10, 1898, Guam was ceded to the United States from Spain by the Treaty of Paris. The following February, U.S. Navy Cmdr. E.R. Taussig officially took possession of the island for the United States. U.S. Naval Station, Guam was established Aug. 7 of the same year with the entire island designated as a Naval Station and Capt. R.P. Leary designated as commanding officer and governor of Guam.
The S.M.S. Cormoran, a Russian passenger liner captured by the Germans and converted into a commerce raider, was in port in Apra Harbor on April 7th, 1917 when the U.S. entered World War I. Navy Captain Roy C. Smith, the military governor on Guam, sent two officers to tell the German ship’s captain that a state of war now existed between the two countries, that he and his men were to be taken prisoners-of-war, and that Cormoran must be given up to the Americans. Simultaneously, USS Supply moved into position to block the harbor and prevent Cormoran from departing
The crew of Cormoran, anticipating the development, had already placed explosives in the ship’s coal bunker. Sailors at Guam saw the German crew preparing to scuttle the ship and shots were fired in an attempt to influence the actions of Cormoran and one of her small boats. Mere minutes after the notification, the explosion sent the crew of approximately 370 scrambling overboard. Several crewmembers died during Cormoran’s sinking while most were saved by small boats and USS Supply. This engagement in Guam represents the first shots fired between the U.S. and Germany, as well as the first German prisoners of war captured by the United States forces.
Naval Station controlled Guam until it surrendered to the Japanese on Dec. 10, 1941. The island remained under Japanese rule until July 21, 1944, when U.S. forces landed to begin the liberation. This day is annually celebrated as Liberation Day. In 1944, Fleet Adm. Chester W. Nimitz came to Guam as Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. Pacific Fleet and defeated the Japanese imperial forces on the island, aiding American efforts to bring the World War II to a close.
From 1944 to 1949, an era of military government, the officers who served as Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Marianas were respectively charged with civil responsibilities as governor of the Marshalls-Gilberts; deputy military governor, Pacific Ocean Areas; and deputy military governor, Bonin-Volcano Islands.
From 1944 until March 29, 1952, Naval Station served as a Naval Operations Base, providing a huge portion of every type of fleet service. In September 1956, the Naval Base was disestablished and the Naval Station was reassigned to the military command of Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Marianas.
In 1998, the Navy embarked on a new era in shore management. As the Navy reduced its operational forces, it became essential for the shore establishment supporting those forces to be realigned.
On Feb. 6, 2009, the Navy and Air Force on Guam held a groundbreaking ceremony for a combined headquarters at Nimitz Hill, signaling the beginning of Joint Region Marianas. Joint Region Marianas began initial operational capability on Jan. 31, 2009, and reached full operational capability on Oct. 1, 2009.
Under Joint Region Marianas, U.S. Naval Base Guam and Andersen Air Force Base will each maintain commanding officers, who will oversee their respective mission requirements and operations. Joint Region Marianas will oversee support services, policies, and resources. Joint Region Marianas is symbolic of the historic partnership between the Navy and Air Force on Guam, bridging the approximately 30 miles between U.S. Naval Base Guam and Andersen Air Force Base.
The commander of Joint Region Marianas also serves as Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Marianas and U.S. Defense Representative to Guam, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Republic of Palau, and Federated States of Micronesia.

 

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