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Guam, Military Leaders Visit Future Marine Corps Base Camp Blaz; View Cultural Preservation Work

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10/18/19 12:00 AM

ASAN, Guam (Oct. 18, 2019) – Guam’s elected and military leaders continued their collaboration with a joint visit to the future site of Marine Corps Base Camp Blaz to include the live fire training range complex at Northwest Field where cultural resources preservation work is ongoing.

Commander, Joint Region Marianas, Rear Adm. John Menoni, at the request of Sen. Tina Muna Barnes, Speaker of the 35th Guam Legislature, led a group of lawmakers on an informative tour that culminated in a visit to the future training ranges.

“I personally want to have transparent, fact-based discussions with the leaders of Guam so they can make informed decisions, and this visit was a prime example of that cooperation,” said Rear Adm. John Menoni, Joint Region Marianas commander. “We thank them for their time today and look forward to our lasting partnership with Guam’s elected officials, and will continue to work for the protection of U.S. citizens and our great nation of America.”

The admiral explained how the Navy and Marine Corps remain committed to cultural preservation and are working collaboratively with the Guam State Historic Preservation Office to ensure appropriate cultural protocols are adhered to.

Ronnie Rogers, cultural resource manager for Marine Corps Activity Guam Public Works Department was happy to help host the senators so they could see first-hand the preservation efforts being taken.

Rogers encourages those interested in following the process and learning about the archaeological discoveries to visit the Navy’s cultural resources information web site. “There is so much relevant information available to the island community as we collectively learn and discover more about the history of Guam and its people.”

Construction projects related to the Marine Corps Realignment are covered in the 2011 Programmatic Agreement, which will expire in 2031.

Interested parties are encouraged to be involved in the process. More information can be found on the Navy Cultural Resource Information website at:

www.navfac.navy.mil/navfac_worldwide/pacific/about_us/cultural_resources.html

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