ASAN, Guam (June 18, 2021) – Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero and Rear Adm. John Menoni, then commander, Joint Region Marianas (JRM), convened the Civil-Military Coordination Council (CMCC) at JRM Headquarters, June 14.
The purpose of the CMCC is to foster collaboration among the Department of Defense (DoD), Government of Guam, and federal agencies to share information, discuss, and provide recommendations for construction activities for the U.S. Marine Corps relocation to Guam.
“We owe it to our families and ourselves to do our due diligence to continue to strive for a partnership that serves the greater good,” Leon Guerrero said in her opening remarks. “My team is here ready to listen, share perspectives or concerns, and moreover find solutions to the numerous impacts from military actions affecting our island today.”
The meeting marked the seventh of the CMCC since its inception in 2010. Representatives of the DoD, Government of Guam, and U.S. federal agencies were also in attendance to include the Guam Department of Labor, Guam Department of Public Works, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services, Marine Corps Base Camp Blaz, and Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command Marianas among others.
Menoni said the partnership among the agencies is a testament to the joint commitment the DoD shares with the Government of Guam.
“The economic benefits that come along with the relocation don’t happen without the willingness to collaborate, to have honest conversations around a table like this, to compromise at times, and to work together to find these complex solutions,” Menoni said. “We have to always look at this through the lens of a whole of Guam approach. It can never be just what the DoD wants or needs, and it can never be just what people outside the fence line want or need, it has to be a whole of Guam approach as we work though these problems and challenges in the future.”