Statements and Testimony Los Angeles CA Regional Hearing -Guam Page: 3 of 15
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facilities development on Guam over the next six years including upgrades to family
housing areas and medical facilities and new Department of Defense schools and a
Special Operations facility. We believe that these investments are based on the crucial
role of Guam and the unique capabilities we offer to the U.S. military and to the nation,
including the fact that:
* The U.S. military enjoys unencumbered air space with light and infrequent
competing air traffic and has 7.5 million square feet of ramp space.
* Guam is a U.S. sovereign territory with no need for host nation consent to pre-
position war munitions, deploy weapons or to conduct operations.
* The military owns more than 39,000 acres of land - 29 percent of our total land
area - and has 17 million gross square feet of buildings for use.
* There is a deep harbor with 17,000 linear feet of wharfage with the ability to
handle 3 million pounds of ordnance net explosive weight.
* We have a privatized ship repair facility capable of dry docking and repairing
carrier strike force support vessels.
* Our home-ported attack submarines facilitate expeditionary strike group exercises
and support the carrier strike force preparing for deployment.
* Guam hosts the largest U.S. Air Force Munitions Storage Facility in the Pacific.
But there is so much more to Guam. Our people are gracious hosts who welcome all with
a warm embrace. Our community is built around strong family relationships, and our
people hold our families in the highest regard. On Guam, you will find that "family"
means everyone, including our military neighbors.
The People of Guam wholeheartedly support U. S. military presence on the island and
encourage the expansion of U.. S. military activity to meet the present and future national
security interests of the United States. As such, the Government of Guam has begun the
planning and implementation of the construction of new public schools and we are
investing more than $60 Million during the next two fiscal years alone to improve roads
throughout the island. One of our priorities for this funding is a main thoroughfare that
links Andersen Air Force Base with Naval Activities.
Our power authority has secured more than $150 Million over the next five years for
upcoming infrastructure improvement projects, including several that will place critical
power lines underground. The power utility already produces enough energy to meet
current demand and support future growth. We are closing our old landfill and designing
a new facility that will meet solid waste needs for both civilian and military communities.
The Government of Guam recently privatized the last publicly owned communications
system in the United States and now the island is enjoying improved service. The private
company expects to invest $100 Million over the next few years so that Guam will have
one of the best systems in the nation with enough capacity for military use. Plans are
underway to improve our water and wastewater systems maintenance, production,
treatment and monitoring with more than $140 Million in upcoming projects. Airport and
seaport improvements are being undertaken as part of an overall package to satisfy
homeland defense requirements and to accommodate increases in air and sea traffic. Our
Port Authority of Guam is privatizing terminal operations and is currently in the design
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