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White House details Obama's trip to Guam

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by Sabrina Salas Matanane

Guam - More details are being released by the White House on President Barack Obama's visit to the territory. Initially scheduled to be on island this Saturday, it was pushed back due to the debate on Healthcare reform in Washington. President Obama will be on Guam next week Monday.

During a teleconference early this morning Guam time, White house officials announced that the president will be on island on Monday, March 22 where he will stay overnight. He is scheduled to speak that night at a public event that he will be hosting where he will speak to both the community in Guam and some of the military personnel stationed here.  The venue however was not announced.

National Security Council Chief of Staff Denis Mcdonough stating while here he'll not only visit with commanders but also with local Guam authorities.  "He's going to make sure that we have a very realistic and sustainable and well thought out approach to Guam.  He has a vision which we refer to here as 'one Guam, Green Guam,' which is apropos of many of the questions heretofore, designed to make sure that we're investing in capabilities on Guam that are sustainable over the course of time, that are clean energy focused, that do take very concrete steps to reduce the high price of energy on the island, and obviously will lead to an end state that's politically, operationally, and environmentally sustainable."

Mcdonough went on to say that while here the president will take a hard look at the project and infrastructure needs on island along with base related construction that must take into accounts the needs of not only of an increased troop presence or marine presence, but also the needs of the people of Guam, the impact on the environment, and the important role that the united states plays within the region.

Mcdonough adding that he wanted to make it clear that the Obama Administration has a commitment to the people of Guam and are going to make very common-sense and important investments in the infrastructure here.

It's that message that the Guam Chamber of Commerce wants to learn more about.  Chamber president Dave Leddy, like many in the community, says the organization has already put in a request with the congresswoman and the Governor's Offices asking that they get some face time with the nation's commander in chief.  "We want to remind the president that the Chamber supports the strategy, but the success of the strategy also depends on an investment in the community and the region that supports the buildup so we want to ensure that as the buildup plans are carried out that the voices of the people of Guam are not marginalized in the process," he said.

"We're hoping that we do get some fact time, but like everyone else we're waiting," Leddy added.

And while the island community waits, the president's advance team and the U.S. Secret Service are already on island making preparations for his one-day visit and it's anticipated that the president will be hosting a rally at Andersen Air Force Base.

The Guam Police Department meanwhile is also meeting daily with the Secret Service, working on logistics for the big visit.

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