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ROD's signing signifies buildup's start

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by Sabrina Salas Matanane

Guam - Just before 8 Tuesday morning, an ocean away in the nation's capitol, Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy Installations and the Environment Jackalyne Pfannenstiel signed the much-anticipated Record of Decision.  It marks the beginning of significant changes that are in store for Guam and sets in motion hundreds of millions of dollars worth of military construction contracts that will start to be awarded.

A press conference was held this morning at the Joint Guam Program Office at Big Navy.  JGPO's Executive Director David Bice says within one month a Civil Military Coordination Council will be formed.  "The governor will be appointing the Government of Guam Representative for the DoD, led by Admiral Bushong will have representation there and then the federal regulatory agencies and other will be part of the CCMC. They can call take a look at the same data and come up with recommendations as to the sequencing and pace of construction," he said.  

One of the significant decisions was to delay a decision on the Marines training range along Route 15 near the ancient village of Pagat until Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act are met. Bice made it clear its not that the military will be selecting another site but rather working through technical issues.  

"The National Historic Preservation Act deals with cultural historic issues 250 and the Section 106, as I understand it deals with how to handle artifacts and storage curation and the like with that consultation with consulting parties and primarily among that is GovGuam through the State Historic Preservation Office," he added.

The Guam Historic Preservation Office along with the National Trust for Historic Preservation are requesting the Department of Defense remove Pagat as the selected site for the Marines' training and firing range, they have even gone so far as threatening litigation.

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