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Bye-bye, Bice

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by Sabrina Salas Matanane

Guam - After heading up the military buildup process over the last three years, the Joint Guam Program Office announced today that executive director David Bice will be stepping down from his position at the end of this year. Bice was appointed to the post in January 2007 and saw through from start to finish the National Environmental Policy Act process and other critical activities necessary to transition from planning to execution of the Marine Corps relocation from Okinawa, Japan to Guam.

Bice issued the following statement: "Leading the planning effort for the military realignment on Guam and in the CNMI has been a most rewarding and challenging endeavor. I greatly appreciate the opportunity to work closely with Guam and CNMI leaders, members of the community, our federal agency partners, and the Government of Japan over the last three years to identify issues and develop innovative solutions.

"By working together we have achieved success in many areas:  addressing several of Guam's most critical needs with over $1 billion in funding for infrastructure improvements; establishing a framework for continued interagency and civilian/military coordination; and awarding the first contracts of the military construction program. While there is still much work to do to successfully execute the Marine relocation, I am proud of our progress to date and am confident that all parties will continue to work together to achieve our shared vision for a prosperous community for the people of Guam and our military families."

Announced as his replacement is JGPO Director Joe Ludovici, who stood up the JGPO in 2006 and has led the staff since that time, served in the United States Navy Civil Engineer Corps for 25 years, including a tour as the Commanding Officer of the Public Works Center in Guam.

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