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Clinton gives troops pep talk at AAFB

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by Nick Delgado

Guam - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has started a week and a half long Asia-Pacific tour.  Today she made a brief refueling stop at Andersen Air Force Base, with island leaders using the visit to ensure Guam's concerns were brought to the table.

"This is an opportunity for me to come to Guam, the home of 170,000 very loyal American citizens who care deeply about our country and who are part of our extended defense," Clinton announced to the excited crowd. She spent less than two hours on Guam this afternoon, but her brief refueling stop included substantive discussions with island leaders and a speech to the troops at the Yigo air base.

"This is the center of much of the change and many of the challenges of the 21st Century. I gave a speck yesterday now in Hawaii outlining some of those changes and challenges and explaining what we are doing to meet them. We are engaging evermore actively in this region with our allies our partners, with emerging powers," Clinton added.

Clinton says it's all aimed at keeping the peace and advancing prosperity and stability.

AAFB Chief Construction Management Lieutenant Marcus Hunt was among hundreds of military personnel invited to attend today's event.  "Maybe more elaboration on our current involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan, but I understand that probably would've been a lot longer but she touched on all the appropriate topics," he stated.

Prior to speaking with the troops, the Secretary of State had brief discussions with a few island leaders. Governor Felix Camacho made sure to stress concerns related to the military buildup, saying, "How it was a desire of our people that we are opposed to the taking of additional lands be it for the firing range and also quit concerned about the need to dredge twenty-plus acres of pristine coral.

Secretary Clinton informed Camacho that she did speak with Japan Prime Minister Seiji Maehara in Hawaii about giving more funding for Guam.  The governor also spoke on the need for a visa waiver for Guam or possibly a Marianas visa.

Secretary Clinton will be heading to Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam for the east Asia summit where she will be a special representative for President Barack Obama.

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