by Nick Delgado
Guam - While the administration announced the first Japan government funded military buildup projects, Governor Eddie Calvo wrote a letter to two U.S. senators requesting Congress fund local socioeconomic improvements related to the buildup. Calvo asked senators Carl Levin and John McCain to reinstate $33 million for the territory into the 2012 National Defense Authorization act. He states, "It is critical to American military, economic, political and diplomatic strength in the Asia Pacific Rim, the fastest growing region in the world. Guam, America's westernmost community on the frontier of Asia is at the center of this region and is America's first line of defense in this region."
The money is expected to fund critical projects such as a repository for proper handling and protection of cultural artifacts found during the construction period.