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Respicio concerned with Section 30 funds

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by Sabrina Salas Matanane

Guam - Inline with several concerns Governor Eddie Calvo raised to Navy Undersecretary Robert Work regarding permanent staff and its affect on Section 30 monies, Senator Rory Respicio has written Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo requesting she explore ways to capture such money as talks of the number of troops and whether they're on a rotational basis could be affected.

"Whatever the case may be, I'm most concerned recently that if these 4,500 Marines would be put on a rotational basis, it could have a increased negative effect for the people of Guam because we wouldn't be able to capture those Section 30 monies," the senator stated.

Section 30 monies are determined by the number of military personnel that are assigned to Guam that spend over 180 days on island. Congresswoman Bordallo meanwhile has responded saying she shares similar concerns and should the Department of Defense move forward with a rotational force, she will work with local leaders to ensure the DOD does account for rotational personnel and for the remittance of some level of additional Section 30 funding. 

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