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Work to Return to DOD

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by Sabrina Salas Matanane

Guam - In the nation's capitol today, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced that the President is nominating Robert Work to serve as the next Deputy Secretary of Defense. Work currently serves as CEO for the Center for a New American Security and previously served as the Undersecretary of the Navy.

His name should sound familiar as Work has been to Guam several times over the last several years. Work was critical in the drafting of the Programmatic Agreement in 2011. The agreement outlined how the military would handle the buildup in regards to historic sites. Work included what he called at the time the "four pillars' of the buildup.

Those included:

  • shrinking of the federal footprint by the end of the buildup

  • leaving Pagat Village and caves untouched

  • using a "One Guam" approach in improving infrastructure

  • employing a "Green Guam" approach to bolster island sustainability and protect natural resources

During today's press conference Hagel said he and the President appreciate Work's willingness to serve his country once again and return to the Department of Defense, "I'm looking forward to Bob getting here and working closely with him. We together and the team here intend to continue to strengthen this department, our military, and our national security," Hagel stated.

The Programmatic Agreement was signed in March 2011.

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