Guam - Island leaders are excited about news that President Obama plans to nominate Robert Work as deputy secretary of the Department of Defense. Over the last several years, work has been to Guam and was even instrumental in drafting the Programmatic Agreement in 2011 that outlined how the military would handle the buildup in regards to historic sites. At the time he served as the undersecretary of the Navy.
Governor Eddie Calvo today says he is elated with the nomination and will be sending a formal correspondence in support, saying, "This is a man that not only has firsthand experience in coming to Guam and understanding the many issues particularly to the marine realignment and other areas of defense in Guam but a man who also understands the major issues that were affecting our people. Remember, it was Bob Work that was really a partner in fashioning the four pillars of the One Guam approach."
Military buildup oversight chair Senator Frank Aguon Jr. also rose in support saying Work understands our island's concerns adding the four pillars work was instrumental in moving the Marines relocation in a positive direction. Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo meanwhile says work is a friend of Guam and looks forward in working to strengthen the partnership we have made over the years as we continue with the realignment of Marines and are faced with significance readiness challenges in a tough budget situation.
Work currently serves as CEO for the Center for A New American Security.