Guam - During today's House Armed Services Committee hearing on the Navy and Marine Corps FY14 budget request Guam delegate Madeleine Bordallo asked how sequestration would impact the military buildup as well as the importance of training in the Marianas region.   Marine Corps Commandant General James Amos testified that the marines were already here participating in training exercises to climatize themselves.

"We don't have any new facilities there there's nothing that say United State Marine Corps painted on the outside of a building so we're sharing facilities with the Air Force we're living in places that we like to live maybe others wouldn't but we're committed to Guam," he said.

General Amos added however that when sequestration hits, it will slow down the transition to Guam and slow down military construction money.   The congresswoman meanwhile also expressed her concerns about the number of military ships that are sent abroad for repairs citing a report to Congress that showed an alarming number of ships that are sent to foreign shipyards. Chief of naval operations Admiral Jonathan Greenert stressed the importance of having repair and refurbish capabilities in Guam as part of his strategy.

"I recognize that budgets are tight but sending money overseas seems very shortsighted to me and do we have your commitment to an acquisition strategy that maintains a depot level ship repair capability on Guam," said Bordallo. Greenert said, "Ma'am you have my commitment that we will comply with law with regulation and with the intent not just the specific regulation."

Meanwhile secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus was also at today's hearing and like Admiral Greenert and General Amos, reaffirmed his commitment to the military buildup.

Mabus said, "We are marching ahead with the plan to relocate Marines from Okinawa to Guam."