Work on Guam's $8.7 billion portion of Pacific realignment gaining momentum, officials say

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An $18 million Marine Corps waterfront headquarters is expected to be completed next year on Guam.  COURTESY OF THE U.S. NAVY
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An $18 million Marine Corps waterfront headquarters is expected to be completed next year on Guam. COURTESY OF THE U.S. NAVY

Work on Guam's $8.7 billion portion of Pacific realignment gaining momentum, officials say

by: Matthew M. Burke | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: August 14, 2018

DEDEDO, Guam — Driving north on Route 3 toward the site of the yet-to-be-built Marine Corps Base Guam, signs of construction are everywhere. Workers clearing land and signs warning of detours because of unexploded ordnance are common sights.

The U.S. Pacific island territory is undergoing an $8.7 billion metamorphosis that will see about 4,000 Okinawa-based Marines relocate here in the mid-2020s. About $3 billion of the cost is being picked by the Japanese government.

While no firm date has been set for the massive project’s completion — a fact criticized last year by the Government Accountability Office in Washington — U.S. military leaders on Guam say they’ve overcome significant challenges to keep things on track since ground was broken.

“It is clearly moving forward,” said Capt. Daniel Turner, commander of Naval Facilities Engineering Command Marianas. “We’re in the early stages of the main base … There are a lot of very senior leaders that are, I think, pleased with where we’re going because we are showing actual progress with clearing this site, and I think it’s gaining momentum … so it’s great to see.”

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