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GMBO director gives update on military buildup

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LAWMAKERS were given an update on the military buildup yesterday morning by the director of the Guam Military Buildup Office.

Mark Calvo gave a presentation on the events that have occurred regarding the buildup leading up to the supplemental environmental impact statement scoping meetings held last week for the planned live-fire training range complex for U.S. Marines.

During the presentation, Vice Speaker B.J. Cruz inquired about the cultural resources and archaeological sites at Naval Magazine and the measures being taken to protect the sites.

According to Calvo, the data presented during the scoping meetings were gathered by people who actually visited the potential firing range sites.

Dr. Richard Wyttenbach-Santos said the studies of the archaeological sites, at least 11 of them, are under the purview of the State Historic Preservation Officer.

Cruz then noted this was not part of the technical report, nor was the acreage of the proposed sites included.

Calvo assured that the Department of Defense is aware of all the details and impacts of the planned firing ranges. “I, too, try to understand this process. This is just the beginning,” he said.

Calvo further stated he would discuss the matter further with the officials overseeing the resources part of the SEIS.

Different reports

In the meantime, Cruz has sent a letter to Joint Guam Program Office Executive Director Joe Ludovici expressing his “dissatisfaction and puzzlement” that DOD has two versions of the “Guam Live-Firing Training Ranges Alternatives In Consideration of Probabilistic Methodology Modeling.” The first issue was published in May 2011, and the second was published this month.

“The primary difference between each technical report is important data for how much public and private land DOD needs for the firing range,” Cruz explained in his letter.

Cruz believes the federal government may have omitted how much land is needed.

“This type of misinformation is inexcusable, erodes the public trust, and fuels considerations that DOD may have omitted important details throughout the NEPA process for the military buildup,” Cruz said.

“If DOD truly intends to move forward with the military buildup as proposed, then it should provide all relevant information to the public; and in doing so, prevent the panic and speculation that arises from conflicting reports,” he added.

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