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Respicio asks McCain to support ‘phased-in’ buildup

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Residents urged to be prepared in light of NKorea threats

IN LIGHT of North Korea’s threat of aggression against the United States, Sen. Rory J. Respicio has written U.S. Sen. John S. McCain, requesting his assistance for a phased-in approach for the Guam buildup.

In his letter, Respicio noted that a missile defense system for Guam was part of the original buildup plan.

With a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, missile defense system on its way to the island as a result of the recent threats, Respicio said the missile system should remain in Guam.

Respicio also stressed that he concurs with McCain’s insistence that the Department of Defense must have a master plan in place for the Guam buildup, to properly guide and manage the massive expansion.

“I am also writing to express my reservations concerning the less-than-speedy-pace of DOD’s master plan development. It is necessary that the Guam military buildup components be put in place quickly, independently be prioritized, with the final, more complex projects being set for sometime in the near future,” Respicio said.

“There is no doubt that the Guam military buildup will be of great benefit to our country’s defense; will improve the military’s local, as well as Guam’s civilian infrastructure; will increase the safety of our allies; and will benefit our island’s economy and people,” he added.

As the buildup plan is being developed, Respicio said a more phased-in approach could achieve some goals in a more reasonable fashion, and in consideration of the financial challenges facing the United States Treasury.


Meanwhile, Sen. Aline Yamashita said in a news release that island residents should be calm but prepared in light of North Korea’s threats of aggression.

“While we are confident that our military and president will defend national security, all our people – our families – must take essential steps to ensure safety in times of disaster,” Yamashita said.

The senator urged the community to be diligent and to be prepared in case of an emergency.

In a separate news release, Guam Homeland Security/Office of Civil Defense Public Information Officer Dee Cruz also urged the community to be informed, make plans, and build an emergency kit to meet their family’s needs.

“Additionally, kits should be prepared for the workplace and for island schools. The GHS/OCD launched an awareness campaign two weeks ago. The campaign is ongoing and, in light of North Korea’s threats, GHS/OCD encourages the community to be diligent about preparation,” Cruz said.

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