GOV. Eddie Calvo returned the island’s threat level to Green as of 5 p.m. yesterday.
Green is the designation for normal conditions, indicating there is a low risk of a foreign military attack, and that operations return to normal. The governor made the announcement following a recommendation from Guam Homeland Security/Office of Civil Defense that he do so, according to a release from the GHS office.
“GHS/OCD, along with its local, military and other federal partners, will continue normal operations, monitoring any and all situations and threats, and remaining vigilant and prepared for any change in the threat level,” according to the release. “The office and its partners remain prepared to respond to any emergency and to alert the public to any impending threat.”
The Joint Information Center and the Emergency Operations Center, both of which were activated last week, have been returned to normal status.
“We thank the people of Guam for their vigilance throughout this event,” the release reads. “This event, while it has stirred some concern and anxiety, has also raised Guamanians’ level of preparedness and planning to emergencies. It is critical for Guamanians to remain prepared for any type of emergency. Please report any suspicious activities to the proper authorities.”
For more information, contact GHS/OCD at 475-9600, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week; via email at info[at]guam.gov; or via GHS/OCD’s Facebook page.
Meanwhile, no new information about the arrival and deployment of the Army’s Task Force Talon – the unit from Fort Bliss, Texas being deployed to Guam to support the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense missile system – was available.
As previously reported, Calvo met with Gen. Daniel Karbler, commanding officer of the 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command at Fort Shafter, Hawaii on Monday. “He told us advance elements were on Guam to set up logistics for the entire unit that would be arriving in coming days,” said Mark Calvo, director of the Guam Military Buildup Office. “He said he wasn’t at liberty to give us more specific information [about their arrival] because of operational security concerns.”
At the same time, media from El Paso, Texas, which houses Fort Bliss, have reported that the task force has left the Army post and arrived in Guam.