Guam – Major General David F. Bice, USMC (Ret.), Executive Director of the Joint Guam Program Office (JGPO) paid a courtesy departure visit, today [Tuesday] to Senator Judi Guthertz, Chair of the Guam Military Buildup and Homeland Security Committee and informed her that next week will be his last week in his position.
General Bice expressed his appreciation for the constructive advice provided by Senator Guthertz over the past several years in her offering viable solutions for difficult problems which would achieve mutually beneficial results for the military and civilian communities.
Senator Guthertz discussed the forthcoming probable empanelment of the Guam First Commission under the leadership of a new governor and the full range of buildup issues and pressed, once again, for a modification to the military’s desired location of the proposed firing ranges along Route 15. She expressed that the Pagat historic site has become the flash point for the entire buildup and should not be pursued by the military. General Bice expressed his hope that some accommodation by the military, “a win,” would emerge on this contentious issue.
General Bice will move into international consulting work and extended his best wishes for the future to the people of Guam.