Bordallo Raises Okinawa Landfill Permit, Illegal Fishing at HASC Hearing

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Washington, D.C. – At a meeting of the House Armed Service Committee [HASC] Wednesday U.S. Pacific Commander Admiral Samuel Locklear spoke about the importance of Guam to DoD’s realignment strategy.

Guam Congressman Madeleine Bordallo said Admiral Locklear “underscored that the U.S. will continue to move forward with the Marine realignment in line with the President’s rebalance strategy.”

The Congresswoman says she raised several issues during the hearing including “the importance the signing of the landfill permit in Okinawa to the realignment of  Marines from Okinawa to Guam, and raised concerns about illegal, unregulated, and unreported fishing in the Asia-Pacific region.”

READ the release from Congresswoman Bordallo below:

Bordallo Raises Okinawa Landfill Permit, Illegal Fishing at HASC Hearing
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 5, 2014 – Washington, D.C. –

Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo today raised several issues important to Guam during a hearing of the House Armed Services Committee. She asked about the importance the signing of the landfill permit in Okinawa is to realignment of Marines from Okinawa to Guam, and raised concerns about illegal, unregulated, and unreported fishing in the Asia-Pacific region.

In his testimony, Admiral Samuel J. Locklear, Commander, U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM), underscored Guam’s importance to the rebalance strategy.  He also underscored that the U.S. will continue to move forward with the Marine realignment in line with the President’s rebalance strategy.

Also testifying before the Committee were General Llyod Austin III, Commander, U.S. Central Command; and General David Rodriguez, Commander, U.S. Africa Command.

“The U.S. and Japan continue to move forward with implementing the U.S.-Japan Defense Cooperation agreement,” said Congresswoman Bordallo.

“PACOM is at the center of the President’s rebalance strategy. The signing of the landfill permit in Okinawa is a clear sign of Japan’s continued support for the alliance and their progress in meeting their commitments to the realignment of Marines to Guam. I am confident that we will continue to build on the progress we have made in supporting the rebalance strategy.  Admiral Locklear also highlighted the problems and challenges posed by illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing in the Pacific.  I believe we can do more to arm our Coast Guard with the authorities and tools to combat this destabilizing activity.”