Guam – The Joint Guam Program Office announced today that an initial meeting of the Civil Military Coordination Council will be held on October 18. This first meeting is being held in accordance with the initial operating charter contained within the Record of Decision (ROD), which calls for the Council to hold its first meeting within 30 days from the release of the ROD. Participants in this first meeting will include representatives from the Joint Guam Program Office, Joint Region Marianas, Marine Corps, various federal agencies, and Guam agency representatives appointed to the Council by Governor Felix Camacho.
The Council will be responsible for gathering, sharing and analyzing data in order to inform decisions made regarding the pace and sequencing of construction projects for the military realignment program. The Council will focus on areas such as utilities infrastructure, port throughput, and critical social services, as well as measures to avoid significant environmental impact. In doing so, military construction activities will be coordinated with other private and public construction projects to monitor overall impacts to Guam’s existing infrastructure systems.
“The Civil Military Coordination Council will have a key role in helping us implement Adaptive Program Management to not exceed Guam’s existing infrastructure,” said Joe Ludovici, Director of the Joint Guam Program Office. “By working together with our federal and local agency colleagues, we will be able to look ahead, adjust as necessary and mitigate impacts to the community before problems arise.”
The initial meeting of the Council will focus on discussions regarding the Council’s purpose, structure, and process for developing a more detailed charter, with the goal of having a fully-operational body prior to the start of construction activity. Construction is not expected to begin for several months until contractors have mobilized and completed necessary design work.