The United States Coast Guard – Sector Guam held a briefing for members of the 35th Guam Legislature this week.
At the request of Speaker Tina Rose Muña Barnes, Sector Commander Christopher Chase held the briefing in order to give local policymakers a better understanding of the Coast Guard’s role in drug interdiction, emergency response, Port safety and security as well as enforcing responsible fishing both off the coast of Guam and also throughout the region.
USCG Sector Guam is responsible for Guam, the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana’s Islands, The Republic of Palau, and the Federated States of Micronesia (Kosrae, Pohnpei, Chuuk, and Yap). Sector Guam’s jurisdiction covers an area roughly the same size as the contiguous United States, bigger than any other Coast Guard Sectors.
“Semper Paratus (Always Ready) is more than just a motto for the USCG. It is clear that these brave men and women are ready to assist in any way possible and I am glad that they have a more than capable outfit here on Guam,” stated Speaker Muña Barnes. “I also want to add that I am grateful to sector Guam Commander CAPT Chase, Commander Allison Cox, and all the men and women of USCG Sector Guam for the invaluable lesson and their contribution to the safety of our island and region.”
She added that the Legislature aims to improve and strengthen the partnership between GovGuam the USCG Sector Guam to leverage all available resources to combat the drug epidemic. She has set up further meetings in the coming days so that all stakeholders can be a part of the solution to a decades-old problem.
“We are proud to serve here and thoroughly enjoyed sharing our story with the Legislature,” said Capt. Christopher Chase, Commander, Coast Guard Sector Guam. “It was a fantastic opportunity to build upon our strong partnership with island leadership and I hope it leads to increased opportunities in the future.”