Congresswoman Bordallo says everything she requested in the NDAA is in place.
Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo says she believes the buildup will not be delayed and she’s confident the plans to move Marines from Okinawa to Guam will remain on track.
“So you’re confident that the buildup remains on track and that the buildup will continue as scheduled and not face any major delays?” asked PNC. “That is absolutely true,” replied the Congresswoman.
However, last week during an armed services hearing the second highest ranking officer in the U.S. Marine Corp, Marine Corps Assistant Commandant General John Paxton told Bordallo, “We see the plan still as ‘on track’ for Guam, just delayed in the MILCON[Military Construction].”
Bordallo on the other hand doesn’t believe MILCON or military construction projects for the buildup will be delayed. In fact she told PNC, “We’re getting our monies now we’re seeing a lot of construction bids going out at Andersen and so forth where they plan to place the marines. Now the NDAA of course we already have the budget from the administration and it seems that everything we’ve requested is in place.”
The Congresswoman says they will have a hearing in about two weeks on the NDAA or National Defense Authorization Act but she doesn’t think anything in the bill will change.
Bordallo also insisted that delays with the relocation of the Futenma facility in Okinawa would not affect the Guam buildup as the two have been delinked. However, last week Paxton said there are “connections” between what happens in Okinawa, Guam, Hawaii, and Australia. He said they are linked by money, planning and training needs. And General Paxton told the committee, “We never want to have a marine stationed somewhere, where he or she is not able to train, or not deployable.”