Construction update on Marine Corps Base (MCB) Camp Blaz issued

U.S. Marines assigned to Marine Corps Base (MCB) Camp Blaz conduct the first flag raising of the new command, marking the initial operation capability of the base in Dededo, Guam, Oct. 1, 2020. MCB Camp Blaz is the first Marine Corps base activated since the commissioning of Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany, Georgia on March 1, 1952. The Marine Corps plans to hold a formal activation ceremony for the new base in the spring of 2021. MCB Camp Blaz, named after Brig. Gen. Vicente Tomas Garrido Blaz, a Marine officer of 29 years and former Guam delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives, symbolizes Guam’s contributions to national security and the continued partnership between the Marine Corps and the Government of Guam. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Andrew King)

Joint Region Marianas released a progress update on Marine Corps Base (MCB) Camp Blaz construction projects March 25, following 12 months of operations amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Although three construction projects were briefly paused for two weeks in late 2020 to prevent the potential spread of the virus, the pause did not affect the overall progress of the projects. While the COVID-19 pandemic has changed personal protective measures to ensure the health and safety of employees and the local community, construction progress has been safely maintained and remains on track.

Continuous Collaboration among Military, Local Preservation Partners

All Department of Defense (DoD) construction activities since the onset of the U.S. Marine Corps relocation program have been in strict adherence to the National Historic Preservation Act, the 2011 Programmatic Agreement, and federal law.

DoD has enjoyed a history of constructive cooperation with the Guam State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO) and partners in the Government of Guam (GovGuam) that allows the military to accomplish its missions responsibly, deliberately, and with the utmost respect for Guam’s rich cultural heritage and environmental resources.

Joint Region Marianas, MCB Camp Blaz, and Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command (NAVFAC) Marianas will continue to extensively work with GovGuam, SHPO, federal and local agencies to ensure responsible and deliberate construction planning and execution activities in the future.

The following construction projects have been completed:

. P-204 Uniform and Tango Wharf Improvements
. P-1003 Military Working Dog Facility Relocation
. P-100 North Ramp Utilities
. P-101 North Ramp Parking Apron
. P-101A North Ramp Parking II
. P-204 Tango Wharf Expansion
. P-109 Aviation Maintenance Hangar I
. P-230 Ground Support Equipment Shops
. P-240 Marine Wing Support Squadron Facility
. J-001A Andersen Air Force Base (AFB) North Gate
. J-001 Apra Harbor Utilities and Site Improvements
. J-200 North Ramp Utilities II
. P-102 Harmon Power Upgrade

The following projects are currently under construction:

. P-250 Marine Air Logistics Squadron Facilities
. P-260 Corrosion Control Hangar
. P-601 Aviation Maintenance Hangar II
. P-270 ACE Gym & Dining Facility
. P-295 Ordnance Operations Facility
. H-279, H-280, H-282 Andersen AFB Housing Complex
. J-001B Camp Blaz Utilities and Site Improvement
. J-031 Bachelor Enlisted Quarters D
. J-033 Bachelor Enlisted Quarters F
. P-459 Bachelor Enlisted Quarters H
. J-017-II Camp Blaz Main and Commercial Gates
. J-011 Camp Blaz Base Administrative Building
. J-755 Skaggs Urban Training Complex
. P-715 Mason Live Fire Training Range Complex
. J-006 Apra Medical/Dental Clinic
. J-007 Waterfront Headquarters

There are over 40 additional construction projects that are pending.

MCB Camp Blaz Main Cantonment

The project to clear the site and install utilities infrastructure, roads
, and the perimeter fence is 85 percent complete. Projects are underway to
construct three barracks facilities. The base administration building and
the central fuel station have been awarded and have commenced.

Mason Live Fire Training Range Complex

The first of two projects at the Mason Live Fire Training Range Complex is
75 percent complete. This project provides four ranges, including a known
distance rifle and pistol range, as well as the access road and utilities
infrastructure to support the entire range complex.

The second project, the multi-purpose machine gun range, is expected to be
awarded in 2021.