DOD won’t evacuate military families from Guam

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Despite some local concerns in the community DOD officials say they would not evacuate military families from Guam prior to a military attack. 

Guam – A U.S. Noncombatant Evacuation Operation program is not applicable to Guam. If the program were applicable to Guam it would include all U.S. citizens who live on the island and not just the military and its dependents.

The recent North Korean threats have brought up questions of whether or not military dependents would be evacuated prior to a missile attack. In fact, there is a policy that allows for the Department of Defense to evacuate U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, DOD civilian personnel and designated persons whose lives are in danger from locations in a foreign nation to an appropriate safe haven when directed by the Department of State. The policy also mentions overseas areas; however, according to Joint Region Marianas PAO Greg Kuntz this policy is not applicable to Guam.

Kuntz issued PNC the following statement, “Noncombatant Evacuation Operations (NEO) apply to foreign areas. NEO does not apply here. To be clear, NEO does not apply to military family members on Guam. All American citizens share the same status.”