Governor Lou Leon Guerrero and Joint Region Marianas Commander Rear Adm. John Menoni met at the Joint Region Marianas Headquarters on Nimitz Hill Wednesday.
This was the 6th meeting of the Civil-Military Coordination Council (CMCC) since its inception in 2010.
Representatives of the Government of Guam, Joint Region Marianas, and local and U.S. federal agencies also were in attendance.
“I have been very transparent and consistent with my message that our
Administration supports the buildup as long as it is balanced, responsible, and responsive to the needs of our people and the protection of our environment and culture,” said Governor Leon Guerrero.
In response to Governor Leon Guerrero’s growing concern regarding the need for additional regulatory and compliance personnel, Adm. Menoni and the Governor ordered the immediate establishment of a joint working group to propose solutions for the Government of Guam’s staffing needs.
The most critical staffing shortages are with the Guam Department of Labor’s (GDOL) Alien Labor Processing & Certification Division and the Guam Environmental Protection Agency (GEPA).
During the meeting representatives from the military’s construction office provided an overview of military construction projects at the future site of Marine Corps Camp Blaz, Naval Base Guam and Andersen Air Force Base.
Briefings were also provided by the Guam Department of Labor and the Guam Economic Development Authority.
The Admiral announced that a third-party contract has been reached to provide a professional archaeologist to address the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) manpower shortfall.
The SHPO will make the final selection decision on who is hired. As required by the 2011 Programmatic Agreement this new assistant will only work on non-DoD undertakings.
“The CMCC demonstrates our joint commitment to our enduring partnership and transparency with each other,” Adm. Menoni said. “I want to express my gratitude and appreciation for the relationship we’ve fostered since my return to the Marianas this year. I firmly believe our partnership has a foundation of trust, collaboration and transparency.”