Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero and Rear Adm. John Menoni, then commander, Joint Region Marianas (JRM), convened the Civil-Military Coordination Council (CMCC) at JRM Headquarters, June 14.
The purpose of the CMCC is to foster collaboration among the Department of
Defense (DoD), Government of Guam, and federal agencies to share information, discuss, and provide recommendations for construction
activities for the U.S. Marine Corps relocation to Guam.
“We owe it to our families and ourselves to do our due diligence to continue
to strive for a partnership that serves the greater good,” Leon Guerrero
said in her opening remarks. “My team is here ready to listen, share
perspectives or concerns, and moreover find solutions to the numerous
impacts from military actions affecting our island today.”
The meeting marked the seventh of the CMCC since its inception in 2010.
Representatives of the DoD, Government of Guam, and U.S. federal agencies
were also in attendance to include the Guam Department of Labor, Guam
Department of Public Works, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services, Marine Corps
Base Camp Blaz, and Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command Marianas
Menoni said the partnership among the agencies is a testament to the joint
commitment the DoD shares with the Government of Guam.
“The economic benefits that come along with the relocation don’t happen
without the willingness to collaborate, to have honest conversations around
a table like this, to compromise at times, and to work together to find
these complex solutions,” Menoni said. “We have to always look at this
through the lens of a whole of Guam approach. It can never be just what the
DoD wants or needs, and it can never be just what people outside the fence
line want or need, it has to be a whole of Guam approach as we work though
these problems and challenges in the future.”