Governor: Military not returning Eagle’s Field; GovGuam just leasing

Governor Lou Leon Guerrero (PNC file photo)

Governor Lou Leon Guerrero on Wednesday clarified that the military is not returning Eagle’s Field to the government of Guam and that GovGuam is just leasing it for use as the site of the new hospital and health center.

The governor made the clarification after arguments were made that original landowners should have first crack at lands returned by the military.

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“There’s been a lot of misinformation out there. First of all, this property that the military is allowing us to use is a lease …. a license and then a lease. They are not returning this property to us. They are allowing us to use it for the purpose of the medical complex,” Leon Guerrero said in an interview with NewsTalk K57’s Patti Arroyo.

She added: “And if we don’t use it for that purpose, they’ll take it back.”

According to the governor, Eagle’s Field was not on the list of net negative land.

“It was not when I was looking for areas for the new hospital and health complex and I was discussing with the federal government,” Leon Guerrero said.

On the possibility of returning lands to the original landowners, the governor said there is a list that they identify and that past administrations have concurred with.

“And Eagle’s Field was not in that list. It was never on that wheel for return to be given back,” Leon Guerrero said.