Governor signs programmatic agreement for military training and testing

Governor Lou Leon Guerrero (PNC file photo)

Governor Lou Leon Guerrero has signed a Programmatic Agreement along with Rear Adm. John Menoni, Commander, Joint Region Marianas and the Guam State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO) regarding military training, and testing, on, and within the surrounding waters of the Island of Guam.

The Programmatic Agreement for Training and Testing (PATT) outlines the management for protection of historic and culturally significant sites while critical training and testing activities for military readiness take place.

The new PATT includes a detailed outline of military training events, their location, and the type of archaeological report that will be generated after each event. This information will be used to monitor effects on historic sites.

As part of the agreement, there will be an increased focus on locating traditional cultural properties and identifying a process for how to list them as protected historic sites.

It also includes a requirement for all incoming DOD military and civilian personnel, their families, contractors, and visiting foreign military personnel to undergo cultural sensitivity training that is created in collaboration with the SHPO.

The PATT was drafted over the course of two years with input from multiple workshops and most recently a 30 day comment period and it replaces the 2009 Mariana Island Range Complex Programmatic Agreement.

The Programmatic Agreement for Training and Testing can be found at