Governor Lou Leon Guerrero recently toured sites in Northwest Field and Finegayan where “inadvertent” discoveries have been made during the construction of the new Marine Corps base.
The tour was led by outgoing Joint Region Marianas Commander Rear Admiral Shoshana Chatfield, Marine Corps Activity Guam Officer in Charge Col. Bradley Magrath, Marine Corps Marianas Officer in Charge of Construction Executive Officer CDR Brian Foster, Marine Corps Activity Guam Environmental Director Albert Borja, and Marine Corps Activity Guam Archeologist Ronnie Rogers.
Governor Leon Guerrero was joined by Acting State Historic Preservation Officer Patrick Lujan, State Archeologist John Mark Joseph, Senior Advisor on Military and Regional Affairs Carlotta Leon Guerrero, and Guam Military Buildup Office Executive Director Vera Topasna.
According to the governor, the tour was an opportunity to see and understand “the context” of these sites. She said her administration continues to seek balance in preserving the island’s cultural resources and ancestral heritage with national security.
Acting SHPO Lujan said site visits like this are vital to the historic preservation process, especially with projects of this magnitude.
During the site visits, the governor brought up the concerns recently raised by members of the community to ensure every effort is made to properly care for the island’s cultural resources.
The governor said she will maintain the same level of concern throughout the duration of these projects.