Guam – Senator Judi Guthertz has issued a statement expressing her sadness at the resignation of Navy Under Secretary Jackalyne Pfannenstiel.
Pfannenstiel resigned Friday because of health reasons. her resignation becomes effective July 1. Pfannenstiel oversaw the Guam buildup and interacted often with Senator Guthertz who is Chair of the Legislature’s Buildup Committee.
In her statement, Senator Guthertz praised Pfannenstiel for having “the patience of Job” and called her “truly an architect of a military buildup that is a win- win for both the military and everyone who makes their home in Guam.”
June 3, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SENATOR GUTHERTZ SADDENED BY WORD OF RESIGNATION OF NAVY BUILDUP CZAR JACKALYNE PFANNENSTIEL
Guam Military Buildup Committee Chairperson Senator Judi Guthertz says that she can’t imagine a more conscientious government official than Assistant Secretary of the Navy Jackalyne Pfannenstiel, who resigned late last week, reportedly for health reasons.
Since March, 2010, Pfannenstiel had headed up the Navy’s energy, installation and environmental initiative, with her duties including oversight of the ongoing effort that now involves moving 5,000 Marines and their dependents from Okinawa to Guam.
“This woman truly has the patience of Job,” Senator Guthertz said. “She faithfully kept regular, direct and informative correspondence with my office as we sought to make sense of the buildup plans on behalf of our constituents. I would give her the utmost credit as someone who truly listened to the thousands of our Guam citizens who expressed optimism and concern regarding the buildup.”
Senator Guthertz predicted that the people of Guam are going to remember Secretary Pfannenstiel as, “truly an architect of a military buildup that is a win- win for both the military and everyone who makes their home in Guam.”
Secretary Pfannenstiel’s principal deputy, Roger Natsuhara, will serve as acting assistant secretary until a permanent replacement is confirmed.