Sen. Guthertz Calls on JGPO to Visit Families Affected by Firing Range

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Guam – Senator Judi Guthertz is calling on Federal officials in charge of the Military Buildup to visit with families who own properties that will be  impacted by the proposed firing ranges off of Rt. 15.

The Chair of the Legislature’s Military Buildup Committee met last week with Assistant Secretary of the Navy Jackalyne Pfannenstiel and urged her to meet with some 50 families, including the family of former Senator Ted Nelson.

And in a follow-up letter to Assistant Secretary Pfannenstiel,  Guthertz expressed her dismay that these families have yet to be advised or informed by the Joint Guam Program Office (JGPO) or any defense department officials about the expected impact to their properties.

In her letter, Guthertz writes that “the Federal Government has treated the Nelsons and the other 49 families with “Tai-respectu,” meaning “no respect” by including in the ROD significant potential impact on their lives, their homes, and their properties because of the thousands of planned grenade explosions and other firing range activities planned for the area,” wrote Sen. Guthertz.

Read the letter from Senator Guthertz to Pfannenstiel

She also asks “why does the military have to be so unidirectional in its dealing with the public on this buildup?  Aren’t there any culturally aware and sensitive decision-makers involved in this buildup program?”