Joint Region Marianas has issued a statement, saying it is aware of the photos of service members circulating on social media. According to JRM, the persons featured in the photos are not assigned to USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) or any of its embarked units, many of who have been transferred to various Tumon hotels.
Although the image with groups of people standing near beach chairs was taken Saturday, March 21, JRM confirmed that a number of persons pictured seated and standing in the water near the beach are active-duty Sailors completing a rotational deployment to Guam.
Joint Region Marianas Commander Rear Adm. John Menoni has spoken with the Sailors’ chain of command, who will conduct all investigative and corrective actions.
In accordance with Health Protection Condition C and the Governor’s Executive Order, all service members on Guam are required to restrict unit and social group activities, including at public beaches and parks, and to implement social distancing.
Joint Region Marianas is committed to enforcing these measures which are best practices for mitigating the spread of COVID-19.