Naval Base Guam declares public health emergency; sets commissary limits

The NBG Front Gate (PNC file photo)

U.S. Naval Base Guam (NBG) Commanding Officer Capt. Jeffrey Grimes signed a Declaration of Public Health Emergency in response to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). The declaration takes effect immediately and implements additional mitigation measures to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The directive applies to all personnel onboard NBG, including active duty service members, U.S. Coast Guard Personnel (USCG), Department of Defense (DoD) and other U.S. Government civilian employees, dependents of military or civilian personnel, contractors, Master Labor Contract (MLC) employees, civilian mariners, Indirect Hire Agreement employees, DoD beneficiaries and other individuals who are subject to DoD authority. This order is also applicable to all commands, activities, agencies, and departments who are
tenants or provide services onboard NBG.

With this directive, access to and operations onboard NBG will be limited to mission-essential operations, activities, and investments (OA&I).

Weekday access will be limited to mission essential personnel for operational purposes; active-duty U.S. military and their dependents (including members of the Armed Forces Reserves and National Guard on Title 10 orders); and authorized civilians (as denoted on their Common Access Card) and their dependents. Weekend access will be open to all authorized patrons.

“I have witnessed firsthand and fully understand that many of us are feeling anxious about these recent events,” Grimes said. “However I am asking everyone to remain calm as I assure you that the safety and well-being of our personnel and families at Naval Base Guam and the island of Guam remain my top priority.”

Suspended Services

The following non-mission essential activities are suspended:
. Community relations events
. Daily/weekend guest passes
. Non-contractual commercial activities, including taxi services, scuba diving instruction and all other commercial activities not in support of a government-issued contract.

Continued Services

The following functions are determined to be mission essential:
. Mission Essential OA&I
. NBG Child Development Center facilities in support of mission-essential personnel only
. House guest passes; persons acting on a valid agent letter; persons obtaining fingerprinting services; and other functions deemed mission-essential and low risk.

Commissary and NEX

In order to limit large gatherings, promote, social distancing, enforce strict safety/hygiene, and support mission readiness in the wake of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the Commissary and NEX will limit access to retail facilities onboard NBG as follows:

. MONDAY- FRIDAY: Access will be limited to 1.) Active duty U.S. military and their dependents (including members of the Armed Forces Reserves and National Guard on Title 10 orders) 2.) Authorized civilians (as denoted on their Common Access Card) and their dependents
. SATURDAY-SUNDAY: All authorized patrons.

The Commissary is open daily, except Tuesday. The NEX is open 7 days a week. Commissary will open as scheduled on March 18. NEX will open as scheduled on
March 17.

To preserve a supply of necessary cleaning supplies and sanitizers for the duration of the pandemic, patrons are limited to 2 identical items of any cleaning product per family.

This policy will remain in effect until April 1, 2020, but may be extended as
conditions warrant.

Morale, Welfare, and Recreation Services

. Morale, Welfare, and, Recreation (MWR) events and sporting events,
. MWR Room/Facility/Beach Reservation Rentals, suspended
. MWR Equipment Rentals, suspended
. First Strike Bowling alley, suspended for bowling and kids’ corner –
food services open for pick-up, only
. Torpedoes and Tomahawks, open – buffet line suspended
. Library services, open for computer use only (open with limited
patron capacity)
. Liberty Center, open with limited patron capacity
. Tickets and Travel Office, suspended
. Beaches, open with no rental services
. Big Screen Theater, suspended
. Driving Range, open
. Charles King Fitness Center, suspended
. NCTS Fitness Center, suspended
. Charles King Fitness Center Swimming pool, open with no locker room
. Teen Center, Suspended
. Child Development Center and School Age Care, open for mission
essential personnel only (non-mission essential services suspended to
include meetings, Parents’ Day Out, and hourly care)

Fleet and Family Services Center

. Fleet and Family Support Center remains open for individual services.

. All customers/visitors are required to go through screening in the
FFSC Main Office Reception Area in Bldg.106 prior to receiving services.
. FFSC’s Loaner Locker program, suspended.
. New Parent Support (NPS) Program’s “Home-Visiting” services,
suspended. NPS services will still be offered telephonically or through
other electronic means.
. FFSC Outreach programs and classes/workshops conducted off-site
(e.g., at commands), suspended.
. For information on classes or workshops, contact 333-2056/7/8.

NBG Housing Office
. The NBG Housing Office remains open for services, via appointment
. To make an appointment, contact 333-2081/82/83 or email:;;

Visitor Control Center
. Day and weekend passes, suspended
. Guest services offices, open only for house guest passes, persons
acting on valid agent letter, and fingerprinting services, by appointment
. Contractor Services, open by appointment only
. To make an appointment, contact 339-1095.

NBG Chapel
. Bible studies, meetings, children’s church canceled
. Stay tuned for further updates on Sunday church services

Personnel Support Detachment (PSD) Guam
. PSD Guam will be in operation, however, services will be limited to
phone and e-mail. Service members are advised to contact their Command Pay
Personnel Administrator for assistance.
. ID Card Lab will be open for Common Access Card (CAC) Services, by
appointment only. Appointments can be made online at:

RAPIDS Appointment Scheduler

Welcome to Appointment Scheduler To make a new appointment, click the Make Appointment button. To lookup an appointment you have already made, click the Find Appointment button. To cancel an appointment, click the Cancel Appointment button.

. No-Fee Passport Services will be open, by appointment only. To make
an appointment, contact 339-3189.

Guam Legal Assistance Office
. Office is closed until further notice.
. All notary services suspended.
. Client appointments by phone are still available.
. To make an appointment or for immediate legal assistance, contact
333-2061 or email

Navy Marine Corps Relief Society
. Thrift Shop, suspended
. Uniform Locker, open
. Administrative services, open

DoDEA Schools
. Schools will remain open

All NBG facilities and services are subject to closure without advanced
notice. Personnel and patrons are encouraged to monitor NBG social media for
updates on facility and service hours and closures.

(NBG press release)