Underwood: More engagement with the military needed

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Former Guam congressman and UOG President Robert Underwood says it is absolutely imperative that the delegate from Guam be engaged with the military from the ground up to make sure that the buildup works to Guam's advantage.

Dr. Robert Underwood, current candidate for Guam’s Congress Delegate position, spoke about the need to have concrete plans and advocacy with the military at the Rotary Club meeting on Thursday.

The former Guam congressman and UOG President says it is absolutely imperative that the delegate from Guam be engaged with the military from the ground up to make sure that the buildup works to Guam’s advantage.

Underwood, who is challenging Guam’s current Delegate Michael San Nicolas in the Democratic Party primary, says the process of engagement has not happened in the past couple of years.

“This means direct membership in the Armed Services Committee. Every year, the Department of Defense activities are reauthorized in the National Defense Authorization Act or the NDAA. In that NDAAs of the past, every delegate since Won Pat until Madeleine worked every year, with 3 or 4 or 5 different amendments in that process, in order to modify the NDAA and make it order to make it work for Guam,” Underwood said.

He added: “When you are part of the process you can demand… you can engage the Department of Defense because you are part of the House. Because you are there …you are engaged…….when you disagree with them they will still respect you.”

Underwood also spoke about the local economy, the CARES ACT, and other federal programs at the Rotary Club earlier today.

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Louella Losinio
Louella Losinio is PNC's managing editor. She was a former reporter for the Marianas Variety (Guam Edition) and the Guam Daily Post, former editor-in-chief and co-founder of the Pacific Island Times,. As a freelance writer, she has contributed content to various regional and local publications such as the Marianas Business Journal, Guam Business Magazine, The Guamanian, and Island Times. Aside from her decade-long experience in the media and print industry, Louella has experience in technical writing, education, and nonprofit management.