36th Air Wing at AAFB to see change of command
Col. Michael R. Boera will take command of the 36th Air Expeditionary Wing at Andersen Air Force Base from Col. Paul “P.K.” White on July 18. Boera is commander of the 35th Operations Group at Misawa Air Force Base in Misawa Japan. White has received an assignment as professor of aerospace studies at the University of Washington in Seattle Wash.

AAFB holds warrior challenge
Andersen Air Force Base staff participated in a Warrior Day Challenge on June 10 at the Arc Light Memorial Park. Squadrons fielded at least one four-person team to compete in events that included an obstacle course gas-mask challenge weapons assembly manual test and physical fitness challenge.


230th birthday celebrated
U.S. Army personnel and Army members of the Guam National Guard celebrated the Army’s 230th birthday on June 11 at the Marriott Guam Resort. Sen. Antonio R. “Tony” Unpingco chairman of the Committee on Tourism Maritime Military and Veterans Affairs of the 28th Guam Legislature presented a legislative resolution of congratulations at the event.


Guam Chamber of Commerce
The Armed Forces Committee of the chamber hosted the following receptions:

• A June 8 reception at the Westin Resort Guam to jointly farewell Capt.Robert McNaught commanding officer of the naval base; and David Boone commander of Naval Facilities Engineering Command Marianas;

• A June 13 reception at the Outrigger Guam Resort for the 36th Air Expeditionary Wing Expeditionary Operations Group. The 60 fighter bomber and leadership personnel on rotation on Guam included B2 personnel from the 393 Expeditionary Bomber Squadron from Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri and the 391 Expeditionary Fighter Squadron from Mountain Home Idaho;

• A June 21 reception at the Hilton Guam Resort & Spa for personnel of the USS Nimitz aircraft carrier and its air wing and the USS Princeton (part of the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group);

• A June 24 reception at the Hilton Guam Resort & Spa to farewell Rear Adm. Arthur J. Johnson commander of Naval Forces Marianas; and Paul “P.K.” White commander of the 36th Air Expeditionary Wing at Andersen Air Force Base.

Saipan Chamber of Commerce
The Saipan Chamber of Commerce hosted a reception for officers and crews of the USS Houston and the USS Stethem on June 12 at the Pacific Islands Club Saipan. The event was sponsored by Herman’s Bakery.

The Guam-based Houston submarine carried 158 personnel and the Stethem 320 personnel. The ships visited from June 9 to 13. The Stethem hosted an onboard reception on June 10 for chamber members and tours of the ship during the event (see photo.).


Mobil Oil Guam Inc. was awarded a $6.53 million contract by the Defense Logistics Agency to provide almost 4.2 million gallons in diesel and unleaded gasoline fuels to the Air Force Navy and federal agencies on Guam and Saipan. The contract is fixed price with an economic price adjustment award. The proposal date is effective June with performance due for completion in December 2007. Three companies responded to the bid from 12 companies solicited.


Admiral to address Guam chamber before posting to Japan
Rear Adm. Arthur J. Johnson commander of Naval Forces Marianas was due to address a general membership luncheon meeting of the Guam Chamber of Commerce on June 22 at the Westin Resort Guam. The address the last to the chamber before the admiral’s departure is titled “Guam: a postscript.”

Aircraft carrier visits Guam
The USS Nimitz an aircraft carrier with about 3 000 officers and crew on board and an air wing of about 2 500 personnel arrived in Guam June 18 for a port visit of three to four days. The cruiser USS Princeton part of the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group and carrying 400 personnel also arrived for a port visit on June 18.


DZSP 21 LLC looks for sub-contractors
The U.S. Navy formally introduced DZSP 21 LLC as the Navy’s new Base Operations Support services contractor on June 15. The company comprises Day & Zimmerman Parsons Infrastructure & Technology and SKE Support Services Inc. The total estimated value of the award is $423 453 152 over the length of the contract. DZSP 21 is expected to perform general management and administration services command staff public safety port operations ordnance supply galley facilities management facilities services restorations/modernization utilities base support vehicles and equipment and environmental services.

Capt. David Boone commanding officer of the Naval Facilities Engineering Command Marianas said “We are currently working closely between our Navy team DZSP and Raytheon to affect a smooth transition which will officially start on July 1 with full performance and responsibility to DZSP on Oct. 1.” He added “Raytheon has done an outstanding job in facilitating the transition process. DZSP is moving quickly to understand the unique aspects of operating in Guam.”

Daniel McDonald program director for DZSP 21 said six people are employed with DZSP on Guam.

“We will build that to a cadre of about 30 by mid-July. This small cadre of senior managers that we will bring in is all the people that we will bring in. The rest of the people will be recruited from the incumbent work force from the Raytheon sub-contractors and other interested people in the community.” He said interviews would begin July 2.


McDonald said DZSP is building a database of potential sub-contractors. He said several Raytheon sub-contracts might not be brought back under the new contract. “We cannot really discuss who we’re going to bring on our team because we have to submit our list to the Navy ” McDonald said.

McDonald also said the company is increasing weekly work hours from 32 to 40 but said it would mean a reduction in the work force. He said he could not give any details because he did not know the staffing levels of the current BOS contractor Raytheon Technical Services (Guam) Inc.

Contractors wishing to register with DZSP should send their qualifications to the company at P.O. Box GH Hagåtña 96932 McDonald said.

Taiwan friendship fleet visits Palau
The Taiwan Fleet of Friendship visited Palau from June 13 to 14. Temmy Shull minister of state; Gov. Johnny Gibbons of Koror; and Billy G. Kuartei chief of staff to President Tommy E. Remengesau Jr.; received the fleet at Malakal port under the command of Rear Adm. Fan Bao-Hua. The fleet consisted of the La Fayette Frigate Kang-ding and a supply ship with 530 officers and Navy cadets. The Taiwan Navy cadets conducted a marching band and drill team performance at the Asahi Baseball ground and a friendship softball game was also held there. The frigate was open for public tours during the visit. The friendship fleet’s last visit to Palau was in 2003.


Navy hosts change of command ceremony for Big Navy
Capt. Kenneth Freeman relieved Capt. Robert McNaught as commanding officer of Naval Base Guam and chief of staff on June 10 at Flag Circle on Nimitz Hill. Freeman reported to Guam from Naval Air Systems Command in Patuxent River Md. where he was deputy of logistics management of weapons human performance training support equipment aircraft launch and recovery equipment and air traffic control systems. McNaught leaves Guam for College of the Holy Cross in Worcester Mass. where he will command the school’s Reserve Officer Training Corp unit and instruct in Naval science.

The ceremony included a canon salute for which a practice was held on June 9. MBJ