Scheduled to visit Guam is U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney who will arrive on Guam Feb. 22 as part of a tour that includes Australia and Japan. Cheney will visit U.S. troops in Guam and meet with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Japan and Prime Minister John Howard in Australia. In Japan and Australia Cheney will "discuss issues of mutual interest including Asian security and the global war on terror " according to the White House. "The president has asked the vice president to thank these two allies for their efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan. In this regard the vice president will also thank the Japanese and Australian forces " the White House said.

On Feb. 3 the U.S. Ambassador to Japan Tom Schieffer was scheduled to visit Guam together with Lt. General Dan Leaf deputy commander of the U.S. Pacific Command and members of the Japanese parliament. They were to be accompanied by officials from the U.S. Embassy in Japan. The group was to tour military installations on Guam receive high level briefings and meet with a group of fewer than 20 members of the Guam Chamber of Commerce that night according to Journal sources.

Leaf last visited Guam in September to unveil the Guam Integrated Military Development Plan in a series of presentations to Guam stakeholders and met with the Journal during his visit. "See "Q & A" in the Sept. 18 issue of the Journal.

"" Some information in this story was sent as a Newsflash on Jan. 30 to electronic subscribers to the Journal. MBJ