Naval Facilities Engineering Command Marianas had a change of command ceremony on July 17 at U.S. Naval Base Guam. Capt. Peter S. Lynch assumed command from Capt. Paul T. Fuligni as commanding officer of NavFac Marianas. (from left) Rear Adm. William D. French, former commander, Joint Region Marianas; Rear Adm. Michael A. Giorgione, commander, NavFac Pacific; Capt. Paul T. Fuligni, outgoing commanding officer NavFac Marianas; Capt. Peter S. Lynch, new commanding officer of NavFac Marianas; Rear Adm. Douglass Biesel, commander, Joint Region Marianas, and Lt. j.g. James Ruton, chaplain, Naval Base Guam. Photo by Frank Whitman

Officials from the Guam Economic Development Authority and the U.S. Deparment of Agriculture met on July 22 in the GEDA office to discuss the federal government’s award of $103.5 million in loan and grant funds for Guam’s construction of its new landfill. (from left) Christina D. Garcia, deputy administrator, GEDA; Anthony C. Blaz, GEDA administrator; and Joseph M. Diego, Guam area director, USDA Rural Development Western Pacific area office. Photo by Frank Whitman

(From left) Col. Tod R. Fingal, commander, 36th Operations Group, Andersen Air Force Base; Ret. Col. Ruth Coleman, executive officer, Military and Veterans Affairs Office, Northern Mariana Islands; Capt. Jerome C. Deleon Guerrero, 36th Mobility Response Squadron; and Brig. Gen. Philip M. Ruhlman, commander, 36th Wing, Installation Commander, Andersen AFB, Guam during a presentation before the NMI Legislature on Capitol Hill July 28. Photo by Alexie Zotomayor

Keneisha R. Paulino of Talofofo, an incoming freshman at the University of Guam, won the 2009 Guam Liberation Queen title on July 13, having raised $40,000 from the sale of raffle tickets. Her coronation took place on July 19 at the Paseo de Susana carnival grounds. On stage after the crowning ceremony were (from left) Kenneth Ray Paulino, operations manager, Triple J Auto group and father of Keneisha; Keneisha R. Paulino; Georgette F. Reyes, associate network director, UOG Pacific Islands Small Business Development Center and mother of the queen; Maggie Castro, administrative assistant, Talofofo mayor’s office; first lady Joann G. Camacho, and Gov. Felix P. Camacho. Photo by Justin Green

Hawaii Air Cargo and its Guam agent, Ambyth Shipping & Trading Inc. had lunch at Proa Restaurant on July 16 with representatives of Kenner Wire and Cable Systems. (from left) Rossana D. San Miguel, business development and sales manager, Kenner Wire and Cable Systems; Larry A. Kenner, president, Kenner Wire and Cable Systems; Michael Mastrogiuseppe, director of operations, Hawaii Air Cargo; and Andrew Miller, group general manager, Ambyth Shipping & Trading Inc. Photo by Frank Whitman

A Guam Contractors’ Association mixer was hosted by Triple J Auto at its showroom on July 23. Present were (from left) Jabarr J. Bean, store manager, Home Depot Guam; Jeffrey B. Jones, executive vice president, Triple J Enterprises Inc.; and Jay B. Jones, vice president, Triple J Enterprises. Photo by Frank Whitman

Guam Manpower Resources executives attended the July 23 GCA mixer hosted by Triple J Auto group at its Upper Tumon showroom. (from left) Paris J.M. Blas, general manager, Guam Manpower Resources; Ludette Querubin-Rosales, partner, Guam Manpower Resources and president, InterAsia Outsource Inc.; and Manu P. Melwani, president, Pacific American Title Insurance & Escrow Co. Photo by Frank Whitman

The officers of the Northern Mariana Islands Contractors Association met with the Journal at the Hyatt Regency Saipan on July 28. They are (from left) Jesse V. Sablan, general manager of Construction and Material Supply Inc. a Joeten Enterprises Inc. company, vice president; Jeffrey Arii, sales and collection manager for Hawaiian Rock Products, treasurer; Brian P. Reyes, owner and president of RPCF Inc., president; and Vicente V. Sablan, chief appraiser, American Appraisal Associates LLC, secretary. Photo by Maureen Maratita

Julie E. Kitka, board member, Chugach Alaska, and president, Alaska Federation of Natives, visited Guam from July 19 to 23. While on Guam, she made a site visit to the proposed Hurao Cultural Center at Ipao Point on July 23 with other Chugach executives. The company has expressed interest in sponsoring the Hurao cultural camp’s activities. (from left) Rey Llaneta, manager for the Western Pacific Region, Chugach Alaska; Anna Marie B. Arceo, founder and owner, Hurao cultural camp; Kitka; and Barbara A. Burkhardt, architect, Chugach World Services Inc. Photo by Justin Green

Glimpses Publications’ lifestyle magazine, MDM, celebrated its 11th anniversary with a “Hyphy Birthday” party on July 25 at The Rack in Compadres Mall. Joining the celebration were (from left) Faye R. Brochon, supervisor, Shirley’s Coffee Shop Tamuning; D. Lasrithammavan, owner and photographer, Portraits by DL; and Cherry M. Aiken, co-owner and makeup artist, Rosy Rouge Hair & Makeup Salon. Photo by Justin Green

The Guam Office of Public Accountability hosted the 20th Association of Pacific Islands Public Auditors conference from July 27 to 31 at the Hyatt Regency Guam. More than 350 public auditors, financial managers and accountants from the Pacific region attended the weeklong conference. (from left) Doris Flores Brooks, public auditor, Guam, and conference host; Marion Higa, state auditor, Hawaii, and one of the conference’s featured speakers; and Henry Pai, public auditor, Northern Mariana Islands. Photo by Frank Whitman