Navy announces holiday guest policy at military shops
SANTA RITA Guam – Capt. Richard Wood commanding officer of Naval Base Guam announced that an advance approval policy is required for all guests accompanying authorized patrons at both the Naval Base Guam Navy Exchange and the Naval Base Guam Orote Point Commissary. The policy took effect Nov. 11 and will remain in effect throughout the holidays and until further notice to minimize congestion in the stores.
Authorized patrons who wish to escort a guest may mail or submit a letter of request to the commanding officer of U.S. Naval Base Guam. The policy follows the provision of restricting guests during high volume shopping periods stated in the guest policy initiated Oct. 1.
Guam Army National Guard ETT-4 scheduled to return home
BARRIGADA Guam – Members of the Guam Army National Guard’s Embedded Training Team 4 were scheduled to return home to Guam on the weekend of Nov. 20 – 21. The team which left Guam nearly one year ago deployed to Afghanistan as part of the 86th Brigade Combat Team of the Vermont Army National Guard as they began their mobilization training at Camp Atterbury Indiana and subsequent deployment to Afghanistan.
Team Chief Lt. Col. Nicanor Legaspi and Team 1st Sgt. Benjamin Tajalle were scheduled to arrive with the main group with other members of the 16-man team expected to arrive earlier.

VH1 salute the troops and support the USO
TUMON Guam – VH1 is supporting U.S. military personnel and the United Services Organization according to a media release from the Guam USO. In conjunction with the upcoming concert titled “The USO Presents VH1 Divas Salute the Troops “” vh1.com has created a virtual photo mosaic to showcase community-wide support for U.S. soldiers. Additionally VH1 will donate one dollar to the USO Operation Enduring Care for each photo uploaded to its website up to 10 000 photos and $10 000.

Coast Guard cutter completes 105-day patrol
HONOLULU – Concluding its 105-day multimission patrol the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Jarvis a 378-foot high endurance cutter and its crew returned to Honolulu on Nov. 15 after traveling more than 5 000 miles and visiting two foreign countries and one U.S. territory. The cutter supported the United Nations moratorium on illegal high seas driftnet fishing and participated in the multilateral North Pacific Guard event hosted by the Russian Border Guard in Vladivostok Russia.
During the North Pacific Guard cooperation maritime law enforcement counterparts from Canada China Japan Russia and South Korea conducted underway maneuvers and participated in a series of formal meetings receptions and sports competitions.

U.S. Coast Guard Sector Guam suspends search for missing swimmer in Saipan
coordinates rescue of hikers
SANTA RITA Guam – Coast Guard Sector Guam on Nov. 13 suspended its search and rescue operation in Saipan for a swimmer reported missing on Nov. 12 offshore from the Aqua Resort. Upon notification of the missing swimmer Sector Guam’s search and rescue coordinators requested assistance from the Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 25 Saipan’s Department of Public Safety-Boating Safety Division.

Coast Guard assists boat disabled by fire
SANTA RITA Guam – U.S. Coast Guard Sector Guam announced Nov. 14 that crewmembers from Coast Guard Station Apra Harbor and Guam Fire Department responded to a call for help from a boater three miles west of Agat Marina. A 25- foot Coast Guard response boat crew from Station Apra Harbor located the disabled 19-foot Bayliner’s crew and towed the boat and two passengers to the Agat Marina. No injuries were reported. MBJ