Bordallo joins congressional ceremony celebrating 243rd Marine Corps birthday
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Madeleine Z. Bordallo, Guam’s delegate to congress, joined the Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. Robert Neller, her colleagues on Capitol Hill and U.S. Marines to celebrate the 243rd birthday of the U.S. Marine Corps, according to a Nov.16 release from her office.

Bordallo was the guest of honor and lead the House of Representatives’ ceremonial cake cutting. During the ceremony, Bordallo underscored the shared history between Guam and the Marine Corps. She paid tribute to the late Brig. Gen. Vicente “Ben” Blaz, for whom the new Marine Corps Base on Guam will be named.

 

USO Guam holds 14th annual Rock and Run for our heroes 5K   
TUMON, Guam — United Service Organizations Guam and Matson Navigation Co invited all runners and walkers in a Nov. 16 release to participate in the 14th annual USO Guam’s Rock and Run for our Heroes 5K Run/Walk on Dec. 8. The event begins and ends at Skinner Plaza in Hagatna with a 5 a.m. show time and 6 a.m. start.

Pre-registration is available at USO Tumon Bay, USO Andersen and Hornet Sports in Tamuning. Advanced registration is $15 per person and $40 for a team of four; students pay $10 with a valid ID. Race day registration is $20 per person. Funds raised from this event will enable USO Guam to continue to support the more than 80,000 USO center visits each year by military members and their families.

 

$4.8 million modification awarded 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Enterprise Services LLC of Herndon, Va. was awarded a potential maximum value $4.8 million modification under a previously awarded indefinite delivery indefinite-quantity existing Next Generation Enterprise Network contract, according to a Nov. 12 release. The modification will add a new option period to extend the potential ordering period by eight months from Oct. 1, 2019 through May 31, 2020. 

Current and future work will be performed throughout the United States, Europe, Guam, Korea and Japan. No additional funding will be placed on contract or obligated at the time of modification award. This action is a result of a justification and approval that authorizes extending the ordering period. The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, San Diego, Calif. is the contracting activity.

 

Regional Assessment conducted at US Naval Base Guam
SANTA RITA, Guam — A Regional Assessment was conducted from Nov. 13 to Nov. 16 at Naval Base Guam. RASS is part of Commander Naval Installation Command’s Navy security force shore assessment and certification cycle. A team from Joint Region Marianas was on site to review all aspects of the installation’s emergency services. 

During the assessment, traffic around the base increased, delaying access as the Force Protection Condition may be elevated. Employees, residents and patrons of NBG were advised to plan accordingly and to monitor NBG social media for updates. As part of the assessment, the NBG Giant Voice system was activated.

 

31st MEU leads Joint-service Task Force in Super Typhoon Yutu response
SAN JOSE, Tinian — According to a Nov. 12 release from Joint Region Marianas, more than 150 U.S. service members deployed to Tinian between Oct. 29 and Oct. 31 led by 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit Commander and Combat Logistics Battalion 31.

Marines with the 31st MEU arrived to lead Defense Support and Civil Authorities efforts to aid local leadership and the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency. Prior to their departure leaders met with local officials and FEMA representatives to gauge storm damage and response approaches. 

U.S. Navy Seabees, Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 1 also aided in relief efforts. NMCB-1 is stationed at Gulf Port, Miss. and is currently deployed to the Guam-based 36th Civil Engineer Squadron, U.S. Air Force.

 

Retirees receive COLA increase
SANTA RITA, Guam — The U.S. Department of Defense in a Nov. 6 release announced that most military retirees will receive a 2.8% increase to their retired pay beginning with the pay they receive on Jan. 1. Survivors of members who died on active or inactive duty, or survivors of military retirees who participate in the Survivor Benefit Plan, will, in most cases, see a 2.8% increase to their annuities beginning in January according to a Nov. 12 release from the U.S. Department of Defense

Beginning in 2019, survivors who are eligible for the Special Survivor Indemnity Allowance will also receive an increase to their SSIA payments that reflects this 2.8% adjustment. The maximum amount of SSIA payable will be $318 beginning in January.

These cost of living adjustments are calculated based on the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers for the four quarters ending with the third calendar quarter of 2018, and generally go into effect for all pay received beginning in January 2019.

Those military retirees who retired during calendar year 2018 and all military retirees who retired under the REDUX retirement system receive a slightly different annual cost of living adjustment.

—            A version of this story was originally sent to Journal readers as a news flash on Nov. 7.

 

Public comment welcomed
ASAN, Guam — According to a Nov. 13 release, Joint Region Marianas announced a 30-day public comment period to conclude Dec. 13 for the draft 2018 Integrated Natural Resources Management Plan and environmental assessment.

Protecting natural resources found on military-administered land on Guam and leased lands on the Northern Mariana Islands is a priority for Joint Region Marianas, JRM Environmental Manager Dana Lujan said. The 2018 INRMP proposes to continue some existing projects from the 2013 document and introduces new projects appropriate for managing natural resources in evolving environmental conditions and challenges. Public comments should be submitted no later than Dec. 13 and can be emailed to  [email protected] 

 

Goeres

Alaska guardsman found dead on Andersen AFB identified
ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam — According to a Nov. 12 release from the U.S. Department of Defense, the Air National Guard pilot who was found unresponsive and later pronounced dead has been identified as Capt. John Goeres, a KC-135R Stratotanker pilot assigned to the Alaska Air National Guard’s 168th Air Refueling Squadron.

Goeres was found on Nov. 6 when the Guam Fire Department responded to a reported drowning behind the Westin Resort in Tumon. Members of the 168th Wing are currently deployed to the 506th Expeditionary Aerial Refueling Squadron, 36th Operations Group, Andersen AFB, Guam. 

The cause of the death is currently under investigation and foul play is not suspected.

 

 

Aguon

United States Army investigates death of Guam soldier
SEOUL, South Korea — Sgt. Marcos John Aguon was found unconscious at Camp Hovey and later pronounced dead at Joongang St. Mary’s Hospital in the city of Dongducheon which borders North Korea, according to Nov. 7 release from the U.S. Department of Defense. The details surrounding Aguon’s death are under investigation. He was a cannon crew member with the Fort Bliss, Texas-based 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, which rotated to South Korea last month. He was assigned to the 4th Battalion, 1st Field Artillery Regiment.

 

SMS Cormoran II Sailors Honored During Wreath Laying Ceremony
ASAN, Guam — Flag officers and civilian leadership participating in the annual German Chief of Defense capstone course joined Guam-based U.S. military representatives for an honorary wreath laying ceremony at the SMS Cormoran II headstone at the U.S. Naval Cemetery in Hagåtña on Nov. 15.

Joint Region Marianas Chief of Staff Capt. Hans Sholley retold the events that surrounded the ship’s sinking in Apra Harbor back in World War I and the death of seven German Sailors who would later be laid to rest at the cemetery. 

 

Task Force-West continues Super Typhoon Yutu relief efforts 
CAPITOL HILL, Saipan — Three weeks after Super Typhoon Yutu struck Saipan and Tinian, Task Force-West continues to provide Department of Defense support to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands’ civil and local officials as part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency-support recovery efforts, which began Oct. 25, immediately following the storm.

TF-W continues to focus relief efforts in support of FEMA and the NMI in five primary areas: road clearing and debris translocation, temporary housing solutions, bulk water operations, providing a federal staging area and the loading, unloading and transporting of cargo, personnel and equipment. There are approximately 900 DOD personnel on the ground in Saipan and Tinian supporting Super Typhoon Yutu relief efforts to include active duty, Reserve and Guard service members from all branches of service within the USINDOPACOM.

 

$2.8 million distribution contract awarded
BARRIGADA, Guam — Pacific Unlimited Inc. has been awarded a $2.8 million firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for full food-line distribution. This is a 90-month contract with no option years, but three tier periods. The maximum dollar amount is for the life of the contract. Location of performance is Guam, with a May 20, 2026 completion date. Using customers are Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps and the Guam Department of Education. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2019 defense working capital funds. The contracting agency is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, PA. mbj

 

Photo by Lt. Lauren Spaziano

USS Oklahoma City holds change of command
PITI, Guam — The U.S. Department of Defense in a Nov. 9 release announced Cmdr. Steve Lawrence relieved Cmdr. Thomas P. O’Donnell as commanding officer of Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS Oklahoma City in a change of command ceremony at Naval Base Guam. Rear Adm. James Waters III, director of Maritime Headquarters for the U.S. Pacific Fleet, was the guest speaker at the ceremony. O’Donnell is scheduled to report to the commander of the Submarine Force for the U.S. Pacific Fleet as his next command where he will serve as the prospective commanding officer instructor.