More than $600 million set aside for military spending on Guam and Tinian
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The House and Senate Armed Services committees agreed on the final version of the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act, according to a Dec. 9 release.

Of the more than $743 billion authorized, the bill sets aside nearly $300 million for military spending on Guam, including $226 million for Naval construction projects, $65 million for Air Force construction projects, and more than $19 million for defense agencies’ projects.

Among the projects named in the NDAA, more than $91.2 million is set aside for a machine gun range, $65 million for munitions storage,  $64.1 million for new Navy bachelor enlisted quarters, $61.9 million for explosive ordnance disposal facilities, $19.2 million for the X-Ray wharf refueling facility and $2 million for planning and design of Marine Corps facilities.

For Tinian, the NDAA authorized $316 million for the Air Force divert airfield over a three-year period. Starting in 2020, $10 million will go to fuel tanks, a pipeline and hydrant system. $25 million will be used for a parking apron and another $10 million for general airfield development.

 

Saipan company awarded prepo ships maintenance contract
WASHINGTON, D.C. — SeaFix Inc., a Saipan-based subsidiary of Ambyth Shipping Micronesia Inc., was awarded a $15.21 million contract for “maintenance and associated material management” for the Marine Corps Prepositioning ships in the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Diego Garcia and South Korea. Some work will also be performed in Jacksonville, Fla.

The firm fixed price indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity extends to Jan. 14, 2024. If a six-month option is exercised the contract will extend to July 14, 2024 with a total value of $18.93 million.

The U.S. Department of Defense announced the award Nov. 19 and re-announced it Dec. 6.

Mark R. Blackburn, general manager of SeaFix, said the company heard a couple of weeks ago about the award, and was delighted. “We’ve had the same contract in the past,” he said.

SeaFix undertakes shore-side fabrication work and shipboard welding, painting and engine overhauls for both commercial ships and U.S. Navy craft.

The 2019 contract was competitively solicited and procured via the Federal Business Opportunity website as a total HUBZone set-aside, with two offers received, according to the release. The Marine Corps Blount Island Command, Jacksonville, Fla. is the contracting entity.

 

Singapore Air Force may send hundreds to Guam
SIMI VALLEY, Calif. — U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and Singapore’s Minister of Defense Singapore Defense Minister Ng Eng Hen signed an agreement on the sidelines of a defense forum that will add Guam to the list of U.S. and international locations where Republic of Singapore Air Force personnel train.

From 2029, the Singaporean permanent fighter training detachment “will consist of approximately a squadron of aircraft and associated personnel, and include the construction of hangars, aprons, and support facilities for the detachment footprint,” according to a Dec. 6 release from the U.S. Department of Defense.

How many personnel and family members will be stationed on Guam is not yet certain.

It may reach hundreds. For example, about an hour from Boise, the Mountain Home Range Complex, Idaho hosts 375 RSAF personnel, and their families, who live both on and off-base.

Congressman Michael F.Q. San Nicolas said in a Dec. 6 release, “Not only do these detachments help secure Guam and deter foreign aggression by tapping into foreign allied presence, it also helps expose Guam to new markets and reinforces our reputation as a geopolitically safe destination.” mbj


Soldiers and airmen with the Guam National Guard stand in formation during a ceremony celebrating the National Guard’s birthday.
Photo courtesy of the Guam National Guard

Guam Guard celebrates National Guard birthday
BARRIGADA, Guam — The Guam National Guard on Dec. 13 held a flag raising ceremony in front of the Guam Congress Building in Hagåtña to celebrate the National Guard’s 383rd birthday, according to a release.

The first militia regiments in North America — the 181st Infantry, 182nd Infantry, and 101st Field Artillery, and 101st Engineer Battalion — were organized on Dec. 13, 1636 in Massachusetts. The units exist in the National Guard organization to this day, which makes those units the oldest military units in the United States and the National Guard its oldest military organization.

The Guam National Guard was established under Public Law 96-600, which was signed into law by President James E. Carter in 1980.

 

(From left) Sgt. Shawn Dela Cruz; Warrant Officer Mathew Ayuyu; and 1st Lt. Jethro Lanuza, all from the Guam National Guard 94th Civil Support Team.
Photo courtesy of the Guam National Guard

Guam Guard assists with assessing Guam Public Health Facility
BARRIGADA, Guam — Soldiers and airmen with the Guam National Guard’s 94th Civil Support Team on Dec. 5 tested the air quality at the Department of Public Health and Social Services, according to a Dec. 6 release. 

The Guardsmen also checked for mold and moved boxes of files to other locations to protect them.