DoD released fiscal year 2021 budget proposal

WASHINGTON D.C. — President Donald J. Trump, on Feb. 10, sent Congress a proposed fiscal year 2021 budget request of $740.5 billion for national security, $705.4 billion of which is for the Department of Defense. The FY 2021 budget resources four focus areas to build and support a joint force: Continues to improve military readiness and invest in the modernization of a more lethal force; strengthens alliances, deepens interoperability, and attracts new partners; reforms the Department for greater performance and accountability and supports service members and their families, recognizing that our people are our most valuable resource.

The budget also includes a three percent military pay raise and an increases in military basic allowance for housing and basic allowance for subsistence.

The budget also proposes over $830 million in military construction, which includes funds for the Guam buildup.


Nine companies secure Navy work, including Guam

SAN DIEGO, Calif. — Nine companies will compete for task orders under an award of $56.34 million each for Navy bases in the U.S. mainland and the Asia Pacific region, to include Guam.

According to a Jan. 29 release from the U.S. Department of Defense, the companies are Geocent LLC of Metairie, La.; M.C. Dean Inc. of Tysons, Va.; McKean Defense Group LLC of Philadelphia, Pa.; Parsons Government Services Inc. of Pasadena, Calif.; Science Applications International Corp. of Reston, Va.; Serco Inc. of Herndon, Va.; Systems Technology Forum Ltd. of Fredericksburg, Va.; Valkyrie Enterprises Inc. of Virginia Beach, Va.; and VT Milcom Inc. of Virginia Beach, Va.

Work including project management through to engineering will be performed through January 2022. The contracting office was the Naval Information Warfare Center Pacific of San Diego, Calif.


Local sailors receive Battle E Award

SANTA RITA, Guam —The leadership and crew of the Los Angeles class fast-attack submarine, USS Oklahoma City were presented with the Commander, Submarine Squadron Fifteen Battle “E” Award in a ceremony held at Naval Base Guam, Feb. 7.

Each year one submarine from each squadron is recognized and the Battle “E” is presented to the submarine crew that demonstrated the highest level of battle readiness during the evaluation year.


JRM gains oversight on explosives safety

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Department of the Navy granted Joint Region Marianas more authority over explosives safety principles on Guam, which will allow JRM to save money and time as it proceeds with the military buildup, according to a Jan. 17 release.

The new authority was granted by an agreement with the Naval Ordnance Safety and Security Activity and is intended as a template to improve communication and teamwork across explosive safety functions in the Department of Defense to safely accelerate the clearance of unexploded ordnance and the commencement of construction projects.

Unexploded ordnance remains a threat to construction activities on Guam and other islands with a history of heavy fighting during World War II.


Airman successfully completes immigration course

BRUNSWICK, Georgia — Technical Sergeant Misty Palomo, from the Guam Air National Guard’s 254th Security Forces Squadron, successfully completed the Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Enforcement and Removal Operations and the Basic Immigration Enforcement Training Program on Jan. 3, and the spanish course on Feb. 6, 2020, at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, Brunswick, Ga.  Palomo was also certified as an “Expert Marksman” in weapons qualification training.


Guam Guard names “Best of the Best” Airmen during banquet

TAMUNING, Guam — Airmen, family members and guests came together to recognize the best from its ranks during the Guam Air National Guard’s Annual Enlisted Awards Banquet on Feb. 1 at the Sheraton Resort Ballroom. 

Thirteen Airmen from the Guam Air National Guard’s four units, 254th Air Base Group, 254th Force Support Squadron, 254th RED HORSE Squadron and the 254th Security Forces Squadron competed for the top awards. 

Gov. Lourdes A. Leon Guerrero, Commander-In-Chief of the Guam National Guard, announced the awards of: “Airman of the Year” to Senior Airman Kyle Martinez, 254th Force Support Squadron; “Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year” to Technical Sergeant Michael Rabago, 254th Air Base Group; “Senior Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year” to Master Sergeant Heracleo Escobar III, 254th RED HORSE Squadron and “First Sergeant of the Year” to Master Sergeant Bhill Alforque, 254th RED HORSE Squadron.mbj

Sailors assigned to Submarine Squadron 15 clean up Asan Memorial Beach Park

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Sailors clean up Asan and Tamuning
ASAN and TAMUNING, Guam — Sailors assigned to Submarine Squadron 15 collected trash and conducted heritage training at Asan Memorial Beach Park during a community volunteer project on Jan. 24. The project is part of the Navy Sailor 360 program, which aims to teach leadership fundamentals among enlisted sailors and Naval officers through community outreach events, classroom discussions and physical training. Submarine Squadron 15 provides training, material and personnel support to the four Los Angeles-class fast attack submarines located at Polaris Point, Naval Base Guam.<br>
On Feb. 8, the same squadron, along with sailors assigned to USS Frank Cable, USS Theodore Roosevelt, Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station Guam, Naval Airborne Weapons Maintenance Unit 1 and airmen assigned to the 36th Logistics Readiness Squadron partnered with Love Guam and the Tamuning Mayor’s to collect trash. The three-hour clean up succeeded in collecting more than a ton of trash from the bushes and side of the road in Tamuning.


Guam Guardsman named top recruiting NCO

BARRIGADA, Guam — Staff Sgt. June Owen of the Guam Army National Guard Recruiting and Retention Battalion was named 2019 non-commissioned officer of the year for the battalion, according to a Jan. 14 release.

Throughout the year, Owen recruited more than 20 individuals into the Guam Army National Guard, exceeding her goal by more than 30%.

Owen enlisted in the Guam Guard in July 2011 as a horizontal construction engineer assigned to the 1224th Engineer Support Company. She was tasked as a financial management technician before moving to the Recruiting and Retention Battalion in August 2018.