BY MAUREEN N. MARATITA
Joint Region Marianas had an inventory of $11.01 in assets, at the end of the fiscal 2019 year on Sept. 30, according to the U.S. Navy.
That figure will increase through current and future military construction projects.
Future projects submitted to Congress include facilities for the 4th Marine Regiment, which is an infantry regiment presently stationed in Okinawa, Japan; a consolidated armory; an infantry battalion headquarters; and a bachelor enlisted quarters (H).
A number of BEQs are planned, each with a different letter of the alphabet. In a Feb. 20 presentation on military construction to the Society of American Engineers Guam chapter shared with the Journal, Capt. Daniel P. Turner, commander of Naval Facilities Engineering Command Marianas referred to work budgeted for fiscal 2021 for BEQs C, E, G, and K.
Construction costs of each of those were estimated at between $100 million to $250 million for fiscal 2021.
Turner’s presentation specified the location of various projects on Andersen Air Force Base, to include Phase 4 of the munition storage igloos, $50 million to $100 million; an ordnance operations administration facility, $10 million to $25 million; and a standoff weapons complex, $50 million to $100 million, all designated for fiscal 2021.
Other future projects are X-Ray wharf improvements at Naval Base Guam at an estimated $96.37 million, and a $94.45 million Alpha and Bravo Wharf Extension.
Major military construction planned for the next three years includes a cooling project; an exclusion barrier; and a law enforcement battalion facility estimated at $15 million. Total construction planned in the next three lists totals $1,060,064. Total construction in the report totals $20,319,134, of which $7,178,089 is as yet unfunded.
Other listed projects are a variety of munition projects relating to magazines, training and artillery, and a religious ministry facility.
Planned construction is to support the U.S. Pacific fleet and Naval Base Guam and the Marine Corps., to include commands supporting “warfighter” missions and military family members, according to material supplied to the Journal. The relocation of Marines in Okinawa is due to start in the fall of 2024.
As to personnel numbers, including military officers, enlisted personnel and civilian individuals – these are given as 6,915 as at Sept. 30, 2019 with an estimated increase to 7,498 at the end of fiscal 2024, the fall 2024 time frame when the first personnel are due to arrive in Guam.
See www.mbjguam.com and www.guambusinessmagazine.com for various stories on current construction and MilCon awards.
Story sources: U.S. Navy and Naval Engineering Facilities Command Marianas. mbj