“From where we are today — 9,700 or so active-duty members — that’s going to be a growth of … maybe even 7,000. We’re somewhere between total of 16,000 and 17,000 military members here — well, well shy of the 26,000 at the height of the Vietnam era; still shy of the 20,000 or so in the Cold War era. Yes, we’re building up, but it’s not going past what we’ve had in the past.”

Rear Adm. Benjamin R. Richardson, commander of Joint Region Marianas, speaking at the Sept. 28 membership luncheon of the Guam Chamber of Commerce at the Hilton Guam Resort & Spa.

Nicholson said military construction would bring $1.2 billion to $2 billion of construction annually for the next seven or eight years. “The tail end of that is going to be a whole bunch of jobs to sustain those facilities,” he said.