Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Guthertz Proposes Civ-Mil Advisory Council For Buildup

Guthertz Proposes Civ-Mil Advisory Council For Buildup

Guam - Buildup Committee Chairwoman Senator Judi Guthertz says that the draft Environmental Impact Statement on the military buildup makes no provision for managing the relationship between service members and the civilian community.

In a ‘comment paper’ directed to Major General David Bice, USMC (Ret.), Executive Director of the Joint Guam Program Office (JGPO), Senator Guthertz proposes a civilian-military advisory council to deal with the issues that will arise between the military and the civilian community during and after the buildup.

The Advisory Council would be established by the U.S. Secretary of Defense and the Governor of Guam and be a part of the Guam First Commission.

Senator Guthertz says the right organization on Guam to handle this would be the Guam First Commission, which was created by law in 2008 over Governor Felix Camacho‟s veto. The governor has since refused to implement the law. Earlier, the governor created a Civilian-Military Task Force Council to deal with buildup problems, but that body‟s last meeting was in October, 2008.

Senator Guthertz urged that the proposal be incorporated in the EIS and that the Secretary of the Navy, in coordination with the Governor take immediate action to implement it.

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