The military plans to build a new urban warfare training range at Andersen South, which is part of Andersen Air Force Base, and the public is invited to submit comments on the project until April 24, according to a release Friday by Naval Facilities Engineering Command Marianas.
The project is part of the relocation of military forces from Okinawa to Guam and to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, commonly referred to as the military buildup.
The project will adversely impact five different historic properties in the training area, according to a memo summarizing the project.
Four of the five areas contain Latte Period artifacts, the memo states, including one site that has a complete latte column and capstone with a mortar stone. The fifth site is a concrete structure, possibly part of an old Army hospital, the memo states.
A mitigation plan will be published later, in a second memo, following consultation with the island’s State Historic Preservation Office, according to the military.
The training range will have four main training areas, the memo states: a vehicle operator’s course; a hand grenade range, live fire shoot house and breacher facility; a main entry point with parking and a warehouse; and buildings that replicate an embassy, bank, church, gas station, hotel, school, and other urban structures.
The project, funded by the Japanese government, will serve training needs for U.S. Marines, the memo states. It will be built on the former Andersen Administrative Annex, near areas known locally as Mogfog, Pågat and Sasayan.
The memo for the project can be found at http://go.usa.gov/kZWG.
Comments on the project can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.