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Protest in front of the naval military facility in Dededo

Dozens of residents line Route 3 during a peaceful protest on Friday July 3, 2020 to oppose the destruction of ancient CHamoru sites and the removal of related artifacts during the construction of Marine Corps Camp Blaz.

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The second multi-purpose machine gun project that is part of the military build will be awarded this year.

The Marine Corps plans to move 5,000 Marines to Guam by the end of the first half of the 2020s. The move will result in the creation of 800 civilian jobs, the press release said.

The Mariana Islands joint region released a progress update on Marine Corps Base Camp Blaz construction projects after 12 months of operation amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The update stated that the Joint Region Marianas, Camp Blaz, and Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command Marianas will continue to work with GovGuam, the Guam State Historic Preservation Officer, federal and local agencies to ensure responsible and deliberate construction and execution activities .

Although three construction projects were briefly interrupted for two weeks at the end of 2020 to prevent the possible spread of the virus, this had no impact on the overall progress of the projects, according to a press release.

The first of the projects in the live brand training area is 75% complete. It encompasses four ranges, including a well-known long-range rifle and pistol range, as well as the access road and the supply infrastructure to support the entire range complex.

The site has been cleared and the infrastructure, roads and perimeter fence installed are 85% complete, the press release said, and projects to build three barracks are underway. The base administration building and the central petrol station have started.

The shared Marianas region said Camp Blaz is expected to create 800 civilian jobs and that Defense Ministry-funded infrastructure modernizations in Guam include road improvements, water and sanitation infrastructure improvements, and the modernization of Guam’s commercial port.

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Finished projects

  • P-204 Uniform and Tango Wharf improvements;
  • P-1003 Military Working Dog Facility Relocation;
  • P-100 North Ramp Utilities;
  • P-101 North Ramp Parking Apron;
  • P-101A North Ramp Parking Lot II;
  • P-204 Tango Wharf Extension;
  • P-109 flight maintenance hangar I;
  • P-230 ground support equipment stores;
  • P-240 Marine Wing Support Squadron facility;
  • J-001A north gate of Andersen Air Force Base;
  • J-001 Apra Harbor Utilities and Site Improvements;
  • J-200 North Ramp Utilities II; and
  • P-102 Harmon Power Upgrade.

Projects under construction

  • P-250 Marine Air Logistics Squadron facilities;
  • P-260 anti-corrosion hangar;
  • P-601 flight maintenance hangar II;
  • P-270 ACE fitness and dining area;
  • P-295 Ordinance Operating Equipment;
  • Residential complex H-279, H-280, H-282 Andersen;
  • J-001B Camp Blaz Utilities and Site Improvement;
  • J-031 Bachelor registered district D;
  • J-033 Bachelor’s registered quarter F;
  • P-459 Bachelors’ Quarters H;
  • J-017-II Camp Blaz Headquarters and Commercial Stores;
  • J-011 Camp Blaz Base Administration Building;
  • J-755 Skaggs Urban Training Complex;
  • P-715 Mason Live Fire Training Area Complex;
  • J-006 Apra Medical and Dental Clinic; and
  • J-007 headquarters on the waterfront.

There are 40 projects outstanding.