US military still plans to reduce land footprint in Guam

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  Marines of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, prepare to board the USS Germantown, on Feb. 2, 2012, for a routine patrol of the Asia-Pacific region at U.S. Naval Facility White Beach, Okinawa. The U.S. and Japan are continuing with plans to relocate Marines to Guam. (Stars and Stripes)
Marines of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, prepare to board the USS Germantown, on Feb. 2, 2012, for a routine patrol of the Asia-Pacific region at U.S. Naval Facility White Beach, Okinawa. The U.S. and Japan are continuing with plans to relocate Marines to Guam. (Stars and Stripes)

US military still plans to reduce land footprint in Guam

by: The Associated Press | .
The Associated Press | .
published: August 21, 2014

HAGATNA, Guam — U.S. defense officials say they plan to keep their pledge to reduce the military's land footprint in Guam even as it shifts about 5,000 people to the territory.

Pacific Daily News reported Wednesday that Department of Defense Undersecretary Robert Work reiterated the promise during a visit to the island.

Work says recently revised plans shift family housing to Andersen Air Force Base for about 1,300 military dependents, rather than develop about 400 acres of forested area.

He says the change saves the military money because renovated homes can use existing infrastructure.

The United States plan to shift about 5,000 Marines from Okinawa to Guam. More than one-fourth of Guam's land is under military control.

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