Tuesday, July 29, 2014

VIDEO: Rear Admiral Payne Tells Chamber Pacific Rebalance Is Much More Than Relocation of Marines to Guam

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Guam - The U.S. Military's rebalance to the Pacific involves much more than the relocation of Marines from Okinawa to Guam, according to Rear Admiral Tilghman Payne.

The Joint Region Marianas Commander was the guest speaker at today's Guam Chamber of Commerce meeting held at the Hilton. Payne explained the re-balance to the Pacific as a national security strategy across the whole of government, not just the Department of Defense.

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“The Marianas is the best thing that the United States has going,” Rear Admiral Payne said, explaining the critical role of the Mariana Islands in the rebalance. “We think about Guam because it has the bases, because people are stationed on Guam. Got Andersen to the north, got Big Navy to the south, but just as important as those bases are the ranges that are in the Northern Marianas.

Payne called the firing range in the Northern Marianas one of the best, if not the best, that the Department of Defense has in terms of size, air space, and training opportunities.

Currently at any given time Guam has about 5,000 active duty personnel stationed here according to Payne. The Rear Admiral says the Marine Corps relocation will add about 5,000 active duty personnel but only a third of them will be permanently stationed here.

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