Guam - Military Relocation Chair Senator Frank Aguon Jr. is concerned that Guam is not included in the Defense Department's decision to beef up its missile defenses in the face of North Korea's recent threats.
The Pentagon Friday announced that it would be adding 14 new missile interceptors at locations on the west coast of the U.S. and in Alaska, but Guam is not included.
In a letter to U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, Senator Aguon asks him to consider placing a similar missile interceptor system here on Guam.
Senator Aguon writes that placing such a system on Guam "would protect vital American military interests in the Pacific region but also, and more importantly, would help secure our population -- a community that remains patriotic to the national defence cause, with one of the highest U.S. armed forces enlistment rates per capita in the country."
Aguon also called on Congresswoman Bordallo to lobby the Defense Department to consider placing a missile interceptor system on island. In a letter to her he writes that it "would help assuage anxieties our community may have on perceived external threats."
READ the release from Senator Aguon below:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SEN. AGUON REQUESTS DEPT. OF DEFENSE, CONG. BORDALLO, TO INCLUDE GUAM IN MISSILE DEFENSE NETWORK
Hagatna, GU--Sen. Frank B. Aguon, Jr. has issued letters to U.S. Department of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo on considering Guam as an installation site for missile interceptors, following recent reports of the expansion of the missile defense system along the United States west coast in response to increased threats from North Korea.
The Dept. of Defense is reportedly considering the establishment of additional interceptor sites.
In his letter to Sec. of Defense Hagel, Sen. Aguon writes that an installation "would protect vital American military interests in the Pacific region but also, and more importantly, would help secure our population" from external threats. A letter addressed to Congresswoman Bordallo requests her pursuit of the matter in Washington, D.C.