Saipan - A non-profit corporation representing at least 7,000 registered people of Northern Marianas descent has added its voice to the growing opposition to the U.S. military's planned use of Pagan for live-fire training.
The Saipan Tribune reports that NMD Corp. is claiming that historically, “the U.S. military is best known for covert operations, keeping secret anything they used or plan to use that may be harmful to the area, affecting and displacing people, animals, plants, wildlife, marine life, water, air and sea, permanently damaging and/or destroying the overall human habitat, landscape, flora, fauna, land and marine environment.”
It said the “most alarming statement regarding Pagan” is the U.S. military's intention to use “the entire island with a full spectrum of weapons and joint training activities.”
DoD plans to use Tinian and Pagan to meet its unit level and combined level training deficiencies in the Western Pacific. Guam training areas are already being used to capacity.