Bordallo to DoD's Mattis on Ritidian firing range issues

Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo has reminded Secretary of Defense James Mattis that DoD promised that the Guam military build-up would be good for Guam’s civilian community, specifically its stated “Four Pillars,” as well as requirements of the 2011 Programmatic Agreement and 2017 biological opinion.

In a letter to Secretary Mattis, Bordallo emphasized efforts to protect and preserve cultural and natural resources.

Congresswoman Bordallo posed nine questions to Secretary Mattis, requesting that he outline DoD efforts to ensure public input during the build-up as well as efforts to address concerns regarding the Live Fire Training Range Complex on Andersen AFB.

“I recognize the deep concerns about the preservation and protection of our cultural and natural resources related to the build-up, and especially the construction of the Live Fire Training Range Complex on Andersen Air Force Base and the accompanying surface danger zone. I continue to work to keep the DoD accountable to the promises it has made to ensure the build-up would be good for Guam’s civilian community while supporting our nation&#x