Admiral Chatfield at the October public hearing
Joint Region Marianas Commander Rear Admiral Chatfield has re-stated her commitment to keep local leaders and community members informed about progress in the ongoing Guam military buildup which will eventually bring thousands of U.S. Marines and their dependents from from Okinawa to Guam.
Admiral Chatfield wrote to Sen. Frank Aguon Jr., who chaired an October 'roundtable' hearing to air public complaints about this long running and often controversial enterprise, assuring him that ever since its conclusion, her staff has been developing responses to the concerns and issues raised by those in attendance.
"I was moved by the sincerity and genuine emotion of many of the speakers and I was reminded of the military's resolve to defend my fellow American's freedom and way of life," Admiral Chatfield wrote. "These freedoms include the right of Guamanians to speak freely on sensitive topics such as land disputes, cultural identity, and self-governance. These topics are outside the military's jurisdiction and we cannot have positions on such matters, but [Joint Region Marianas] seeks to understand the sentiments and sensitivities of our community."