Programmatic Agreement available for public comment

The Government of Guam (GovGuam), Guam State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO), and Joint Region Marianas (JRM) have made the draft Guam Programmatic Agreement for Training and Testing (Guam PATT) available for a 30-day public review period. The Guam PATT will replace the 2009 Mariana Islands Range Complex (MIRC) Programmatic Agreement.

The draft Guam PATT is the culmination of nearly two years of collaborative efforts among local, federal and military historic and cultural preservation partners.

It encapsulates the Department of Defense’s cultural and historic preservation, notification, and consultation responsibilities when conducting military training and testing activities on Guam. The draft allows for enhanced consultation processes, data sharing, and intergovernmental collaboration to best preserve historic properties and cultural resources while addressing community concerns.

“This draft programmatic agreement represents the spirit of cooperation that we share with our GovGuam and SHPO partners,” said Rear Adm. John Menoni, commander, Joint Region Marianas. “The new agreement will increase the community’s awareness and understanding of military training and provide for a higher degree of protection for Guam's historic and cultural resources, while ensuring DoD forces maintain the highest levels of training and readiness to defend Guam and the region.”

“I am proud of the efforts of all the consulting parties,” said acting SHPO C