Camp Blaz ceremony postponed due to Covid surge on Guam
By Pacific Island Times News Staff
Due to the recent surge in Covid-19 cases on Guam, the Marine Corps Base Camp Blaz reactivation and renaming ceremony scheduled for Jan. 27 has been postponed until further notice, military officials said today.
Guam has been seeing unprecedented increases in coronavirus infections, reporting 422 cases on Tuesday-- the largest single-day result ever reported on Guam since March 2020.
"MCB Camp Blaz will continue to take all necessary measures to limit the
spread of Covid-19 while working with our partners to ensure that the
reactivation and renaming ceremony is conducted in the safest manner
possible," states a press release from the U.S. Navy.
Marine Corps Base Camp Blaz located in Dededo was first activated on Oct. 1, 2020, officially marking the initial operational capability of the base.
Camp Blaz, the first new Marine Corps base to open since 1952, will be home to 5,000 marines from III Marine Expeditionary Force who will begin relocating from Okinawa, Japan in the first half of the 2020s.
MCB Camp Blaz is named in honor of the late Brig. Gen. Vicente “Ben” Tomas Garrido Blaz, the first Chamorro Marine to attain the rank of a general officer.