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Japan's defense official to provide update on Marines relocation funding at Guam Industry Forum 2022

By Pacific Island Times News Staff

The Guam Post of the Society of American Engineers (S.A.M.E.) announced today that it has confirmed key speakers from Guam, the U.S. military, and Japan’s Ministry of Defense to participate in the Guam Industry Forum 2022 scheduled from Nov. 14 to 16 at Dusit Thani Guam Resort.

Ayumi Sakaguchi, technical and estimate team leader for the Guam Relocation Project Office, USFJ Cooperation Division, Bureau of Local Cooperation from the Japan Ministry of Defense, will be speaking on Nov. 14, the first day of the forum.

Sakaguchi will provide a project overview of the Guam relocation project along with the status of Japanese funding for the relocation of military assets from Japan to Guam.

The presentation will focus on the nature of the Japan-U.S. collaboration and the public-private collaboration required to complete the required construction activity.

SAME Guam Post welcomes Japan’s Ministry of Defense back to the Guam Industry Forum," said Charles B. Hazzard III, president of the Guam Post of the Society of American Military Engineers, sponsors for the Guam Industry Forum.

"This year, Ms. Sakaguchi will provide valuable and real-time insight into the Guam Relocation Project and how it is being funded. We are also pleased to welcome back key leaders from the U.S. military to share knowledge about plans for projects throughout the region and how the private sector can support their efforts," Hazzard said.


Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero will keynote the event to welcome the delegates and express what the expansion of military and commercial development will mean for Guam.

Rear Admiral Benjamin Nicholson, commander for the Joint Region Marianas, will provide insight into the Navy’s role in the development of military and strategic facilities in the Western Pacific and the scope and duration of the program.

Nicholson is the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command representative for Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia and Palau.


The Guam Industry Forum 2022 will bring together professionals from the construction industry and the U.S. military to meet and network about the master plan for anticipated military development projects in Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Palau and the FSM.

Attendees can expect to hear about the timing, size, and opportunities to bid for $11 billion in projects planned for the next five years, which have extended beyond the relocation of the U.S Marine Corps forces to Guam from Japan. Hazzard invites all businesses that have an interest in learning firsthand how their companies can be a part of military projects in the region should attend this forum.

“Businesses throughout Asia, the U.S., Guam, the Marianas and Micronesia will be coming to the Dusit Thani Guam Resort to learn more about being a part of this historic increase in America’s strategic presence in the Indo-Pacific region," he said.

Registration is ongoing and can be completed online at Interested companies that would like to learn more about ideal sponsorship opportunities or how to have a worthwhile presence at the event can visit to download a sponsorship packet. For personalized assistance, businesses can email to secure their sponsorship immediately.

The event, organized with the support of the Guam Contractors Association and the Guam Chamber of Commerce, will bring together construction contractors, architects, engineers, suppliers, and service providers from the U.S. and the region to collaborate on planned projects and meet with high-level officials from the U.S. military and government of Guam.


Hundreds of government and industry representatives are expected to attend the forum.

Hazzard added, “S.A.M.E. thanks our leaders from the Government of Guam and Joint Region Marianas and our valued sponsors for their support of this important event. Bringing stakeholders and companies together couldn’t have come at a more advantageous time when our region continues to rebuild. Attending this event will be the right step in that direction.”

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