Governor Eddie Baza Calvo leaves this afternoon and is expected to attend a conference in Hawaii and then leave for Washington D.C. to meet with Department of Defense and Pentagon officials on various issues affecting Guam.
The governor will also attend the National Governors Association conference in D.C. Calvo will then be joined by Guam lawmakers, Senators Frank Blas Jr., Rory Respicio and Judi Guthertz on March 2 in D.C. to discuss the military buildup and the continuing challenges facing the island, including the contentious Programmatic Agreement, funding and the status of the U.S. Marines Futenma airbase in Okinawa.
The governor invited lawmakers to join him in D.C.
“As elected leaders of Guam, this is also a chance to show the Department of Defense the strength we possess in our unity and teamwork,” wrote the governor to lawmakers.
Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo said she hoped that the meeting with federal officials will provide an opportunity for the governor and the lawmakers to begin negotiations on additional Compact Impact funding for Guam, as well as other issues affecting federal-territorial relations.
The meeting in D.C. includes a five-hour tour to visit the firing range at Marine Corps Base in Quantico, Virginia. A lunch is also scheduled with Pentagon officials and a two-hour meeting is scheduled with DoD officials.