Joint Region commander, legislative speaker meet

MEETING: Rear Adm. Shoshana Chatfield, commander of the military's Joint Region Marianas, and Sen. Tina Muña Barnes, speaker of the 35th Guam Legislature, meet Monday at the speaker's office in Hagåtña. During their first meeting after Barnes became speaker, she and Chatfield discussed Guam's main economic engines, including tourism and the military, the Navy's community service program, a longstanding volunteer initiative, and efforts to continue to partner and advocate for federal investment in Guam's socioeconomic needs. At the speaker's request, Chatfield committed to providing a briefing to the full Legislature on the Department of Defense posture and capabilities supporting regional stability, the speaker's office stated. The speaker stated every top position of leadership on Guam, both civilian and military, is filled by women. With "this partnership and open dialogue that we have with our partners, as well as our people, I am optimistic that now we have the right players in place, we can make good for our island," the speaker stated. Photo courtesy of Speaker Tina Muña Barnes