Hagåtña, Guam – The Leon Guerrero-Tenorio Administration has secured $1.2 million from the Office of Local Defense Community Cooperation (OLDCC), formerly Office of Economic Adjustment, Department of Defense. This grant will fund the two-phased In Water Infrastructure Feasibility Study of all cargo handling wharves and fuel piers and develop the Port’s military readiness support feasibility study. It will also support the administration’s ongoing efforts to sustain and enhance the operational effectiveness, resiliency, and sustainability of the Port Authority of Guam, which is vital to Guam’s strategic value.
“This is one of the objectives during my recent trip to Washington DC, where I met with Mr. Patrick O’Brian and Gary Kuwabara from OLDCC to discuss this grant proposal, and we are pleased that OLDCC agreed to fund this critical plan,” said Governor Lou Leon Guerrero. “OLDCC continues to support our efforts to ensure that the Port does not become a choke-point for all local and military cargo coming into our island, including the $8.5 billion in construction to complete Marine Corps Base Camp Blaz and the additional $5 billion in military construction spending for the Defense of Guam anticipated through the Fiscal Year 2029.”
“Governor Leon Guerrero and I, through our work with our federal and military partners, have been able to bridge the gap and strengthen the ‘OneGuam’ initiative between military and civilian infrastructure needs by leveraging military spending to build capacity within our island community,” said Lt. Governor Tenorio. “This plan is significant because, in addition to an in-water feasibility study for the Ports wharves, the Port will be able to use this plan to articulate the joint use of H-wharf for military deployment operations and to evaluate Area A (Fuel Storage Area) for increased fuel storage and delivery capacity consistent with its Indo-Pacific Strategy, Pacific Deterrence Initiative. We want to thank our Port Authority of Guam for submitting a critical grant proposal and for all their work to remain Port Strong.”