Pentagon’s No. 2 reaffirms support for expanding Guam’s tourism base
Governor and Congresswoman thankful for Work’s visit to Guam
NOTE: The following is a joint release from the offices of Governor Eddie Baza Calvo and Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo
August 19, 2014
The Department of Defense’s Deputy Secretary has reiterated DoD’s support on Guam’s quest for a visa waiver program for Chinese visitors
Governor Eddie Baza Calvo, Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo and Secretary Robert Work had very positive discussions on the issue during a tour of sites related to the military buildup.
“I thank Secretary Work for making this trip to Guam.  His visit highlights Guam’s importance to our nation in the Asia-Pacific region,” said Congresswoman Bordallo. “This visit demonstrates progress being made on the realignment of Marines to Guam.  I appreciate Secretary Work’s commitment and leadership on behalf of the Department of Defense in this regard. I will continue to work closely with Secretary Work in ensuring that the relocation to Guam continues to move forward while taking into account the concerns of community stakeholders. I also appreciate his leadership in addressing our economic needs including expansion of our tourism industry.  Secretary Work is a true partner for Guam.”
Secretary Work understands and supports Guam’s effort to expand its tourism base and its economy.  He will work with the U.S. Government interagency partners to seek a solution on the matter.
“The island is fortunate to have a friend like Secretary Work — a leader at the highest levels of the federal government.  He is advancing our agenda in Washington D.C., and here at home.  I want to thank Secretary Work for moving the military buildup in a responsible manner that protects both the nation’s security and Guam’s interests,” Governor Calvo said.  “Bob is a man of his word.  He said he would support the China Visa Waiver program and he is.  He said he would continue to engage with us on the buildup and he is.  With him at the helm, I’m confident the movement of Marines from Okinawa to Guam will help, not hurt Guam.  His personal visit to Guam is proof positive of the Pentagon’s commitment to a buildup that is a win-win for all.”

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