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Guam delegation tours Marine Corps training area

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Governor Eddie Baza Calvo and a delegation of Guam legislatures including Senators Frank Blas Jr., Judith Guthertz DPA, and Rory Respicio saw a firing range and other facilities first-hand at a tour of Marine Corps Base Quantico, VA., March 2.

The orientation included an aerial tour from a Marine Corps HMX-1 helicopter (the squadron responsible for providing Presidential helicopter support).  Briefings were also conducted at the base range control facility and at the firing ranges where the delegation was provided the opportunity to sample some of the weapons training that will take place on Guam.

“This tour was important for the senators and me; we have learned so much on how Marines operate their bases,” Calvo said.  “Now, all of us have an appreciation and understanding we didn’t have before, especially when it comes to the safety measures in place at a firing range.  I would like to thank the Marine Corps for their willingness to work with Team Guam, and for their hospitality.  It is good they are doing their part to allay as many concerns as they can.”

According to the Marine Corps, the purpose of the tour was to show Calvo, the senators, and the delegation some aspects of Marine Corps range design, management, and operations. The tour also showcased environmentally and culturally sensitive areas, including family burial plots, which lie within the confines of the range complex.

Mr. Bryan Wood, Director of the Headquarters Marine Corps’ Pacific Division who sponsored the tour for the Guam delegation, said, “The Marine Corps appreciates the opportunity to showcase the safety, efficiency and environmental stewardship we build into every one of our range facilities.  Providing this orientation to Governor Calvo and the senators demonstrates the Marine Corps’ commitment toward working with the people of Guam to ensure a mutually beneficial and sustainable Marine Corps presence on the island.”

Colonel Robert Loynd, Officer in Charge of Marine Forces Pacific (Fwd) Guam & CNMI added, "The tremendous support of Governor Calvo's visit provided by the USMC Presidential Helicopter Squadron, HMX-1, as well as Quantico's Weapons Training Battalion highlighted for the Governor and the Guam Legislative members the pride, professionalism, training and discipline of our US Marine Corps NCOs and Staff NCOs.  It was a distinct honor to participate in today's tour."