$244M in Military Construction for Guam
By Gerardo R. Partido
Variety News Staff
Monday, 14 May 07


THE House Armed Services Committee has passed the 2008 Defense
Authorization Bill, which provides $244 million for military construction
for Guam.

H.R. 1585, or the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008,
authorizes defense spending and policy, and includes multiple provisions
important to Guam.

All in all, it authorizes $503.8 billion in budget authority for the
Department of Defense and the national security programs of the Department
of Energy for fiscal year 2008.

“The National Defense Authorization Act of 2008 supports our troops who
are serving our nation with dedication,” Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo
said, noting that $141.8 billion has been authorized to support ongoing
military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan for FY 2008.

On Guam, H.R. 1585 includes authorization for military construction on the
following projects:

• $10 million to upgrade the Northwest Field infrastructure;

• $5.8 million to build a technical training facility at Northwest Field,
Andersen Air Force Base;

• $45.2 million for a fitness center at Naval Base, Guam;

• $59.4 mil-lion to improve security of electrical systems at Naval Base,

• $51.8 million to build Phase I of the Kilo Wharf extension;

• $31.4 million to build Phase I of a potable water distribution system at
Naval Base, Guam; and

• $40.8 million to repair and upgrade the Naval Base, Guam wastewater
treatment plant.

In addition, H.R. 1585 includes a provision that authorizes TRICARE
recipients requiring non-emergency specialty medical care not available in
Guam to have a higher priority than retirees currently have for Space-A or
space available seats on military aircraft flights to Hawaii and the

This provision also requires the Department of Defense to report back to
Congress on a long-term solution to the TRICARE medical referral issue for
retirees on Guam.

“Since 2005, military retirees in Guam referred off island for specialty
medical care have had to travel to Hawaii and California at their own
expense because the Department of Defense changed their reimbursement
policy. My amendment will help retirees on an interim basis by giving them
a higher Space-A priority than they currently have until we can get DoD to
fix their TriCare travel reimbursement policy,” Bordallo said.
The measure is now scheduled for floor debate and consideration

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