Leasing talks on track as military plans to land for missile defense | News

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The military is evaluating all of its available land on Guam for missile defense purposes, but negotiations with the Guam government for a long-term lease of military land in Mangilao have not been canceled.

Governor Lou Leon Guerrero said she plans to build a new Guam Memorial Hospital and government medical complex on 102 acres of military-held land, which includes Eagles Field.

The Army’s fiscal year 2022 budget includes $765 million for projects in Guam and prioritizes an “integrated 360-degree air and missile defense system” to defend the island against advanced missile threats cruise, ballistic and hypersonic.

“All DOD-owned land in Guam is being evaluated by the Missile Defense Agency as potential missile defense sites pursuant to the (National Defense Authorization Act) Act of 2022,” said Lt. Cmdr. . Katie Koenig, Public Affairs Manager for Joint Region Marianas.

Department of Land Management Director Joe Borja and Navy Real Estate Contracts Manager Karianne Camacho signed a two-year license agreement for the Mangilao property last December that allows GovGuam to access the site for the purpose of developing the medical complex.

The license “is revocable at any time, without notice”, at the discretion of the military, but can be replaced by a long-term lease.

The license covers 102 acres of undeveloped land and 10,877 acres of utility easements, in Mangilao and Barrigada. The army condemned the land to its ancestral owners in 1950 and the air force used it for communication towers and a radar installation. The towers were then dismantled and the buildings were abandoned.

A meeting with the military to negotiate a long-term lease of the property is still scheduled for February, according to the governor’s office.

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