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Rep. LJ Castro supports establishment of NMI National Guard

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PRECINCT 1 Rep. Luis John DLG Castro supports the establishment of a CNMI National Guard unit.


“Being one of the two U.S. territories without their guard units, I feel it is time to have one of our own,” Castro said on Tuesday. The only other U.S. territory without a National Guard unit is American Samoa.
The chairman of the House Committee on Federal & Foreign Affairs, Castro noted that since the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001, the issues affecting the safety the region have become more and more complex. “With each threat that comes our way both natural, man-made and or even biological we need a line of defense to protect us and more importantly defend us when those times arise.”
He added that the Torres administration’s negotiations with the National Guard Bureau for the last year and a half should continue, “and with continued dialogue with our other leaders and our community, we can work to [ensure] a National Guard unit’s feasibility here and make it a reality.”
On Aug. 19, 2015 the National Guard Bureau published a report on the feasibility of establishing National Guard units in American Samoa and the CNMI.
The report noted that establishing a unit in the CNMI was feasible but “major steps are necessary to reach that end state.” It added, “Force allocation across all states and territories is problematic. There are several costing frameworks to consider.”
See https://www.hsdl.org/?abstract&did=810834

 

November 2020 pssnewsletter

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