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Hafa Adai,

On behalf of all of our members, we welcome you to the Guam Post of the Society of American Military Engineers. Currently, our Post is comprised of nearly 100 individual members, approximately 40 Sustaining Member companies and a total membership of approximately 250 persons with a mixture of active duty, civil service, students, architects, engineers, and contractor personnel.

Located nearly 3,000 miles west of Hawaii, Guam boasts the westernmost point of U.S. soil. That very fact has once again has raised the strategic importance of Guam to our National Defense. The military investment is rising and the future should be exciting and full of challenges for the Military engineering community.

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With nearly 1/3 of the island occupied by military installations, military spending is a vital ingredient to the health of the local economy. As such, the local culture is extremely patriotic and supportive of the U.S. military's presence on the island. There is much to do on Guam for our community, both on base and off base.

The Guam Post is active in the local community and in the local economy. Through our Charlie Corn Scholarships, we offer a total of $15,000-20,000 in scholarships each year to benefit local (Guam and the CNMI) students interested in architecture or engineering. Our members are closely connected with the Guam Chamber of Commerce, Guam Contractor’s Association, Guam Society of Professional Engineers, Rotary, and many other agencies and organizations on the island.

Although DoD budgets are shrinking, we believe exciting times lie ahead for Guam and the Guam Post. As the place “where America’s day begins,” Guam plays a pivotal role in the security and defense of U.S. interests in the Pacific. From Andersen Air Force Base in the north to the Naval Base complex at Apra Harbor, the military mission on our island is growing. Although the final scope and timing has not yet been determined, we believe that a contingent of U. S. Marines will be relocated from Okinawa to Guam. The military spending associated with that relocation has most people on the island energetically awaiting the final decision. Therefore, we believe that the future looks bright for government agencies, the engineering community and contractors alike.

We hope that you will join us for we we will need a strong team to build the road that lays ahead for Guam's Military Infrastructure and SAME is taking point!!