Deputy Secretary of Defense Spokesperson Lt. Cmdr. Courtney Hillson provided the following readout:
The Deputy Secretary of Defense Bob Work traveled to Guam Aug. 19 as part of a seven-day tour of Asia where he met with Governor Eddie Calvo, Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo, as well as local U.S. military commanders. He toured defense facilities, especially those enabling the Marine Corps buildup, and discussed our military presence on Guam.
During his visit he viewed progress on the Marine Corps Air Combat Element infrastructure, facilities under construction at the Andersen Air Force Base north ramp, and several projects at Apra Harbor. Additionally, he took the opportunity to directly thank service members for their commitment and service.
Guam is a strategic hub for the U.S. military in the Western Pacific. The DoD continues to work toward enhancing our presence and power projection capabilities in Guam, as part of the rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region.
Deputy Secretary Work departed Guam Aug. 20 en route to the Republic of Korea. His current trip to Asia continues through Aug. 23 and includes visits to Guam, Hawaii, Japan and the Republic of Korea.