Provide the Fleet Marine Forces with operational functionality in order to enhance warfighting capabilities, facilitate the strengthening of coalition partnerships and joint region relationships, while projecting forward presence.
Uriah Perez, the Marine Corps Base (MCB) Camp Blaz community liaison specialist, paints a bus stop located across from Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station (NCTS) Guam, Oct. 20, 2021. MCB Camp Blaz partnered with the Dededo Mayor’s Office to paint the bus stop across from its current home on NCTS Guam as one of its island beautification Projects. Community service and volunteer events allow service members to build and foster relationships with the community while also giving back to it. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Andrew King)
U.S. Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Shantavia Wilson, the Marine Corps Base (MCB) Camp Blaz ombudsman, poses for a photo with senior leaders from MCB Camp Blaz, U.S. Naval Base Guam (NBG) and Joint Region Marianas during an ombudsman appreciation awards ceremony on NBG, Oct. 15, 2021. Ombudsmen are volunteers appointed by a commanding officer to serve as a link for information between a command’s leadership and their families. Normally, a service member’s spouse from the command serves as the ombudsman, however, due to the unique circumstances of MCB Camp Blaz, an active duty Marine currently serves as the ombudsman. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Andrew King)
Robert Bianchi, the chief executive officer of Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM), left, Ellen Tenorio, the store manager of the Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station Guam (NCTS) Naval Exchange (NEX), center, and U.S. Marine Corps Col. Christopher Bopp, the Marine Corps Base Camp Blaz commanding officer, pose for a group photo during an award ceremony held on U.S. Naval Base Guam, Oct. 14, 2021. The award ceremony was held to present the NCTS NEX the 2020 Best in Class Bingham Award for Sales Category 5 ($4-$12 million). The Bingham Award is presented to the top NEX’s around the world in nine sales categories for overall financial results and customer service. Established in 1979, the Bingham Award is named after U.S. Navy Capt. W. H. Bingham, who in 1946 was appointed by the Secretary of the Navy to lead an advisory board of what is now NEXCOM. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Andrew King)
Volunteers with USO Tumon Bay pose for a photo with Marines assigned to Marine Corps Base (MCB) Camp, during a visit to MCB Camp Blaz, Oct. 14, 2021. The USO visited the base to foster relationships with the base and support service members while increasing morale. Since 1941, the USO’s mission is to strengthen America’s military service members by keeping them connected to family, home, and country, throughout their service to the nation. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Andrew King)
U.S. Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Rubin Tan, assistant coordinator for Toys for Tots on Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, poses for a photo with employees of Triple J Auto in Tamuning, Guam after delivering a donation box to commence the 2021 Toys for Tots Campaign on Oct. 5, 2021. This year marks the 74th year of the National Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Campaign and its 12th year on Guam. The mission of the Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys and distribute those toys to less fortunate children at Christmas. Marine Corps Base Camp Blaz partners with local organizations and businesses to help bring the joy of Christmas and send a message of hope to less fortunate children in Guam and the CNMI. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Andrew King)
Senior military leaders pose for a photograph during an unveiling ceremony for the Gold Star Families Memorial in Hagåtña, Guam, Sept. 30, 2021. The ceremony included an unveiling of a site dedication sign and a virtual keynote speech from Hershel Woodrow “Woody” Williams, Medal of Honor recipient who participated in the Liberation of Guam. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions during the Battle of Iwo Jima. Through the Woody Williams Foundation, more than 87 Gold Star Families Memorial Monuments were established throughout the United States with additional monuments underway. Guam is the first U.S. Territory to have a dedicated Gold Star Family memorial. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Andrew King)
U.S. Marine Corps Col. Christopher Bopp, the Marine Corps Base (MCB) Camp Blaz commanding officer, poses for a photo with Sparky the Fire Dog and members of the MCB Camp Blaz Fire Department after signing a proclamation kicking off Fire Prevention Week aboard the base, Sept. 30, 2021. Fire Prevention Week is observed in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire that occurred Oct. 8-10, 1871. This year’s theme for Fire Prevention Week is “Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety,” which refers to the sounds that smoke alarms make. When you hear a beep, get on your feet, get out, and call 9-1-1. When you hear a chirp, make a change, replace the battery. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Andrew King)
Col. Simon Doran, the U.S. Senior National Representative, U.K. Carrier Strike Group, right, briefs Brig. Gen. William Bowers, the commanding general of Marine Corps Installations Pacific, during a tour of the HMS Queen Elizabeth, which is docked at U.S. Naval Base Guam (NBG), Sept. 20, 2021. The visit to NBG was part of a tour of MCB Camp Blaz facilities and construction sites and also included meetings with key personnel and leadership and a tour of the HMS Queen Elizabeth. Visits to MCB Camp Blaz allow the local community and strategic partners to engage with the base while strengthening and enhancing their partnership. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Andrew King)
Lt. Col. Tate Buntz, the Marine Corps Base (MCB) Camp Blaz Operations Officer, briefs senior leaders from Naval Medical Forces Pacific, Navy Medicine Readiness and Training Command Guam, and 36th Medical Group during a visit to MCB Camp Blaz, Sept. 13, 2021. The visit to MCB Camp Blaz included meetings with leadership and key personnel, and a tour of MCB Camp Blaz facilities and construction sites. Visits to MCB Camp Blaz allow the local community and strategic partners to engage with the base while strengthening and enhancing their partnership. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Andrew King)
Marines assigned to Marine Corps Base Camp Blaz move bookshelves during a volunteer event at Liguan Elementary School in Dededo, Guam, Sept. 10, 2021. The volunteers helped faculty members move furniture and books at the school library, which have not been moved since the school opened in 2008. Community service and volunteer events allow service members to build and foster positive relationships and give back to the community. (U.S Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Andrew King)
DEDEDO, Guam – U.S. Marines and civilian volunteers from Marine Corps Base (MCB) Camp Blaz partnered with the Dededo Mayor’s Office to revitalize a bus stop across from Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station (NCTS) Guam as one of its island beautification projects, Sept. 27 - Oct. 20, 2021.
SANTA RITA, Guam – The Navy Exchange (NEX) on Naval Communications Telecom Station (NCTS) Guam was awarded the 2020 Bingham Award at Clipper Landing on Naval Base Guam (NBG), Oct. 14, 2021. The award was established in 1979 to recognize outstanding performance in operations, customer service, and community support.
The Bingham Award is broken down into nine categories. NEX NCTS Guam won the award for Sales Category 5, which recognizes stores that generated $4 - $12 million in profits for the fiscal year. The award was also presented to Col. Christopher Bopp, the Marine Corps Base (MCB) Camp Blaz commanding officer.
SANTA RITA, Guam – On July 6, 2021, five locally-hired police officers completed a four-week Navy Security Guard Training Course (NSGTC) held on Naval Base Guam and took their first steps into federal law enforcement. The course introduced the officers to military law enforcement, evidence handling, risk management, unarmed self-defense, and Mechanical Advantage Control Holds (MACH). Additionally, each officer qualified with the M9 pistol, M500 shotgun, and M4 carbine during training.
DEDEDO, Guam – Participants of the Marianas Terrestrial Conservation Conference (MTCC) visited Marine Corps Base (MCB) Camp Blaz’s North Finegayan Forest Enhancement Site (FES) June 17, 2021. The visit allowed participants to learn more about the innovative conservation efforts being researched at the FES. The site is part of a 1,000-acre forest enhancement program identified in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) Biological Opinion for the Marines’ relocation to Guam, the largest limestone forest restoration effort in Guam’s recorded history.
Joining the Marine Corps was a longtime dream for Nicohlas Benjamin D. Ooka. He first became interested in military service during his sophomore year of high school, enamored with the idea of becoming the first commissioned officer in his family. Originally from Yona, Nicohlas Benjamin comes from a family of veterans.
Marine Corps Base (MCB) Camp Blaz and the University of Guam (UoG) are collaborating to restore and enhance more than 400 acres of Guam’s forests at the North Finegayan Forest Enhancement Site (FES). This is part of the largest forest restoration effort in the island’s recorded history, eventually covering 1,000 acres of Guam’s forests. MCB Camp Blaz and experts from the UoG began working together in July of 2019 to remove invasive species and restore the native habitat. Enhancement efforts include the planting of culturally important species like the Intsia bijuga, Artocarpus mariannensis, and Elaeocarpus joga, more commonly known as ifit, dokdok, and yoga, respectively.
Since the establishment of Marine Barracks Guam in 1899 and the liberation of the island during WWII, the U.S. Marine Corps is proud to be a part of Guam’s unique story and seeks to honor the island’s past, present and its future. As the Marine Corps continues to make progress with the building of Marine Corps Base (MCB) Camp Blaz, Guam, numerous steps are taken to respectfully manage cultural and historical sites and artifacts encountered, and to care for them in line with modern preservation law and accepted practices.
Marine Corps Base (MCB) Camp Blaz officially began the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots campaign in Guam and the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands. Now starting the campaign’s eleventh year on Guam and sixth year in the CNMI, this week Marines from MCB Camp Blaz delivered toy collection boxes to participating organizations and businesses.
Marine Corps Base Camp Blaz (MCB) Camp Blaz will be activated on October 1, 2020. The activation is an administrative action that officially marks the initial operational capability (IOC) of the base. This will be the first new Marine Corps base activated since March 1, 1952, with the commissioning of what is presently Marine Corps Logistics Base, Albany, Georgia. The Marine Corps plans to hold an activation ceremony for its newest base in spring 2021.
Wood carving has been practiced in the Pacific for millennia. Here on Guam there are a few Master Carvers still practicing this cultural art form.
In its small part, the Marine Corps, in conjunction with the Department of Chamorro Affairs, have identified the wood from areas where the new Marine Corps base in Guam is being built, and staged it, so cultural carving practitioners can select pieces they want to use for their craft.
Marine Corps Activity Guam Forest Enhancement Project begins to take shape on Naval Base Guam Telecommunications Station with the arrival of containers and equipment to be part of the new Native Plant Nursery set to open this year.