• view of ocean
  • Tarague Beach
  • Joint Guam Program Office Management
  • ocean view through palm trees
  • view of the ocean from mountains
  • Apra harbor
  • wildlife refuge
Planning the transfer of U.S. Marines from Japan to Guam

The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) is responsible for national security and maintaining U.S. armed forces and reserves around the world. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) builds and maintains naval facilities for the DOD.

The DOD needed to transfer approximately 8,000 U.S. Marines from Okinawa, Japan, to Guam. The U.S. and Japan negotiated the transfers in a realignment of U.S. forces in the Asia–Pacific corridor. NAVFAC was charged with developing a master plan for acquiring land and constructing facilities for the transfers.

In 2006, the Joint Guam Program Office (JGPO) was established to carry out the plan and oversee the transfers. Under a contract with NAVFAC, Louis Berger assumed management of the program for the JGPO.

Louis Berger was given many key duties in preparing for the transfer of the Marines and their families to Guam, including:

  • Environmental impact statement review and environmental program management.
  • Master planning support, integrated master scheduling, and utility and infrastructure planning.
  • Sustainability and smart-growth planning.
  • Providing the technical expertise of environmental scientists, engineers and schedulers.