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Torres meets with new naval commander

GOVERNOR Ralph Torres met with Rear Adm. Shoshana Chatfield to discuss the proposed CNMI Joint Military Training or CJMT and the islands’ 902 consultations with the federal government.

The meeting was held in the governor’s conference room on Tuesday afternoon and lasted for two hours.

Joining Torres and Chatfield were Tinian Sen. Jude Hofschneider, Tinian Mayor Joey Patrick San Nicolas and other federal and military officials.

It was the first meeting between the governor and the Chatfield, the new commander, Joint Region Marianas; commander, U.S. Naval Forces Marianas/U.S. Pacific Command; and senior military official for Guam, the CNMI, the Federated States of Micronesia and the Republic of Palau

Gov. Ralph  Torres poses with Rear Adm. Shoshana Chatfield following their meeting on Tuesday afternoon in his conference room at the administration building on Capital Hill. Tuesday.  Photo by Cherrie Anne E. Villahermosa

The Torres administration said the U.S. Department of Defense wants to use these meetings to help it prepare a Revised Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the CJMT project.

Tuesday’s was an “initial meeting geared toward establishing protocols and setting out appropriate issues for future discussion.”

The Torres administration said the CNMI wants to include in the CJMT process the findings and recommendations contained in the Section 902 final report which the governor and the Obama White House submitted to the U.S. Congress last month.

In a statement after his meeting with Chatfield, the governor said:

“Following the Section 902 consultations with the U.S. Department of Defense regarding the proposed use of Tinian and Pagan, we met today with the Pacific Command personnel to discuss possible steps to move forward and restart the revised CJMT Draft Environmental Impact Statement. I am particularly interested in the CNMI doing its part for our national security, but still balancing our limited resources and the agreements set out in the Covenant.

“I look forward to reengaging in productive conversations that will continue to take the concerns of the people of the CNMI into full consideration for the CJMT Revised DEIS that will soon start up again. In our meeting today we had a good exchange and an open dialogue, and I hope to continue building a working relationship with Rear Admiral Chatfield in the months and years ahead.”