The US military is investigating an alleged “inappropriate post,” one that threatens to widen the divide between Naval Base Guam and the island locals.
The controversial Facebook post, which was either hidden or deleted, was in relation to a decision to restrict access to Andersen Air Force Base and Naval Base Guam.
“Ya’ll locals need to keep ya’ll a– off our base taking all our food and supplies and s—, y’all got your own stores in town dammit,” a Sailor wrote on a Facebook page.
Others commented in agreement with the Sailor, referring to locals as “losers,” and telling them that “base is a privilege not (a) right.”
While active, troops are allowed to use the commissary, veterans, National Guardsmen, retirees and reservists reportedly will no longer have access to supplies.
Between the restrictions and the post made on social media, the relationship between military personnel and the islanders has been strained.
“What is further happening here is an ugly divide between ‘inside the wire’ – Active Duty (Title 10) – and the Retirees, to include Guard and Reserve, the latter who all have served and given much more compared to this latest social media post by its bigot author,” wrote Dave Cortez, commenting on The Guam Daily Post.
Military leadership are investigating the post, which was written by a person identifying himself as a Navy gunner’s mate.
“Joint Region Marianas is aware of the inappropriate post made online. We are investigating this, to include whether this post was in fact made by a U.S. Navy sailor. Social media posts like this don’t meet the high standards we set for our personnel as they communicate online, and are not representative of the Navy or the (Department of Defense).”
Andersen Air Force Base released a statement concerning their readiness.
“On Jan. 30, 2020, the World Health Organization declared a public health emergency of international concern for the 2019 novel coronavirus, or COVID-19,” the base wrote on their website. “On Jan. 31, 2020, the secretary of Health and Human Services declared a public health emergency in the United States and announced new measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The current epidemic, which originated in mainland China, has demonstrated the capacity of COVID-19 to spread globally. While supporting other government agencies’ response to the COVID-19 threat, the Department of the Air Force is responding appropriately to protect the health of the force and maintain operational readiness.”
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