MANGILAO, Guam—Performance Monitoring Team detachment Guam, also known as PMT det Guam, formally adopted an access road to a cultural landmark in Guam on Feb. 17.
Lt. Gov. Ray Tenorio, who chairs Guam’s Islandwide Beautification Task Force, unveiled a Roadway Adoption Program sign at the entrance to the Marbo Cave access road and thanked the PMT det Guam sailors for their hard work over the past year.
“We’ve got great U.S. Navy members here today supporting our island and working to beautify the community,” said Tenorio. “It sometimes means getting your hands dirty, not looking at a problem and just passing it by but doing something about it, which is what I really respect.”
PMT det Guam sailors conduct cleanups twice a month at Marbo Cave’s access road and work alongside Commander, Submarine Squadron 15 on other community relation events around Guam.
“The military is a part of the community,” said Tenorio. “Every time a military member comes out here and acts above and beyond what is required for work, they are a good representation of the U.S., themselves, their family, and frankly, our military in general.”
The 12 sailors assigned to PMT det Guam have invested more than 400 volunteer hours cleaning up trash and clearing brush since adopting the road in April 2016.
“Almost a year ago, we decided we wanted to invest some time into making Guam a more beautiful place,” said Sonar Technician Submarine 1st Class Christopher Juroshek. “The access road to Marbo Cave was, to me, an obvious choice. We didn’t want a typical road cleanup and picked this location due to its unique challenges.”
The access road to Marbo Cave is just over a mile and a half long. In many places, the jungle has covered part of the two-way road, making it difficult for more than one car to drive at a time.
“I’ve been told more than a few times how much of a difference it makes each time we come out,” said Juroshek. “People notice how much cleaner it is and how much easier it is to drive the road. It’s a huge source of pride for our office.”
Tenorio also presented PMT det Guam with a certificate of appreciation on Feb. 22 at The Governor Ricardo J. Bordallo Complex. Navy Operational Support Center Guam and the Guam Harmony Lions Club were also presented certificates during the ceremony.
PMT det Guam provides maintenance and testing support to the submarines stationed in Guam. They track and advise critical engineering parameters to ensure optimal performance.
COMSUBRON 15 is located at Polaris Point, Naval Base Guam in Apra Harbor, Guam, and consists of four Los Angeles-class attack submarines. The squadron staff is responsible for providing training, material and personnel readiness support to these commands. Also based out of Naval Base Guam are submarine tenders USS Frank Cable and USS Emory S. Land. The submarines and tenders are maintained as part of the U.S. Navy’s forward-deployed submarine force and are readily capable of meeting global operational requirements. (Commander, Submarine Squadron 15 Public Affairs)