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A memorial at the Sabånan Fadang burial site displays a plaque and ancient CHamoru lusongs, mortars used for pounding or husking rice, on Marine Corps Base Camp Blaz, Guam Jan. 29, 2022. Four grave pits were initially found in 2020, with an additional three grave pits found during the construction of the monument between Oct. 29, 2021 and Nov. 2, 2021. the monument was proposed by the Guam State Historic Preservation office and supports MCB Camp Blaz's commitment to preserving and sharing the rich cultural heritage of Guam. - A memorial at the Sabånan Fadang burial site displays a plaque and ancient CHamoru lusongs, mortars used for pounding or husking rice, on Marine Corps Base Camp Blaz, Guam Jan. 29, 2022. Four grave pits were initially found in 2020, with an additional three grave pits found during the construction of the monument between Oct. 29, 2021 and Nov. 2, 2021. the monument was proposed by the Guam State Historic Preservation office and supports MCB Camp Blaz's commitment to preserving and sharing the rich cultural heritage of Guam.

U.S. Marines assigned to Marine Corps Base Camp Blaz and local community members pose for a group photo during a Toys for Tots toy transfer event to local charities on Guam, Dec. 17, 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 during Christmas. - U.S. Marines assigned to Marine Corps Base Camp Blaz and local community members pose for a group photo during a Toys for Tots toy transfer event to local charities on Guam, Dec. 17, 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 during Christmas.

U.S. Marine Corps Col. Christopher Bopp, the Marine Corps Base Camp Blaz commanding officer, left, poses for a photograph with Government of Guam officials and archaeologists with Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command Marianas during a cultural ritual at the Sabånan Fadang burial site on MCB Camp Blaz, Nov. 23, 2021. The burial site includes seven grave pits comprised of multiple individuals, with the final overall number of individuals still pending analysis. The ritual is the first of its kind as the ceremonies are typically held later, as required under Guam law, when monuments are erected for reburial ceremonies. - U.S. Marine Corps Col. Christopher Bopp, the Marine Corps Base Camp Blaz commanding officer, left, poses for a photograph with Government of Guam officials and archaeologists with Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command Marianas during a cultural ritual at the Sabånan Fadang burial site on MCB Camp Blaz, Nov. 23, 2021. The burial site includes seven grave pits comprised of multiple individuals, with the final overall number of individuals still pending analysis. The ritual is the first of its kind as the ceremonies are typically held later, as required under Guam law, when monuments are erected for reburial ceremonies.

Dr. James McConnell, left, and Dr. Rachel Jolley from the University of Guam’s Guam Plant Extinction Prevention Program highlight the danger of Antigonon leptopus, also known as cadena de amor, to native plant life. Characterized by bright pink or white flowers, Antigonon leptopus vines spread aggressively until they completely enshroud surrounding plant life. The vines also serve as food and shelter for invasive ungulates. Marine Corps Base Camp Blaz and the UoG are collaborating to restore and enhance 1,000 acres of Guam’s forests at enhancement sites as part of our commitment to a responsible military buildup process. - Dr. James McConnell, left, and Dr. Rachel Jolley from the University of Guam’s Guam Plant Extinction Prevention Program highlight the danger of Antigonon leptopus, also known as cadena de amor, to native plant life. Characterized by bright pink or white flowers, Antigonon leptopus vines spread aggressively until they completely enshroud surrounding plant life. The vines also serve as food and shelter for invasive ungulates. Marine Corps Base Camp Blaz and the UoG are collaborating to restore and enhance 1,000 acres of Guam’s forests at enhancement sites as part of our commitment to a responsible military buildup process.

U.S. Marines assigned to Marine Corps Base (MCB) Camp Blaz conduct the first flag raising of the new command, marking the initial operation capability of the base in Dededo, Guam, Oct. 1, 2020. MCB Camp Blaz is the first Marine Corps base activated since the commissioning of Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany, Georgia on March 1, 1952. - U.S. Marines assigned to Marine Corps Base (MCB) Camp Blaz conduct the first flag raising of the new command, marking the initial operation capability of the base in Dededo, Guam, Oct. 1, 2020. MCB Camp Blaz is the first Marine Corps base activated since the commissioning of Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany, Georgia on March 1, 1952. The Marine Corps plans to hold a formal activation ceremony for the new base in the spring of 2021. MCB Camp Blaz, named after Brig. Gen. Vicente Tomas Garrido Blaz, a Marine officer of 29 years and former Guam delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives, symbolizes Guam’s contributions to national security and the continued partnership between the Marine Corps and the Government of Guam. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Andrew King)

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