Naval Base Guam
Naval Base Guam is a United States naval installation located in the Western Pacific on the western shore of the island of Guam in Apra Harbor. The base is part of a larger Navy presence on the island known as Joint Region Marianas, which combines both Naval Base Guam and Andersen Air Force Base to the north.
Naval Base Guam is one of the fastest-growing U.S. military installations in the world. Its expansion provides both opportunities and risks for the service members stationed here. As Guam takes on a larger role of the U.S. Military’s operations in the region, the threat of becoming the victim of a court-martial will only increase.
- Many of the most successful tactics by law enforcement to lure and ensnare service members into committing a crime will come to Guam. Some of these sting operations are already in effect across Joint Region Marianas.
- The strain between the local population and the military may increase in the coming years. This is almost certain to lead to more crackdowns and harsher sentencing to deter service members from committing any offense, however small, to appease local communities.
- A dishonorable discharge will not just be the end of your military career. It will mean the loss of tens if not hundreds of thousands of dollars in benefits along with greater difficulty finding a worthwhile civilian job when you return.
The threat to your military career and civilian liberties is very real and will not disappear on its own. Contact the law offices of Bilecki & Tipon TODAY and start fighting back.
Naval Base Guam History and Court-Martial Activity
Guam became a U.S. Territory in the early 20th century. But calls by the military to fortify the island went unheeded for decades after its acquisition. During World War II, the island was invaded by the Japanese and subsequently occupied until 1944, when American forces stormed the island in force. It was only after the war that the U.S. Navy built Naval Base Guam, in the same location where the US Marine Corps barracks once stood in Apra Harbor.
Today, Naval Base Guam is set to receive one of the largest peace-time movements of troops in American history. Once the plan goes into effect, thousands of Marines from Okinawa may soon be stationed on Guam on a permanent basis, bringing the total number of U.S. forces over 10,000.
- Established: 1944
- Location: Apra Harbor, Guam
- Garrison: Military Sealift Command Shit Support Unit Guam, Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit FIVE, Navy Munitions Command East Asia Division Unit Guam
Court-Martial Activity: Guam is no longer the sleepy island it once was. The massive expansion of U.S. Forces combined with a huge boost to tourism has made Guam a hotbed for court martial activity. Sting operations targeting drug crimes, sex crimes and fraud are common. Less common but still prevalent are violent crimes such as assault and battery. Sexual assault allegations are quite common as well.
U.S. Personnel at Naval Base Guam Trust Bilecki & Tipon to Defend Their Interests in Court
A court martial can turn service members into complete pariahs overnight. The military will turn on them, their commanding offices will not believe them, and friends and family may not be able to reach them. Under such circumstances, it is very easy for even the steadiest Sailors to lose hope and accept the first plea deal that comes along.
Bilecki & Tipon has been serving the military community at Naval Base Guam for decades and have secured more positive outcomes for our clients than any other law firm operating in the Pacific today. We’ve achieved this success due to many factors. Some of the most important of these include:
- An established presence in the Pacific: If you are under pressure from law enforcement or there is an active crime scene being reviewed, speed is everything. Bilecki & Tipon is headquartered in Honolulu, Hawaii, which means we are closer to you than almost any other major law firm specializing in courts-martial and the UCMJ.
- A highly capable team of attorneys and specialists: Bilecki & Tipon has earned a reputation as one of the most prestigious court martial defense law firms in the Pacific because of the value we place on skill. Our attorneys, our full-time investigator and our staff all have one thing in common: they are the best at what they do.
- An understanding of local politics and policies: Bilecki & Tipon stays up to date on the latest legal battles and courts-martial occurring throughout the Pacific region. We understand the playbooks of the military’s law enforcement and prosecutors. When you know their strategies, you know how to defeat them.
Bilecki & Tipon is a trusted name at Naval Base Guam and throughout the Pacific. Call our law offices today for a confidential consultation into your case.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Are the Most Common Criminal Offenses in Guam and Naval Base Guam?
Most of the Pacific region is rampant with NCIS sting operations targeting sex crimes, drug crimes and fraud. Allegations of sexual assault are also common in Naval Base Guam and the region as a whole. Violent crimes, while less common, are still prevalent.
How Often Do You Travel to Guam?
We travel to Guam multiple times every year. As the population of service members continues to increase over the coming years, we expect we’ll be flying out to the island even more.