U.S. Naval Base Guam is combining engineering, construction and public works services under one command, to be called Naval Facilities Engineering Command Marianas, Navy officials announced Thursday.

Those services previously fell under two separate commands: Navy Public Works Center, Guam; and the Officer in Charge of Construction Marianas, said Petty Officer 2nd Class Benjamin Keller, U.S. Naval Base Guam spokesman.

Keller said the Navy facilities command in Hawaii directed the move to streamline services.

“They were two separate departments with the same commanding officer,” he said. “Now they’ll fall under the same command and the same commanding officer.”

A ceremony to officially establish the new, single one-stop entity for the combined services was held Friday. A new sign was to go up outside the building marking the change. No jobs or services were to be lost in the transition, Navy officials said.

Capt. David M. Boone will become commanding officer of the new NAVFAC Marianas command. Boone now is the commanding officer of Public Works Center Guam and officer in charge of Construction Marianas and the Regional Engineer for Navy Region Marianas.

NAVFAC Marianas will comprise almost 130 professional engineers, information technology specialists, architects, environmental specialists and acquisition professionals providing round-the-clock facility support services to the Navy, Air Force, and other federal agencies, according to the Navy.

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Jennifer reports on the U.S. military from Kaiserslautern, Germany, where she writes about the Air Force, Army and DODEA schools. She’s had previous assignments for Stars and Stripes in Japan, reporting from Yokota and Misawa air bases. Before Stripes, she worked for daily newspapers in Wyoming and Colorado. She’s a graduate of the College of William and Mary in Virginia.

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