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CAMP FOSTER, OKINAWA — The U.S. government returned 450 acres of former Navy and Air Force property to Guam on Wednesday as part of a long-awaited transfer of excess federal land.

The territory has sought the return of the land for about 17 years and Guam Gov. Eddie Calvo called the transfer a “victory,” according to a joint news release from Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Insular Affairs Tony Babauta, Guam Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo and Calvo.

The 450 acres is not connected to a planned military build up on the island, which is supposed to bring 8,600 Marines from Okinawa, visiting aircraft carriers and controversial training ranges.

Bordallo released a statement saying the Guam government is working with the military to ensure the plan will not increase the acreage owned by the Department of Defense.

The Navy, which is heading up buildup planning, has committed to reducing the military footprint on Guam, she said.

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