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THEDIRECTORS PRESIDENT James A. Martinez Guam Constractors Association PAST CHAIRMAN Art Chan Hawaiian Rock Products CHAIRMAN John Sage WATTS Constructors VICE CHAIRMAN William Beery Tutujan Hill Group SECRETARY/TREASURER Conchita Bathan Core Tech International CONTRACTORS DIRECTORS: Carlo Leon Guerrero M80s Office Systems Mark Mamczarz Black Construction Corp Miguel Rangel Maeda Pacific Corporation John Robertson AmOrient Contracting Rick Brown Pernix Guam LLC ASSOCIATE DIRECTORS: Jeffrey Larson TakeCare Asia Pacific Michael Kikuta Matson Navigation Patty Lizama Pacific Isla Life Mark Cruz Mid Pac Far East

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RUSSIA ENTERS THE MIDDLE EAST MILITARY CONFLICT

By John M. Robertson

During the past month, Russia entered the multi-facetted civil war in Syria on the side of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, in direct opposition to policies of the United States and its coalition partners. This move appears to cap a year of international tensions that could spill over into another cold war or military standoff between major world powers. This Russian initiative started as leaders of the 193 member nations were assembled at the United Nations in New York for the 70th session of the General Assembly. If there was ever a time when American leadership was needed, it is again now. Many question the ability of the current administration, under President Barrack Obama, to effectively meet the challenge.

Russian Airstrike in Syria Targeted CIA-Backed Rebels Russia launched airstrikes in Syria on Wednesday 30 September, catching U.S. and Western officials off guard and drawing new condemnation as evidence suggested Moscow wasn’t targeting extremist group Islamic State, but rather other opponents of Bashar al-Assad’s regime. One of the airstrikes hit an area primarily held by rebels backed by the Central Intelligence Agency and allied spy services, U.S. officials said, catapulting the Syrian crisis to a new level of danger and uncertainty. Moscow’s entry means the world’s most powerful militaries—including the U.S., Britain and France—now are flying uncoordinated combat missions, heightening the risk of conflict in the skies over Syria. U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Russia’s approach to the Syrian war—defending Mr. Assad while ostensibly targeting extremists—was tantamount to “pouring gasoline on the fire.” “I have been dealing with them for a long time. And this is not the kind of behavior that we should expect professionally from the Russian military,” Mr. Carter said at a Pentagon news conference. Secretary of State John Kerry met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and said he raised 10 | OCTOBER2015

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, left, and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry spoke to the media about the situation in Syria at the United Nations in New York.

U.S. concerns about attacks that target regime opponents other than Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL. In Syria’s multi-sided war, Mr. Assad’s military—aided by Iran and the Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah—is fighting both Islamic State and opposition rebel groups, some of which are supported by the U.S. and its allies. Mr. Kerry said the U.S. and Russia need to hold military talks as soon as possible and Mr. Lavrov said he agreed. Speaking alongside Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said that the United States and Russia have agreed to hold a military meeting as soon as possible to avoid any direct collisions or exchanges of fire in Syria, where

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both the U.S. and Russia are now conducting airstrikes. The U.S. and its allies were angry at the Russians on many scores: that they are supporting Mr. Assad; that they aren’t coordinating their actions with the existing, U.S.-led anti-Islamic State coalition; that they provided terse notice only an hour before their operations; that they demanded the U.S. coalition stay out of Syrian airspace; and that they struck in areas where anti-Assad rebels—not Islamic State—operate. “It does appear that they were in areas where there probably were not ISIL forces, and that is precisely one of the problems with this whole approach,” said Mr. Carter, the U.S. defense chief.

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Putin Turns to Playbook in Syria

Ukraine

In Syria, Russian President Vladimir Putin is trying to take a page from his Ukraine playbook by keeping the West guessing about his plans, employing the military art of deception known in Russia as maskirovka, or camouflage. Last year he surreptitiously sent Russia’s army into Ukraine, reversing the advance of Ukrainian government forces and bringing pro-Russia rebels a more-favorable peace settlement. Now, he’s repeating the gambit in Syria: shoring up his ally, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, and ensuring the Kremlin will have a central role in deciding the country’s future. Russia stepped up its attack on Mr. Assad’s opponents on Wednesday 7 October, firing cruise missiles into Syria from warships in the far-off Caspian Sea. At North Atlantic Treaty Organization headquarters, the U.S. ambassador said Russia had built up a battalion-sized ground force in Syria, one equipped to take on a bigger mission than just defending Russian military bases there. The Russian military campaign that began a week earlier was preceded by denials from the Kremlin. A buildup of combat aircraft in Syria, visible on satellite imagery, was merely the continuation of the delivery of military hardware to the Syrian regime, Kremlin officials said. That fits with the template set in Ukraine. When well-armed men in green camouflage without unit insignia appeared last year in the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea, the Kremlin insisted the men—who were clearly military professionals—were only local self-defense forces. Mr. Putin subsequently acknowledged the “little green men” were Russian troops. In Syria, Russia now says that it is

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carrying out airstrikes against Islamic State and other “terrorist” groups, in coordination with the Assad regime. But the recent buildup raises concern that Russia may be preparing for ground operations—or even expanding into neighboring Iraq. Asked in an interview late last month with U.S. broadcaster Charlie Rose whether his aim was to rescue Mr. al-Assad’s administration, Mr. Putin replied: “That’s right, that’s how it is.” Following the naval bombardment, Mr. Putin articulated his preferred end-state even more clearly. The conflict in Syria, he said, required the warring parties to come to the negotiating table. “Such type of conflicts should conclude with a resolution of political questions,” he said. It is unclear how, exactly, Russia plans to bring them to the table. Mr. Putin said he supported the idea of trying to combine the efforts of Mr. Assad’s forces and the “healthy opposition” groups against Islamic State—an idea Mr. Putin said had been proposed by French President François Hollande at a meeting in Paris. A French government spokeswoman denied Mr. Hollande had backed any such proposal. U.S. officials say Russia has deliberately targeted so-called moderate rebel groups backed by the Central Intelligence Agency, sparking worries about a broader confrontation between Washington and Moscow. Russia entered the 4½-year Syrian war as Mr. Assad’s forces were losing territory to a patchwork of opponents. Most of the several dozen airstrikes in the first week of bombing hit areas where Islamic State isn’t present. But Russia hasn’t hit with the kind of overwhelming force that would bring total victory to Mr. Assad, much as Russian conventional weaponry last year helped pro-Russian separatists in eastern

Ukraine even out their front lines, but not advance on Kiev. “Moscow wants to ensure that the situation in Syria will be settled on Russian conditions,” said Nikolay Kozhanov, nonresident scholar at the Carnegie Moscow Center. “Russia wants to shore up the front and undermine the opposition’s capacity to fight. It’s not a priority to take the whole country.” Russia’s intervention is the first time for decades that it has deployed armed forces far from its borders. It is also waging a kind of warfare it hasn’t tried before: targeted airstrikes and over-the-horizon naval attacks. Chris Harmer, a retired U.S. naval aviator and former airstrike planner, said videos and information released by the Russian military—including the location of strikes—indicated more about the Kremlin’s military aims. Russian aircraft, he said, were serving as a “maneuver element” for Mr. Assad’s besieged forces, who are hunkered down in fortified enclaves and depleted by defections and combat losses. “The Russians are there to push back lines and stabilize Assad’s defense,” he said. “There’s no exit strategy for Russia…As long as Assad is in power now, the Russian air force needs to protect him.” The U.S. ruled out strategic collaboration with Moscow in the Middle East and said Russia has built up a ground force inside Syria with heavy weaponry that could support a Syrian army offensive. Russia escalated its assault on opponents of Bashar al-Assad’s regime with its first naval bombardment on Wednesday 7 October. It launched a volley of 26 medium-range cruise missiles from four warships in the Caspian Sea nearly 1,000 miles away. For the first time since Moscow’s direct intervention in the Syrian conflict a week earlier, Russian

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warplanes and helicopters appeared to be aiding a ground assault by pro-regime forces and militias against rebel forces focused in the central Syrian province of Hama, according to opposition activists and fighters. The developments add up to a burgeoning Russian military campaign based on land, air and sea that is at odds with U.S. goals, compounding tensions between the two big powers.

involvement in Syria has further frayed ties between Moscow and NATO, already at odds over Russia’s intervention in Ukraine.

NATO Condemns Bombings in Syria

NATO officials have repeatedly said many of Russia’s airstrikes have hit rebels, despite Moscow’s

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NATO defense ministers announced continued progress at building up the alliance’s response force and forward-positioned headquarters, long-planned efforts they hope will soothe allies who fear Russian aggression in Europe.

Civilians on Thursday 1 October stand on the rubble of a damaged site hit on Wednesday by what activists say were cluster bombs dropped by the Russian air force in Maasran town, in the southern countryside of Idlib, Syria.

The U.S. warned Moscow that its offensive in Syria could backfire and NATO officials sought to reassure European and Turkish allies nervous over Moscow’s deepening involvement there. As tensions grew, Secretary of State John Kerry spoke for about 30 minutes by phone Thursday 8 October with his Russian counterpart, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, State Department spokesman John Kirby said. Defense ministers of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, meeting in Brussels, had tough words for Russia’s escalation, saying it would only augment the chaos in Syria. “This will have consequences for Russia itself, which is rightfully fearful of attack upon Russia,” Defense Secretary Ash Carter said. “And I also expect that in coming days, the Russians will begin to suffer casualties in Syria.” Russia’s

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claims to be targeting Islamic State militants. Russia has lumped the different groups together, labeling them generally as terrorists. Mr. Carter reiterated that the U.S. and its allies wouldn’t cooperate with Moscow as long as it pursued its current strategy. For now the alliance is pressing for more military-to-military contacts and coordination to try to prevent any inadvertent conflict between planes flying with the U.S.-led coalition and Russian planes over Syria. The alliance may also have to look at steps to reinforce Turkey’s border with Syria, which NATO says Russian planes have breached on several different occasions. NATO currently has Patriot missile batteries deployed to Turkey to counter ballistic missiles, but they aren’t configured to protect against other threats, officials said.

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Turkey wants those deployments extended. Turkish officials have also been talking directly to NATO member France about deploying its missile defense system, which can also defend against fighter planes, NATO officials said. More broadly, NATO has made efforts to step up its so-called assurance measures. Britain announced a new small deployment of roughly 100 military trainers to the Baltic States, where the U.S. has roughly 450 soldiers. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said the alliance was working to increase its deterrence, including taking steps to enlarge its response force and make its spearhead force more ready. Mr. Stoltenberg repeatedly said the new NATO forces could deploy anywhere very quickly. But NATO is walking a fine line, trying to show it is ready to defend allies and deter Russia without taking actions that could heighten tensions, contribute to miscalculation or inadvertently trigger a conflict. “The important thing is that any adversary will know we are able to deploy,” he said. Obama’s Wishful-Thinking Syria Policy Syria, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in her recent book “Hard Choices,” is a “wicked problem”—a situation that confounds standard approaches and policies. Nonetheless, she has long advocated greater involvement than President Obama has been willing to endorse. Mr. Obama knows that proposals to further embroil the U.S. in another Middle Eastern conflict are very unpopular—especially with the base of the Democratic Party. Syria may well represent the single least-successful element of Mr. Obama’s foreign policy. His declaration that “Assad must go”

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was not backed by serious policy. His famous red line regarding the Assad regime’s use of chemical weapons was breached without U.S. retaliation. The effort to identify, train and equip an opposition that would fight against Islamic State but not Syria’s President Bashar Assad turned into a half-billion-dollar fiasco, as the president has finally acknowledged. Nevertheless, he continues to pin his hopes on a political transition, which won’t happen as long as Iran, Russia and Hezbollah remain firmly in support of Mr. Assad. There is no way of defeating and removing Mr. Assad through a boots-on-the-ground effort that the American people and Congress would support. Nonetheless, successful negotiations require the use of sticks to bring recalcitrant parties to the table. Does anyone believe that Iran would ever have entered nuclear negotiations in the absence of a crippling sanctions regime backed by the international community? If we aren’t willing or able to bring comparable pressure to bear on Mr. Assad, the negotiations the Obama administration craves will remain an exercise in wishful thinking. Although military force is not the solution, it can help create conditions for an outcome greatly preferable to the status quo. As Mrs. Clinton and others have recommended, we should establish safe zones in suitable parts of Syria, protected by coalition air power. But these zones make sense only as part of a broader strategy with clear objectives. It would be morally unthinkable to leave Syria’s Sunnis, who constitute about 70% of the country’s population, under the control of a ruler who has slaughtered so many of them. At the same time, there is no practical way of removing Mr. Assad from the Alawite and

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Christian areas of Syria he still dominates. The logical conclusion, according to Michael O’Hanlon of the Brookings Institution, is to abandon the “Hail Mary hope” for a comprehensive political deal or military turnaround and instead invest in areas of sanctuary in Syria that would provide security for the people within those zones and help them build a future distant from both the Assad regime and Islamic State, while gradually nurturing a more effective military opposition. The Kurdish areas and those near the Jordanian border are the safest places to start.

sustain it wouldn’t be significantly greater than current American efforts in Afghanistan. The foregoing is adapted from recent articles in the Wall Street Journal authored by Dion Nissenbaum, Adam Entous in Washington, Nathan Hodge and Thomas Grove in Moscow, Sam Dagher and Mohammad Nour Alakraa in Beirut, James Marson, Nathan Hodge, Julian E. Barnes, Gordon Lubold, Sam Dagher and Philip Shishkin. Also William A. Galston of the Brookings Institution.

This approach would open the door for more-effective humanitarian relief and for the resumption of closer-to-normal daily life, slowing the exodus of refugees. And it is more likely to command the support of regional powers—such as Turkey, Jordan and Saudi Arabia—than would any feasible alternative. While this strategy has risks (such as U.S. pilots falling into the Syrian regime’s hands), the level of U.S. military involvement needed to

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After serving as Commanding Officer of NAVFAC Marianas and Regional Engineer for the past two years, CAPT Glenn A. Shephard PE departed Guam for the second time on 29 August 2015. At a Change of Command ceremony the previous day, he turned over command to CAPT Stephanie M. Jones PE. He stated that he enjoyed both tours of duty in Guam, first as Ensign Shephard then as Commanding Officer Shephard. He learned to appreciate the Guam culture, the focus on family, the legendary hospitality and the tropical environment. There are great beaches here and diving in clean 80 seawater is exhilarating compared to California where a wet suit is now a must. Captain Shephard was raised in the California Bay Area and is a 1984 graduate of Granada High School in Livermore, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineer (1989) from San Jose State University. He earned a Master of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Florida in 1999, and completed the Strategy and Organization Executive Management Program at Stanford University in 2011. He was commissioned in October 1989 after completing Naval Officer Candidate School in Newport, RI. His first assignment, in January 1990, was to OICC Marianas where he was engaged in Construction Management for projects throughout the island. It included projects at the Ship Repair Facility, Nimitz Hill Housing and the Naval Air Station which is now Guam International Airport. At that time, the Navy operated facilities at South side of the runway which were later handed over to the Government of Guam. That tour ended in April 1992. Captain Shephard’s operational tours include assignments as Alfa Company Commander, Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB), FOUR at Port Hueneme, CA; deploying twice to Okinawa and once to Puerto Rico. His shore tours include assignments as Assistant Resident Officer in Charge of Construction, Officer in

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Charge of Construction Marinas, Guam; Public Works Officer, Naval Security Group Activity Skaggs Island, Sonoma, CA; Acquisition Director for Sealift (N42), Civil Engineer Support Office, Port Hueneme, CA; Public Works Officer, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock, MD; Flag Aide and Deputy Executive Assistant to the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Fleet Readiness and Logistics (OPNAV N4), Washington, D.C; Director, Facilities Engineering and Acquisition Division, Public Works Department, Naval Base Ventura County, CA; Public Works Officer, Naval Base Coronado, CA; Assistant Operations Officer, Central Integrated Product Team (Marine Corps) at NAVFAC Southwest; Assistant Regional Engineer for Navy Region Southwest; and Executive Officer, NAVFAC Southwest. Captain Shephard also served as the Executive Officer for NAVFAC Northwest. During Calendar Year 2008, CAPT Shephard was Director, Infrastructure and Logistics Division, Directorate of Defense Affairs, Multi-National Security Transition Command – Iraq. This required special training at Fort Riley before being embedded with the Army in Iraq. It was a hostile environment for the military and he remained within coalition facilities on single status. He was not involved in military operations, serving only as advisor to the Iraq Ministry of Defense. Some of the projects were alterations and upgrades to existing facilities while others were new green field military bases. Some of the older facilities had been built by the British in an earlier era. The planning for the facilities took into account the ability of local technicians to operate and maintain them so he steered the thinking away from overly sophisticated designs. For example, wastewater treatment plants were designed simply and for primary treatment only with provision for secondary treatment to be added at later date. He said that the assignment was professionally rewarding and required a lot of patience. CAPT Shephard stated that he was proud to have served with the NAVFAC team on Guam

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for the past two years in support of the DoD mission. There is a wide variety of military commands on Guam representing Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Army and their mission success is of paramount importance. Support is also provided to the Coast Guard and the local Government. They completed the new Navy Hospital and executed those projects authorized for the Marine Corps build-up which became a start for the larger program that has been waiting for the Record of Decision. There have been challenges including sequestration, environmental issues and program changes. Guam, in the middle of the Western Pacific is gaining in strategic importance to the military and this will carry over to the civilian side to some extent. The Guam Governor has said he wants Guam to become a 1st world destination. For that to happen, buildings and utilities have to perform the same as other desirable destinations. Guam is isolated and people trav-

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elling here have to want to come to this island because it is not on the way to anywhere else. Long haul flights East-West and North-South overfly Guam to their final destinations. He was particularly pleased with his involvement with SAME Guam Post where he was president from 1 July 2014 through 30 June 2015. There were a number of initiatives that made that happen. During that time the organization has matured and is a well-respected entity. The ACI training workshop was good for the association and the industry at large. The financial portfolio of the Charlie Corn Scholarship Committee is especially remarkable. The change in philosophy of using those funds for Junior Officer Training by sending some to leadership conferences such as JETC has brought a broader perspective to education and training. From Guam, CAPT Shephard returns to the Navy Yard in Washington DC to serve under Vice Admiral Smith in the CNIC (Commander

Naval Installations Command) within the N4 Directorate. He will take over the Public Works post currently occupied by CAPT Peter Lynch who was NAVFAC Marianas

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Commanding Officer several years ago. He and Sandra will be 2,000 miles from family as compared to 9,000 miles while in Guam. His personal awards include a Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, four Meritorious Service Medals, three Navy Commendation Medals, three Navy Achievement Medals, various campaign and unit awards, and the 2008 Society of American Military Engineers, Moreell Medal. He earned warfare qualification as a Seabee Combat Warfare Specialist with NMCB FOUR. He is a Professional Engineer licensed in California, a member of the Defense Acquisition Corps (Level III), and holds a Contracting Officer Warrant (Level III). CAPT Shephard is married to the former Sandra Mailander of Livermore, CA. Their daughter, Katelyn, is attending U.C. San Diego majoring in Human Biology; and son, Ryan is studying History at U.C. Davis. They have been able to visit Guam only during Christmas break.

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Small. Large. Local. Global. Low tech. High tech. Residential. Commercial. Aside from all these descriptives of G4S, the one word that umbrellas it is: security. That is, essentially, what G4S is known as for providing. Surely, this makes it easy to capsulize its service and function in documents and promotional literature. However, to truly appreciate the magnitude of G4S's goings on, one must "explode" the view of "security"--with all its tentacles and attendant functions and capabilities. It is massive. Generally, G4S categorizes its services under 7 spheres. They are: Guarding Solutions, Integrated Security Solutions, Electronic Security Solutions, Water Safety and Aquatic Recreation, Document Management and Business Solutions, Cash Solutions, and Fire and Life Safety Solutions. Leading its services groups, Guarding Solutions can be seen virtually throughout Guam and Micronesia at large and small businesses, and residential locales. As the world's largest and most pervasive security enterprise protecting its clients property and assets, G4S's training is at the core of their success. Teresa Kasperbauer Sakazaki-G4S Marianas Director of Sales & Marketing, speaks to this key component. "We are very focused on our staff's professional development. We work very hard at training our people, and monitoring their progress." And, there are core values espoused by the security giant: teamwork and collaboration; best people and integrity; and, expertise, customer focus and performance. AND, PUNCTUATING THESE ATTRIBUTES... (1) LOCALLY--Guam-Saipan operations, staged in Harmon-Dededo, employs over 1,100 staff, led by some of Guam’s security and law enforcement luminaries; some names you should recognizeFormer Police Chief, Paul Suba; FBI-Retired, Former Guam Senator, Chief of Police, and Director of Corrections, Frank Ishizaki; and, retired U.S. Marine Officer and former Guam Corrections Director, Eduardo Bitinga. They, and others of the G4S Guam-Saipan management team, are led by Divisional Country Manager, Christopher Garde, who completed their company’s distinguished Global Leadership Training Program in the United Kingdom. (2) GLOBALLY--G4S represents one of the most prolific global corporations worldwide, operating www.guamcontractors.org

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sourcing and installation, monitoring and response, equipment servicing. Acknowledging the mobile nature of households, even here, “We have a portable system, which is completely portable, so it can be easily installed or uninstalled and go with the client—wherever they reside. It’s very practical.” Says, Sakazaki. Turning the corner in a less-expected service area, is Water Safety and Aquatic Recreation. These services are provided mainly to augment or support hotels and water recreational operations. Utilizing certified lifeguards properly equipped with life-saving, first-aid, and CPR training and skills; it is a well-used service in Guam and Saipan resort businesses. Although, used primarily by hospitality properties with water recreation activities, G4S, can be hired to support private party situations—further safeguarding participants. To help businesses comply with legislative mandates such as HIPAA which safeguard personal information, G4S Document Management and Business Solutions is that answer. They provide professional document management such as document imaging, secure document destruction and secure courier services. Regarding document destruction service, Sakazaki said, “The whole process from pickup to delivery to our secured destruction point is documented; with the actual video of the destroying of the documents delivered to the client; all this detail is to verify that their important information were handled properly and securely disposed.” G4S, adding to what seems still another technically demanding service for occupant safety is Fire and

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Life Safety Solutions. Fire threatens all. And, G4S has the proven know-how and technical expertise to engineer, install and service fire detection, fire suppression and other necessary equipment. And, as with their other services, G4S provides the attendant checks and recurring documentation to satisfy OSHA fire safety requirements on equipment and installed systems. Also, as an expanding effort, G4S has established Facilities Maintenance, providing grounds and janitorial services for residents and business customers. With properly screened and trained staff—having gone through a host of pre-employment and drugtesting; you have the peace of mind knowing that this work is being done by a security-minded outfit. CONTRACTORS TAKE NOTE… Speaking to a subject of some import to contractors, Sakazaki says, “If companies are looking for partnering and teaming, we are capable of securing bonding, even U.S. Treasury Listed bonds, so we are open to providing those arrangements to help fill gaps in the construction process." “We are capable of supporting contractors in many different areas—Government, Private Energy & Utilities, Oil & Gas, Transport & Logistics, Ports & Airports, Leisure & Tourism, Financial Institutions, Retail and Industry—and welcome their inquiries. We have trained staff, global resources, to satisfy virtually any construction requirement.” It is what it is…G4S.

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Pernix Appoints Abhyash Chand as Chief Financial Officer of Pernix Pacific

LOMBARD, IL — September 29, 2015 — Pernix Group, Inc. (OTCQB: PRXG) proudly announces Abhyash Chand as the Chief Financial Officer of Pernix Pacific. Mr. Chand has been with Pernix since 2006, where he started as the Regional Financial Controller for Pernix Fiji Limited. In his new role, he will be responsible to provide the financial leadership for Pernix’s subsidiary companies in the Pacific Rim and enhance stakeholder value. Pernix currently operates on Fiji, Vanuatu, Guam and Papua New Guinea within the Pacific Rim and has been working in the region for nearly twenty years. Mr. Nidal Zayed, President and CEO stated, “Abhyash has been a loyal employee in our Fiji office for nearly ten years. He knows Pernix and he knows the Region. We are committed to growing our operations in the Pacific Rim, and Abhyash has an important role in that process.” He went on to say, “I have complete faith in him in this role as the CFO of Pernix Pacific.” Mr. Chand said, “I am excited for the opportunity to have this important role with Pernix as we continue to grow our operations in the Pacific Rim.” Mr. Chand is a graduate of the University of the South Pacific where he holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting & Financial Management and Banking & Finance.

About Pernix Group, Inc. Pernix Group, Inc. is a construction company recognized by Engineering News Record for being one of the Top 50 American Contractors Working Abroad for the last four years in a row. Headquartered in Lombard, Illinois, Pernix has operations in the United States, Africa, the Middle East, and the Pacific Rim. Pernix has full-scale construction and management capabilities, in three primary markets: Federal Government, Commercial & Industrial, and Power. Recently, Pernix Group expanded its domestic Commercial & Industrial operations by acquiring KBR Building Group, now known as BE&K Building Group. Pernix also expanded its Pacific operations this year by acquiring assets of DCK Pacific Guam, now operating as Pernix Guam LLC. Pernix Group, Inc. common stock is traded on the over-the-counter quotation board (OTCQB) under the symbol PRXG. Additional information is available at www.pernixgroup.com.

Forward-Looking Statement Certain of the statements made in this press release are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements involve certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. Potential risks and other factors that could cause or contribute to actual results differing materially from such forward-looking statements are discussed in greater detail in the Company’s filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Contact Investor Relations: investorrelations@pernixgroup.com

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Pernix Group Expands its Pacific Rim Operations to Papua New Guinea

LOMBARD, IL — September 30, 2015 — Pernix Group, Inc. (OTCQB: PRXG), a construction company recognized by Engineering News Record for being one of the Top 50 American Contractors working abroad for the last four years in a row, announced their new subsidiary company in Papua New Guinea, Pernix (PNG) Limited. The establishment of Pernix (PNG) Limited is another step Pernix Group is taking to strengthen their presence in the Pacific Rim. Pernix Group has operated in the Pacific Rim since 1995 and currently has operations in Fiji, Guam, Vanuatu, and now in Papua New Guinea. Pernix Group President and CEO, Nidal Zayed said, “We are excited for the opportunities available in PNG. Pernix recognizes that there are active and growing construction and power markets in Papua New Guinea, and we want to be a part of that. We have operations in place in the region already and want to use those resources to develop our presence in PNG. As always, our plan when we enter a new location is to partner with the local community so we will all benefit.” Papua New Guinea will be the host for 2018 APEC Meeting which will see 21 leaders of member countries including the United States President attending this forum. APEC will create several opportunities in infrastructure development, construction and power generation. Pernix will proactively pursue these opportunities. The second phase of the ExxonMobil LNG Gas project will commence in 2016 and this will also create several high value opportunities for Pernix. Because of its global presence and experience, Pernix will bring to PNG, and the Pacific region, cutting edge technology, expertise and leadership in construction, infrastructure development and power generation that will greatly benefit PNG and other Pacific Island economies. Pernix has appointed Leonard Louma as the Local Director of Pernix (PNG) Limited. Mr. Louma has Bachelor's Degree in Education from the University of Papua New Guinea, a Post-Graduate Diploma in Diplomatic Relations from the International Institute of Public Administration in Paris (France), has studied in the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in Boston (U.S.) and has undertaken specialist training for Senior Executives in National and International Security from the John F. Kennedy School of Administration at Harvard University (U.S.). Mr. Louma has served in the Papua New Guinea Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York and the Papua New Guinea Embassies in Paris (France) and Beijing (China). He was also Papua New Guinea's Roving Ambassador to APEC, ASEAN and ESCAP. He was the Chairman of the 46th PIF Steering Committee, charged with the responsibility of organizing the PIF Leaders Meeting which took place earlier this month. Pernix (PNG) Limited is currently in the process of setting up an office in the Port Moresby area.

About Pernix Group, Inc. Pernix Group, Inc. is a construction company recognized by Engineering News Record for being one of the Top 50 American Contractors Working Abroad for the last four years in a row. Headquartered in Lombard, Illinois, Pernix has operations in the United States, Africa, the Middle East, and the Pacific Rim. Pernix has full-scale construction and management capabilities, in three primary markets: Federal Government, Commercial & Industrial, and Power. Recently, Pernix Group expanded its domestic Commercial & Industrial operations by acquiring KBR Building Group, now known as BE&K Building Group. Pernix also expanded its Pacific operations this year by acquiring assets of DCK Pacific Guam, now operating as Pernix Guam LLC. Pernix Group, Inc. common stock is traded on the over-the-counter quotation board (OTCQB) under the symbol PRXG. Additional information is available at www.pernixgroup.com.

Forward-Looking Statement Certain of the statements made in this press release are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements involve certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. Potential risks and other factors that could cause or contribute to actual results differing materially from such forward-looking statements are discussed in greater detail in the Company’s filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Contact Investor Relations: investorrelations@pernixgroup.com

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For immediate release Contact: Angelica Paulino Marketing Coordinator (671) 477-2111 acamacho@rimarchitects.com

RIM Architects appoints new Managing Principal and expands Professional Services September 24, 2015, Hagåtña, GU – RIM Architects, LLC is pleased to announce the transition of two leaders within the company. Brent L. Wiese, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C was appointed as Managing Principal of its Guam operations effective September 14, 2015. The Board considered this change carefully and made the unanimous decision that Mr. Wiese was the right fit for the job. “We’re confident Brent will do great things in this critical leadership role--bringing new energy and a fresh outlook,” said Larry Cash, AIA, NCARB, President /CEO of RIM Architects. Brent Wiese is a licensed architect in Guam, CNMI and California, and brings over 30 years of design and project management experience. As a key member of RIM Architects’ management team, he was responsible for project scheduling, building code expertise, negotiating contracts, and budget and resource management. His attention to detail and high standards, make him a well-respected member of RIM’s management team. Mr. Wiese works well with clients, contractors, and consultants to build teamwork to ensure projects are completed with excellence, on time and within budget. “This is an exciting time for RIM as we see opportunities to grow and continue to deliver outstanding design. I look forward to serving RIM Architects in this important capacity,” said Mr. Wiese. To expand the firm’s professional capabilities beyond core architectural services, specifically in Construction Contract Administration/Project Management (CA/PM), RIM Principal, Tim Armour, CDT, LEED AP, will be responsible for leading an expanded team focused on serving clients specific to construction contract administration. In addition to Mr. Armour’s new role as Principal CA/PM Manager, he will also be responsible for developing new business-- working closely with existing and potential clients. “These are exciting times for RIM as our industry experiences big activity in Guam and the Asia Pacific region with the military buildup, a renewed focus on hospitality, and an overall revitalization of all market sectors. We want to continue that upward movement and move with the time to expand our capabilities in Guam,” said Mr. Armour. Tim Armour brings over 40 years of experience in the AEC professional services field-architecture, construction and construction management. Prior to relocating to Guam in 1991, he worked on the East Coast for ten years as a construction supervisor, from 1973 to 1983. Tim joined RIM Architects in 1999 to provide construction contract administration services, transitioning from his own construction consulting firm, Tim Armour Construction Services. A talented artist in addition to his attention to technical detail, he remains active in both the arts community, as well as the construction industry. In 2006, he was appointed Managing Principal for RIM Architects (Guam), LLC. RIM Architects has served the local community in Guam and the Marianas for over 28 years providing excellence in comprehensive architectural design and client service. The firm’s philosophy brings ‘Results with IMagination’ to every project and translates the client’s program, functional objectives and aesthetic aspirations into an appropriate and creative design solution. In addition to its Hagåtña Guam office, RIM Architects has offices in Anchorage and Palmer, Alaska; San Francisco and Tustin, California; and Honolulu Hawai`i. ####

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Plasterer

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Civil Engineer

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Plumber Sheetmetal Worker

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