Army Base in Guam

Guam Army Bases

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Andersen AFB, Guam

Overview

Andersen Air Force Base (AFB), Guam is located on the north end of Guam, approximately 15 miles from the capital, Agana (or Hagat a). Andersen AFB is in the village of Yigo, pronounced "Geego." There are plenty of recreational and travel opportunities which make Andersen a popular tour among the adventurous. Most tours are 24 months (accompanied) and 15 months (unaccompanied).

See 'MUST KNOW' section for specific directions to installation from airport.

Guam is located at 12 degrees 75 minutes north latitude, and 144 degrees 47 minutes east longitude. If you were to draw a straight line east of Manila, Philippines and another line south from Tokyo, Japan, the two lines would intersect near Guam.

Guam is the most southern island in the Marianas Island chain. The closest neighbor islands are Rota, Tinian, and Saipan. Guam is across the International Dateline from the mainland United States. Guam's time zone is GMT + 10 hours or international "K" time zone. Guam does not use daylight savings time.

To give you a time perspective, Guam is about three hours by airplane from Tokyo and Manila, four hours from Seoul, Hong Kong, and Taipei, five hours from Saigon, Singapore, and Bali, and six hours to Bangkok, Sydney, and Auckland. Going to the other side of the International Dateline, it is seven hours by air plane to Fiji, Honolulu, and Samoa, and eight hours to Tahiti.

MAJOR COMMAND: Pacific Air Forces (PACAF), Air Mobility Command (AMC)

TENANT UNITS: 13th Air Force, 634th Air Mobility Support Squadron (AMSS), and Navy Helicopter Combat Support Squadron Five (HC-5).

BASE MISSION: Providing peacetime and wartime support for aerospace forces in the Asian-Pacific theater.

TELEPHONE ACCESS Commercial - 1 (671) 366-XXXX (Guam has a U.S. area code). DSN - 366-XXXX, Operator ext.-1110. To dial a commercial local call from on base, you must dial 99 + number. Example: 99 + 653-XXXX.

ABOUT ANDERSEN AFB, GUAM POPULATION ASSIGNED-SERVED (approximate numbers):

Air Force Active Duty Officers: 217 Active Duty Enlisted: 1814 Military Family Members: 2436

Navy Active Duty Officers: 70 Active Duty Enlisted: 381 Military Family Members: 556

Reserve Component Officers: 21 Reserve Component Enlisted: 167

Civilian Employment on Base Civilian GS Employees: 280 Civilian WG Employees: 181 NAF, Contract & Private: 660

Retirees on Guam: Approx. 1956

HISTORY

Andersen Air Force Base opened as North Field in 1944, and was primarily used as a B-29 staging base in the Pacific during WWII. Later it was renamed after Brigadier General James R. Andersen, former Chief of Staff for the Army Air Force, Pacific, who was lost at sea returning to Honolulu in 1945. The base continues to support strategic operations in the region, and serves as a staging base for activities in Asia and the South Pacific. The bulk of Andersen's duties since WWII have been as a Strategic Air Command (SAC) base, supporting activities in Korea and Vietnam.

Name: Andersen Air Force Base City: Andersen AFB, Guam (APO AP 96543) Phone: (671) 366-1110 Comments: If calling commercially, you dial as if you were calling within the United States. The area code for Guam is 671.

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Naval Forces Marianas, Guam

Overview

Guam is located in the Western Pacific and is the largest and most southern island in the Marianas chain, which consists of Guam, Rota, Aguihan, Tinian, Saipan and ten other islands north of Saipan. Guam is across the International Dateline from mainland United States, and is a three-hour flight from Tokyo, Taipei, and Manila. From Guam it is easy to visit Bali, New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore and many other exotic locations. Guam is known world wide for its diving and beautiful sunsets. See also LOCAL COMMUNITY, Subject Area LOCAL COMMUNITY OVERVIEW.

There are numerous major Navy commands on Guam. They include Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Marianas; Commander, Military Sealift Command; Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit Five; Fleet Imaging Center Pacific, Guam; Helicopter Combat Support Squadron Five; and Mobile Mine Assembly Group Unit Eight, Guam. U.S. Naval commands include Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station; and Special Warfare Unit One. Homeported ship is the USS Frank Cable (AS-40), and forward deployed are the USNS Niagara Falls (T-AFS-3), the USNS San Jose (T-AFS-7), and the USNS Spica (T-AFS-9). Also on island is the U.S. Coast Guard Marianas Section/MSO with its ships, the USCG Galveston Island (WPB 1349) and the USCG Sassafras (WLB 401).

The mission of Commander, U. S. Naval Forces Marianas, Guam, is to provide waterfront, ordnance, and other logistic support to fleet units and operational forces of 5TH and 7TH Fleet and on-island commands.

Guam is home to approximately 6,379 active duty members and 6,360 family members. Guam has a very large population of retired military personnel.

Commercial Telephone Access (671) XXX-XXXX DSN Telephone Access (315) XXX-XXXX Any number that begins with a 3 is accessible through the DSN phone system.

On December 10, 1898, Guam was ceded to the United States from Spain by the Treaty of Paris. The following February, the United States officially took possession of Guam. U.S. Naval Station, Guam, was established August of that year with the entire island designated as Naval Station. The Commanding Officer, Captain Leary was designated as Governor of Guam.

Naval Station controlled Guam until it surrendered to the Japanese December 10, 1941. The island remained under Japanese rule until July 21, 1944, when U.S. forces returned to liberate the island. (This day is now annually celebrated as "Liberation Day.") In 1944, Admiral Nimitz, Commander in Chief of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, arrived and defeated the Japanese imperial forces on the island, aiding American efforts to bring the war to a close. From 1944 to 1949 was an era of military government, the officers who served as Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Marianas (COMNAVMARIANAS) were respectively charged with such civil responsibilities as Governor of the Marshalls-Gilberts; Deputy Military Governor, Pacific Ocean Areas; and Deputy Military Governor, Bonin-Volcano Islands.

From 1944 until March 29, 1952, Naval Station served as a naval operations base, providing every type of fleet service. In September 1956, the Naval Base was disestablished and the Naval Station was reassigned under the military command of Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Marianas.

Today, Guam is home to numerous Navy commands supporting the Pacific Fleet. On October 1, 1994, Naval Station and Naval Magazine, Guam, were consolidated into Naval Activities, Guam. On October 9, 1997, Naval Activities was consolidated into Commander, U. S. Naval Forces Marianas, Guam. Despite the name changes, Commander, U. S. Naval Forces Marianas remains a pivotal point of strength and sea power for the western Pacific by playing host to several key tenant commands, as well as serving as the home of submarine tender USS FRANK CABLE. The former Naval Magazine, now known as the Ordnance Annex, is located in the south-central section of the island and occupies an area of 8,800 acres. It is designated as a wildlife refuge and provides support to units of the Pacific Fleet operating in the Western Pacific.

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