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Andersen AFB, Guam

Yigo, GU Guam 96543  |  Base Operator: DSN 366-8136 or 671-366-8136

Andersen AFB: Overview

During World War II, Anderson Air Force Base (AFB) was known as North Field. Following fierce fighting by United States Marines, the island was recaptured in 1944 and was used as a staging area for our B-29 force to strike strategic targets in the Pacific Theater. The island was large enough to support multiple airstrips and allowed for the bombing of the Japanese mainland, which severely damaged Japan’s infrastructure and limited its ability to wage war. The namesake of the installation is Brigadier General James R. Andersen, who was the former Chief of Staff for the Army Air Force in the Pacific. General Anderson was lost at sea while returning to Honolulu in 1945.

Today, Andersen AFB is home to the 36th Wing of the Pacific Air Forces Thirteenth Air Force. The mission of the 36th Wing is to provide peacetime and wartime support in order to project global power and reach across the Asian-Pacific Theater. Other tenants of the base include the Air Mobility Command’s 734th Air Mobility Support Squadron and the Naval unit Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron Twenty Five (HSC-25).

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Andersen AFB: Location

Anderson AFB is located on the island of Guam. Specifically, it occupies the north end of the island and lies approximately 15 miles from the capital, which is Agana. The base is actually positioned within the village of Yigo. Guam is the southernmost island in the Marianas Island chain, with the islands of Rota, Tinian, and Saipan being the closest to Guam’s coastline. The island is at a point in the Pacific Ocean where a line drawn south from Tokyo and one drawn east from Manila would intersect at Guam. Through the air, Guam is approximately three hours from Tokyo and Manila, about four hours from Seoul and Hong Kong, five hours from Saigon and Singapore, and six hours from Bangkok and Sydney. In seven hours aboard a plane, one can reach Honolulu.

Andersen AFB: Interesting Facts

  • The time zone is GMT + 10 hours, which is also known as the international “K” time zone. Furthermore, Guam does not recognize daylight savings time.
  • Guam celebrates “Liberation Day” each year on July 21st. This was the date in 1944 when U.S. troops recaptured the island from the Japanese.
  • The last Japanese soldier to surrender in Guam was Sergeant Shoichi Yokoi, and that did not take place until 1972.
  • The Guam Organic Act of 1950 established the island as a territory of the United States.

For more information about Andersen AFB, please visit www.andersen.af.mil.

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