North Korea upped its threats this week regarding a plan to attack the U.S. territory of Guam. According to North Korea’s military, it is currently preparing four missiles to be shot at the tiny island that is home to numerous U.S. military installations.
President Trump has responded with numerous warnings that if North Korea shows any sort of aggression, it will pay a dear price. On Friday morning, the president tweeted: “Military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely. Hopefully Kim Jong Un will find another path!”
The island of Guam has approximately 6,000 U.S. troops stationed there, and its population exceeds 160,000 people.
In a war with North Korea, Guam, which is 2,100 miles away, is very important to the United States. For a closer glimpse at how important it is, CBS News traveled to Guam to visit Andersen Air Force Base and see how the area is preparing for a potential attack by the rogue regime of North Korea.
According to CBS:
— Andersen AFB in Guam can accept military assets from anywhere in the world.
— Anderson AFB has the largest stockpile of ammunitions and fuel in the Air Force.
— Anderson AFB can respond to threats from Asia, the Middle East, and across the Pacific.
According to an Air Force official interviewed by CBS, the military stationed at Andersen AFB is currently standing ready for instructions from the president, who has called upon them once already in recent weeks.
On July 29, the day after a successful ICBM launch by North Korea, two U.S. B-1 bombers took off from the base and flew near the North Korean border in a show of force. The B-1 bomber is capable of carrying more bombs than any other asset in the Air Force.
It is important to note that on Friday morning, the Chinese government said if North Korea fires upon the U.S. it will remain neutral in the conflict. But, if the U.S. strikes first, it vows to protect Kim and his regime.
ABOUT ANDERSEN AFB
Andersen Air Force Base (AFB) (IATA: UAM, ICAO: PGUA, FAA LID: UAM) is a United States Air Force (USAF) base located approximately 4 miles (6.4 km) northeast of Yigo near Agafo Gumas in the United States territory of Guam. Along with Naval Base Guam, Andersen AFB was placed under the command of Joint Region Marianas on 1 October 2009. The two bases are about 30 miles apart at opposite ends of the island. Administration offices for Joint Region Marianas are about half-way in between, at Nimitz Hill.
The host unit at Andersen AFB is the 36th Wing (36 WG), assigned to the Pacific Air Forces Eleventh Air Force. A non-flying wing, the 36 WG’s mission is to provide support to deployed air and space forces of USAF and foreign air forces to Andersen, and to support tenant units assigned to the base.
Andersen AFB was established in 1944 as North Field and is named for Brigadier General James Roy Andersen (1904–1945). The 36th Wing Commander is Brig. Gen. Douglas A. Cox. The Vice Wing Commander is Colonel Scott Hurrelbrink and the Command Chief Master Sergeant is Chief Master Sergeant Orlando Ureña.
Watch the report from CBS:
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