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Andersen hosts Pacific Air Partners Open House

A B-52 Stratofortress flies through the sky Feb. 20 during the 2016 Pacific Air Partners Open House at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. The open house included aircraft displays and demonstrations including military vehicles, missile and bomb exhibits, military working dog demonstrations and an explosive ordnance disposal robot demonstration. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Arielle Vasquez)

A B-52 Stratofortress flies through the sky Feb. 20 during the 2016 Pacific Air Partners Open House at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. The open house included aircraft displays and demonstrations including military vehicles, missile and bomb exhibits, military working dog demonstrations and an explosive ordnance disposal robot demonstration. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Arielle Vasquez)

F-16 Fighting Falcons fly over the flightline Feb. 20 during the 2016 Pacific Air Partners Open House at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam.  The largest community outreach event of the year, the open house aimed to enhance public awareness of the U.S. military's mission, equipment, facilities and personnel and to promote positive community relations. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Joshua Smoot)

F-16 Fighting Falcons fly over the flightline Feb. 20 during the 2016 Pacific Air Partners Open House at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. The largest community outreach event of the year, the open house aimed to enhance public awareness of the U.S. military's mission, equipment, facilities and personnel and to promote positive community relations. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Joshua Smoot)

U.S. Air Force and Army recruits raise their right hand at an enlistment ceremony Feb. 20 during the 2016 Pacific Air Partners Open House at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. Brig. Gen. Andrew Toth, 36th Wing commander, swore in more than 30 recruits into the U.S. Air Force, Army and Air National Guard. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Arielle Vasquez)

U.S. Air Force and Army recruits raise their right hand at an enlistment ceremony Feb. 20 during the 2016 Pacific Air Partners Open House at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. Brig. Gen. Andrew Toth, 36th Wing commander, swore in more than 30 recruits into the U.S. Air Force, Army and Air National Guard. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Arielle Vasquez)

To kick-off the Pacific Air Partners Open House motorcycle enthusiasts ride down the flightline Feb. 20 at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. The largest community outreach event of the year, the open house aims to enhance public awareness of the U.S. military's mission, equipment, facilities and personnel and to promote positive community relations. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Jacob Skovo)

To kick-off the Pacific Air Partners Open House motorcycle enthusiasts ride down the flightline Feb. 20 at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. The largest community outreach event of the year, the open house aims to enhance public awareness of the U.S. military's mission, equipment, facilities and personnel and to promote positive community relations. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Jacob Skovo)

Drill members with the John F. Kennedy High School Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps hold rifles during a routine Feb. 20 during the 2016 Pacific Air Partners Open House at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam.  In addition to their presentation, drill teams from Guam High School and Okkodo High School performed for the crowd during the open house. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Joshua Smoot)

Drill members with the John F. Kennedy High School Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps hold rifles during a routine Feb. 20 during the 2016 Pacific Air Partners Open House at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. In addition to their presentation, drill teams from Guam High School and Okkodo High School performed for the crowd during the open house. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Joshua Smoot)

Drill members with the Guam High School Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps finish their routine Feb. 20 during the 2016 Pacific Air Partners Open House at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam.  In addition to their presentation, drill teams from Okkodo High School and John F. Kennedy High School performed for the crowd during the open house. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Joshua Smoot)

Drill members with the Guam High School Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps finish their routine Feb. 20 during the 2016 Pacific Air Partners Open House at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. In addition to their presentation, drill teams from Okkodo High School and John F. Kennedy High School performed for the crowd during the open house. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Joshua Smoot)

A F-16 Fighting Falcon sits on the flightline the morning of Feb. 20, as Airmen set up for the 2016 Pacific Partners Open House at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. The event included multiple aircraft static displays, flyovers, ground demonstrations and live bands. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Joshua Smoot)

A F-16 Fighting Falcon sits on the flightline the morning of Feb. 20, as Airmen set up for the 2016 Pacific Partners Open House at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. The event included multiple aircraft static displays, flyovers, ground demonstrations and live bands. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Joshua Smoot)

A KC-135 Stratotanker flies over the flightline during the 2016 Pacific Air Partners Open House Feb. 20 at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. As the KC-135 flew over, the aircrew extended the boom to give attendees the opportunity to see the device that refuels other aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Joshua Smoot)

A KC-135 Stratotanker flies over the flightline during the 2016 Pacific Air Partners Open House Feb. 20 at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. As the KC-135 flew over, the aircrew extended the boom to give attendees the opportunity to see the device that refuels other aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Joshua Smoot)

B-52 Stratofortress aviators are interviewed by local and international media members Feb. 20 before the start of the 2016 Pacific Air Partners Open House at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. The aviators met with media members to talk about the mission of Andersen AFB, their support of EXERCISE COPE NORTH and the continuous bomber presence. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Benjamin Gonsier)

B-52 Stratofortress aviators are interviewed by local and international media members Feb. 20 before the start of the 2016 Pacific Air Partners Open House at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. The aviators met with media members to talk about the mission of Andersen AFB, their support of EXERCISE COPE NORTH and the continuous bomber presence. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Benjamin Gonsier)

Airman 1st Class Jared May, 36th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter, helps place a fire helmet on a child’s head Feb. 20 during the 2016 Pacific Air Partners Open House at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. May, alongside other members of the fire department, provided attendees the opportunity to sit in a fire truck and learn about their mission. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Joshua Smoot)
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Airman 1st Class Jared May, 36th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter, helps place a fire helmet on a child’s head Feb. 20 during the 2016 Pacific Air Partners Open House at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. May, alongside other members of the fire department, provided attendees the opportunity to sit in a fire truck and learn about their mission. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Joshua Smoot)

Airman 1st Class Niko Diego, 36th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter, stands for a photo Feb. 20 during a fire truck demonstration at the 2016 Pacific Air Partners Open House at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. Diego, alongside other members of the fire department, provided attendees the opportunity to sit in a fire truck and learn about their mission. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Joshua Smoot)
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Airman 1st Class Niko Diego, 36th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter, stands for a photo Feb. 20 during a fire truck demonstration at the 2016 Pacific Air Partners Open House at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. Diego, alongside other members of the fire department, provided attendees the opportunity to sit in a fire truck and learn about their mission. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Joshua Smoot)

A drill member with the Okkodo High School Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps holds a rifle for a routine Feb. 20 during the 2016 Pacific Air Partners Open House at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam.  In addition to their presentation, drill teams from Guam High School and John F. Kennedy High School performed for the crowd during the open house. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Joshua Smoot)
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A drill member with the Okkodo High School Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps holds a rifle for a routine Feb. 20 during the 2016 Pacific Air Partners Open House at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. In addition to their presentation, drill teams from Guam High School and John F. Kennedy High School performed for the crowd during the open house. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Joshua Smoot)

Spectators watch a B-52 Stratofortress maneuver in the air Feb. 20 during the 2016 Pacific Air Partners Open House at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam.  The largest community outreach event of the year, the open house aims to enhance public awareness of the U.S. military's mission, equipment, facilities and personnel and to promote positive community relations. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Airman 1st Class Alexa Ann Henderson)
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Spectators watch a B-52 Stratofortress maneuver in the air Feb. 20 during the 2016 Pacific Air Partners Open House at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. The largest community outreach event of the year, the open house aims to enhance public awareness of the U.S. military's mission, equipment, facilities and personnel and to promote positive community relations. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Airman 1st Class Alexa Ann Henderson)

A F-15 Eagle soars through the sky Feb. 20 during the 2016 Pacific Air Partners Open House at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. The open house aims to enhance public awareness of the military's mission, equipment, facilities and personnel and to promote positive community relations.
(U.S. Air Force Photo/Airman 1st Class Alexa Ann Henderson)
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A F-15 Eagle soars through the sky Feb. 20 during the 2016 Pacific Air Partners Open House at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. The open house aims to enhance public awareness of the military's mission, equipment, facilities and personnel and to promote positive community relations. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Airman 1st Class Alexa Ann Henderson)

A F-15 Eagle soars past a crowd of people admiring a Helo Feb. 20 during the 2016 Pacific Air Partners Open House at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. The open house aims to enhance public awareness of the military's mission, equipment, facilities and personnel and to promote positive community relations.
(U.S. Air Force Photo/Airman 1st Class Alexa Ann Henderson)
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A F-15 Eagle soars past a crowd of people admiring a Helo Feb. 20 during the 2016 Pacific Air Partners Open House at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. The open house aims to enhance public awareness of the military's mission, equipment, facilities and personnel and to promote positive community relations. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Airman 1st Class Alexa Ann Henderson)

Two F-15 Eagles fly in formation during the 2016 Pacific Air Partners Open House Feb. 20 at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. The largest community outreach event of the year, the open house aimed to enhance public awareness of the U.S. military's mission, equipment, facilities and personnel and to promote positive community relations. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Airman 1st Class Alexa Ann Henderson)
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Two F-15 Eagles fly in formation during the 2016 Pacific Air Partners Open House Feb. 20 at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. The largest community outreach event of the year, the open house aimed to enhance public awareness of the U.S. military's mission, equipment, facilities and personnel and to promote positive community relations. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Airman 1st Class Alexa Ann Henderson)

Spectators watch as pyrotechnics go off Feb. 20 during the 2016 Pacific Air Partners Open House at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. For the final act of the open house, a B-52 Stratofortress performed a sledge-hammer pass over the flightline as pyrotechnics went off below it, simulating the aircraft dropping munitions. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Airman 1st Class Alexa Ann Henderson)
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Spectators watch as pyrotechnics go off Feb. 20 during the 2016 Pacific Air Partners Open House at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. For the final act of the open house, a B-52 Stratofortress performed a sledge-hammer pass over the flightline as pyrotechnics went off below it, simulating the aircraft dropping munitions. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Airman 1st Class Alexa Ann Henderson)

A military working dog team from the 36th Security Forces Squadron demonstrates patrol training Feb. 20 at the 2016 Pacific Air Partners Open House at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. For the open house, the 36th SFS military working dog unit performed multiple training scenarios in front of the crowds.(U.S. Air Force Photo/Airman 1st Class Alexa Ann Henderson)
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A military working dog team from the 36th Security Forces Squadron demonstrates patrol training Feb. 20 at the 2016 Pacific Air Partners Open House at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. For the open house, the 36th SFS military working dog unit performed multiple training scenarios in front of the crowds.(U.S. Air Force Photo/Airman 1st Class Alexa Ann Henderson)

Japan Air Self-Defense Force Airmen interact with visitors of the 2016 Pacific Air Partners Open House Feb. 20 at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. At the open house, the JASDF had multiple aircraft out on display to include the F-15J Eagle and F-2 Viper Zero. The JASDF and Royal Australian Air Force joined the U.S. Air Force in demonstrating pacific airpower to the attendees of the open house. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Benjamin Gonsier)
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Japan Air Self-Defense Force Airmen interact with visitors of the 2016 Pacific Air Partners Open House Feb. 20 at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. At the open house, the JASDF had multiple aircraft out on display to include the F-15J Eagle and F-2 Viper Zero. The JASDF and Royal Australian Air Force joined the U.S. Air Force in demonstrating pacific airpower to the attendees of the open house. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Benjamin Gonsier)

A F-15 Eagle soars through the sky Feb. 20 during the 2016 Pacific Air Partners Open House at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. The open house aimed to enhance public awareness of the military's mission, equipment, facilities and personnel and to promote positive community relations. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Arielle Vasquez)
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A F-15 Eagle soars through the sky Feb. 20 during the 2016 Pacific Air Partners Open House at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. The open house aimed to enhance public awareness of the military's mission, equipment, facilities and personnel and to promote positive community relations. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Arielle Vasquez)

F-15 Eagles fly in formation Feb. 20 during the 2016 Pacific Air Partners Open House at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. The open house showcased the things Airmen do and the capabilities of some of the world's strongest air forces. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Arielle Vasquez)
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F-15 Eagles fly in formation Feb. 20 during the 2016 Pacific Air Partners Open House at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. The open house showcased the things Airmen do and the capabilities of some of the world's strongest air forces. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Arielle Vasquez)

Crowds of people line up to see a C-130 Hercules Feb. 20 during the 2016 Pacific Air Partners Open House at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. The event included multiple aircraft static displays, flyovers, ground demonstrations and live bands.(U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Arielle Vasquez)
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Crowds of people line up to see a C-130 Hercules Feb. 20 during the 2016 Pacific Air Partners Open House at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. The event included multiple aircraft static displays, flyovers, ground demonstrations and live bands.(U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Arielle Vasquez)

The Chris Walker Band plays for attendees of the 2016 Pacific Air Partners Open House Feb. 20 at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam.
In addition to the Chris Walker Band, attendees of the open house were able to experience musical acts from Full Sprectrum and Rumblefish. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Jacob Skovo)
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The Chris Walker Band plays for attendees of the 2016 Pacific Air Partners Open House Feb. 20 at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. In addition to the Chris Walker Band, attendees of the open house were able to experience musical acts from Full Sprectrum and Rumblefish. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Jacob Skovo)

Chris Walker plays for attendees of the 2016 Pacific Air Partners Open House Feb. 20 at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. In addition to the Chris Walker Band, attendees of the open house were able to experience musical acts from Full Sprectrum and Rumblefish. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Jacob Skovo)
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Chris Walker plays for attendees of the 2016 Pacific Air Partners Open House Feb. 20 at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. In addition to the Chris Walker Band, attendees of the open house were able to experience musical acts from Full Sprectrum and Rumblefish. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Jacob Skovo)

To kick-off the 2016 Pacific Air Partners Open House motorcycle enthusiasts gathered to ride down the flightline Feb. 20 at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. The largest community outreach event of the year, the open house aims to enhance public awareness of the U.S. military's mission, equipment, facilities and personnel and to promote positive community relations. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Jacob Skovo)
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To kick-off the 2016 Pacific Air Partners Open House motorcycle enthusiasts gathered to ride down the flightline Feb. 20 at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. The largest community outreach event of the year, the open house aims to enhance public awareness of the U.S. military's mission, equipment, facilities and personnel and to promote positive community relations. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Jacob Skovo)

Airmen conducted a foreign object damage walk Feb. 21, 2016, at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. The FOD walk was conducted after the 2016 Pacific Air Partners Open House to ensure no debris was left on the flightline, which could affect aircraft engines. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Arielle Vasquez)
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Airmen conducted a foreign object damage walk Feb. 21, 2016, at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. The FOD walk was conducted after the 2016 Pacific Air Partners Open House to ensure no debris was left on the flightline, which could affect aircraft engines. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Arielle Vasquez)

Airmen conducted a foreign object damage walk Feb. 21, 2016, at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. The FOD walk was conducted after the 2016 Pacific Air Partners Open House to ensure no debris was left on the flightline, which could affect aircraft engines. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Arielle Vasquez)
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Airmen conducted a foreign object damage walk Feb. 21, 2016, at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. The FOD walk was conducted after the 2016 Pacific Air Partners Open House to ensure no debris was left on the flightline, which could affect aircraft engines. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Arielle Vasquez)

ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam --

Long lines and huge crowds filled the Andersen AFB flightline Feb. 20. The scene, reminiscent of something one might see at an amusement park, was Andersen opening its doors to the public for the 2016 Pacific Air Partners Open House.

More than 23,000 Guam residents, tourists and military members alike received the opportunity to walk around the flightline and see aircraft such as the U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress, F-16 Fighting Falcon, E-3 Sentry, and aircraft from the Japan Air Self-Defense Force and Royal Australian Air Force up-close.

“We have a unique lineup of aircraft and Airmen here to showcase our incredible Air Force capabilities and pacific partners present for Exercise Cope North,” said Brig. Gen. Andrew Toth, 36th Wing commander. “There truly isn’t anywhere else in the world that has the capabilities we do here in Guam. We are able to conduct complex training exercises on land, air and sea and we couldn’t do that without your tremendous support.”

The largest community outreach event of the year, the open house aims to enhance public awareness of the U.S. military's mission, equipment, facilities and personnel and to promote positive community relations.

“I really enjoyed being able to visit the base, see these planes up-close and meet with military members,” said Ricky Emesiochel, a local resident of Guam. “My favorite part was the RQ-4 Global Hawk. I can’t believe that aircraft is remotely piloted!”

As the day drew to a close, members of the local community were able to go home knowing they learned something new about the military and were thanked for their continued support of the troops.

“It is an honor to call this island home,” Toth said. “We hope that this Open House gives everyone the opportunity to see some of our aircraft up-close and talk to some of our Airmen both from the U.S and our coalition partners. From all of Team Andersen including our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, Coast Guardsmen, Reserve and Guardsmen—we thank you.”