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Senior leadership from Team Andersen climb aboard a MC-130, for a staff ride to Tinian Island, Oct. 11. During the visit, they toured American and Japanese facilities from World War II and were given a rich historical brief on engagements on the island. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Carlin Leslie)
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Tinian Heritage staff ride

Posted 10/12/2011   Updated 10/12/2011 Email story   Print story


by Senior Airman Carlin Leslie
36th Wing Public Affairs

10/12/2011 - ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam -- Thirty-four members of Team Andersen's senior leadership visited the Island of Tinian to explore the rich U.S. Army Air Corps heritage and World War II history Oct. 11.

Tinian was captured by the United States in July 1944 from Japan in the Battle of Tinian, and the island was transformed into the largest airbase of the war. At the time, the island housed two airfields, with nine Air Groups of the 20th Air Force and 375 B-29's.

The island is located approximately 80 miles North of Guam within the Northern Marianas Islands.

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