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  • Andersen AFB's Legacy: Operation Linebacker II

    Thirty-nine years ago, Andersen Air Force Base became involved in Operation Linebacker II, an operation that would arguably be the most significant event in the installations long and distinguished history. Andersen AFB became the site of the most immense buildup of air power in history. More than 12,000 Airmen and 153 B-52s took up five miles of ramp space on the flight line. This article is about the operation that had many names, to include "The Eleven Day War", "11 Days of Christmas", "December Raids or Bombings" and "The Christmas Bombings"- but whatever moniker is used, it boils down to the massive bombing effort of North Vietnam from December 18-29, 1972.
  • Longest race of my life: two days to Ironman; more than a race

    If you have been following this series, then you would know that in two days I will be competing in the Ironman 70.3 Superfrog. I have written about why I signed up, many aspects of training, and my diet.For the final article before the race I want to post about the real reason I undertook this race, but after writing a seven page article about my
  • Attitude

    You can either love what you do or hate it, but it all depends on your attitude.Colin Powell once said, “Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.”I read this during a challenging assignment when I didn’t have the right attitude. I was a section superintendent responsible for the actions, products and well-being of 10 people. We all got along great
  • Airmen are always on the record, clock and red carpet

    A few years ago, I happened to be scrolling through my Facebook account and came across a comment made by an Air Force staff sergeant that I had saved in my friends list. It appeared she was on a rant about some rapper stomping on the U.S. flag as part of his new video. What I found most disappointing about the post was that she was apparently NOT
  • The day breast cancer changed my life

    Cold, confused and on the brink of tears were just a few of the emotions I experienced the morning I graduated Air Force Basic Military Training. As I waited all morning for my parents to greet me after eight long weeks, thoughts started running through my mind, why are my parents late? This isn't like them. Finally I looked up to see my mother
  • Diego Garcia’s master budget analyst, resource advisor recognized

    While Airmen have come and gone, a Pampanga, Philippines, native has been the lone off-shore Philippine general schedule employee here for nine years.Whenever personnel get the rare opportunity to visit Diego Garcia a second time, one of the first inquiries is the status of Elizabeth Del Pilar. It is not uncommon to see a smile on their face when
  • Coming together for COPE NORTH

    A typhoon has devastated the fictional island nation of "Guastralia." Headquarters U.S. Pacific Command has tasked the 36th Contingency Response Group to team up with Royal Australian Air Force, Japanese Air Self Defense Force, and Republic of Korea Air Force counterparts to open "Novotonia Air Base," a bare base at which the U.S. Government is
  • "Reviewing Our Core Values"

    Last year while at a commander's conference, I had the opportunity to listen to a speech from Lt. Gen. David Fadok, Commander and President of Air University, , and he explained his "values." This prompted me to take a hard look at what I felt was important to me and as a result I put together some thoughts to try and communicate how and what I
  • Season’s Greetings from COMPACAF

    Gillian and I are happy to be stationed in the Pacific theater once again, celebrating the holiday season alongside the rest of our PACAF family.While this is a time of celebration, we want to shift our focus from celebrating 'with' our families to actually celebrating them. Quite often, mission requirements force us to make sacrifices throughout
  • Growing in Leadership

    Leadership is the art of influencing and directing people to accomplish the mission. Well, this sounds easy enough! Is it really a walk in the park? What if you have that task that no one wants to do? How do you make it happen? How do you become that great leader that can handle any situation no matter how small or large? On the surface, leadership
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Congratulations to Team Andersen's newest graduates of Airman Leadership School class 19F! Follow the link to download the High Res. photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/andersenafb/albums/72157710560654943
Congratulations to Team Andersen's newest Master Sergeants. To download the High Res. photos, follow the link below: https://www.flickr.com/photos/andersenafb/albums/72157710543959523
It’s that time of year again when parents and children are preparing to go back to school. 26 Aug. starts the 1st day of school for Team Andersen children. With that said, please take extreme precaution while driving in the school zone. Please see school zone safety tips below: - Be on the lookout for school zone signals and ALWAYS obey the speed limits. - When entering a school zone, be sure to SLOW DOWN and obey all traffic laws. - Always stop for school buses that are loading or unloading children. - BE AWARE of and watch out for children near schools, bus stops, sidewalks, in the streets, in school parking lots, etc.
Members assigned to the 36 Force Support Squadron, SSgt Cherise Hood, SSgt Joshua Parnell and SrA Alyssa Ross, recently represented Joint Region Marianas at the Tenth Annual Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC) Culinary Competition at Naval Station Great Lakes. The culinary competition consisted of twelve teams of three chefs that were declared as the best of their Navy region. The trio ultimately snatched second place for overall performance and took home third place in the culinary competition. Their winnings included three fine-dining cookbooks, a garnishing kit, a knife set and 24 education hours from the American Culinary Federation. (courtesy photos) #foodservices #culinaryskills #36FSS
Thank you Civil Engineers for you what you do and continue to #LeadTheWay
If you want to hit the gym but don't like waiting for equipment, check out the Annex Fitness Center! It's open 24/7 and all you need is a PIN code. Register your military ID at the annex during their manned hours to recieve your code. Staffed annex hours: Monday-Friday 6am-9am and 4pm-7pm. Located next to the base library. See ya at the gym!
Andersen AFB will be conducting a routine exercise from 20-22 Aug. Please expect delays at all gates and announcements across the public address system.
Team Andersen is thankful for all the thoughts and prayers given the last couple of days, and we are glad to report that the Defender is healthy and doing well. We thank all our Defenders who protect our base personnel and families, allowing the mission to drive on each day. Our training and partnership with the Guam Police Department is also an invaluable asset. Resources are available to those affected by these circumstances. Remember you are never alone, and help is always available. Visit Andersen Helping Agencies - AHA for more information.
Remembering the last “Skyblazer”
Gate runner pronounced dead ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam – At approximately 7:52 a.m. local time today, the suspect was pronounced deceased on scene while receiving medical attention by emergency medical personnel. At approximately 7:35 p.m., Aug. 14, a suspect charged the front gate while being pursued by the Guam Police Department. The suspect crashed their vehicle while attempting to force their way through the gate, abandoned their vehicle, and then proceeded to flee on foot into the nearby jungle area. 36th Security Forces Squadron initiated base lockdown procedures and began the search for the suspect along with GPD. The suspect attempted to evade patrols in the jungle. 36th SFS’s members and GPD located the suspect on base and initiated an arrest. The suspect responded aggressively attacking the arresting officers and stabbed a Department of Defense civilian security forces member. The suspect was subsequently shot by the officer in self-defense. “While apprehending a suspect, our defenders were compelled to use lethal force for their own defense, resulting in the death of the suspect,” said Brig. General Gentry Boswell, 36th Wing commander. “We value the importance of every life and are thankful for the courage our Defenders display in the safe conduct of their duties protecting our personnel and families.” There is an ongoing investigation into this incident and additional information may be provided when available. The Naval Criminal Investigative Service and Air Force Office of Special Investigation are working together with Security Forces and Guam Police Department to conduct a thorough investigation into the incident and the use of force.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Police chase suspect shot at Andersen Air Force Base during apprehension. At approximately 6:35 a.m. local time, the search for the suspect involved in a high-speed police chase last night with Guam Police Department ended when he was located by a team of security forces members here. The individual crashed into the barriers on Andersen AFB and attempted to flee on foot. During apprehension, the suspect responded aggressively and stabbed a Department of Defense civilian security forces member. The suspect was subsequently shot by base security during the altercation. The suspect was transported by ambulance to civilian hospital. “Our top priority is to ensure the safety of Team Andersen, our service members and families,” said Brig. Gen. Gentry Boswell, 36th Wing commander. “We are proud of our partnerships in place and for the swift actions taken by our security forces members in conjunction with local law enforcement.” There is an ongoing investigation into this incident and additional information may be provided when available. The Air Force Office of Special Investigation is working together with Andersen AFB security forces and the Guam Police Department. Please direct any inquiries to the Public Affairs office at (671) 366-2228.
Main Gate Closure Real World for Andersen AFB Anderesen AFB Main Gate is closed for emergency personel only until further notice. Utilize other gates for entry and exit to Andersen AFB.
At approximately 7:35 p.m. local time, a civilian suspect attempted to enter Andersen Air Force Base at the main gate after fleeing from the Guam Police Department, the suspect crashed his vehicle when members of the 36th Security Forces Squadron activated emergency defensive barriers. Andersen Air Force Base was placed on lockdown as a safety precaution. Security Forces and local law enforcement responded to the scene of the crash, secured the area and opened the main gate road. The all clear has been issued and normal operations have resumed.
As of right now, every gate but the back gate is open. Traffic is slowly flowing & all outbound traffic is being searched.
ALL CLEAR ALL CLEAR ALL CLEAR Immediate threat has passed. The lockdown for Andersen AFB has been lifted. Thank you for your patience while Andersen AFB responders ensured the safety of our base. ALL CLEAR ALL CLEAR ALL CLEAR
LOCKDOWN LOCKDOWN LOCKDOWN Andersen AFB is in a base wide lockdown. All base personnel implement lockdown procedures and immediately take shelter. Remain indoors and keep all entry ways locked. This is not an exercise! We will provide further updates as we receive them.
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CBD is non-psychotropic, meaning it does not produce the high associated with tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the primary psychoactive component of marijuana. Also, IAW AFI 1-1, members are not allowed to use CBD or any other substance (other than alcohol or tobacco) to become intoxicated or alter their mood or function. This is a violation of Art 92 failure to obey order or regulation. STAY AWAY FROM CBD!!! #sayno2CBD #sayno2drugs #CBDisbad
Andersen never sleeps! The 36th EAMXS operates around the clock to make sure that the mission gets done. Night shift workers are given work that cannot be completed during the day because of time restraints, and complete a wide range of task during their shift.
#DidYouKnow? The aviation distress call "Mayday" was created in 1923 and derives from the French "m'aidez" or "help me". #TheMoreYouKnow
Fantastic words of advice from the @AirMobilityCmd Commander. https://t.co/2eZlrWxvnJ
RT @cmsaf18: Leaders, listen up. Please speak with your teammates about their #financial readiness. Help them learn & lead them to the AFRC…
Thank you to all those who serve or have served and the families who support them. #VeteransDay https://t.co/ctgVzR0uqD
RT @AETCommand: #BehindTheScenes - Officer Training School Flight 3-13 prepares to march with their newly earned pennant Nov. 3, 2019 at @M
Happy Birthday to our brothers and sisters in the US Marine Corps. https://t.co/P60IkeoGRn
RT @AETCommand: 🗣 Heads up First Command!!! Lt. Gen. Webb & Chief Gudgel will host their first AETC Command Team Facebook Live Town Hall ev…
We appreciate the support of our local communities. https://t.co/yqo7qq62G8
RT @HQAirUniversity: To differentiate #USAF Airmen from other like-minded individuals, the term #Airman is reserved for USAF personnel whil…
Ever wonder if you are too tall or too short to be a pilot? Wonder no longer, this article has all the info you nee… https://t.co/M8V80N0VQm
Maxwell was honored to host this special event! https://t.co/tmOS4AFhMy
Welcome to Maxwell. https://t.co/Btr339zK2y
This is a great opportunity to ask the AETC leadership a question about the Major Command or training in the Air Fo… https://t.co/N0MwV3SXn4
Gunter Annex is getting a new Force Support Satellite Office in building 847. They will provide services for MPF,… https://t.co/6FPHBkehxP
Maxwell-Gunter will celebrate Halloween tonight from 6pm to 8pm. Children will be going door-to-door throughout Max… https://t.co/oaSmqcF86x
RT @willainsworthAL: We had a successful Military Stability Commission meeting today followed by a tour of @MaxwellAFB, Gunter Annex, and…
Gunter Annex is getting a new Force Support Satellite Office in bldg 847.  The office will provide services for MPF… https://t.co/m9R1PQJQxj
RT @AETCommand: #AirForce #JROTC cadets got some outstanding leadership and problem-solving training on the #LeadershipReactionCourse @Maxw
RT @HQAirUniversity: The Joint Force Air Component Commander should be the Service component commander with the preponderance of forces to…
Do you have school aged kids and want to engage with the team that is helping take military-affiliated families’ co… https://t.co/lb0eU5BCxM