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Guam, Andersen to celebrate Air Force Week

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  • By the 36th Wing Public Affairs Office

In conjunction with similar events at Air Force bases worldwide, Andersen Air Force Base will join its Guam neighbors in celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the Air Force with Guam Air Force Week September 4 to 9. Thirty-sixth Wing commander Brig. Gen. Doug Owens will join Lt. Gov. Mike Cruz Tuesday in Adelup at his scheduled 9 a.m. signing of the governor's proclamation of Air Force Week. 

The national commemorative period began Oct. 14, 2006 with the dedication of the Air Force Memorial in Arlington, Va. 

Today, more than 690,000 active duty, Guard and Reserve Airmen and civilians serve in the Air Force, defending America and its ideals in an ever-changing world. These men and women share the same ingenuity, courage and technological innovation that have long characterized the service. 

Andersen Air Force Base was originally built as North Field in 1944 immediately following the liberation of Guam from its Japanese captors. A few years later, on September 18, 1947, the US Air Force became its own military service separated from the Army by the National Security Act of 1947. 

Air Force Week Schedule of Events

- All events subject to change -

Sept. 4 - Sept. 7 Airmen present "Air Power: our history, your history" at Guam high schools (Southern, JFK, George Washington, GHS and Simon Sanchez) 

Tuesday, Sept. 4 - 
Governor's proclamation ceremony at Bordallo Governor's Complex, Adelup 

Wednesday, Sept. 5
- U.S. Air Force Band of the Pacific's Alaskan Express performs at Chamorro Village, Hagatna, 6:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 6 
- Andersen Air Force Base plaque re-dedication ceremony, wing headquarters building

- Alaskan Express performs at Agana Shopping Center, Hagatna, 6 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 7 
- Andersen AFB Wing Run (on base), Arc Light Memorial Park, 6:45 a.m.

- Golf Tournament and barbecue (Chamber of Commerce Armed Forces Committee/ - Andersen Civilian Advisory Council) at Admiral Nimitz golf course, Barrigada, 10:30 a.m. barbecue; Noon shotgun start

- Alaskan Express performs at Micronesia Mall, 6 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 8 
- Operation Christmas Drop 5K Road Race, Hagatna, 6 a.m.

- Air Force Demonstration at Ypao Beach, Tumon* (open to the public, food vendors present)
10 a.m. Event kick-off - Brig. Gen. Doug Owens and
reading of Guam Senatorial resolution
10:05 a.m. Air Force Band of the Pacific's Alaskan Express
10:45 a.m. The Fireballs (522nd Fighter Squadron band) perform
11:00 a.m. F-16 Falcon and B-52 Stratofortress flyover
11:30 a.m. Demonstrations: 554th RED HORSE Squadron, 36th Security Forces Squadron military working dog, 36th Contingency Response Group and 36th Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal
12:30 p.m. The American Belles perform
12:55 p.m. Closing Remarks
1 p.m. Program ends
* schedule subject to change

- Air Force 60th Birthday Ball at Hilton Guam Resort and Spa, 5:30 p.m. (by invitation only) 
     -- Guest speaker Lt. Gen. David Deptula, USAF Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence,  
         Surveillance and Reconnaissance 
     -- Performances by The American Belles and Alaskan Express

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