The strategic value of Andersen AFB, Guam, is center stage once again for US military planners, giving rise to a major overhaul. The Pacific region facility has been the site of continuous bomber and fighter rotations for the past year and may get permanent aircraft. It already is slated for a contingent of Global Hawks. All of which generates the need for more personnel and more facilities. USAF civil engineers are making plans to cover growth over the next decade, including housing for up to 2,400 more personnel, new hangars, water tanks, maintenance facilities, and quality of life facilities like a new clinic and dining hall.
Two Airmen endured -45 degree temperatures during an Arctic survival course in the far north, where national security experts worry the U.S. is underprepared to counter Russia or China.