Airmen from the 36th Contingency Response Group at Andersen AFB, Guam, and sailors from the US Naval Base Guam will sail to Wake Island, where they will assess the damage to the island and airfield operations following Super Typhoon Ioke. Two C-17 airlifters from Hickam AFB, Hawaii, had airlifted to Hawaii all 188 people on the island before the storm hit. Wake Island commander, Air Force Capt. Nate Harris, said island personnel had prepared facilities “as best we could.”
The 14th Weather Squadron is taking on a new mission performed by no other unit in the military: predicting what the climate might look like 10 years from now, with calculations that include the effect of greenhouse gasses.