US Air Force Andersen Air Force Base Serves as Diplomatic Hub to Indo-Pacific
US Air Force Andersen Air Force Base Serves as Diplomatic Hub to Indo-Pacific

US Air Force Andersen Air Force Base Serves as Diplomatic Hub to Indo-Pacific

Service members assigned to Andersen Air Force Base and Marine Corps Base Camp Blaz have partnered with the Department of State to bring COVID-19 relief to the Indo-Pacific over the last two months. The 734th Air Mobility Squadron, 36th Medical Group, along with the 36th Logistics Readiness Squadron coordinated with six DoS members to receive and load cargo in support of COVID-19 relief measures in the Indo-Pacific.

“I take great pride in the 734th’s involvement with these missions,” said Staff Sgt. Robert Swigart, 734th AMS air terminal operating center senior controller. “It’s great that the Airmen get to be a part of something that’s helping those in need in the Indo-Pacific.”
“Our intent is to support every incoming unit for real-world missions or exercises,” Viera-Hernandez said. “We help units navigate the unique requirements and considerations here on AAFB.”

A Guam Flight Services handler loads Department of State diplomatic crates and pouches on Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Feb. 23, 2021. The diplomatic crates and pouches were distributed to the Indo-Pacific in support of COVID-19 relief measures. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Michael S. Murphy)

Cargo was loaded onto a military-contracted Gulfstream III and distributed to U.S. Embassies in the nations of Mongolia, Vietnam, Brunei, Indonesia, Timor-Leste, Papua New Guinea, Australia and Fiji. The 36th LRS coordinated requirements set by Guam Department of Health and Social Services to DoS members to ensure compliance with local COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions, and located storage for the cargo in a hangar operated by the U.S. Marine Corps, said 1st Lt. Jannell Viera-Hernandez, 36th LRS installation reception officer and reception working group lead.

Andersen AFB is an ideal for this mission due to its in the Indo-Pacific and proximity to Eastern and South Eastern Asia.Regardless if it’s supporting fighter jets for a Dynamic Force Employment, bombers for a Bomber Task Force deployment rotations, or humanitarian missions, Andersen AFB’s service members are capable of supporting a vast array of operations. Andersen AFB continues to support global operations, host multinational exercises and cultivate regional partnerships despite COVID-19.

A Gulfstream IV chartered by the Department of State prepares to depart Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, April 14, 2021. Andersen AFB service members partnered with the DoS by storing and loading cargo used to provide COVID-19 relief to U.S. Embassies in the nations of Mongolia, Vietnam, Brunei, Indonesia, Timor-Leste, Papua New Guinea, Australia, Fuji and across the Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Michael S. Murphy)