In August I noted that the Air Force had opened a new hanger for two B-2 bombers. We were more than a little skeptical (check the comments section) hat that was all there was to it, and it seems that we were right. There’s potentially a lot of US military activity coming to Guam in the next few years, including, perhaps, 7,000 Marines from Okinawa. Here’s the latest news:
Gen. Paul V. Hester, commander of the Pacific Air Forces, talked yesterday about the plans for stationing up to six Global Hawk surveillance aircraft and the possible permanent deployment of aircraft fuel tankers on Guam.
There’s also a chance Guam could become an international hub for Global Hawks.
“Our U.S. Global Hawk forces will be here — up to about six Global Hawks — and then we’re talking with other nations.
“If they buy Global Hawks, would they station those in their countries, or would they join us here on Guam and use this as kind of an (intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance) Global Hawk center of excellence here?” Hester said.
Why is Guam suddenly becoming such a military hot spot? As they say in the real estate world: “Location, Location, Location”.