Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

A snapshot of Guam before US-North Korea conflict and now

A snapshot of Guam before US-North Korea conflict and now

He said now is the time to pray that the leaders of the USA and North Korea will choose peace over war. It has limited self-government, with a popularly elected governor, small legislature, and non-voting delegate in the U.S. House of Representatives.

US forces on the island were not immediately available for comment.

Also in this video, US Air Force Lt Col Christopher Occhiuzzo from the 36th Operations Group discusses the aircraft used at the base and their capabilities.

"Guam is American soil". "They are here to protect the islands, just in case something happens".

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An U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer, assigned to the 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, deployed from Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota, takes off from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, for a training mission on Friday, Aug. 11, 2017.

Guam, with a 2016 population of nearly 163,000, has been fought over for centuries. Its chief languages are English and Chamorro.

But, she concedes, "It definitely makes us a target".

The officials told NBC that the attack would originate from the Andersen Air Force Base in Guam. The tourist district of Tumon, home to many of Guam's hotels and resorts, is in between.

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NBC's report comes after a state-media outlet said Pyongyang was "seriously considering" an attack on Guam. For years, North Korea has claimed Guam is within its missiles' striking distance, making furious statements each time when the US flew powerful bombers from the island's air base to the Korean Peninsula.

Guamanians have served in all major US wars since World War II and see military service as a source of pride. It has two 2-mile (3-kilometer) long runways and large fuel and munitions storage facilities. It did so to compensate for USA forces diverted from other bases in the Asia-Pacific region to fight in the Middle East.

Naval Base Guam is an important outpost for USA fast-attack nuclear powered submarines that are a key means for gathering intelligence in the region, including off the Korean peninsula and in the South China Sea where China has been building military bases on man-made islands that have stirred tension across Asia. The rotations also came as North Korea increasingly upped the ante in the standoff over its development of nuclear weapons.

In 2013, the Army sent a missile defense system to Guam called Terminal High Altitude Area Defense or THAAD. A THAAD battery includes a truck-mounted launcher, tracking radar, interceptor missiles and an integrated fire control system.

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