It's little wonder that the airbase, which allows the United States to project its vast military presence across the Asia-Pacific, "gets on the nerves" of Kim Jong-un, whose regime today threatened to attack the atoll.
As far back as 2013 the DPRK threatened Guam after B52's out of Andersen Air Force base flew near the North Korean border saying "the KPA strategic rocket force has already been on a-class alert to wipe out the U.S. Forces and reduce their bases in Guam and other regions to ashes." adding, "The KPA air force is put on alert".
The spokesman said the US B-1B strategic bombers, which are based in Guam, are "getting on the nerves of the North Korea and threatening and blackmailing it through their frequent visits to the sky above South Korea".
Guam's Homeland Security Adviser George Charfauros says officials there are confident "the U.S. Department of Defense is monitoring this situation very closely and is maintaining a condition of readiness".
Aircrews, maintenance and support personnel will continue generating B-1 bomber sorties to demonstrate the continuing USA commitment to stability and security in the region, providing commanders with a strategic power-projection platform and fulfilling the need for aircraft that are mission-ready at any time, an important part of national defense during a time of high regional tension, Pacific Air Forces officials said.
The Japanese Defense Ministry on August 8 said that North Korea may have already developed the capability to fit nuclear warheads onto its ICBMs. This is the response by many United States citizens in Guam today.
Guam is located in the Mariana Islands.
The island measures just 58kms in length and 20kms across but is big enough for the US Army anti-missile system, the Andersen Air Force Base and a major naval port at Apra Harbor.
THAAD is a land-based element that can shoot down a ballistic missile inside and just outside the atmosphere and would be the frontline weapon in meeting any North Korean strike.
The unit replaces the 9th squadron from Dyess Air Force Base in Texas.
The Pentagon's statement never mentioned North Korea or Kim (or Trump, for that matter) by name, but the tiny tyrannical fiefdom's specter hung over the exercise.