US, Japanese troops begin joint military exercise amid North Korea threat

Lucy Bush
August 12, 2017

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.

The warning came hours after U.S. President Donald Trump said further threats from Pyongyang would be met with "fire and fury".

The American military presence on Guam consists of two bases - Andersen Air Force Base in the north and Naval Base Guam in the south - which are home to 7,000 US troops.

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The U.S. planes, which were created to carry nuclear bombs and later switched to conventional payloads, followed up the drills with Japan with a separate exercise with South Korean Forces, the ASDF said. "It shares false information supposedly coming from the Navy regarding North Korea", Calvo stated on his Facebook page. Both are now living in Guam with their son while he serves in the military.

I know we woke up to media reports of North Korea's talk of revenge on the United States and this so-called new-found technology that allows them to target Guam. We are not just a military installation.

Around 43,000 Filipinos now live in Guam, which is home to a United States military base and sits approximately 2,500 kilometers away from the Philippines. Guam was also a refueling and transfer spot for people heading to Southeast Asia, and many refugees fleeing Saigon were evacuated through Guam. A huge red, white and blue ribbon is outside the airport terminal. Chamorros are the indigenous people of Guam. The B-1s then performed a pass over the Pilsung Range before leaving South Korean airspace and returning to Guam.

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Three-hundred-fifty airmen from the 28th Bomb Wing at Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota are among military personnel on Guam, the tiny Pacific island that's been the focus of recent global attention with escalating tensions between the USA and North Korea.

Guam is armed with the U.S. Army's defense system known as Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, which can intercept missiles.

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