Guam is across the International Dateline from the mainland United States. Guam's time zone is GMT + 10 hours. Guam does not use daylight savings time. Guam is about three hours by airplane from Tokyo and Manila, four hours from Seoul, Hong Kong, and Taipei, five hours from Saigon, Singapore, and Bali, and six hours to Bangkok, Sydney, and Auckland. Going to the other side of the International Dateline, it is seven hours by air plane to Honolulu, Fiji, and Samoa, and eight hours to Tahiti.
Assignment tours are 24 months for unaccompanied/single and 36 months for accompanied; check with your MPF for the most current information.
Passports and Visas
Ensure member and/or dependents have the required passports and/or visa prior to final out-processing. Member and/or dependents are not allowed to final out-process without the required passports/visas in hand for themselves (if applicable) and/or dependents. Members electing the accompanied tour will not be permitted to out-process without having the required passports/visas in hand for themselves (if applicable) and/or dependents.
These actions are necessary to prevent unforeseen hardships to the military members and their families. Therefore, as a last reiteration, it is essential, members do not out-process without having the appropriate passports/visas for themselves (if applicable) and/or dependents.
Making Phone Calls
To call Guam commercially from mainland United States, just dial 1, the area code for Guam (671), then the telephone number. Commercial - 1 (671) 366-xxxx (Guam has a U.S. area code). DSN 315-366-xxxx, Operator ext.-1110. To dial a commercial local call from on base, you must dial 99 + number. Example: 99 + 653-xxxx.
If en route and the flight is delayed, contact the Military Personnel Flight (MPF) Career Development at 671-362-4946, Customer support at 671-362-4812 or your sponsor. For other emergencies, contact the American Red Cross for official verification of emergency. ARC will contact an Andersen AFB representative, who will notify your Command representatives of your present situation.
Special Needs Family Members
Stringent overseas medical screenings are required for all military, DoD Civilians, and command sponsored family members reporting to Guam. Individuals who evade or avoid medical screenings, who mislead medical screeners, or who fail to enroll in the EFMP when required will be dealt with by the Command on arrival at Andersen.
Non-Command Sponsored Family
Members who bring non-command sponsored family members to Guam do so at their own financial/medical risk!
School Age children and military spouses need a clean IPPD test (Tuberculosis Screening Test), especially if working in the beverage industry, medical community, or around children.
If you possess a pre-Endangered Species Act animal that you want to bring to Guam, contact the nearest Federal Parks & Wildlife office. Without proper documentation, you may not be able to get your animal back into the States. Pet quarantine on Guam is currently 5 days. It is expensive to bring an animal to the island.
If you are bringing a firearm to Guam, you must register it with the Guam authorities within 30 days of arrival. You will be required to consent to a background check, obtain a firearm ID card, then register each firearm. Andersen Security Forces requires separate registration of any firearm you plan to store on base. Failing to properly register your firearms can lead to criminal penalties and refusal of movers to ship your firearms when you PCS from Guam.
Certified Birth Certificate or Passport
Many patients are MEDEVACed from Guam to U.S. hospitals in Japan or Okinawa. While Japan will not keep an emergency case from entering the country, the accompanying family member (if not active duty) will be required to have a passport. Also, the patient will need to obtain a passport to leave Japan. Guam Immigration and Naturalization Service do not recognize military dependent ID cards as valid proof of U.S. citizenship; therefore, we recommend all dependent travelers carry a certified Birth Certificate or passport.
Items to Hand Carry
Defense Service Network (DSN) Dialing Instructions
The DSN is the provider of long-distance communications service for the Department of Defense (DoD). Every installation has a special DSN number and the numbers vary by world-wide location. In order to place a call using DSN, the caller must be using a military phone on an installation. Cell phones cannot dial DSN numbers. When dialing a DSN number from a United States installation to another United States installation, it is unnecessary to dial the DSN 315 area code. When dialing a DSN number to/from overseas locations, the DSN area code must be included. The operator can be reached at commercial 671-366-1110 or 671-355-1110. Please note that long distance charges may be incurred.
Catapult Joint Combat & Contingency-Response Capabilities
Andersen AFB, 36th Wing, Air Mobility Command (AMC), opened as North Field in 1944, and was primarily used as a B-29 staging base in the Pacific during WWII. Later it was renamed after Brigadier General James R. Andersen, former Chief of Staff for the Army Air Force, Pacific, who was lost at sea returning to Honolulu in 1945. The base continues to support strategic operations in the region, and serves as a staging base for activities in Asia and the South Pacific. The bulk of Andersen's duties since WWII have been as a Strategic Air Command (SAC) base, supporting activities in Korea and Vietnam.
According to the 2020 Census, currently there are about 9,700 military personnel stationed in Guam and about 15,200 family members of those serving on island - which amounts to about 16.1% of the island's total population recorded in the 2020 census.
According to the 2020 Census, the current population of Guam is 153,836.
Andersen AFB serves DoD Personnel, families, civilians, and joint services. Tenant Units include: 21 SOP, Det 2, AFOSI/DET602, 254 ABG, 254 RHS, 44 APS, Area Defense Counsel, 624 AMDS, 613 AOC/94th AAMDC, FBI Resident Agency, 3-196th Infantry Battalion, USMC Activity Guam, HSC-25.
USA, Guam. This is a military town and a high cost area, but our rich World War II history makes it an interesting assignment. Andersen Air Force Base (AFB), Guam is located on the north end of Guam, approximately 15 miles from the capital, Hagatna (or Ha-gat-nya). Andersen AFB is in the village of Yigo (pronounced "Jeego"). There are plenty of recreational and travel opportunities which make Andersen a popular tour among the adventurous. Guam is the most southern island in the Marianas Island chain. The closest neighboring islands are Rota, Tinian, and Saipan. The base operator's phone number is 671-355-1110 or DSN 315-355-1110.
Andersen AFB is located at the northern most tip of Guam. The main road on Guam is Marine Corps Drive (Route 1). Upon arrival into the Guam International Airport Authority, exit the parking area and take a left at the traffic light. Proceed on this road until you reach Route 1, then take a right. Stay on this road until you reach the front gate of Andersen AFB.
Taxis are readily available and waiting outside the airport. Not all taxis are allowed inside Andersen AFB, ask the driver before riding. Approximately US $25-40 one way. If you are traveling with your pet(s), transportation coordination must be completed with the Quarantine Facility you have elected. This process must be accomplished prior to departing your losing unit. Your pet(s) will be picked up by the quarantine facility for transport and placed in quarantine for the required quarantine period. (See Moving - Shipping Pets Article)
The Guam International Airport does not have a USO. However, there are three USO locations currently operational on Guam. One is located on Andersen AFB, behind the medical clinic, the second location, is at the Dusit Hotel-Plaza and the third, is located on Naval Base Guam, Camp Covington. The Guam USO features a computer center, big screen movie center, video games, snacks and more. ALL for FREE. Donations accepted.
671-355-1110 or DSN 315-355-1110.