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Naval Forces Marianas is one of the twelve military facilities established under the command of the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure commission. The new base is a mixture of Naval Base Guam and Andersen Air Force Base. Since each of them had a different military force in command, the new base is now operated by both the United States Air Force and the United States Navy. It is run by Real Admiral Paul Bushong.
The general objective of Naval Forces Marianas is to support all the US Navy and US Air Force operations in the Marianas, regardless of the reasons. The troops provide executive management and military power whenever they are needed. The location is strategical, in the Pacific. Over the years, the two bases counting as one today have seriously played a major role throughout the important wars, whether you count World War II, the Korean War or the Vietnam War. Other than that, the base is also running a friendly campaign towards the civilians inhabiting Guam, in an attempt to set up good relations with the civilians and educate them on the American force. The base can be seen like a bridge between the two communities.
Finally, the happiness of its inhabitants is another mission of Naval Forces Marianas. The long distance from home may be a serious impediment to affect the troops, so maintaining a user friendly atmosphere on site and some high quality facilities to make everyone feel like home represent two excellent ideas. When the people are in a good mood, their work is definitely better.
Guam was under a few different dominations throughout its history. It was owned by Spain, then handed over to the Americans in 1898. It was taken over by Japan in 1941 and recovered by the Americans in 1944, after three weeks of intensive battles. July, 22-nd, 1944 is now referred to as the Liberation Day and celebrated on a yearly basis. The next years came with a full reconstruction of the island. The Marines were the first ones to join, followed closely by the Navy forces. The Seabees also had an important word to say in the reconstruction. By 1949, most of the projects were over. By 1952, one of the two bases forming Naval Forces Marianas was used as a naval station, although its objective was not clear enough. It was responsible for multiple naval operations, but nothing specifically. It had a little of everything.
As years passed by, the bases had a word to say in the Korean War and the Vietnam War. The strategical location was extremely useful for the Americans during those wars. By 1998, the operations on site were not that intense anymore. The authorities felt the need of a realignment, so the 2005 BRAC commission took this idea into consideration. The two bases were merged in a process that took about five years. The first step was taken in February, 2009, when the bases picked a common headquarters. A new groundbreaking ceremony was held at that time. The process was complete on October, 1-st, 2010.