The transition is set. Guam troops now taking the lead in securing the missile defense system based here in the territory. The world took a greater interest in the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system on Guam after North Korea’s direct threat to the island in 2017. Over the past year, Task Force Wolf, from Alaska has been given the mission to provide security for the THAAD on Andersen Air Force Base.
Lt. Col. Johannes Castro, Commander, Task Force Talon, said, “This marks the first time that a terminal high altitude area defense task force security mission transitions between Army and National guard army units.”
The duty has now been given over to Task Force Guahan, including troops from Guam. “Your work over the last year has indeed brought us a sense of comfort and a peace of mind. And now soldiers from our tiny yet powerful place will be taking over to relieve you so you can return to your home and loved ones,” said Governor Lou Leon Guerrero. Castro added, “Task Force Wolf stepped up to the challenge, built a tremendous team in record time and provided top notch security of site armadillo 158 this directly enabled the tactical ballistic missile defense of Guam,”