by Mindy Aguon
Guam - Andersen Air Force Base is assisting with ongoing relief efforts in Japan. The Andersen-based RQ-4 Global Hawk is flying missions to assist the government of Japan in relief and recovery efforts and the crew has been flying over areas affected by the disasters. "The Global Hawk offers tremendous capabilities in the aftermath of a natural disaster or other crisis," said Lt. Col. Brandon Baker, Global Hawk detachment commander.
"In our mission over Japan, we are able to provide decision-makers with near real-time imagery showing the damage caused by the tragic earthquake and tsunami. The images provided by the Global Hawk allow Japanese authorities to focus their search and recovery efforts, and will aid in the long-term process of clean-up and reconstruction."
The 36th Contingency Response Group also deployed a team of power, communications, and infrastructure specialists to help with the disaster response, this past weekend. Andersen Air Force Base also stressed that there are no indications of a radiation threat to the base in Yigo.