- Pacific Island Times Staff
Guam troops secure THAAD missile defense system
The Alaska-based Task Force Wolf has wrapped up 13 months of providing security to the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense on Guam, an anti-ballistic missile defense system at Andersen Air Force Base designed to shoot down short, medium and intermediate-range ballistic missiles.
They will turn over the duty to Task Force Guahån for a year-long tour. The soldiers of Task Force Guahån will not be leaving island but will be placed on active duty status
Governor Lou Leon Guerrero and Lt. Governor Joshua Tenorio congratulated the Alaska team for its work on Guam.
“I want to thank the service members of Task Force Wolf from Alaska and their families. You have spent the last 13 months on our beautiful island boosting our security and protecting our people. Your work provides security, comfort and peace of mind to our island and our nation,” said Gov. Leon Guerrero. Task Force Wolf assumed responsibility of providing Security Forces (SECFOR) to Task Force Talon at Andersen Air Force Base in January 2018. During their tour, they accomplished 20 projects that enhanced force protection, reduced site vulnerabilities and significantly enhanced soldier welfare.
“We are extremely proud of the work accomplished by Task Force Wolf soldiers, especially under the command of Capt. Edward Poppe IV, who hails from Guam. It is reassuring to know that a Guam son is among those leading the way to ensuring the safety of our people,” said Lt. Gov. Tenorio. . “Lt. Governor Josh and I will continue to pray for the safety of Task Force Guahån and all our military service members,” added Gov. Leon Guerrero.