Air Force selects Tinian for divert airfield

Dec 11, 2016
Air Force selects Tinian for divert airfield

U.S. Air Force officials have signed the Record of Decision officially selecting Tinian International Airport as back-up in the event Guam’s Andersen Air Force Base is unavailable because of natural disaster or attack. Assistant Secretary of the Air Force, Miranda A.A. Ballentine, called to give me the news. Our Covenant set aside the north of Tinian for the US military, and the decision is consistent with that agreement.

The Air Force also appears to have listened to the Mayor and people of Tinian, who were concerned that the Divert Activities and Exercise Initiative would conflict with private development, and to the Commonwealth Ports Authority, which opposed using the Saipan airfield.

The divert project will include expansion of taxiways and apron space, fuel storage, maintenance facility, and other infrastructure needed to support cargo and tanker aircraft, support personnel, and training exercises.