AAFB: Exercise Cope North Underway


Guam – The U.S. Air Force, the Japan Air Self Defense Force and the Royal Australian Air Force will conduct exercise Cope North 2012 at Guam’s Andersen Air Force Base beginning on Thursday, February 9.


The exercise, which will run until February 24, is a trilateral exercises designed to enhance air operations between the United States, Japan and Australia in the Pacific region. This exercise also serves as a reminder that our three nations are committed to peace and stability in the region.

The RAAF will be participating for the first time and their participation will further enhance the regional partners’ preparedness.

This exercise brings approximately 1,000 people to the island of Guam who will become a part of the island community here for about three weeks. The community should be aware that there will be increased activity on or around Andersen Air Force Base related to the exercise. Due to the number of personnel participating, traffic entering and exiting the base will increase as well. Personnel conducting business on base should be aware of potential delays in traffic flow.

Andersen AFB is a premier Air Force installation that hosts a variety of aircraft and contingency response training events throughout the year in addition to hosting a rotating presence of bomber, tanker and fighter aircraft and permanently stationed RQ-4 Global Hawks.  The 36th Wing at Andersen AFB provides the President of the United States sovereign options to decisively employ airpower across the entire spectrum of engagement.