Guam – Andersen Air Force Base Security personnel have taken 1 suspect into custody following a reported bomb threat at the Base Thursday afternoon.
The base was on “lockdown” for about 2 hours, the commissary was evacuated, and all gates were closed to both out-going and incoming traffic.
According to Andersen’s Public Affairs Office the incident began about 12:30 pm. The all clear was not sounded until 3:03 pm Thursday afternoon.
A release states that the base was placed into a “heightened security posture” about 1 pm. Base personnel were ordered to “shelter-in-place,” and Explosive Ordnance Disposal experts were called in to investigate the threat.
Two releases were issued by Andersen.
The releases are printed below:
Second Release at 6:29 pm
Andersen Air Force Base personnel responded today to a bomb threat. The incident occurred around 12:30 p.m. and is currently under investigation. A
suspect involved with the incident was taken into custody and the base returned to normal operations around 3 p.m.
“The collective responsiveness of Team Andersen allowed base officials to isolate the incident and get the base back to normal operations in a short period of time.
Thank you Team Andersen and those visiting for your spectacular cooperation”, said Brig. Gen. John Doucette, the 36th Wing commander.
There is no further information at this time.
The First Release at 3:07 pm
ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam — Due to a bomb threat, Andersen Air Force Base is currently in a heightened security posture as of 1 p.m. today.
Base personnel were ordered to shelter-in-place while base officials called in explosive ordnance disposal experts from here to investigate the threat.
Andersen Air Force Base was declared “all clear” and returned to normal operations as of 3 p.m.
It is Department of Defense policy not to disclose specific security measures. For additional information contact the public affairs office at 671-366-4202.