Calvo orders flags lowered in honor of Bush

ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam – Brig. Gen. Douglas H. Owens, 36th Wing commander, greets former President George H.W. Bush and former first lady Barbara Bush Dec. 10 at Andersen on a brief stopover en route to Thailand. During their brief visit here, the former President toured the base heritage museum and took time with Mrs. Bush to thank Airmen for their continued service to our country. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Daniel Owen) (Released)

Guam – Flags are at half staff on Guam this week in honor of 41st President George Herbert Walker Bush, who died at the age of 94 in Houston on Friday. Bush served as the nation’s commander in chief from 1989 to 1993.

Former President Bush was on Guam twelve years ago with former First Lady Barbara Bush. The two were escorted by then 36th Wing Commander Brigadier General Douglas Owens at Andersen Air Force Base on December 10th, 2006. The Bushes were on a brief stopover en route to Thailand.

As a Navy pilot in 1944, Bush ejected from his TBM Avenger when it was shot down by anti-aircraft fire during a bombing raid against the Japanese island of Chichi Jima in the Pacific Theater of WWII.

Governor Calvo and Lt. Governor Tenorio have called the island to join the rest of the nation in prayer for President Bush.

“Through his career as a Navy pilot, congressman, CIA director, vice president, then President of our nation, President Bush was a patriot who believed, not just in the greatness of an American nation, but in the great responsibility that comes with being the leader of the free world,” Gov. Calvo said.

According to a press release from the Office of the Governor, Tenorio noted how Bush “played a significant diplomatic role in navigating global issues during a very tense and tumultuous era in world history.”

“He was a leader and a diplomat who guided our nation through intense periods in global affairs. On behalf of Governor Calvo and our administration, let us all come together in prayer for the Bush family and in remembrance of the life of a great leader,” Tenorio said.