Guam Guard to serve as security for THAAD

Photo shows Task Force Hita Company at the completion of their mobilization training at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, last month.

A mobilization ceremony was held last Oct. 6 at the Guard’s Readiness Center in Barrigada to prepare soldiers who will be transitioning to active duty status and performing security services for Task Force Talon at Andersen Air Force Base.

Task Force Talon is responsible for operating the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) on Guam. The THAAD is an anti-ballistic missile defense system designed to shoot down short-, medium-, and intermediate-range ballistic missiles in their terminal phase (descent or reentry) by intercepting with a hit-to-kill approach.

The military and the National Guard, at the request of former Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo, worked to bring the THAAD missile system to Guam to protect the island from regional threats.

The Guam Guard asked if they could do the security mission for the THAAD unit and last year, Task Force Guahan assumed that mission.

Colonel Patrick Costello, Brigade Commander of the 38th Air Defense Artillery, said the ceremony last Oct. 6 marks the transition “of one exceptional team from the Guam Army National Guard (GUARNG), Task Force Guahan, to another, Task Force Hita Company.”

He said there have been several units that have provided support to this mission at one of the nation’s most vital and strategic locations, but none have come close to the accomplishments of the Guam Guard Soldiers over the last nine months.

“Based on this, we are excited to see the Soldiers of Hita Company, more sons and daughters of Guam will accomplish during this second deployment on home soil. This marks the continuation of the unique, multi-composition make-up of the task force, but more-so demonstrates to the Army what right looks like,” Costelo said.

“I am very proud of our Guam National Guard (GUNG),” Governor Lou Leon Guerrero, GUNG Commander-in-Chief,” added. “I am confident that you will make us and continue to make us proud in the service you are performing for our island and our nation.”