Andersen responds to fake bomb threat
A Guam native was detained Saturday on Andersen Air Force Base after an apparent bomb threat at the installation.
The suspect, described only as a 30-year-old local male, was being held by base authorities until proper jurisdiction is determined, said Staff Sgt. Chris Powell, a 36th Wing spokesman. His name was not released.
Andersen security forces, explosive ordnance disposal personnel and the Guam Police Department responded to the incident, which occurred around 11 a.m. Saturday, base officials said. Marine Corps Drive outside Andersen was closed for about an hour as military and local responders secured the area.
Powell said a suspicious package, found at the base’s main gate, was determined to be an “inert device.”
“We constantly train our security members for situations just like this, and they responded with the appropriate actions,” Powell said.
The gate had reopened and traffic was flowing again on Marine Corps Drive by early Saturday afternoon once the area was cleared.
“Andersen has the full capability to defend itself from any threat, and we always stand vigilant,” Brig. Gen. Doug Owens, the 36th Wing commander, said in a news release. “The decisive actions and quick response by our gate guards, security forces, explosive ordnance disposal flight and the Guam Police Department ensured the situation was always under our control.”
Andersen officials declined to say exactly what type of ordnance was found. The episode is still under investigation.