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After more than a decade of inactivity, the 36th Operations Group at Guam’s Andersen Air Force Base is back in the swing of things.

The 36th Operations Group was reactivated Monday, taking the place of the 36th Expeditionary Operations Group. It will take over Air Force expeditionary operations taking place on Guam. The move establishes a permanent command structure for deployed Air Force units assigned to Andersen, according to an Air Force news release.

On Monday, Col. Damian J. McCarthy formally assumed command of the newly reactivated group. He previously served as chief of the Combat Operations Division, 613th Air and Space Operations Center, at Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii.

Currently, six B-52 Stratofortress bombers from the 2nd Bomb Wing at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., are deployed to Andersen to provide a continuous bomber presence in the Asia-Pacific region.

“The stand-up of a permanent operations group will provide greater stability and longer-range planning for our mission,” McCarthy said during the activation ceremony.

“Hopefully, in three or four years when we look back at the reactivation of the 36th Operations Group, we’ll see that we put in place the procedures, the facilities and the training to make the reception, bed-down and employment of expeditionary forces seamless here at Andersen,” he said.


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