The military airfield on Wake Island is structurally sound despite the thrashing from Super Typhoon Ioke last month, but the power delivery and waste water systems were destroyed, members of the Air Force’s damage assessment team said Thursday after returning to Guam.
“Right now you cannot run the electricity and you cannot flush the toilet,” Tech. Sgt. Tracy Johnston said.
The team from the 36th Contingency Response Group on Andersen Air Force Base returned late Wednesday night after conducting an initial assessment of the airfield and base on Wake Island, which primarily is used as a research and refueling outpost.
The Air Force said a cost analysis — by a team of 15th Air Wing airmen from Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii, Department of Defense employees and contractors — will be used to decide the future of Wake Island.