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SEVERAL island residents braved the rainy weather to see the static displays, military demonstrations, and aerial demonstrations at the Andersen Air Force Base Open House on Saturday. The Open House was the concluding event to Patriot Week.
For Michelle Rivera from Barrigada, it was a good event for her three children. “We wanted to have our kids come out and go on the planes,” Rivera said.
In addition to the static displays of famous aircraft such as the C-130, the B-52, the F-22, and others, a special swearing-in ceremony was performed underneath a wing of a KC-135 to officially welcome 21 local recruits into the Air Force and 16 local recruits into the Marine Corps. The recruits were from Guam, Saipan, Palau, the Philippines, and Thailand.
There were also ground demonstrations of how bombs are built and loaded on the aircraft.
The military working dogs got the opportunity to show off their skills too.
“I think we had a great turnout for the weather,” said Major Joe Little, the director of the Open House. “A lot of people see the aircraft flying around and there’s opportunity to come out and check out what we do.”
The base’s last Open House was in 2009. Every unit of the 36th Wing participated, as did units from the Coast Guard and the Marine Corps.