The chances of a North Korean missile penetrating Guam’s missile defense systems are 0.00001, according to the island’s Homeland Security Advisor.
Guam, a strategic U.S. military outpost in the Pacific, is protected by the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) permanently stationed at Andersen Air Force Base, as well as other missile defense systems in the region.
“All of those put together, there’s .00001 percent chance of a missile getting through that layer,” said retired colonel George Charfauros.
Gov. Eddie Calvo (left) agreed. “There are several levels of defense all strategically placed to protect our island and our nation.”
Calvo said he has spoken to Joint Region Marianas Cmdr. Rear Admiral Shoshana Chatfield, who confirmed there was no immediate threat to Guam and its 162,000 permanent residents.
North Korea loose cannon Kim Jong-un hit back at President Trump’s “fire and fury” warning with his own threat to rain missiles down on Guam.
The U.S. Air Force said the 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, deployed to Guam from Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota, are ready to “fight tonight.”
During a 10-hour mission from Guam’s Andersen Air Force Base, two B-1s were joined by Japan Air Self-Defense Force F-15s as well as Republic of Korea Air Force KF-16 fighter jets.
A third of the 210-square-mile island is occupied by the U.S. military. Andersen Air Force Base, at the northern end of the island, was a key base for B-52 bombers during the Vietnam War, and the Navy also has a base on the island.
Guam is a popular vacation spot known for its clear waters, spectacular sunsets, white beaches, and near-perfect temperatures. The indigenous people, the Chamorros, automatically become American citizens at birth.
The U.S. took the island from Spain in 1898 after the Spanish-American War, and a series of naval officers governed the island until 1941. Guam was invaded and occupied by the Japanese for 2-1/2 years during World War II, and was recaptured by American forces in 1944.
As much of the world is in a slow panic over Trump’s fiery words to attack North Korea and Kim’s precipitous threat to strike Guam, the island’s residents are calm, going about their lives as usual, enjoying the weather and the beaches, and, for now, the clear blue sky.