Elmendorf soldiers to help Guam over holiday

Posted: Sunday, December 15, 2002

ELMENDORF AIR FORCE BASE (AP) -- About 70 soldiers at Elmendorf Air Force Base are headed to Guam for the holiday season, military officials said Saturday.

The troops will help out residents of Andersen Air Force Base who were pummeled by a typhoon on Dec. 8.

The typhoon had sustained winds of 150 miles per hour and gusts up to 184 miles per hour, and left the air force base without power and water.

No one was injured.

Several hangars on the base sustained damage to their walls and roofs. There also was flood damage to base housing.

The soldiers deploying from Elmendorf will aid in general base repair, including mounting power poles, stringing electrical lines, operating heavy equipment, fixing phone and computer networks, and assisting in airlift operations.

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