Military Assignment Guam
|USS Ronald Regan enters Apra Harbour
Arc Light Memorial at Andersen AFB
Expecting orders to Guam? Don’t think of it as a year or more out of your life. Make the most of your time. Guam is genuine Pacific tropical island paradise and popular tourist destination with plenty of activities to keep you busy during your days and nights. Guam offers wide beaches, snorkeling and scuba diving, deep sea sport fishing, world class golf courses, lush tropical jungles and a rich cultural and historical heritage.
|Navy and Air Force
Commissaries and Exchanges
The Navy and Air Force both provide attractive, spacious, safe and well maintained on-base military housing and family oriented benefits, to include DoD schools and military health care facilities, to include a fully equipped Navy hospital.
There are large, well stocked, commissaries and exchanges on both the Naval Station and Andersen AFB. Morale Welfare and Recreation (MWR) operates clubs and facilities to include golf courses, scuba and snorkeling, tours, private military beaches a marina and other dedicated military recreational facilities. Located approximately 3,300 miles West of Hawaii, 1,550 miles South of Japan and 1,500 East of the Philippines, Guam is an ideal hub for travel back to the U.S. mainland, Hawaii, Australia and the exotic Far East. While we can’t begin to cover everything Guam has to offer, or all military benefits, in this limited space, we hope the information on this site will provide a good start planning your move. We can’t tell you everything about duty on Guam, and don’t even try, but we do try to provide a start and point you to other resources that might be of interest.
Be sure to visit the official “Commander Joint Region Marianas” and “Andersen Air Force Base” websites for information direct from The Navy and Air Force about about the Navy and Air Force units on Guam including activities, military housing, medical facilities, exchanges and other information of interest to military personnel. The Guam Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) site is a rich resource for military off-duty recreation opportunities. Be sure to check other Guam-OnLine web pages for a wealth of information about Guam’s history and culture, landmarks, fun things to do, where to live off-base, and be sure to browse our extensive Image Galleries.
|Andersen AFB Golf Course|
Golfing. Guam is an ideal destination for golfers, both on and off-base. There are seven world-class golf courses designed by famous U.S. professional golfers such as Jack Nicolas and Arnold Palmer, which are open to the public and military are welcome. Military personnel also have access to excellent courses and facilities on Andersen AFB and the Navy’s Nimitz Golf course in central Guam at Barragada. Shown here is the 18th hole and Pacific Ocean from the Andersen golf course clubhouse and snack bar.
Scuba Diving. Located in the North West Pacific Ocean, approximately 926 miles North of the equator and 250 miles North East of the deepest point of the Ocean in the World, the Marianas Trench, Guam is one of the best dive destinations in the world.
|Guam Diving Gallery|
Guam offers divers exceptionally clear waters that maintain temperature between 82-86 (28C) degrees year round, unspoiled coral reefs with sheer walls which are home to hundreds of varieties of coral and fish, and a number of World War II airplane and ship wrecks. A number of marine preserves have been established to protect Guam’s undersea life which are open to, and offer great experiences, to divers and underwater photographers. Dives can be initiated from the shore or boat, depending on the destination. Diving instruction, equipment and trip are offered by a number of commercial dive operators with one of the larger dive stores located on the Naval Station. Check our “Fun things to Do” page for more Guam Dive links or our photo gallery for some pictures of Guam undersea life and seascapes.
|Top of the Rock
Morale Welfare and Recreation (MWR). The Joint Guam MWR offers a wide range of recreational activities for military personnel and their families.
On-base recreational facilities include swimming pools, gyms and fitness centers, tennis courts, recreation centers, theaters, teen centers, singles organizations, clubs and dining facilities, boating and marina facilities, camping, and recreational equipment rentals, fishing, a dive shop and diving lessons, auto craft shops and other activities you would expect to find on a large military base. Two such facilities are the Andersen Top of the Rock all ranks club and the Sumay Cove Marina at the Naval Station which offers boat and equipment rentals, harbor cruises on a 40 ft sailing sloop and mooring for privately owned boats. MWR can also arrange for fishing trips, horse riding and other off-base activities.
Military Beaches on Guam. Guam is a true Pacific Island paradise with coral ringed beaches, warm crystal clear waters for snorkeling, scuba diving or just lounging on the clean white sand.
|Gab Gab Beach
Some of the best beaches on Guam are on the military bases and restricted for use of military personnel. The Naval station in central Guam offers Gab Gab, popular for Snorkeling and scuba diving and There is a small beach and club on Polaris Point. Haputo Beach at the Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station is popular for hiking, cave exploring and snorkeling. Tarague and Sirena beaches on Andersen AFB look out over the Pacific Ocean. Sirena Beach is a private beach available by reservation only. Facilities offered, either on the beach property or off-beach through MWR service offices include cabanas, canoes, fishing boats, diving lessons, barbecue grills and picnic tables. Check with the Navy or Air Force recreation service offices for specifics.
Travel Opportunities. Located approximately 3,300 miles West of Hawaii, 1,500 miles East of the Philippines and 1,550 miles South of Japan, Guam is an ideal base for travel to many attractive Pacific and Asian destinations.
|Andersen AFB MAC Terminal|
The Northern Marianas Islands of Saipan and Tinian are highly desirable dive locations, are rich with historical and cultural sites and are only 30 minutes away by air. Japan, Korea and the Philippines are all within 4 hours with flights available daily. Flights to Hawaii and the U.S. Mainland also depart daily. Direct International commercial flights to other parts of Asia are currently limited: however, flights can be booked through Japan, Korea and the Philippines to such locations as Taiwan, Singapore, Thailand, Australia, Honk Kong and China. Military space available travel is available to many Pacific locations and back to the U.S. Mainland from the Andersen Air Terminal.
|Royal Orchid Hotel|
United Service Organization (USO). The USO has long been recognized as a home-away-from-home for service members. Who hasn’t had coffee and snacks or crashed in the USO while waiting for a flight in the San Francisco, New Your or another lonley International ir terminal. The Guam USO, located in the Royal Orchid Hotel in Tumon, offers a number of services for military members and their families such as free computers and internet, complimentary coffee and refreshments, DVD movies with large screen projection, books, free phone home program, information about recreation in Guam’s tourism district and discount coupons.
|Chamorro Cultural Show|
Guam has the potential to be one of the best tours of your career. Recreational opportunities abound. The people of Guam are proud of their culture and proud to be a part of the USA. The Military contribute a great deal to the economy of Guam and the Military, and Military personnel, are welcomed and treated extremely well on Guam. Enjoy the great leisure and recreational opportunities, but take time to learn some of the history and culture and to get out and meet some of the people. Check out our other links and get set for a great tour.