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The small U.S. territory of Guam has become a focal point after North Korea's army threatened to use ballistic missiles to create an "enveloping fire" around the island.There are two major bases on Guam: Andersen Air Force Base in the north and Naval Base Guam in the south.Andersen Air Force Base hosts a Navy helicopter squadron and Air Force bombers that rotate to Guam from the U.S. mainland.Altogether, 7,000 U.S. military personnel are stationed on Guam. Because Guam is a U.S. territory, the U.S. military may launch forces from there without worrying about upsetting a host nation that may object to U.S. actions.The U.S. military began rotating bombers – the B-2 stealth bomber as well as the B-1 and B-52 – to Andersen in 2004 .The U.S. took control of Guam in 1898, when Spanish authorities surrendered to the U.S. Navy.
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