Guam's Strategic Importance to the U.S.
As well as being home to over 162 thousand people, Guam is of key strategic importance to the U.S. military. With a large proportion of the 544km² occupied by the Andersen Air Force Base in the north, home to rotating deployments of B-1, B-2 and B-52 strategic bombers, and a naval base in the west, it is understandable why the island is sometimes referred to as America's 'permanent aircraft carrier'. In terms of personnel, as of March 31, Guam was home to 4,290 active duty Army, Navy and Air Force personnel, 1,739 National Guard/Reserves, as well as 2,133 APF civilians.
This chart shows selected facts and figures for the Territory of Guam.