PALAU OFFERS AIR FIELD FOR OKINAWA TROOP TRANSFER

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Angaur Airfield built in 1944

By Aurea Gerundio-Dizon KOROR, Palau (Island Times, July 22, 2010) – The Palau House adopted a Senate joint resolution requesting President Toribiong to ask the United States Government to consider Angaur State airfield for its military use and as a relocation site for Futenma Airbase from Okinawa, Japan.

The House committee on foreign relations and state affairs, including Dels. Rebluud Kesolei as chairman, Horace Rafael, Noah Kemesong, Swenny Ongidobel, Tmewang Rengulbai and Wayne Andrew as members, recommended the adoption of the resolution as encouraging the US to use the Angaur airfield in order to facilitate both economic and infrastructure development here.

The joint resolution states that the Compact of Free Association allows the US to establish and use defense sites in Palau.

When the US desires to use defense site or sites here, it shall inform the government of Palau for the latter to make the designated site available to the US for the duration and level of use specified.

Angaur airfield has nearly 10,000 feet runway that was built in 1944 following a six-day nonstop bombardment by the USS Tennessee and landing of the US 81st Infantry Division under the command of Major General Paul J. Muller.

The Angaur airfield reportedly provided much needed support for the invasion and the eventual victory of the US in the Battle of Peleliu.

Angaur airfield was reportedly used temporarily for commercial airplanes while the Airai International Airport was being improved.

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