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One-Stop Shopping on Guam

Constructing the Anderson Air Force Base New Base Exchange

Shopping is an entirely new experience for the population of Anderson Air Force Base on Guam. The base’s new base exchange (BX) shopping center—serving more than 8,000 military personnel, federal civilian employees and contractors, and military retirees who live on the island—offers convenient, one-stop shopping for a wide range of merchandise and services.

Guam’s new BX is an important project that will benefit the population of Anderson AFB for years to come.  

The $35 million project, designed and constructed by the CDM Smith/CAPE joint venture, is part of a larger effort by the Army and Air Force Exchange Service to adapt and improve the base to meet the demands of additional personnel, who are relocating from Japan. Several times larger than the facility it replaced, the new BX was constructed within a short, 18-month timeframe—despite typhoon season, shortage of local labor, and importing construction supplies by plane or ship.

Despite the numerous challenges presented by its remote island location, the BX was delivered safely and within budget. It provides a modern, comfortable and exciting shopping and dining destination for the base’s residents, as well as supports the growing local community with new employment opportunities. It also sustains the service’s mission to provide quality merchandise and services to the military community and generate earnings to supplement the military morale, welfare and recreation programs.

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