Air Force members celebrate Thai New Year and Water Festival at Wake Island
Wake Atoll residents, made up of only 100 Air Force members and American and Thai contractors, march during a parade to celebrate the Thai Songkran Water Festival April 16, 2017. The water festival is part of the Thai New Year, Songkran, and is celebrated throughout Thailand each year on April 13th. Wake Atoll is an Air Force installation and airfield located in the Pacific Ocean halfway between Hawaii and The Philippines and nearly 4,300 miles from Thailand. Wake is a U.S. Territory managed by the Pacific Air Forces Regional Support Center located at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Anchorage, Alaska. Wake Island Airfield has a 10,000-foot runway and serves as a trans-Pacific refueling stop for military aircraft in addition to supporting Missile Defense Agency test activities.

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