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​1st Lt. Joshua Drapes, 36th Airlift Squadron co-pilot, looks out towards the Marianas islands Jan. 29, 2015. A crew from the 36th AS supported a mission to Tinian in preparations for Cope North 2015. Air Force photo by SrA. Desiree Economides.

​The Air Force this month selected the small Northern Mariana Island of Tinian as a divert location for aircraft in the Pacific that need to land. The Dec. 7 selection of Tinian International Airport followed an environmental impact statement to determine the best location to both support training exercises and to increase regional humanitarian assistance capabilities, according to a Pacific Air Forces release. Tinian was selected over other locations including Saipan International Airport, Saipan; Rota International Airport, Rota; and Guam International Airport, Guam. Tinian's airport will now be built up to support cargo, tanker, and other similar aircraft, the release states.