Four U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer supersonic bombers returned to Andersen Air Force Base in Guam for Bomber Task Force (BTF) operations, on September 10.
The bombers belonged to the USAF 34th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron of the 28th Bomb Wing based at Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota. Prior to arriving in Guam, two B-1Bs integrated with Japanese Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) fighter jets to conduct escort training in the Sea of Japan while the remainder of the B-1Bs deployed to Andersen AFB.
According to a statement from the Air Force, the deployment is to “support Pacific Air Forces’ (PACAF) training efforts with allies, partners and joint forces, and strategic deterrence missions to reinforce the rules-based international order in the region”.
“This Bomber Task Force deployment, part of the dynamic force employment strategy, showcases our unwavering commitment to security and stability in the Indo-Pacific while also demonstrating our ability to provide combat power anywhere, anytime,” said Col. David Doss, 28th BW commander.
U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) routinely conducts BTF operations across the globe as a demonstration of “U.S. commitment to collective defense and to integrate with geographic combatant command operations and activities”.
Andersen AFB last hosted B-1Bs in July and Aug. 2020, when bombers from the 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron of the 28th Bomb Wing conducted multiple sequenced bilateral missions.
With the largest conventional payload of both guided and unguided weapons in the Air Force inventory, the multi-mission B-1B is the backbone of America’s long-range bomber force. It can rapidly deliver massive quantities of precision and non-precision weapons against any adversary, anywhere in the world, at any time.