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NEWS | Oct. 20, 2022

B-1B Bomber Task Force returns to Guam for multilateral training operations

By By Staff Sgt. Hannah Malone Headquarters, Pacific Air Forces

ANDERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Guam -- U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancers landed at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Oct. 18.

This is the second time Andersen welcomed the Lancers for a Bomber Task Force mission this year, demonstrating the bomber’s ability to rapidly deploy anywhere, anytime, and provide lethal precision global strike options for combatant commanders.

B-1B Bomber Task Force returns to Guam for multilateral training operations
A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer assigned to the 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota, prepares to land at Andersen AFB, Guam, for a Bomber Task Force mission, Oct. 18, 2022. The Lancer’s blended wing/body configuration, variable-geometry wings and turbofan afterburning engines combine to provide long range maneuverability and high speed while enhancing survivability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Hannah Malone)
B-1B Bomber Task Force returns to Guam for multilateral training operations
B-1B Bomber Task Force returns to Guam for multilateral training operations
A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer assigned to the 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota, prepares to land at Andersen AFB, Guam, for a Bomber Task Force mission, Oct. 18, 2022. The Lancer’s blended wing/body configuration, variable-geometry wings and turbofan afterburning engines combine to provide long range maneuverability and high speed while enhancing survivability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Hannah Malone)
Photo By: Staff Sgt. Hannah Malone
VIRIN: 221018-F-GF466-9010
Earlier this year, four B-1s returned from Andersen where they conducted a multitude of missions. These missions included aerial integration with the Japan Air Self-Defense Force and a hot pit refueling operation with the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) at RAAF Base Darwin; a B-1B Lancer first.

This time, the Lancers will partner with more Allies for several training missions in the Indo-Pacific.

“Bomber Task Force deployments and missions provide key assurances and cooperation with joint and partner Allies in the region,” said Lt. Col. Daniel Mount, 37th Bomb Squadron director of operations. “The B-1 is an especially capable platform in this region, being able to travel large distances and bear significant firepower with precision and standoff munitions.” 

B-1B Bomber Task Force returns to Guam for multilateral training operations
A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer assigned to the 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota, prepares to land at Andersen AFB, Guam, for a Bomber Task Force mission, Oct. 18, 2022. Carrying the largest conventional payload of both guided and unguided weapons in the Air Force inventory, the multi-mission B-1 is the backbone of America's long-range bomber force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Hannah Malone)
B-1B Bomber Task Force returns to Guam for multilateral training operations
B-1B Bomber Task Force returns to Guam for multilateral training operations
A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer assigned to the 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota, prepares to land at Andersen AFB, Guam, for a Bomber Task Force mission, Oct. 18, 2022. Carrying the largest conventional payload of both guided and unguided weapons in the Air Force inventory, the multi-mission B-1 is the backbone of America's long-range bomber force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Hannah Malone)
Photo By: Staff Sgt. Hannah Malone
VIRIN: 221018-F-GF466-9021
These missions support the 2018 National Defense Strategy objectives of strategic predictability and operational unpredictability, enabling strategic bombers to operate forward from a broad array of overseas and continental U.S. locations with greater operational resilience.

“This Bomber Task Force demonstrates continued U.S. commitment to the Pacific,” said Col. Joseph Sheffield, 28th Bomb Wing commander. “Not only does it provide our B-1 aircrew invaluable training opportunities with important Allies and partners, but it also signals our nation’s unwavering support to them.  At the same time, BTFs like this one play a critical role in deterring potential adversaries and challenging their decision calculus.”

B-1B Bomber Task Force returns to Guam for multilateral training operations
B-1B Bomber Task Force returns to Guam for multilateral training operations U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Christopher Cline, 28th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief assigned to Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota, oversees aircraft recovery operations at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Oct. 18, 2022. These missions enhance readiness, to include joint and multi-lateral, to respond to any potential crisis or challenge in the Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Yosselin Campos)
B-1B Bomber Task Force returns to Guam for multilateral training operations
B-1B Bomber Task Force returns to Guam for multilateral training operations
U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Christopher Cline, 28th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief assigned to Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota, oversees aircraft recovery operations at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Oct. 18, 2022. These missions enhance readiness, to include joint and multi-lateral, to respond to any potential crisis or challenge in the Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Yosselin Campos)
Photo By: Senior Airman Yosselin Campos
VIRIN: 221018-F-IV266-9313
B-1B Bomber Task Force returns to Guam for multilateral training operations
B-1B Bomber Task Force returns to Guam for multilateral training operations Airmen assigned to the 28th Bomb Wing recieve a U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer assigned to the 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota, after landing at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, in support of a Bomber Task Force mission, Oct. 18, 2022. Bomber missions contribute to joint force lethality and deter aggression in the Indo-Pacific by demonstrating the U.S. Air Force’s ability to operate anywhere in the world at any time in support of the National Defense Strategy. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Yosselin Campos)
B-1B Bomber Task Force returns to Guam for multilateral training operations
B-1B Bomber Task Force returns to Guam for multilateral training operations
Airmen assigned to the 28th Bomb Wing recieve a U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer assigned to the 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota, after landing at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, in support of a Bomber Task Force mission, Oct. 18, 2022. Bomber missions contribute to joint force lethality and deter aggression in the Indo-Pacific by demonstrating the U.S. Air Force’s ability to operate anywhere in the world at any time in support of the National Defense Strategy. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Yosselin Campos)
Photo By: Senior Airman Yosselin Campos
VIRIN: 221018-F-IV266-9181
B-1B Bomber Task Force returns to Guam for multilateral training operations
B-1B Bomber Task Force returns to Guam for multilateral training operations Airmen assigned to the 28th Bomb Wing recieve a U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer assigned to the 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota, at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Oct. 18, 2022. Bomber missions contribute to joint force lethality and deter aggression in the Indo-Pacific by demonstrating the U.S. Air Force’s ability to operate anywhere in the world at any time in support of the National Defense Strategy. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Yosselin Campos)
B-1B Bomber Task Force returns to Guam for multilateral training operations
B-1B Bomber Task Force returns to Guam for multilateral training operations
Airmen assigned to the 28th Bomb Wing recieve a U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer assigned to the 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota, at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Oct. 18, 2022. Bomber missions contribute to joint force lethality and deter aggression in the Indo-Pacific by demonstrating the U.S. Air Force’s ability to operate anywhere in the world at any time in support of the National Defense Strategy. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Yosselin Campos)
Photo By: Senior Airman Yosselin Campos
VIRIN: 221018-F-IV266-9155

Bomber Task Force missions enhance readiness for a variety of Air Force career-fields, training Airmen to respond to any potential crisis or challenge in the Indo-Pacific. These career-fields work simultaneously, often across disciplines, to complete the mission.

“Our maintenance professionals will be responsible for preparing, maintaining, and launching B-1s for long duration missions across the AOR,” said Mount. “Our support personnel will be ensuring that our logistics bed-down, cargo, planning networks, flight records and medical requirements run seamlessly. Lastly, our aircrew will fly and integrate across several multi-national exercises to sharpen their warfighting skills specific to the region. We are excited to get started and are thankful to have had a warm welcome with tremendous support and facilities from the Andersen Air Force Base team.”

B-1B Bomber Task Force returns to Guam for multilateral training operations
B-1B Bomber Task Force returns to Guam for multilateral training operations U.S. Air Force Col. Christopher McConnell, center, 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron commander, is greeted by aircrew upon arrival at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Oct. 18, 2022. Bomber Task Force missions support the National Defense Strategy objectives of strategic predictability and operational unpredictability through the speed, flexibility, and readiness of our strategic bombers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Hannah Malone)
B-1B Bomber Task Force returns to Guam for multilateral training operations
B-1B Bomber Task Force returns to Guam for multilateral training operations
U.S. Air Force Col. Christopher McConnell, center, 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron commander, is greeted by aircrew upon arrival at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Oct. 18, 2022. Bomber Task Force missions support the National Defense Strategy objectives of strategic predictability and operational unpredictability through the speed, flexibility, and readiness of our strategic bombers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Hannah Malone)
Photo By: Staff Sgt. Hannah Malone
VIRIN: 221018-F-GF466-9098
B-1B Bomber Task Force returns to Guam for multilateral training operations
B-1B Bomber Task Force returns to Guam for multilateral training operations U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Gunner Berg, 28th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief assigned to Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota, depressurizes an integrated drive generator (IDG) of a B-1B Lancer after landing at Andersen AFB, Guam, Oct. 18, 2022. The IDG provides electrical power to the aircraft during flight. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Hannah Malone)
B-1B Bomber Task Force returns to Guam for multilateral training operations
B-1B Bomber Task Force returns to Guam for multilateral training operations
U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Gunner Berg, 28th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief assigned to Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota, depressurizes an integrated drive generator (IDG) of a B-1B Lancer after landing at Andersen AFB, Guam, Oct. 18, 2022. The IDG provides electrical power to the aircraft during flight. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Hannah Malone)
Photo By: Staff Sgt. Hannah Malone
VIRIN: 221018-F-GF466-9093
B-1B Bomber Task Force returns to Guam for multilateral training operations
B-1B Bomber Task Force returns to Guam for multilateral training operations A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer assigned to the 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota, lands at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, in support of a Bomber Task Force mission, Oct. 18, 2022. Bomber Task Force missions demonstrate lethality and interoperability in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Yosselin Campos)
B-1B Bomber Task Force returns to Guam for multilateral training operations
B-1B Bomber Task Force returns to Guam for multilateral training operations
A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer assigned to the 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota, lands at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, in support of a Bomber Task Force mission, Oct. 18, 2022. Bomber Task Force missions demonstrate lethality and interoperability in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Yosselin Campos)
Photo By: Senior Airman Yosselin Campos
VIRIN: 221018-F-IV266-9053