Ellsworth B-1s 1st to use new weapons during Syria Raid

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B-1B Lancer bombers deployed from the 28th Bomb Wing at Ellsworth AFB to Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar were part of the strike package for Friday night’s raid that attacked Syria’s chemical weapons capabilities.

A 34th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron B-1B Lancer aircraft assigned to the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing departs from Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, in support of the multinational response to Syria's chemical weapons use. 

The crews from the 34th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron fired 19 Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Munitions (JASSMs) – air-launched cruise missiles – the first time these weapons have ever been used operationally.

U.S. Department of Defense File Photo: A bomb crew loads a Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Munition (JASSM) during a training exercise.

In a release, 28th Bomb Wing Commander Col. John Edwards said, “We’re very proud of the 28th Bomb Wing Airmen From Ellsworth AFB who flew this mission. They trained hard, were ready, and lethal in executing this operation.”

A 34th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron B-1B Lancer aircraft assigned to the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing prepares to depart from Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, in support of the multinational response to Syria's chemical weapons use.

  • This is the second time in under a year that crews from Ellsworth have been used as a show of force. Crews from the 37th squadron, recently returned from a six-month deployment to Guam, took part in exercises over South Korea, close to the border with North Korea, at the height of tensions late last year between the U.S. and North Korea over that country’s nuclear program.
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