B-1B Lancers return to Indo-Pacific, conduct bilateral training

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, HAWAII — Air Force B-1B Lancers returned to the Indo-Pacific region to conduct bilateral Bomber Task Force operations out of Andersen Air Force Base, Guam on July 17.

Two bombers, and approximately 170 Airmen from the 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, 28th Wing, Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota were deployed to support the training efforts of the Pacific Air Forces. The training efforts are with allies, partners and joint forces, and strategic deterrence missions to reinforce the rules-based international order in the region.

The B-1s conducted bilateral intercept training with Koku-Jieitai, or the Japanese Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF), before arriving in Guam. The training also included F-15Js over the Sea of Japan to enhance readiness and interoperability.

“Koku-Jieitai has steadily and successfully enhanced bilateral response capability and TTPs (Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures) through the training,” said JASDF Lt Col. Shirota Takamichi, 204th Fighter Squadron commander. “We remain committed to bilateral training in order to strengthen alliance capabilities, as well as interoperability to deter and counter threats.”

The U.S. Strategic Command 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.

“Our team has been actively preparing for BTF operations to ensure we’re ready and capable of meeting any requirement across the globe,” said Lt. Col. Lincoln Coleman, 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron commander. “We are excited for the opportunity to integrate with our partners and allies in the Pacific theater and increase our joint lethality.”

Andersen AFB last hosted B-1s in May 2020, when bombers from the 9th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, 7th Bomb Wing, Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, conducted multiple sequenced bilateral missions.

The multi-mission B-1 is is the backbone of America’s long-range bomber force with the largest conventional payload of both guided and unguided weapons in the Air Force inventory. The bombers can rapidly deliver massive quantities of precision and non-precision weapons against any adversary, anywhere in the world, and at any time.

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