Ellsworth B-1B Lancers deploy to aid in Bomber Task Force missions

DIEGO GARCIA NAVAL SUPPORT FACILITY, British Indian Territory — Approximately 200 Airmen from the 28th Bomb Wing at Ellsworth Air Force Base, along with B-1B Lancers, were deployed to Naval Support Facility Diego Garcia to support Pacific Air Forces’ Bomber Task Force missions.

B 1s Return To Indo Pacific, Conduct Bilateral Training

A B-1B Lancer, deployed from Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., as part of a Bomber Task Force, performs a flyover before landing at Andersen AFB, Guam, July 17, 2020. The BTF is deployed to Andersen AFB in support of Pacific Air Forces’ training efforts with allies, partners and joint forces. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Christina Bennett)

Bomber Task Force missions like these demonstrate the commitment to U.S. allies and partners through the employment of military force.

Multiple sorties will be flown throughout the deployment in support of multiple geographic combatant command objectives and training requirements.

“Bomber Task Force missions, in support of INDOPACOM’s operational and strategic objectives, are extremely valuable to our aircrew because of the multi-country integration opportunities,” said Lt. Col. Ross Hobbs, 37th Bomb Squadron director of operations. “They also give us the opportunity to showcase the unmatched range, speed and lethality of the B-1.”

The B-1B Lancer carries the largest conventional payload of guided and unguided weapons in the U.S. Air Force and is deployed on missions such as these allow the ability of speed, surprise and integration of U.S. Air Force bombers in multiple theaters.

“Global B-1 operations not only provide strategic deterrence to our nation’s adversaries, but also strong, palpable assurance to our allies,” said Hobbs. “It’s been over 15 years since B-1s have operated out of this location and the 37th Bomb Squadron is beyond proud to be back. We are extremely grateful for the opportunity and well prepared to meet our nation’s call.”

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