B-52s Deploy to Guam for Newest Bomber Job Pressure Deployment

The Air Pressure continues to BUFF up its presence within the Pacific. 

4 B-52 bombers and greater than 200 Airmen from Barksdale Air Pressure Base, La., arrived at Andersen Air Pressure Base on Guam on March 30 to kick off the service’s newest Bomber Job Pressure deployment within the Indo-Pacific. 

The plane and personnel are a part of the 96th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron. Whereas deployed to Andersen, they’ll take part in coaching workouts and missions with different companies, in addition to allies and companions, Pacific Air Forces introduced in a launch. 

“The bomber process drive, and particularly the B-52s within the Indo-Pacific area, not solely permits our crew drive to hone their superior technical and weapons system experience, but in addition sends a particularly necessary message,” Lt. Col. Vanessa Wilcox, commander of the 96th Bomb Squadron, stated in a press release. “It demonstrates our continued readiness and dedication to our allies within the area to make sure freedom of motion now and sooner or later, in addition to ensures stability within the area.” 

The B-52s’ arrival comes rather less than a month after the tip of the final Bomber Job Pressure rotation at Guam—B-1s and personnel from the thirty fourth Expeditionary Bomb Squadron returned house to Ellsworth Air Pressure Base, S.D., on March 5. 

USAF bombers have been energetic within the Indo-Pacific area because the begin of 2023, significantly across the Korean Peninsula as a part of the Pentagon’s dedication to increase workouts and cooperation with South Korea, formally often called the Republic of Korea, in response to elevated missile assessments and threats from North Korea. 

B-1s have flown with South Korean fighters 4 occasions because the begin of February, and B-52s additionally flew over South Korea with ROK plane in early March. 

Along with the Pacific, B-52s have performed Bomber Job Pressure missions in each the Center East and Europe this yr, although in each instances, the bombers had been from Minot Air Pressure Base, N.D. This newest deployment to Guam marks the primary BTF for Barksdale plane and Airmen in 2023, although the bottom did ship B-52s to Andersen for a fast three-day Bomber Job Pressure mission in late December. 

A B-52 Stratofortress assigned to a Bomber Job Pressure from the 2nd Bomb Wing at Barksdale Air Pressure Base, Louisiana, taxis at Andersen Air Pressure Base, Guam, Mar. 30, 2023. BTF missions assist nationwide safety targets by means of the velocity, flexibility, and readiness of our strategic bombers. U.S. Air Pressure picture by Airman 1st Class William Pugh