Enhanced B-1s deploy to Guam, maintain stability in Indo-Asia-Pacific region

A B-1B Lancer takes off from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, Feb. 4, 2017. Dyess B-1s headed to Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, following more than 300 Airmen from the 7th Operations Support Squadron, 7th Maintenance Group and the 9th Bomb Squadron that deployed a few days earlier. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Quay Drawdy)

A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, deploys to Andersen Air Force Base, Guam as part of U.S. Pacific Command’s Continuous Bomber Presence operations, Feb. 4, 2017. More than 300 Airmen with the 7th Operations Support Squadron, 7th Maintenance Group and 9th Bomb Squadron, along with the B-1s will provide a significant capability that enables our readiness and commitment to deterrence, provides assurance to our allies, and strengthens regional security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Quay Drawdy)

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Shobha Parker, 7th Logistics Readiness Squadron traffic management section chief, (left) processes Senior Airman Jose Martinez, 7th Logistics Readiness Squadron, for deployment at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, Jan. 31, 2017. Dyess Airmen deployed to Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, to relieve the 34th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron from Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Emily Copeland)

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Shobha Parker, 7th Logistics Readiness Squadron traffic management section chief, (left) processes Senior Airman Jose Martinez, 7th Logistics Readiness Squadron, for deployment at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, Jan. 31, 2017. More than 300 Airmen with the 7th Operations Support Squadron, 7th Maintenance Group and 9th Bomb Squadron deployed to Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, as part of U.S. Pacific Command’s Continuous Bomber Presence (CBP) operations. The U.S. conducts CBP operations as part of a routine, forward deployed, global strike capability supporting regional security and our allies in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Emily Copeland)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. John Adams, 7th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron commander, (left) high-fives  deploying Airmen at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, Jan. 31, 2017. Team Dyess commanders, supervisors and first sergeants wished the more than 300 personnel a safe deployment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Emily Copeland)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. John Adams (left), 7th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron commander, high-fives deploying Airmen at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, Jan. 31, 2017. More than 300 Airmen with the 7th Operations Support Squadron, 7th Maintenance Group and 9th Bomb Squadron deployed to Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, as part of U.S. Pacific Command’s Continuous Bomber Presence operations. . (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Emily Copeland)

Airmen board a Boeing 767 at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, Jan. 31, 2017. The 7th Maintenance Group, 7th Operations Support Squadron and 9th Bomb Squadron deployed more than 300 maintainers, support personnel and pilots to Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, as part of the continuous bomber presence mission in the Pacific Air Command area of responsibility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Quay Drawdy)

U.S. Airmen board a Boeing 767 aircraft at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, Jan. 31, 2017. More than 300 Airmen with the 7th Operations Support Squadron, 7th Maintenance Group and 9th Bomb Squadron deployed to Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, as part of U.S. Pacific Command’s Continuous Bomber Presence operations. These bomber rotations provide Pacific Air Forces and U.S. Pacific Command commanders a global strike and extended deterrence capability against any potential adversary. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Quay Drawdy)

More than 300 personnel take their seats in a Boeing 767 at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, Jan. 31, 2017. Airmen from the 7th Operations Support Squadron, 7th Maintenance Group and the 9th Bomb Squadron deployed to Guam with B-1B Lancers to replace the 34th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron from Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Quay Drawdy)

More than 300 Airmen from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas prepare for a deployment to Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Jan. 31, 2017. The 7th Operations Support Squadron, 7th Maintenance Group and the 9th Bomb Squadron deployed to Guam with B-1B Lancers as part of U.S. Pacific Command’s Continuous Bomber Presence operations. This forward deployed presence demonstrates continuing U.S. commitment to stability and security in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Quay Drawdy)

DYESS AIR FORCE BASE, Texas --

More than 300 Airmen assigned to the 7th Bomb Wing deployed to Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, to execute the first-ever Block 16 deployment for the B-1B Lancer Jan. 31.

Aircrew, maintenance and support personnel will generate B-1 sorties to demonstrate the continuing U.S. commitment to stability and security in the Indo-Asia-Pacific Region, providing commanders with a strategic power projection platform.

“The Block 16 makes the B-1 an all-round more capable aircraft,” said Capt. Matt*, 9th Bomb Squadron member. “With the upgrades, we are able to have a say in the fight and increase the connectivity between aircraft on a built-in network, making the B-1 more lethal, more deadly.”

This enhanced capability not only aids the crew of the B-1, but allows other military assets to be better prepared against enemy threats.  

“The mission of the 9th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron on this deployment is to project combat airpower for U.S. Pacific Command and to work with our allies within the region,” said Maj. Eric*, 7th Operation Support Squadron member. “They’ll fly a mixture of local training missions and power projection sorties, while also conducting coalition training to enhance the warfighting ability in the PACOM area of responsibility.”

The Airmen were joined by several B-1s and personnel later in the week, replacing Airmen assigned to the 34th Bomb Squadron at Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota.

7th Bomb Wing Airmen have been training for several months by taking part in major large force exercises across the U.S. to prepare for this deployment.

“Every deployment and mission is different,” Maj. Eric* said. “The importance of this mission—this deployment—is to project American airpower and work with our allies within PACOM. We’ll be training together and improving those relationships.”

The Airmen of Team Dyess are tasked to bring long-range capability, speed, flexibility and modern defense avionics systems to the fight. As a multi-role heavy bomber, the B-1 can fly more than 900 miles per hour and carry more than 75,000 pounds of munitions.

“This deployment is a completely new mission for us,” said Master Sgt. Dawn Garza, 7th Maintenance Group plans and scheduling section chief. “After contributing to Air Combat Command for several years, this is our first deployment under Air Force Global Strike Command’s mission.” 

Garza said it was a huge difference going from ACC, who trains, equips and maintains combat-ready forces, to AFGSC who provides the combat-ready forces through strategic nuclear deterrence and global strike operations.

At the conclusion of this rotation, Team Dyess Airmen are scheduled to be replaced by the 37th Bomb Squadron assigned to Ellsworth AFB.

“The 7th BW did a fantastic job in a short amount of time to get everyone out the door,” said Maj. Justin Croteau, 9th BS chief of mobility. “Without the hard work of the wing and the base as a whole, the objectives we are supporting in the PACOM region wouldn’t have been possible.”

*Editor’s note: Members’ rank and first name given, last name is withheld for security purposes.