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Whiteman Airmen, B-2s maintain readiness in Guam

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Jeico Sanchez-Arias, 509th Security Forces Squadron security journeyman, guards a U.S. Air Force B-2 Spirit on the flightline at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Aug. 12, 2015. Airmen and B-2 Spirits from the 13th Bomb Squadron at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, are deployed to Guam to conduct familiarization training activities in the Pacific (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Joseph A. Pagán Jr./Released)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Jeico Sanchez-Arias, 509th Security Forces Squadron security journeyman, guards a U.S. Air Force B-2 Spirit on the flightline at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Aug. 12, 2015. Airmen and B-2 Spirits from the 13th Bomb Squadron at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, are deployed to Guam to conduct familiarization training activities in the Pacific (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Joseph A. Pagán Jr./Released)

An aircraft maintainer with the 509th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron checks technical data for a U.S. Air Force B-2 Spirit at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Aug. 12, 2015. Three B-2s and about 225 Airmen from Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, deployed to Guam to conduct familiarization training activities in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Joseph A. Pagán Jr./Released)

An aircraft maintainer with the 509th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron checks technical data for a U.S. Air Force B-2 Spirit at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Aug. 12, 2015. Three B-2s and about 225 Airmen from Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, deployed to Guam to conduct familiarization training activities in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Joseph A. Pagán Jr./Released)

An aircraft maintainer with the 509th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron assists with the launch of a U.S. Air Force B-2 Spirit at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Aug. 12, 2015. Three B-2s and about 225 Airmen from Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, deployed to Guam to conduct familiarization training activities in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Joseph A. Pagán Jr./Released)

An aircraft maintainer with the 509th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron assists with the launch of a U.S. Air Force B-2 Spirit at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Aug. 12, 2015. Three B-2s and about 225 Airmen from Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, deployed to Guam to conduct familiarization training activities in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Joseph A. Pagán Jr./Released)

Crew chiefs assigned to the 509th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron prepare to launch a U.S. Air Force B-2 Spirit at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Aug. 12, 2015.  Three B-2s and about 225 Airmen from Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, deployed to Guam to conduct familiarization training activities in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Joseph A. Pagán Jr./Released)

Crew chiefs assigned to the 509th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron prepare to launch a U.S. Air Force B-2 Spirit at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Aug. 12, 2015. Three B-2s and about 225 Airmen from Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, deployed to Guam to conduct familiarization training activities in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Joseph A. Pagán Jr./Released)

A U.S. Air Force B-2 Spirit is prepared for a mission on the flightline at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Aug. 12, 2015. Three B-2s and about 225 Airmen from Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, deployed to Guam to conduct familiarization training activities in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Joseph A. Pagán Jr./Released)

A U.S. Air Force B-2 Spirit is prepared for a mission on the flightline at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Aug. 12, 2015. Three B-2s and about 225 Airmen from Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, deployed to Guam to conduct familiarization training activities in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Joseph A. Pagán Jr./Released)

A U.S. Air Force B-2 Spirit is prepared for a mission on the flightline at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Aug. 12, 2015. Three B-2s and about 225 Airmen from Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, deployed to Guam to conduct familiarization training activities in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Joseph A. Pagán Jr./Released)

A U.S. Air Force B-2 Spirit is prepared for a mission on the flightline at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Aug. 12, 2015. Three B-2s and about 225 Airmen from Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, deployed to Guam to conduct familiarization training activities in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Joseph A. Pagán Jr./Released)

A U.S. Air Force B-2 Spirit pilot and maintainers from Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, load luggage onto the aircraft at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Aug. 17, 2015. Bomber deployments help maintain stability and security in the region, while allowing units to become familiar with operating in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Joseph A. Pagán Jr./Released)

A U.S. Air Force B-2 Spirit pilot and maintainers from Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, load luggage onto the aircraft at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Aug. 17, 2015. Bomber deployments help maintain stability and security in the region, while allowing units to become familiar with operating in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Joseph A. Pagán Jr./Released)

Three U.S. Air Force B-2 Spirits from Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, are parked on the flightline at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Aug. 17, 2015. Strategic bombers remain an effective means of providing extended deterrence against potential adversaries, while providing assurance to Allies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Joseph A. Pagán Jr./Released)

Three U.S. Air Force B-2 Spirits from Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, are parked on the flightline at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Aug. 17, 2015. Strategic bombers remain an effective means of providing extended deterrence against potential adversaries, while providing assurance to Allies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Joseph A. Pagán Jr./Released)

Three U.S. Air Force B-2 Spirits from Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, are parked on the flightline at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Aug. 17, 2015. Whiteman deployed approximately 225 Airmen and three aircraft here to conduct familiarization training in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Joseph A. Pagán Jr./Released)

Three U.S. Air Force B-2 Spirits from Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, are parked on the flightline at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Aug. 17, 2015. Whiteman deployed approximately 225 Airmen and three aircraft here to conduct familiarization training in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Joseph A. Pagán Jr./Released)

A U.S. Air Force B-2 Spirit from Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, departs the flightline at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Aug. 17, 2015. . Bomber deployments help maintain stability and security in the region, while allowing units to become familiar with operating in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Joseph A. Pagán Jr./Released)
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A U.S. Air Force B-2 Spirit from Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, departs the flightline at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Aug. 17, 2015. . Bomber deployments help maintain stability and security in the region, while allowing units to become familiar with operating in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Joseph A. Pagán Jr./Released)

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Ronda Hedges, 131st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron dedicated crew chief deployed from Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, completes an Air Force form on the flightline at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Aug. 17, 2015. Maintainers use the form to identify maintenance discrepancies on a B-2 Spirit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Joseph A. Pagán Jr./Released)
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U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Ronda Hedges, 131st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron dedicated crew chief deployed from Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, completes an Air Force form on the flightline at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Aug. 17, 2015. Maintainers use the form to identify maintenance discrepancies on a B-2 Spirit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Joseph A. Pagán Jr./Released)

Aircrew from Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, walk toward a B-2 Spirit at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Aug. 17, 2015. Bomber training missions support the nation’s ability to maintain a strong, credible strategic force and enhance and provide for the security and stability of Allies and partners. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Joseph A. Pagán Jr./Released)
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Aircrew from Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, walk toward a B-2 Spirit at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Aug. 17, 2015. Bomber training missions support the nation’s ability to maintain a strong, credible strategic force and enhance and provide for the security and stability of Allies and partners. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Joseph A. Pagán Jr./Released)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Mark Lopez, 509th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron avionics craftsman deployed from Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, speaks with aircrew during takeoff preparations at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Aug. 17, 2015. Lopez communicated with the pilots to ensure the steering on a B-2 Spirit worked properly prior to the bomber departing the flightline. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Joseph A. Pagán Jr./Released)
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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Mark Lopez, 509th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron avionics craftsman deployed from Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, speaks with aircrew during takeoff preparations at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Aug. 17, 2015. Lopez communicated with the pilots to ensure the steering on a B-2 Spirit worked properly prior to the bomber departing the flightline. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Joseph A. Pagán Jr./Released)

ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam --

About 225 Airmen and three B-2 Spirits from Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, deployed here August 7 to conduct familiarization training activities in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.

 

The goal of the training is to maintain force readiness by conducting flight operations in an environment outside of the United States.

 

“The objectives I outlined [during this deployment] are simple,” said Lt. Col. Robert Makros, 13th Bomb Squadron commander. “I want everyone to come back better and more lethal than before they left.”

 

Makros’ objectives may be simple, but it’s the execution of the mission that will carry this deployment toward and through the finish line.

 

“Everyone understands the role they play in the B-2 global strike mission and what it provides to leadership,” Makros said. “The flexibility and ability to strike, at the time and place of leadership’s choosing, any target set on the globe with precision, range, stealth and a massive payload, conventional or nuclear, is what makes this aircraft incredible.”

 

Makros also said the 13th Bomb Squadron will be training with sister services and other joint aircraft while capitalizing on multi-national training events.

 

Executing the mission provides flexibility to Air Force Global Strike Command senior leadership, making the B-2 a credible and viable option that delivers decisive effects around the globe.

 

AFGSC routinely evaluates their readiness and reposition of forces as needed to ensure they maintain both the operational and support capabilities essential to meet training needs -- this includes planned deployments, such as this one, to various regions around the globe, providing commanders of major commands and combatant commands a global strike capability and extended deterrence against potential adversaries.

 

“It’s why we signed up and what we train for every day,” Makros said. “Our aircrew and the entire B-2 team constantly push themselves to be the best because they understand being the best is a must when it comes to generating and flying 30-hour missions, and successfully striking targets half way around the globe.”

 

The familiarization training will not only be conducted by B-2 aircrews but also by the maintainers and support personnel on the ground.

 

“Maintainers, cops, support staff -- everyone is receiving great training while deployed here,” said Master Sgt. Daryl Allen, 2nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron first sergeant. “We all face obstacles and new training scenarios that aren’t always present stateside, and we have to be ready to fix the aircraft, prepare the aircrew and get it in the sky as quickly and efficiently as possible; that comes from everyone working together.”