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B-1s conduct South China Sea mission, demonstrates global presence

A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer from the 28th Bomb Wing, Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., refuels with a KC-135 Stratotanker from the 909th Air Refueling Squadron during a 32-hour round-trip sortie to conduct operations over thePacific as part of a joint U.S. Indo-Pacific Command and U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) Bomber Task Force (BTF) mission April 30, 2020. This operation demonstrates the U.S. Air Force’s dynamic force employment model in line with the National Defense Strategy’s objectives of strategic predictability with persistent bomber presence, assuring allies and partners. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Cynthia Belío)

A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer from the 28th Bomb Wing, Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., refuels with a KC-135 Stratotanker from the 909th Air Refueling Squadron during a 32-hour round-trip sortie to conduct operations over thePacific as part of a joint U.S. Indo-Pacific Command and U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) Bomber Task Force (BTF) mission April 30, 2020. This operation demonstrates the U.S. Air Force’s dynamic force employment model in line with the National Defense Strategy’s objectives of strategic predictability with persistent bomber presence, assuring allies and partners. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Cynthia Belío)

Aviators from the 37th Bomb Squadron receive a final mission briefing before launching B-1B Lancers from Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., April 28, 2020. The crew flew two B-1s from the continental United States and conducted operations over the South China Sea as part of a joint U.S. Indo-Pacific Command and U.S. Strategic Command Bomber Task Force mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Nicolas Erwin)

AviAviators from the 37th Bomb Squadron receive a final mission briefing before launching B-1B Lancers from Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., April 28, 2020. The crew flew two B-1s from the continental United States and conducted operations over the South China Sea as part of a joint U.S. Indo-Pacific Command and U.S. Strategic Command Bomber Task Force mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Nicolas Erwin)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Dillon Neal, boom operator assigned to the 909th Air Refueling Squadron, prepares to refuel a B-1B Lancer from the 28th Bomb Wing, Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., during a 32-hour round-trip sortie to conduct operations over the Pacific as part of a joint U.S. Indo-Pacific Command and U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) Bomber Task Force (BTF) mission April 30, 2020. The 909th ARS enables the execution of tactical, conventional, and peacetime operations in the Indo-Asia Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Cynthia Belío)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Dillon Neal, boom operator assigned to the 909th Air Refueling Squadron, prepares to refuel a B-1B Lancer from the 28th Bomb Wing, Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., during a 32-hour round-trip sortie to conduct operations over the Pacific as part of a joint U.S. Indo-Pacific Command and U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) Bomber Task Force (BTF) mission April 30, 2020. The 909th ARS enables the execution of tactical, conventional, and peacetime operations in the Indo-Asia Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Cynthia Belío)

A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer from the 28th Bomb Wing, Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., approaches a KC-135 Stratotanker from the 909th Air Refueling Squadron, to refuel during a 32-hour round-trip sortie to conduct operations over the Pacific as part of a joint U.S. Indo-Pacific Command and U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) Bomber Task Force (BTF) mission April 30, 2020. This operation demonstrates the U.S. Air Force’s dynamic force employment model in line with the National Defense Strategy’s objectives of strategic predictability with persistent bomber presence, assuring allies and partners. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Cynthia Belío)

A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer from the 28th Bomb Wing, Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., approaches a KC-135 Stratotanker from the 909th Air Refueling Squadron, to refuel during a 32-hour round-trip sortie to conduct operations over the Pacific as part of a joint U.S. Indo-Pacific Command and U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) Bomber Task Force (BTF) mission April 30, 2020. This operation demonstrates the U.S. Air Force’s dynamic force employment model in line with the National Defense Strategy’s objectives of strategic predictability with persistent bomber presence, assuring allies and partners. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Cynthia Belío)

A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer from the 28th Bomb Wing, Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., approaches a KC-135 Stratotanker from the 909th Air Refueling Squadron, to refuel during a 32-hour round-trip sortie to conduct operations over the Pacific as part of a joint U.S. Indo-Pacific Command and U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) Bomber Task Force (BTF) mission April 30, 2020. This operation demonstrates the U.S. Air Force’s dynamic force employment model in line with the National Defense Strategy’s objectives of strategic predictability with persistent bomber presence, assuring allies and partners. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Cynthia Belío)

A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer from the 28th Bomb Wing, Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., approaches a KC-135 Stratotanker from the 909th Air Refueling Squadron, to refuel during a 32-hour round-trip sortie to conduct operations over the Pacific as part of a joint U.S. Indo-Pacific Command and U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) Bomber Task Force (BTF) mission April 30, 2020. This operation demonstrates the U.S. Air Force’s dynamic force employment model in line with the National Defense Strategy’s objectives of strategic predictability with persistent bomber presence, assuring allies and partners. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Cynthia Belío)

A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer from the 28th Bomb Wing, Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., approaches a KC-135 Stratotanker from the 909th Air Refueling Squadron, to refuel during a 32-hour round-trip sortie to conduct operations over the Pacific as part of a joint U.S. Indo-Pacific Command and U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) Bomber Task Force (BTF) mission April 30, 2020. This operation demonstrates the U.S. Air Force’s dynamic force employment model in line with the National Defense Strategy’s objectives of strategic predictability with persistent bomber presence, assuring allies and partners. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Cynthia Belío)

A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer from the 28th Bomb Wing, Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., approaches a KC-135 Stratotanker from the 909th Air Refueling Squadron, to refuel during a 32-hour round-trip sortie to conduct operations over the Pacific as part of a joint U.S. Indo-Pacific Command and U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) Bomber Task Force (BTF) mission April 30, 2020. This operation demonstrates the U.S. Air Force’s dynamic force employment model in line with the National Defense Strategy’s objectives of strategic predictability with persistent bomber presence, assuring allies and partners. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Cynthia Belío)

A maintainer salutes a B-1B Lancer assigned to the 28th Bomb Wing as it taxis to the runway to launch from Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., April 28, 2020. A pair of B-1s flew from the continental United States and conducted operations over the South China Sea as part of a joint U.S. Indo-Pacific Command and U.S. Strategic Command Bomber Task Force mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Quentin Marx)

A maintainer salutes a B-1B Lancer assigned to the 28th Bomb Wing as it taxis to the runway to launch from Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., April 28, 2020. A pair of B-1s flew from the continental United States and conducted operations over the South China Sea as part of a joint U.S. Indo-Pacific Command and U.S. Strategic Command Bomber Task Force mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Quentin Marx)

A B-1B Lancer assigned to the 28th Bomb Wing launches from Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., April 28, 2020, to support a Bomber Task Force mission in the Indo-Pacific region. This operation demonstrates the U.S. Air Force’s dynamic force employment model in line with the National Defense Strategy’s objectives of strategic predictability and operational unpredictability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Quentin Marx)

A B-1B Lancer assigned to the 28th Bomb Wing launches from Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., April 28, 2020, to support a Bomber Task Force mission in the Indo-Pacific region. This operation demonstrates the U.S. Air Force’s dynamic force employment model in line with the National Defense Strategy’s objectives of strategic predictability and operational unpredictability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Quentin Marx)

A B-1B Lancer assigned to the 28th Bomb Wing launches from Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., April 28, 2020, to support a Bomber Task Force mission in the Indo-Pacific region. This operation demonstrates the U.S. Air Force’s dynamic force employment model in line with the National Defense Strategy’s objectives of strategic predictability and operational unpredictability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Nicolas Erwin)

A B-1B Lancer assigned to the 28th Bomb Wing launches from Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., April 28, 2020, to support a Bomber Task Force mission in the Indo-Pacific region. This operation demonstrates the U.S. Air Force’s dynamic force employment model in line with the National Defense Strategy’s objectives of strategic predictability and operational unpredictability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Nicolas Erwin)

A B-1B Lancer assigned to the 28th Bomb Wing takes off from Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., April 28, 2020, to support a Bomber Task Force mission in the Indo-Pacific region. This operation demonstrates the U.S. Air Force’s dynamic force employment model in line with the National Defense Strategy’s objectives of strategic predictability and operational unpredictability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Nicolas Erwin)
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A B-1B Lancer assigned to the 28th Bomb Wing takes off from Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., April 28, 2020, to support a Bomber Task Force mission in the Indo-Pacific region. This operation demonstrates the U.S. Air Force’s dynamic force employment model in line with the National Defense Strategy’s objectives of strategic predictability and operational unpredictability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Nicolas Erwin)

A B-1B Lancer assigned to the 28th Bomb Wing is guided out to the runway to launch from Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., April 28, 2020. A pair of B-1s flew from the continental United States and conducted operations over the South China Sea as part of a joint U.S. Indo-Pacific Command and U.S. Strategic Command Bomber Task Force mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Nicolas Erwin)
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A B-1B Lancer assigned to the 28th Bomb Wing is guided out to the runway to launch from Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., April 28, 2020. A pair of B-1s flew from the continental United States and conducted operations over the South China Sea as part of a joint U.S. Indo-Pacific Command and U.S. Strategic Command Bomber Task Force mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Nicolas Erwin)

A combat crew communications Airman prepares to conduct avionics system checks on a B-1B Lancer assigned to the 28th Bomb Wing from Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., April 28, 2020. Aircrew flew two B-1s from the continental United States and conducted operations over the South China Sea as part of a joint U.S. Indo-Pacific Command and U.S. Strategic Command Bomber Task Force mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Nicolas Erwin)
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A combat crew communications Airman prepares to conduct avionics system checks on a B-1B Lancer assigned to the 28th Bomb Wing from Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., April 28, 2020. Aircrew flew two B-1s from the continental United States and conducted operations over the South China Sea as part of a joint U.S. Indo-Pacific Command and U.S. Strategic Command Bomber Task Force mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Nicolas Erwin)

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Two U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancers from the 28th Bomb Wing, Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D. flew a 32-hour round-trip sortie to conduct operations over the South China Sea as part of a joint U.S. Indo-Pacific Command and U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) Bomber Task Force (BTF) mission April 29, 2020.

This operation demonstrates the U.S. Air Force’s dynamic force employment model in line with the National Defense Strategy’s objectives of strategic predictability with persistent bomber presence, assuring allies and partners.

This follows an April 22 CONUS-based bomber bilateral training where the B-1 integrated with six U.S. Air Force F-16s and 15 Koku Jieitai (Japan Air Self-Defense Force) F-15s near Japan. 

USSTRATCOM has conducted BTF missions (previously known as Bomber Assurance and Deterrence missions) since 2014 as a demonstration of the U.S. commitment to collective security, and to integrate with Geographic Combatant Command operations. The first mission included B-52H Stratofortresses and B-2 Spirits traveling from the continental United States to Joint Base Pearl-Harbor Hickam in April 2014.

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