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B-52s deploy to Indo-Pacific for Bomber Task Force

A U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress from the 2nd Bomb Wing, Barksdale Air Force Base Louisiana, arrives at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, in support of a Bomber Task Force deployment, Aug. 26, 2021. This deployment allows aircrew and support personnel to conduct theater integration and improve bomber interoperability with allies and partners. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alysia Blake)

A U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress from the 2nd Bomb Wing, Barksdale Air Force Base Louisiana, arrives at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, in support of a Bomber Task Force deployment, Aug. 26, 2021. This deployment allows aircrew and support personnel to conduct theater integration and improve bomber interoperability with allies and partners. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alysia Blake)

U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the 2nd Munitions Squadron, Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, transport BDU-50 training bombs for Bomber Task Force missions, at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Aug. 27, 2021. Evaluating readiness and forward positioning bomber aircraft ensures the Department of Defense can maintain operational and support capabilities to meet security obligations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Taylor Hunter)

U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the 2nd Munitions Squadron, Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, transport BDU-50 training bombs for Bomber Task Force missions, at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Aug. 27, 2021. Evaluating readiness and forward positioning bomber aircraft ensures the Department of Defense can maintain operational and support capabilities to meet security obligations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Taylor Hunter)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Amanda Solis, a conventional maintenance inspector, assigned to the 2nd Munitions Squadron, Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, lays a stencil to spray paint identifying marks on the side of a BDU-50 training bomb for Bomber Task Force missions at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Aug. 27, 2021. This deployment allows aircrew and support personnel to conduct theater integration and to improve bomber interoperability with allies and partners. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alysia T. Blake)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Amanda Solis, a conventional maintenance inspector, assigned to the 2nd Munitions Squadron, Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, lays a stencil to spray paint identifying marks on the side of a BDU-50 training bomb for Bomber Task Force missions at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Aug. 27, 2021. This deployment allows aircrew and support personnel to conduct theater integration and to improve bomber interoperability with allies and partners. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alysia T. Blake)

U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the 2nd Munitions Squadron and 707th Maintenance Squadron, Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, prepare to transport BDU-50 training bombs for Bomber Task Force (BTF) missions at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Aug. 27, 2021. In line with the National Defense Strategy’s objectives of strategic predictability and operational unpredictability, the BTF enables a mix of different types of bombers to operate forward in the Indo-Pacific region from a broad array of overseas and Continental U.S. locations with greater operational resilience. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alysia T. Blake)

U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the 2nd Munitions Squadron and 707th Maintenance Squadron, Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, prepare to transport BDU-50 training bombs for Bomber Task Force (BTF) missions at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Aug. 27, 2021. In line with the National Defense Strategy’s objectives of strategic predictability and operational unpredictability, the BTF enables a mix of different types of bombers to operate forward in the Indo-Pacific region from a broad array of overseas and Continental U.S. locations with greater operational resilience. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alysia T. Blake)

U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the 2nd Munitions Squadron and 707th Maintenance Squadron, Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, transport BDU-50 training bombs for Bomber Task Force missions, at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Aug. 27, 2021. Andersen acts as a staging point for the B-52, allowing commanders to address a variety of global challenges through the engagement of the bomber. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Devin M. Rumbaugh)

U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the 2nd Munitions Squadron and 707th Maintenance Squadron, Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, transport BDU-50 training bombs for Bomber Task Force missions, at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Aug. 27, 2021. Andersen acts as a staging point for the B-52, allowing commanders to address a variety of global challenges through the engagement of the bomber. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Devin M. Rumbaugh)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Amanda Solis, conventional maintenance inspector, assigned to the 2nd Munitions Squadron, Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, spray paints identifying marks on the side of a BDU-50 training bomb for Bomber Task Force missions at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Aug. 27, 2021. U.S. Strategic Command bomber task forces regularly conduct combined theater security cooperation engagements with allies and partners, demonstrating the U.S. capability to command, control and conduct bomber missions across the globe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Devin M. Rumbaugh)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Amanda Solis, conventional maintenance inspector, assigned to the 2nd Munitions Squadron, Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, spray paints identifying marks on the side of a BDU-50 training bomb for Bomber Task Force missions at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Aug. 27, 2021. U.S. Strategic Command bomber task forces regularly conduct combined theater security cooperation engagements with allies and partners, demonstrating the U.S. capability to command, control and conduct bomber missions across the globe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Devin M. Rumbaugh)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Jordan Dworaczyk, trailer maintenance crew member, assigned to the 2nd Munitions Squadron, Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, spray paints identifying marks on the side of a BDU-50 training bomb for Bomber Task Force (BTF) exercise at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, August 27, 2021. In line with the National Defense Strategy’s objectives of strategic predictability and operational unpredictability, the BTF enables a mix of different types of bombers to operate forward in the Indo-Pacific region from a broad array of overseas and continental U.S. locations with greater operational resilience. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Devin M. Rumbaugh)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Jordan Dworaczyk, trailer maintenance crew member, assigned to the 2nd Munitions Squadron, Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, spray paints identifying marks on the side of a BDU-50 training bomb for Bomber Task Force (BTF) exercise at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, August 27, 2021. In line with the National Defense Strategy’s objectives of strategic predictability and operational unpredictability, the BTF enables a mix of different types of bombers to operate forward in the Indo-Pacific region from a broad array of overseas and continental U.S. locations with greater operational resilience. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Devin M. Rumbaugh)

U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the 2nd Munitions Squadron and 707th Maintenance Squadron, Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, build BDU-50 training bombs for Bomber Task Force (BTF) missions at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Aug. 27, 2021. BTF missions enable crews to maintain a high state of readiness and proficiency, and validate our always-ready global strike capability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Devin M. Rumbaugh)

U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the 2nd Munitions Squadron and 707th Maintenance Squadron, Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, build BDU-50 training bombs for Bomber Task Force (BTF) missions at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Aug. 27, 2021. BTF missions enable crews to maintain a high state of readiness and proficiency, and validate our always-ready global strike capability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Devin M. Rumbaugh)

U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 20th Aircraft Maintenance Unit, Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, inspect a B-52 Stratofortress upon arrival at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Aug. 26, 2021. This deployment allows aircrews and support personnel to conduct theater integration and to improve bomber interoperability with allies and partners. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alysia Blake)

U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 20th Aircraft Maintenance Unit, Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, inspect a B-52 Stratofortress upon arrival at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Aug. 26, 2021. This deployment allows aircrews and support personnel to conduct theater integration and to improve bomber interoperability with allies and partners. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alysia Blake))

A weapons load crew team from the 2nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron transfer a MK-62 Quickstrike naval mine in support of a Bomber Task Force deployment at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, Aug. 25, 2021. The 2nd AMXS is proficiently trained in the loading of naval mines, as well as conventional and nuclear weapons. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jacob B. Wrightsman)
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A weapons load crew team from the 2nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron transfer a MK-62 Quickstrike naval mine in support of a Bomber Task Force deployment at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, Aug. 25, 2021. The 2nd AMXS is proficiently trained in the loading of naval mines, as well as conventional and nuclear weapons. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jacob B. Wrightsman)

Senior Airman William Oskay, 2nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron weapons load crew member, prepares to transfer a MK-62 Quickstrike naval mine in support of a Bomber Task Force deployment at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, Aug. 25, 2021. The MK-62 mine is a shallow water aircraft laid mine used primarily against surface and subsurface water craft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jacob B. Wrightsman)
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Senior Airman William Oskay, 2nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron weapons load crew member, prepares to transfer a MK-62 Quickstrike naval mine in support of a Bomber Task Force deployment at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, Aug. 25, 2021. The MK-62 mine is a shallow water aircraft laid mine used primarily against surface and subsurface water craft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jacob B. Wrightsman)

A weapons load crew team from the 2nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron load a MK-62 Quickstrike naval mine onto a B-52H Stratofortress in support of a Bomber Task Force deployment at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, Aug. 25, 2021. The B-52 has the ability to carry and employ naval mines, as well as conventional and nuclear weapons. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jacob B. Wrightsman)
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A weapons load crew team from the 2nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron load a MK-62 Quickstrike naval mine onto a B-52H Stratofortress in support of a Bomber Task Force deployment at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, Aug. 25, 2021. The B-52 has the ability to carry and employ naval mines, as well as conventional and nuclear weapons. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jacob B. Wrightsman)

A weapons load crew team from the 2nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron transfer a MK-62 Quickstrike naval mine in support of a Bomber Task Force deploymentat Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, Aug. 25, 2021. The MK-62 mine is a shallow water aircraft laid mine used primarily against surface and subsurface water craft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jacob B. Wrightsman)
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A weapons load crew team from the 2nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron transfer a MK-62 Quickstrike naval mine in support of a Bomber Task Force deploymentat Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, Aug. 25, 2021. The MK-62 mine is a shallow water aircraft laid mine used primarily against surface and subsurface water craft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jacob B. Wrightsman)

MK-62 Quickstrike naval mines sit in front of a B-52H Stratofortress at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, Aug. 25, 2021. The B-52 has the ability to carry and employ naval mines, as well as conventional and nuclear weapons. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jacob B. Wrightsman)
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MK-62 Quickstrike naval mines sit in front of a B-52H Stratofortress at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, Aug. 25, 2021. The B-52 has the ability to carry and employ naval mines, as well as conventional and nuclear weapons. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jacob B. Wrightsman)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Archie Achadinha, 20th Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew chief, Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, inspects a B-52 Stratofortress at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Aug. 26, 2021. Andersen acts as a staging point for the B-52 in support of Pacific Air Forces’ Bomber Task Force deployment, allowing commanders to address a variety of global challenges through the engagement of the bomber. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alysia Blake)
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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Archie Achadinha, 20th Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew chief, Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, inspects a B-52 Stratofortress at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Aug. 26, 2021. Andersen acts as a staging point for the B-52 in support of Pacific Air Forces’ Bomber Task Force deployment, allowing commanders to address a variety of global challenges through the engagement of the bomber. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alysia Blake)

ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam --

Approximately 230 Airmen assigned to the 2nd and 307th Bomb Wings, Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana deployed with U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortresses and support equipment to the Indo-Pacific region to support Pacific Air Forces’ Bomber Task Force (BTF) deployment, August 26.

In line with the National Defense Strategy’s objectives of strategic predictability and operational unpredictability, the BTF enables a mix of different types of bombers to operate forward in the Indo-Pacific region from a broad array of overseas and continental U.S. locations with greater operational resilience. 

“The BTF provides an opportunity to enhance readiness and give aircrews the necessary training to respond to any potential crisis or challenge across the globe,” said Lt. Col. Benjamin Poole, BTF director of operations. 

Andersen Air Force Base, Guam acts as a staging point for the B-52, allowing commanders to address a variety of global challenges through the engagement of the bomber.

“We want to become more operationally unpredictable to adversaries,” said Poole. “In order to do so, we routinely exercise with our allies and partners through the employment of our bomber forces.”

This training and integration between the theater, allies and other U.S. military units increases interoperability and readiness of U.S. Air Force Airmen, and the response abilities of the B-52.  

“We fly bomber missions in the Indo-Pacific region to show our forces’ credibility while addressing a diverse, secured environment,” said Poole. “Through long range power projection, we are able to deter any potential adversaries and increase our strategic advantage in great power.”

This engagement provides stability in the Indo-Pacific region through conflict deterrence, delivering rapid response capabilities anytime, anywhere.

“The B-52 is the most recognizable and respected aircraft in the world,” said Poole. “The United States continues to show that we can go anywhere on the globe on our timeline.”