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A Boeing 737 aircraft takes off from Ellsworth Air Force Base (AFB), S.D., Aug. 1, 2016. More than 300 Airmen from the 28th Bomb Wing have deployed to Andersen AFB, Guam, to provide assurance and global deterrence for U.S. allies in the Pacific. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sadie Colbert)

A Boeing 737 aircraft takes off from Ellsworth Air Force Base (AFB), S.D., Aug. 1, 2016. More than 300 Airmen from the 28th Bomb Wing have deployed to Andersen AFB, Guam, to provide assurance and global deterrence for U.S. allies in the Pacific. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sadie Colbert)

Airmen of the 28th Bomb Wing board a Boeing 737 aircraft at Ellsworth Air Force Base (AFB), S.D., Aug. 1, 2016, as part of a deployment to Andersen AFB, Guam. The Airmen will support B-1 bomber missions as part of the U.S. Pacific Command’s continuous bomber presence mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sadie Colbert)

U.S. Airmen of the 28th Bomb Wing board a Boeing 737 aircraft at Ellsworth Air Force Base (AFB), S.D., Aug. 1, 2016, as part of a deployment to Andersen AFB, Guam. The Airmen will support B-1 bomber missions as part of the U.S. Pacific Command’s continuous bomber presence mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sadie Colbert)

A B-1 bomber departs at Ellsworth Air Force Base (AFB), S.D., Aug. 5, 2016, as part of a deployment to Andersen AFB, Guam. More than 300 Airmen from the 28th Bomb Wing have deployed to Andersen AFB, Guam, in support of U.S. Pacific Command’s continuous bomber presence mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sadie Colbert)

A U.S. Air Force B-1 bomber departs Ellsworth Air Force Base (AFB), S.D., Aug. 5, 2016, as part of a deployment to Andersen AFB, Guam. More than 300 Airmen from the 28th Bomb Wing have deployed to Andersen AFB, Guam, in support of U.S. Pacific Command’s continuous bomber presence mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sadie Colbert)

Senior Airman Jeremy Holloway, a crew chief assigned to the 28th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, lifts his duffle bag onto a conveyor belt at Ellsworth Air Force Base (AFB), S.D., Aug. 1, 2016. This is the largest deployment Ellsworth AFB has conducted in the last 10 years, with approximately 300 Airmen being deployed to Andersen AFB, Guam. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sadie Colbert)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Jeremy Holloway, a crew chief assigned to the 28th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, lifts his duffle bag onto a conveyor belt at Ellsworth Air Force Base (AFB), S.D., Aug. 1, 2016. This is the largest deployment Ellsworth has conducted in the last 10 years, with approximately 300 Airmen being deployed to Andersen AFB, Guam. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sadie Colbert)

Col. Gentry Boswell, commander of the 28th Bomb Wing, shakes hands with an Airman before they leave for a deployment to Andersen Air Force Base (AFB), Guam, from Ellsworth AFB, S.D., Aug. 1, 2016. While boarding the aircraft, Boswell and other base leaders bid Airmen farewell. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sadie Colbert)

U.S. Air Force Col. Gentry Boswell, commander of the 28th Bomb Wing, shakes hands with an Airman before they leave for a deployment to Andersen Air Force Base (AFB), Guam, from Ellsworth AFB, S.D., Aug. 1, 2016. While boarding the aircraft, Boswell and other base leaders bid Airmen farewell. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sadie Colbert)

A C-5 Galaxy assigned to Dover Air Force Base (AFB), Del., arrives at Ellsworth AFB, S.D., Aug. 2, 2016. The C-5 transported equipment from Ellsworth AFB to Andersen AFB, Guam, in support of U.S. Pacific Command’s continuous bomber presence mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Donald Knechtel)

A U.S. Air Force C-5 Galaxy assigned to Dover Air Force Base (AFB), Del., arrives at Ellsworth AFB, S.D., Aug. 2, 2016. The C-5 transported equipment from Ellsworth AFB to Andersen AFB, Guam, in support of U.S. Pacific Command’s continuous bomber presence mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Donald Knechtel)

Master Sgt. Jeff Stanley, a load master with the 9th Airlift Squadron at Dover Air Force Base (AFB), Del., provides Airmen a mission safety brief at Ellsworth AFB, S.D., Aug. 2, 2016. Approximately 650 tons of equipment is being transported to Andersen AFB, Guam, in support of the continuous bomber presence mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Donald Knechtel)

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Jeff Stanley, a load master with the 9th Airlift Squadron at Dover Air Force Base (AFB), Del., provides Airmen a mission safety brief at Ellsworth AFB, S.D., Aug. 2, 2016. Approximately 650 tons of equipment is being transported to Andersen AFB, Guam, in support of the continuous bomber presence mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Donald Knechtel)

A C-5 Galaxy assigned to Dover Air Force Base (AFB), Del., arrives at Ellsworth AFB, S.D., Aug. 2, 2016. The C-5 has 12 internal wing tanks with a total fuel capacity of 51,150 gallons, has a cargo load of 270,000 pounds and can fly 2,150 nautical miles, offload, and fly to a second base 500 nautical miles away from the original destination. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Donald Knechtel)

A U.S. Air Force C-5 Galaxy assigned to Dover Air Force Base (AFB), Del., arrives at Ellsworth AFB, S.D., Aug. 2, 2016. The C-5 has 12 internal wing tanks with a total fuel capacity of 51,150 gallons, has a cargo load of 270,000 pounds and can fly 2,150 nautical miles, offload, and fly to a second base 500 nautical miles away from the original destination. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Donald Knechtel)

A fully loaded C-5 Galaxy from Travis Air Force Base (AFB), Calif., departs from Ellsworth AFB, S.D., Aug. 4, 2016. More than 650 tons of equipment are being transported to Guam in support of U.S. Pacific Command’s continuous bomber presence mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Donald Knechtel)

A fully loaded U.S. Air Force C-5 Galaxy assigned to Travis Air Force Base (AFB), Calif., departs from Ellsworth AFB, S.D., Aug. 4, 2016. More than 650 tons of equipment are being transported to Guam in support of U.S. Pacific Command’s continuous bomber presence mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Donald Knechtel)

Airmen with the 28th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron load equipment into a C-5 Galaxy from Travis Air Force Base (AFB), Calif., at Ellsworth AFB, S.D., Aug. 4, 2016. The equipment is being transported from Ellsworth AFB to Andersen AFB, Guam, where it will be used to support B-1 bombers as they provide U.S. Pacific Command a global strike and extended deterrence capability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Donald Knechtel)
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U.S. Airmen with the 28th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron load equipment into a C-5 Galaxy assigned to Travis Air Force Base (AFB), Calif., at Ellsworth AFB, S.D., Aug. 4, 2016. The equipment is being transported from Ellsworth AFB to Andersen AFB, Guam, where it will be used to support B-1 bombers as they provide U.S. Pacific Command a global strike and extended deterrence capability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Donald Knechtel)

Airmen with the 28th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron load equipment onto a Dover Air Force Base (AFB), Del., C-5 Galaxy at Ellsworth AFB, S.D., Aug. 2, 2016. C-5’s and 747’s are transporting 650 tons of equipment to Guam in support of U.S. Pacific Command’s continuous bomber presence mission where Ellsworth’s B-1 bombers will provide the command with a credible, strategic power projection platform. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Donald Knechtel)
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U.S. Airmen with the 28th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron load equipment onto a C-5 Galaxy assigned to Dover Air Force Base (AFB), Del., at Ellsworth AFB, S.D., Aug. 2, 2016. C-5’s and 747’s are transporting 650 tons of equipment to Guam in support of U.S. Pacific Command’s continuous bomber presence mission where Ellsworth’s B-1 bombers will provide the command with a credible, strategic power projection platform. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Donald Knechtel)

Airmen with the 28th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron guide equipment onto a Dover Air Force Base (AFB), Del., C-5 Galaxy at Ellsworth AFB, S.D., Aug. 2, 2016. The C-5 Galaxy is one of the largest aircraft in the world and has a greater capacity than any other airlifter, with the ability to carry 36 standard pallets and 81 troops simultaneously. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Donald Knechtel)
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U.S. Airmen with the 28th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron guide equipment onto a C-5 Galaxy assigned to Dover Air Force Base (AFB), Del., at Ellsworth AFB, S.D., Aug. 2, 2016. The C-5 Galaxy is one of the largest airframes in the world and has a greater capacity than any other airlifter, with the ability to carry 36 standard pallets and 81 troops simultaneously. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Donald Knechtel)

More than 300 Airmen assigned to the 28th Bomb Wing deployed to Andersen Air Force Base (AFB), Guam, in support of U.S. Pacific Command’s continuous bomber presence mission Aug. 9.

Aircrews, maintenance and support personnel, will be generating B-1 bomber 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.

“I think this deployment is extremely important,” said Lt. Col. Seth Spanier, 34th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron (EBS) commander. “The Pacific is going through a time of increasing instability and tensions. I think bringing the men and women of our B-1s to the area of responsibility will provide that visible assurance to our allies and partners.”

The 300 Airmen will join several B-1 bombers and personnel who arrived in Guam earlier this week, taking the baton from Airmen and B-52 Stratofortress bombers assigned to Minot AFB, North Dakota.

“The handoff between the B-1s and the B-52s has been seamless so far,” Spanier said. “I think that really pays credence to the amount of integration the bombers have been doing lately across the Air Force.”

According to Spanier, Ellsworth has been preparing the Airmen of the 34th Bomb Squadron, who have been training for this particular deployment for almost a year by taking part in major large force exercises across the U.S.

“Bombers in general are well-suited to the vast distances and challenges of the Pacific,” Spanier said. “The B-1 bomber is specifically suited for the Pacific region.”

Spanier said the B-1 is bringing long-range capability, speed, flexibility, a multitude of weapons for the aircraft, advanced sensors, modern defense avionics systems, and targeting pods.

As a long-range, multi-role, heavy bomber, the B-1 can fly more than 900 miles per hour and carry more than 75,000 pounds of munitions.

“I think, more importantly than what the B-1 aircraft brings … are the men and women of the 34th Bomb Squadron and the 34th Aircraft Maintenance Unit, who are bringing years and years of recent combat experience from [U.S.] Central Command,” Spanier said. “Our squadron, specifically, is bringing more than 40,000 cumulative combat hours to the Pacific.”

Spanier added the Air Force has not seen bombers bring that amount of combat experience to the Pacific in more than a decade, and believes it will assist in the training of new Airmen.

“We will be able to practice and train in every mission setting that the B-1 is capable of,” Spanier said. “Aircraft and aircrews will be flying maritime missions, working with the Navy, flying close air support [training sorties] with the land forces of our allies, and conducting exercises like combat rescue.”

Airman 1st Class Blake Gutierrez, an aircraft armament technician assigned to the 28th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, said that he is looking forward to the training aspects of his first deployment.

“My fellow Airmen are definitely excited,” Gutierrez said. “It is going to be a different and strenuous workload, but I’m looking forward to learning in a new environment.”

This deployment is the largest Ellsworth has supported in recent years, requiring many units and personnel from across the base to work together to ensure a successful departure.

“It has been a wing-wide effort,” said Master Sgt. Shawn Compton, the superintendent of plans and integration with the 28th Logistics Readiness Squadron. “We have had dozens of augmentees [across] the base help us process cargo and personnel.”

Spanier added that although this is a very complex deployment that has occurred across many weeks with multiple airliners bringing Airmen and material to Guam, he believes the 34th EBS is well prepared to accomplish their mission.

“We are helping our allies by strengthening our ties with them,” Compton said. “We are also training with them and projecting our air power [in Guam] while reassuring [our allies] that we are committed to that region of the world.”