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USAF deploys B-52 strategic bombers to Andersen AFB for Bomber Task Force deployment

Airmen and B-52H Stratofortress bombers last deployed from Barksdale AFB to Guam in December 2018 in support of BTF operations.

Four US Air Force (USAF) B-52H Stratofortress returned to the Indo-Pacific region on Jan. 28, 2021 for a Bomber Task Force (BTF) deployment, conducting operations out of Andersen Air Force Base (AFB).

As told by 1st Lt. Denise C. Guiao-Corpuz, Pacific Air Forces Public Affairs, in the article B-52s arrive at Andersen AFB for Bomber Task Force deployment, the bombers, from the 96th Bomb Squadron at Barksdale AFB, Louisiana, deployed in support of Pacific Air Forces’ training efforts with allies, partners and joint forces. These strategic-deterrence missions reinforce the rules-based international order in the Indo-Pacific region.

“Deploying as a Bomber Task Force exercises our ability to produce agile, combat power in any location we are needed,” said Lt. Col. Christopher Duff, 96th Bomb Squadron commander. “Our strategic bomber missions demonstrate our always-ready global strike capability. We remain ready to deploy to reach anywhere in the world at any time.”

US Strategic Command units regularly conduct training with and in support of the geographic combatant commands. USSTRATCOM BTF missions help maintain global stability and security while enabling units to become familiar with operations in different regions.

“Bomber Task Force deployments also provide our Airmen opportunities to train and work with our allies and partners in realistic, joint coalition operations and exercises,” said Duff. “It ensures that we continue to maintain the highest level of proficiency and readiness.”

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Strategic bomber missions validate the credibility of our forces to address a diverse and complex global security environment.

Airmen and B-52H Stratofortress bombers last deployed from Barksdale AFB to Guam in December 2018 in support of BTF operations.

Asalready reported, on Apr. 17, 2020 the USAF announced the end of the service’s 16-year continuous bomber presence (CBP) at Andersen AFB.

CBP was replaced by the “dynamic force employment” model that allows the bombers to operate from a broader array of overseas locations with greater resilience, while keeping the aircraft permanently based in the US.

The “dynamic force employment” concept allows for the Air Force and broader military to be “strategically predictable, and operationally unpredictable” in sending the high-value assets to the Pacific. The Air Force regularly sends similar “bomber task force” rotations to Europe.

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Photo credit: 1st Lt. Denise C. Guiao-Corpuz / U.S. Air Force

Dario Leone

Dario Leone is an aviation, defense and military writer. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviation Geek Club” one of the world’s most read military aviation blogs. His writing has appeared in The National Interest and other news media. He has reported from Europe and flown Super Puma and Cougar helicopters with the Swiss Air Force.

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