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28th Bomb Wing, 18th Wing conduct South China Sea mission, demonstrate global presence

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 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)

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)

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)

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)

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 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 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 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 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 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 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)

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)
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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., 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)
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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 B-1B Lancer undergoes post-mission maintenance at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., April 30, 2020, following the completion of a 32-hour Bomber Task Force mission.
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A B-1B Lancer undergoes post-mission maintenance at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., April 30, 2020, following the completion of a 32-hour Bomber Task Force mission. A pair of B-1s flew from Ellsworth AFB and conducted operations in 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)

Gear is unloaded from a B-1B Lancer at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., April 30, 2020, following the bomber’s return from supporting a Bomber Task Force (BTF) mission in the Indo-Pacific region.
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Gear is unloaded from a B-1B Lancer at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., April 30, 2020, following the bomber’s return from supporting a Bomber Task Force (BTF) mission in the Indo-Pacific region. 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 BTF mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jette Carr)

Aircrew piloting a B-1B Lancer prepare to park at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., April 30, 2020.
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Aircrew piloting a B-1B Lancer prepare to park at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., April 30, 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 Tech. Sgt. Jette Carr)

A B-1B Lancer assigned to the 28th Bomb Wing is taxied to parking at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., April 30, 2020.
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A B-1B Lancer assigned to the 28th Bomb Wing is taxied to parking at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., April 30, 2020. The B-1 returned to base after supporting a Bomber Task Force mission in the Indo-Pacific region. This operation demonstrated 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 Tech. Sgt. Jette Carr)

Two B-1B Lancers taxi to their spots on the flight line after landing at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., April 30, 2020. The B-1s, assigned to the 28th Bomb Wing, 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 Bomber Task Force mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jette Carr)
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Two B-1B Lancers taxi to their spots on the flight line after landing at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., April 30, 2020. The B-1s, assigned to the 28th Bomb Wing, 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 Bomber Task Force mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jette Carr)

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