By 1st Lt. Joshua Sinclair, 28th Bomb Wing Public Affairs
/ Published July 28, 2020
A 28th Bomb Wing B-1B Lancer, from Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., conducts aerial refueling with a 909th Aerial Refueling Squadron KC-135 Stratotanker, from Kadena Air Base, Japan, during a Bomber Task Force (BTF) mission July 27, 2020. The BTF missions are intended to demonstrate U.S. commitment to the collective defense of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command theater and are a visible demonstration of the U.S. capability of extended deterrence. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Peter Reft)
A crew chief, assigned to the 28th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, 37th Aircraft Maintenance Unit, guides a B-1B Lancer onto the taxiway, ahead of a Bomber Task Force mission to the South China Sea from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, July 27, 2020. Bomber Task Force missions familiarize aircrews with air bases, procedures and operations in different geographic combatant command’s areas of operations. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Christina Bennett)
1st Lt. John Lewis Elliot, 909th Aerial Refueling Squadron KC-135 Stratotanker pilot, conducts a pre-flight checklist prior to a Bomber Task Force (BTF) mission, July 27, 2020 at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The 909th ARS maintains around-the-clock readiness in order to support the BTF as well as any other U.S. Indo-Pacific Command flying units, enabling joint and allied partners to maintain continuous peace and security operations throughout the region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Peter Ref
A 28th Bomber Wing B-1B Lancer, from Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., conducts aerial refueling with a 909th Aerial Refueling Squadron KC-135 Stratotanker, from Kadena Air Base, Japan, during a Bomber Task Force (BTF) mission, July 27, 2020. The BTF supports 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. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Peter Reft)
A B-1B Lancer conducts integration training with the Koku-Jieitai, or Japanese Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) in the vicinity of Japan, July 27, 2020. The B-1s integrated with Koku-Jietai F-2s to enhance bilateral interoperability and mutual readiness between the U.S. and Japan. (Photo Courtesy of JASDF)
A B-1B Lancer flew from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, to the vicinity of Japan to conduct integration training with the Koku-Jieitai, or Japanese Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF), on July 27, 2020.
B-1s are deployed to Guam from Ellsworth AFB, S.D., to conduct long-range, long-duration Bomber Task Force missions, which give aircrews opportunities to train alongside Allies and Partners in a joint environment and build interoperability to bolster their ability to support a free and open Indo-Pacific.
“The value these sorties have on our team’s confidence and readiness is immense,” said Lt. Col. Lincoln Coleman, Commander of the 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron. “We know these missions make us more prepared, more agile and most importantly, more lethal.”
During the mission, Koku-Jietai F-2s integrated with the bomber in the vicinity of Japan to enhance bilateral interoperability and mutual readiness between the U.S. and Japan.
“To maintain and strengthen a free and open Indo-Pacific, we, Koku-Jieitai, continue to seek out every opportunity to enhance our capabilities and operations with our Allied teams,” said Koku-Jieitai Lt Col. SHIROTA Takamichi, 204th Fighter Squadron commander. “Regular bi-lateral exercises further enhance each teams’ capabilities and interoperability.”
In line with the National Defense Strategy’s objectives of strategic predictability and operational unpredictability, the U.S. Air Force transitioned its force employment model to enable strategic bombers to operate forward in the Indo-Pacific region from a broader array of overseas and continental U.S. locations with greater operational resilience.
The flexibility and dependability of the multi-mission B-1 help make it the backbone of America's long-range bomber force. It can rapidly deliver massive quantities of precision and non-precision weapons against any adversary, anywhere in the world, at any time.