Guardians of the Pacific
A U.S. Air Force 37th Expeditionary Bomber Squadron B-1B Lancer, assigned to Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., receives fuel from a 909th Air Refueling Squadron KC-135 Stratotanker, assigned to Kadena Air Base, Japan, over the vicinity of the East China Sea, Sept. 18, 2017. The Lancer serves as premier platform for America’s long-range bomber force, carrying the largest conventional payload of guided and unguided weapons in the Air Force inventory. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Peter Reft)