ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, -- For the first time in history, a B-52 Stratofortress, B-1 Lancer and B-2 Spirit are conducting operations in the U.S. Pacific Command region. The Air Force Global Strike Command strategic bombers are located at Andersen Air Force Base in support of Continuous Bomber Presence and Bomber Assurance and Deterrence missions.
According to the Honorable Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James, this marks the first time in history all three air frames have been in the U.S. Pacific Command (USPACOM) area of responsibility at the same time. Three B-2s are deployed from Whiteman Air Force Base, MO to Guam, where they will conduct local sorties and regional training, and work with allies as part of United States Strategic Command’s bomber operations.
B-1s arrived in Guam earlier this week to replace the B-52s supporting USPACOM’s continuous bomber presence in the region. “Bomber aircraft provide the USPACOM area of responsibility with an effective deterrent capability, ensuring the regional security and stability of the U.S. and our allies and partners,” said U.S. Air Force Gen. Terrence O’Shaughnessy, Commander U.S. Pacific Air Forces. “These bomber deployments visibly demonstrate our readiness and commitment to the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.”
A B-52 Stratofortress, B-1 Lancer and B-2 Spirit sit beside one another on the flightline at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Aug.10, 2016.