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US Pacific Air Forces Perform 10-Hour Mission from Guam with South Korea, Japan

By S.L. Fuller | August 11, 2017

Two U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancers assigned to the 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, deployed from Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota, flew from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, for a 10-hour mission, flying in the vicinity of Kyushu, Japan, the East China Sea, and the Korean peninsula, Aug. 7, 2017 (HST). During the mission, the B-1s were joined by Japan Air Self-Defense Force F-2s as well as Republic of Korea Air Force KF-16 fighter jets, performing two sequential bilateral missions. These flights with Japan and the Republic of Korea (ROK) demonstrate solidarity between Japan, ROK and the U.S. to defend against provocative and destabilizing actions in the Pacific theater. (Courtesy photo)

Two U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancers flew from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, for a 10-hour mission. Courtesy photo via U.S. Pacific Air Forces

Aircraft from the U.S. Pacific Air Forces, South Korea and Japan performed sequenced bilateral missions Monday, the Pacific Air Forces said. The U.S. force said this served as the first mission for the crews and aircraft recently deployed from Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota, in support of U.S. Pacific Command’s Continuous Bomber Presence missions.

The 10-hour mission had aircrews practicing intercept and formation training. Rockwell/Boeing B-1B bombers assigned to the 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron took off from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, and flew to Japanese airspace. Japan's air force (Koku Jieitai) Mitsubishi F-2 fighter jets then joined. The B-1s then flew over the Korean Peninsula, where they were joined by South Korean air force Korean Aerospace Industries KF-16s. The Pacific Air Forces said the B-1s then performed a pass over Pilsung Range, then returned to Guam.

“While at home station my crews are constantly refining their tactics and techniques so that we can better integrate with our counterparts from other nations,” said Lt. Col. Daniel Diehl, 37th EBS, commander. “As demonstrated today, our air forces stand combat-ready to deliver airpower when called upon.”

The Pacific Air Forces said that aircrews, maintenance and support personnel would continue to generate B-1 sorties to demonstrate the continuing U.S. commitment to the region. This, the force said, would provide commanders with a strategic power projection platform and fulfill the need for anytime mission-ready aircraft.

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