RAPID CITY, S.D. (KEVN) - Ellsworth’s B-1 contingent is preparing to return home from Guam, now that a cadre of B-52 bombers has touched down at Andersen Air Force Base.
Tuesday, six B-52H Stratofortress bombers and approximately 300 airmen from Barksdale Air Force Base, La., deployed to Andersen.
The 350 airmen and six B-1 Lancer bombers from the 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron are expected to return by the end of January; ending a six-month deployment.
While deployed, the bomber crews flew numerous “show of force” missions across the Pacific theater, predominantly around the Korean Peninsula. The missions, according to an Air Force News Service release, “demonstrates the continued commitment of the U.S.to allies and partners in the Indo-Pacific region.” The missions began in 2004.
The Air Force also this week deployed three B-2 bombers to Guam, the first time since 2016 that all three types of Air Force bombers were based together on Guam.