B-1B Lancers deploy in support of Pacific Air Forces Bomber Task Force mission

U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancers and approximately 200 Airmen deployed from the 28th Bomb Wing, Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., to Naval Support Facility Diego Garcia to support Pacific Air Forces’ Bomber Task Force missions, recently.

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B 1B Lancers deploy in support of Pacific Air Forces Bomber Task Force mission 01 U.S. Air Force Capt. Orr “Recoil” Genish, 37th Bomb Squadron weapons systems officer uses a land mobile radio as he watches a B-1B Lancer land in support of a Bomber Task Force mission at Naval Support Facility Diego Garcia, Oct. 17, 2021. Operating with a variety of aircraft and units in the Indo-Pacific, Pacific Air Forces maintain ready and postured forces prepared to respond to and support global operations (Picture source: US Air Force)

These BTF missions demonstrate the commitment to U.S. allies and partners through the employment of military force. Multiple sorties will be flown throughout the deployment in support of multiple geographic combatant command objectives and training requirements.

“Bomber Task Force missions, in support of INDOPACOM’s operational and strategic objectives, are extremely valuable to our aircrew because of the multi-country integration opportunities,” said Lt. Col. Ross Hobbs, 37th Bomb Squadron director of operations. “They also give us the opportunity to showcase the unmatched range, speed and lethality of the B-1.”

The B-1 carries the largest conventional payload of guided and unguided weapons in the U.S. Air Force. Missions such as these allow the ability of speed, surprise and integration of U.S. Air Force bombers in multiple theaters.

“Global B-1 operations not only provide strategic deterrence to our nation’s adversaries, but also strong, palpable assurance to our allies,” said Hobbs. “It’s been over 15 years since B-1s have operated out of this location and the 37th Bomb Squadron is beyond proud to be back. We are extremely grateful for the opportunity and well prepared to meet our nation’s call.”