B-1B Lancers head to Guam after B-52s left the island

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Guam’s break from the bombing component of the US Air Force was short-lived, as a task force of B-1Bs descend upon the island to conduct Indo-Pacific-centric operations.

The 7th Bomb Wing’s 9th Bomb Squadron dispatched four bombers and around 200 Airmen to Guam’s Andersen Air Base earlier this week, filling a gap left by B-52s that recently departed.

“Deployments like this allow our airmen to enhance the readiness and training necessary to respond to any potential crisis or challenge across the globe,” said USAF 7th BW commander colonel Jose Sumangil. “It also provides a valuable opportunity to better integrate with our allies and partners through joint and combined operations and exercises.”

PACAF operations chief force management LTC Frank Welton doubled down on the training value of the mission, adding that the presence of the Bones will also serve as a deterrent to certain aggressive Asian neighbors.

“The B-1 provides all of the training opportunities which the B-52 (Stratofortress) provided, plus the ability to train to advanced standoff, anti-surface warfare with (Long Range Anti-Surface Missiles),” he said in a statement by USINDOPACOM.

The Bones, which come from Dyess AFB, have not been at Andersen since 2017.

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