US Air Force B-1B Lancers Deploy in Support of Pacific Air Forces’ Bomber Task Force Mission
US Air Force B-1B Lancers Deploy in Support of Pacific Air Forces’ Bomber Task Force Mission

US Air Force 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. 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.

“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.”

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US Air Force B-1B Lancers Deploy in Support of Pacific Air Forces’ Bomber Task Force Mission
Airmen from the 28th Bomb Wing, Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., watch as a B-1B Lancer lands at Naval Support Facility Diego Garcia in support of a Bomber Task Force mission, Oct. 17, 2021. The U.S. Air Force routinely deploys a variety of aircraft and units throughout the Indo-Pacific area of operations in support of geographic combatant command objectives and training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Hannah Malone)

“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 Rockwell B-1 Lancer is a supersonic variable-sweep wing, heavy bomber used by the United States Air Force. It is commonly called the “Bone” (from “B-One”). The program was restarted in 1981, largely as an interim measure due to delays in the B-2 stealth bomber program. This led to a redesign as the B-1B, which differed from the B-1A by having a lower top speed of Mach 1.25 at high altitude, but improved the low-altitude speed to Mach 0.96. 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.

US Air Force B-1B Lancers Deploy in Support of Pacific Air Forces’ Bomber Task Force Mission
An Airman from the 37th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron marshals in a B-1B Lancer from Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., arriving in support of a Bomber Task Force mission at Naval Support Facility Diego Garcia, Oct. 17. 2021. The Department of Defense remains fully committed to defense and deterrence of any actors that would look to undermine or threaten our shared interests. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Hannah Malone)

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