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

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

    Photo By Staff Sgt. Hannah Malone | U.S Air Force Capt. Anthony “NERO” Carbone, 37th Bomb Squadron weapons and tactics...... read more read more

    DIEGO GARCIA NAVAL SUPPORT FACILITY, BRITISH INDIAN OCEAN TERRITORY

    10.17.2021

    Story by Staff Sgt. Hannah Malone 

    Pacific Air Forces Public Affairs

    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.

    “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.”

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    Date Taken: 10.17.2021
    Date Posted: 10.19.2021 18:47
    Story ID: 407583
    Location: DIEGO GARCIA NAVAL SUPPORT FACILITY, IO

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