B-1B Lancers return to Guam

Four Rockwell B-1B Lancer supersonic-capable strategic bombers deployed to Andersen Air Force Base (AFB), Guam, on September 10 as part of the US Air Force’s (USAF’s) Bomber Task Force operations.

The four bombers are part of the 34th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron – a component of the 28th Bomb Wing (BW), which is based at Ellsworth AFB in South Dakota. During the deployment, the B-1Bs will support Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) training efforts with allied and partner nations, as well as perform strategic deterrence missions to reinforce rules-based international order in the region. Prior to arriving in Guam, two of the four B-1Bs conducted escort training with fighters belonging to the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF).

B-1B Lancer [USAF/Airman 1st Class Quentin Marx]
A Rockwell B-1B Lancer - serial 85-0069 (c/n 29) - departs Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota, on September 9, 2020. This aircraft was one of four from the 34th Bomb Squadron 'Thunderbirds' that arrived at Andersen AFB, Guam, for a Bomber Task Force deployment. USAF/Airman 1st Class Quentin Marx

Col David Doss, commander of the 28th BW, said: “This Bomber Task Force deployment, part of the dynamic force employment strategy, showcases our unwavering commitment to security and stability in the Indo-Pacific while also demonstrating our ability to provide combat power anywhere, anytime.”

Andersen AFB last hosted B-1Bs in August 2020, when examples from the 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron – which is also a part of the 28th BW – deployed to the Pacific island base. The USAF routinely deploys aircraft on Bomber Task Force missions across the globe to enhance the readiness of its bomber crews, train with allies and demonstrate its commitment to a collective defence.