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28th Bomb Wing leadership visits Guam

Col. John R. Edwards, the 28th Bomb Wing Commander, stands with other B-1 Bomber aircrew members from the 37th Bomb Squadron at Anderson Air Force Base, Guam. Ellsworth deployed Airmen from the 37th BS to help with the Continuous Bomber Presence operation that is being conducted by the Air Force Pacific Command. (Courtesy photo)

Col. John R. Edwards, the 28th Bomb Wing Commander, stands with other B-1 Bomber aircrew members from the 37th Bomb Squadron at Anderson Air Force Base, Guam. Ellsworth deployed Airmen from the 37th BS to help with the Continuous Bomber Presence operation that is being conducted by the Air Force Pacific Command. (Courtesy photo)

A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer assigned to the 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, deployed from Ellsworth Air Force Base (AFB), S.D., takes off from Andersen AFB, Guam, Oct. 21, 2017. After departing from Andersen, two B-1B bombers conducted an 11-hour mission in the vicinity of the Korean Peninsula and Japan. The mission included sequential bilateral integration with Koku Jieitai (Japan Air Self-Defense Force) and Republic of Korea air forces before continuing over land to support a flyover for the 2017 Seoul International Aerospace and Defense Exhibition (Seoul ADEX 17). (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher Quail)

A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer assigned to the 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, deployed from Ellsworth Air Force Base (AFB), S.D., takes off from Andersen AFB, Guam, Oct. 21, 2017. After departing from Andersen, two B-1B bombers conducted an 11-hour mission in the vicinity of the Korean Peninsula and Japan. The mission included sequential bilateral integration with Koku Jieitai (Japan Air Self-Defense Force) and Republic of Korea air forces before continuing over land to support a flyover for the 2017 Seoul International Aerospace and Defense Exhibition (Seoul ADEX 17). (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher Quail)

A B1-B Lancer assigned to the 9th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron flies over the 73rd Guam Liberation Day parade July 21, 2017, in Hagåtña, Guam. The parade commemorated 73 years since U.S. armed forces liberated the island from Japanese occupation. During World War II, Japan seized Guam on December 10, 1941, and on July 21, 1944, the U.S. armed forces liberated the island. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher Quail)

A B1-B Lancer assigned to the 9th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron flies over the 73rd Guam Liberation Day parade July 21, 2017, in Hagåtña, Guam. The parade commemorated 73 years since U.S. armed forces liberated the island from Japanese occupation. During World War II, Japan seized Guam on December 10, 1941, and on July 21, 1944, the U.S. armed forces liberated the island. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher Quail)

U.S. and Pacific Allies respond to North Korea missile launch

A U.S. Air Force B1-B Lancer approaches a KC-135 Stratotanker during a mission from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, into Japanese air space August 31, 2017. Two B1-Bs, with U.S. Marine Corps’ F-35Bs, made contact with Koku Jieitai (Japan Air Self-Defense Force) aircraft over waters near Kyushu, and then were joined by Republic of Korea aircraft over the Korean Peninsula. This mission is in direct response to North Korea’s intermediate range ballistic missile launch and emphasizes the combined ironclad commitment to regional allies and partners. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman John Linzmeier)

ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. --

Col. John R. Edwards, the 28th Bomb Wing Commander and Command Chief Master Sgt. Adam Vizi, recently visited the men and women of Ellsworth AFB deployed to Andersen AFB, Guam.

Edwards and Vizi made the trip to meet the 37th Bomb Squadron and 37th Aircraft Maintenance Unit who deployed before Edwards assumed command.  Members currently deployed to Guam are tasked with conducting sorties to provide air power around the Indo-Asia Pacific Theater in support of the Continuous Bomber Presence mission for United States Pacific Command.

“We are there to reassure our allies that we support them and to deter our adversaries by letting them know we can act if need be,” said Vizi. “We are proud of our Airmen who are helping continue the mission of ensuring that we are able to defend American interests in the Pacific.”

The CPB mission is vital to the Pacific commands ability to influence and deter adversaries in the region.

“CBP is a critical part of the current U.S. Government pressure campaign against adversaries in the Asia-Pacific region,” Edwards said.

Airmen deployed there are facing new challenges and have to ready at a moment’s notice to respond to any threats or changes to the mission.

“It is a different climate and our Airmen face new trials,” Vizi said. “It puts additional stress on the aircraft and our maintainers have to stay on top of it.”

Edwards and Vizi wanted to reassure deployed Airmen that back home at Ellsworth they were not forgotten and the home front was being taken care of.

 “We met with our Airmen during several informal and formal gatherings to include a deployed Airmen call,” Edwards said. “We listened to the concerns of our Airmen and updated them on everything back at Ellsworth. We also received the latest mission updates about the CBP operation.”

The task set before them is large, but team Ellsworth has to be able to respond to any peril that may appear.

“I am very proud of our deployed leadership team, Lt. Col. Diehl and Capt. Franks for ensuring their personnel were ready and lethal,” Edwards said. “I also wanted to thank our spouses and families back home for their continued support to our Airmen. Without them, we cannot have achieved so much during this historic deployment.”