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Pair of Ellsworth B-1s further demonstrate force employment model in Pacific

A B-1B Lancer assigned to the 28th Bomb Wing launches from Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., April 28, 2020, to support a Bomber Task Force mission in the Indo-Pacific region. This operation demonstrates the U.S. Air Force’s dynamic force employment model in line with the National Defense Strategy’s objectives of strategic predictability and operational unpredictability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Nicolas Erwin)

A B-1B Lancer assigned to the 28th Bomb Wing launches from Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., April 28, 2020, to support a Bomber Task Force mission in the Indo-Pacific region. This operation demonstrates the U.S. Air Force’s dynamic force employment model in line with the National Defense Strategy’s objectives of strategic predictability and operational unpredictability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Nicolas Erwin)

Aviators from the 37th Bomb Squadron receive a final mission briefing before launching B-1B Lancers from Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., April 28, 2020. The crew flew two B-1s from the continental United States and conducted operations over the South China Sea as part of a joint U.S. Indo-Pacific Command and U.S. Strategic Command Bomber Task Force mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Nicolas Erwin)

AviAviators from the 37th Bomb Squadron receive a final mission briefing before launching B-1B Lancers from Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., April 28, 2020. The crew flew two B-1s from the continental United States and conducted operations over the South China Sea as part of a joint U.S. Indo-Pacific Command and U.S. Strategic Command Bomber Task Force mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Nicolas Erwin)

A combat crew communications Airman prepares to conduct avionics system checks on a B-1B Lancer assigned to the 28th Bomb Wing from Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., April 28, 2020. Aircrew flew two B-1s from the continental United States and conducted operations over the South China Sea as part of a joint U.S. Indo-Pacific Command and U.S. Strategic Command Bomber Task Force mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Nicolas Erwin)

A combat crew communications Airman prepares to conduct avionics system checks on a B-1B Lancer assigned to the 28th Bomb Wing from Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., April 28, 2020. Aircrew flew two B-1s from the continental United States and conducted operations over the South China Sea as part of a joint U.S. Indo-Pacific Command and U.S. Strategic Command Bomber Task Force mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Nicolas Erwin)

A B-1B Lancer assigned to the 28th Bomb Wing is guided out to the runway to launch from Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., April 28, 2020. A pair of B-1s flew from the continental United States and conducted operations over the South China Sea as part of a joint U.S. Indo-Pacific Command and U.S. Strategic Command Bomber Task Force mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Nicolas Erwin)

A B-1B Lancer assigned to the 28th Bomb Wing is guided out to the runway to launch from Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., April 28, 2020. A pair of B-1s flew from the continental United States and conducted operations over the South China Sea as part of a joint U.S. Indo-Pacific Command and U.S. Strategic Command Bomber Task Force mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Nicolas Erwin)

A maintainer salutes a B-1B Lancer assigned to the 28th Bomb Wing as it taxis to the runway to launch from Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., April 28, 2020. A pair of B-1s flew from the continental United States and conducted operations over the South China Sea as part of a joint U.S. Indo-Pacific Command and U.S. Strategic Command Bomber Task Force mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Quentin Marx)

A maintainer salutes a B-1B Lancer assigned to the 28th Bomb Wing as it taxis to the runway to launch from Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., April 28, 2020. A pair of B-1s flew from the continental United States and conducted operations over the South China Sea as part of a joint U.S. Indo-Pacific Command and U.S. Strategic Command Bomber Task Force mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Quentin Marx)

A B-1B Lancer assigned to the 28th Bomb Wing takes off from Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., April 28, 2020, to support a Bomber Task Force mission in the Indo-Pacific region. This operation demonstrates the U.S. Air Force’s dynamic force employment model in line with the National Defense Strategy’s objectives of strategic predictability and operational unpredictability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Nicolas Erwin)

A B-1B Lancer assigned to the 28th Bomb Wing takes off from Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., April 28, 2020, to support a Bomber Task Force mission in the Indo-Pacific region. This operation demonstrates the U.S. Air Force’s dynamic force employment model in line with the National Defense Strategy’s objectives of strategic predictability and operational unpredictability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Nicolas Erwin)

A B-1B Lancer assigned to the 28th Bomb Wing launches from Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., April 28, 2020, to support a Bomber Task Force mission in the Indo-Pacific region. This operation demonstrates the U.S. Air Force’s dynamic force employment model in line with the National Defense Strategy’s objectives of strategic predictability and operational unpredictability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Quentin Marx)

A B-1B Lancer assigned to the 28th Bomb Wing launches from Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., April 28, 2020, to support a Bomber Task Force mission in the Indo-Pacific region. This operation demonstrates the U.S. Air Force’s dynamic force employment model in line with the National Defense Strategy’s objectives of strategic predictability and operational unpredictability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Quentin Marx)

A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer from the 28th Bomb Wing, Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., approaches a KC-135 Stratotanker from the 909th Air Refueling Squadron, to refuel during a 32-hour round-trip sortie to conduct operations over the Pacific as part of a joint U.S. Indo-Pacific Command and U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) Bomber Task Force (BTF) mission April 30, 2020. This operation demonstrates the U.S. Air Force’s dynamic force employment model in line with the National Defense Strategy’s objectives of strategic predictability with persistent bomber presence, assuring allies and partners. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Cynthia Belío)

A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer from the 28th Bomb Wing, Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., approaches a KC-135 Stratotanker from the 909th Air Refueling Squadron, to refuel during a 32-hour round-trip sortie to conduct operations over the Pacific as part of a joint U.S. Indo-Pacific Command and U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) Bomber Task Force (BTF) mission April 30, 2020. This operation demonstrates the U.S. Air Force’s dynamic force employment model in line with the National Defense Strategy’s objectives of strategic predictability with persistent bomber presence, assuring allies and partners. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Cynthia Belío)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Dillon Neal, boom operator assigned to the 909th Air Refueling Squadron, prepares to refuel a B-1B Lancer from the 28th Bomb Wing, Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., during a 32-hour round-trip sortie to conduct operations over the Pacific as part of a joint U.S. Indo-Pacific Command and U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) Bomber Task Force (BTF) mission April 30, 2020. The 909th ARS enables the execution of tactical, conventional, and peacetime operations in the Indo-Asia Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Cynthia Belío)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Dillon Neal, boom operator assigned to the 909th Air Refueling Squadron, prepares to refuel a B-1B Lancer from the 28th Bomb Wing, Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., during a 32-hour round-trip sortie to conduct operations over the Pacific as part of a joint U.S. Indo-Pacific Command and U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) Bomber Task Force (BTF) mission April 30, 2020. The 909th ARS enables the execution of tactical, conventional, and peacetime operations in the Indo-Asia Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Cynthia Belío)

A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer from the 28th Bomb Wing, Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., refuels with a KC-135 Stratotanker from the 909th Air Refueling Squadron during a 32-hour round-trip sortie to conduct operations over thePacific as part of a joint U.S. Indo-Pacific Command and U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) Bomber Task Force (BTF) mission April 30, 2020. This operation demonstrates the U.S. Air Force’s dynamic force employment model in line with the National Defense Strategy’s objectives of strategic predictability with persistent bomber presence, assuring allies and partners. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Cynthia Belío)
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A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer from the 28th Bomb Wing, Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., refuels with a KC-135 Stratotanker from the 909th Air Refueling Squadron during a 32-hour round-trip sortie to conduct operations over thePacific as part of a joint U.S. Indo-Pacific Command and U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) Bomber Task Force (BTF) mission April 30, 2020. This operation demonstrates the U.S. Air Force’s dynamic force employment model in line with the National Defense Strategy’s objectives of strategic predictability with persistent bomber presence, assuring allies and partners. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Cynthia Belío)

A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer from the 28th Bomb Wing, Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., approaches a KC-135 Stratotanker from the 909th Air Refueling Squadron, to refuel during a 32-hour round-trip sortie to conduct operations over the Pacific as part of a joint U.S. Indo-Pacific Command and U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) Bomber Task Force (BTF) mission April 30, 2020. This operation demonstrates the U.S. Air Force’s dynamic force employment model in line with the National Defense Strategy’s objectives of strategic predictability with persistent bomber presence, assuring allies and partners. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Cynthia Belío)
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A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer from the 28th Bomb Wing, Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., approaches a KC-135 Stratotanker from the 909th Air Refueling Squadron, to refuel during a 32-hour round-trip sortie to conduct operations over the Pacific as part of a joint U.S. Indo-Pacific Command and U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) Bomber Task Force (BTF) mission April 30, 2020. This operation demonstrates the U.S. Air Force’s dynamic force employment model in line with the National Defense Strategy’s objectives of strategic predictability with persistent bomber presence, assuring allies and partners. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Cynthia Belío)

A B-1B Lancer undergoes post-mission maintenance at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., April 30, 2020, following the completion of a 32-hour Bomber Task Force mission.
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A B-1B Lancer undergoes post-mission maintenance at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., April 30, 2020, following the completion of a 32-hour Bomber Task Force mission. A pair of B-1s flew from Ellsworth AFB and conducted operations in the South China Sea as part of a joint U.S. Indo-Pacific Command and U.S. Strategic Command Bomber Task Force mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Quentin Marx)

Gear is unloaded from a B-1B Lancer at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., April 30, 2020, following the bomber’s return from supporting a Bomber Task Force (BTF) mission in the Indo-Pacific region.
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Gear is unloaded from a B-1B Lancer at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., April 30, 2020, following the bomber’s return from supporting a Bomber Task Force (BTF) mission in the Indo-Pacific region. A pair of B-1s flew from the continental United States and conducted operations over the South China Sea as part of a joint U.S. Indo-Pacific Command and U.S. Strategic Command BTF mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jette Carr)

Aircrew piloting a B-1B Lancer prepare to park at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., April 30, 2020.
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Aircrew piloting a B-1B Lancer prepare to park at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., April 30, 2020. A pair of B-1s flew from the continental United States and conducted operations over the South China Sea as part of a joint U.S. Indo-Pacific Command and U.S. Strategic Command Bomber Task Force mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jette Carr)

A B-1B Lancer assigned to the 28th Bomb Wing is taxied to parking at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., April 30, 2020.
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A B-1B Lancer assigned to the 28th Bomb Wing is taxied to parking at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., April 30, 2020. The B-1 returned to base after supporting a Bomber Task Force mission in the Indo-Pacific region. This operation demonstrated the U.S. Air Force’s dynamic force employment model in line with the National Defense Strategy’s objectives of strategic predictability and operational unpredictability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jette Carr)

Two B-1B Lancers taxi to their spots on the flight line after landing at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., April 30, 2020. The B-1s, assigned to the 28th Bomb Wing, flew a 32-hour round-trip sortie to conduct operations over the South China Sea as part of a joint U.S. Indo-Pacific Command and U.S. Strategic Command Bomber Task Force mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jette Carr)
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Two B-1B Lancers taxi to their spots on the flight line after landing at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., April 30, 2020. The B-1s, assigned to the 28th Bomb Wing, flew a 32-hour round-trip sortie to conduct operations over the South China Sea as part of a joint U.S. Indo-Pacific Command and U.S. Strategic Command Bomber Task Force mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jette Carr)

ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. --

For the second time in just over a week, B-1s from Ellsworth took center stage to demonstrate the U.S. Air Force’s dynamic force employment model in the Indo-Pacific arena.

A pair of B-1s launched from South Dakota April 28 to conduct theater familiarization training. The bomber crews flew more than 32 hours, non-stop, as part of a joint U.S. Indo-Pacific Command (INDOPACOM) and U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) Bomber Task Force (BTF) mission before returning home.

“These missions are important because they allow us to demonstrate and showcase our nation’s dynamic force employment capabilities,” said Col. David Doss, 28th Bomb Wing commander. “They demonstrate our commitment to our allies and partners, as well as show any potential adversary, that we can deliver overwhelming long-range global strike capabilities anytime, anywhere, regardless of whether we are at home or deployed abroad.”

In line with the National Defense Strategy’s objectives of strategic predictability and operational unpredictability, the Air Force transitioned its force employment model to enable strategic bombers to operate within the Indo-Pacific region from a broad array of overseas and continental United States locations with greater operational resilience.

On April 22, a single B-1B from Ellsworth launched from Ellsworth and integrated with the Japan Air Self Defense Force (JASDF) to conduct bilateral and theater familiarization training near Japan, teaming up with six U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons, seven JASDF F-2s and eight JASDF F-15s over the Draughon Range.

“These missions bolster the capability of our strategic bomber force by providing unique training opportunities with our joint and allied partners,” Doss added. “They are also an opportunity to reaffirm our commitment to our allies and demonstrate to them that we can reliably bring tremendous firepower capabilities into theater and operate with them in a seamless way. 

Col. Richard Barksdale Jr., commander of the 28th Operations Group, said the aircrews who participated in the mission garnered valuable experience that will benefit them and others in the future.

“As with all missions of this type, the crews learn valuable lessons that will be shared within the community to improve interoperability and seamless integration with our sister services and our allied partners,” he said.

While the nation continues to wage the war on the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), Barksdale noted that it didn’t influence the mission.

“Besides practicing prudent COVID-19 personal mitigation measures, these crews and these missions weren’t impacted by the current pandemic,” he said. “I’m very proud of how well the team performed to complete this mission.”

USSTRATCOM has conducted BTF missions (previously known as Bomber Assurance and Deterrence missions) since 2014 as a demonstration of the U.S. commitment to collective security, and to integrate with Geographic Combatant Command operations. The first mission included B-52H Stratofortress and B-2 Spirit bombers traveling from the continental United States to Joint Base Pearl-Harbor Hickam in April 2014.

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