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PACAF sends tailored contingent to support Aero India 2021

U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Eric Reside, a 34th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron maintenance officer in charge, and Chief Master Sgt. Galen Scoble, a 34th EBS superintendent, stand by to welcome 34th EBS Airmen to India at Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru, India, Feb. 1, 2021. Approximately 50 Airmen traveled from Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., to Bengaluru in support of the B-1B Lancer’s participation in Aero India 2021. Aero India is the largest trade show in the Indo-Pacific, attracting a large number of exhibitors from around the world, with a large number of Department of Defense leadership in attendance.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christina Bennett)

U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Eric Reside, a 34th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron maintenance officer in charge, and Chief Master Sgt. Galen Scoble, a 34th EBS superintendent, stand by to welcome 34th EBS Airmen to India at Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru, India, Feb. 1, 2021. Approximately 50 Airmen traveled from Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., to Bengaluru in support of the B-1B Lancer’s participation in Aero India 2021. Aero India is the largest trade show in the Indo-Pacific, attracting a large number of exhibitors from around the world, with a large number of Department of Defense leadership in attendance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christina Bennett)

A B-1B Lancer assigned to the 34th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., lands at Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru, India, following a 26-hour sortie, Feb. 1, 2021. The B-1 is a multi-role, long-range bomber capable of carrying the largest conventional payload of both guided and unguided weapons in the U.S. Air Force inventory. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christina Bennett)

A B-1B Lancer assigned to the 34th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., lands at Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru, India, following a 26-hour sortie, Feb. 1, 2021. The B-1 is a multi-role, long-range bomber capable of carrying the largest conventional payload of both guided and unguided weapons in the U.S. Air Force inventory. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christina Bennett)

A B-1B Lancer assigned to the 34th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., prepares to land at Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru, India, Feb. 1, 2021. Aero India is an ideal forum to showcase U.S. defense aircraft and equipment and ultimately contribute toward compatibility and interoperability with other countries. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christina Bennett)

A B-1B Lancer assigned to the 34th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., prepares to land at Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru, India, Feb. 1, 2021. Aero India is an ideal forum to showcase U.S. defense aircraft and equipment and ultimately contribute toward compatibility and interoperability with other countries. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christina Bennett)

Airmen assigned to the 34th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., pose alongside Indian airfield operations specialists at Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru, India, Feb. 1, 2021. The 34th EBS is in India to support the B-1’s participation in Aero India 2021. Aero India provides the opportunity to build a stronger relationship between the United States and India, as well as with the international community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christina Bennett)

Airmen assigned to the 34th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., pose alongside Indian airfield operations specialists at Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru, India, Feb. 1, 2021. The 34th EBS is in India to support the B-1’s participation in Aero India 2021. Aero India provides the opportunity to build a stronger relationship between the United States and India, as well as with the international community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christina Bennett)

Maj. Andrew Moenter, a 34th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron pilot, meets with Indian Air Force pilots in preparation of the B-1B Lancer’s participation in Aero India 2021, at Yelahanka Air Force Base in Bengaluru, India, Feb. 1, 2021. Aero India is an ideal forum to showcase U.S. defense aircraft and equipment and ultimately contribute toward compatibility and interoperability with other countries. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christina Bennett)

Maj. Andrew Moenter, a 34th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron pilot, meets with Indian Air Force pilots in preparation of the B-1B Lancer’s participation in Aero India 2021, at Yelahanka Air Force Base in Bengaluru, India, Feb. 1, 2021. Aero India is an ideal forum to showcase U.S. defense aircraft and equipment and ultimately contribute toward compatibility and interoperability with other countries. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christina Bennett)

Maj. Gen. Mark Weatherington, the Eighth Air Force commander, speaks about the historic significance of the B-1B Lancer’s 26-hour journey to India at Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru, India, Feb. 1, 2021. This deployment marks the first time in approximately 75 years that U.S. bomber aircraft will land and operate in India. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christina Bennett)

Maj. Gen. Mark Weatherington, the Eighth Air Force commander, speaks about the historic significance of the B-1B Lancer’s 26-hour journey to India at Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru, India, Feb. 1, 2021. This deployment marks the first time in approximately 75 years that U.S. bomber aircraft will land and operate in India. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christina Bennett)

Maj. Gen. Mark Weatherington, the Eighth Air Force commander, greets Lt. Col. Michael Fessler, the 34th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron commander, at Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru, India, Feb. 1, 2021. Fessler was part of a four-member crew that flew a B-1B Lancer from Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., to India to participate in the Aero India 2021 tradeshow. The non-stop, 26-hour sortie demonstrates the long-range capabilities of the B-1B and its aircrew. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christina Bennett)

Maj. Gen. Mark Weatherington, the Eighth Air Force commander, greets Lt. Col. Michael Fessler, the 34th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron commander, at Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru, India, Feb. 1, 2021. Fessler was part of a four-member crew that flew a B-1B Lancer from Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., to India to participate in the Aero India 2021 tradeshow. The non-stop, 26-hour sortie demonstrates the long-range capabilities of the B-1B and its aircrew. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christina Bennett)

34th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron Airmen from Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., work alongside Indian airfield operations specialists to unload B-1B Lancer maintenance equipment from a C-5M Super Galaxy at Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru, India, Feb. 1, 2021. The 34th EBS is in India to support the B-1’s participation in Aero India 2021. Aero India provides the opportunity to build a stronger relationship between the United States and India, as well as with the international community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christina Bennett)

34th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron Airmen from Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., work alongside Indian airfield operations specialists to unload B-1B Lancer maintenance equipment from a C-5M Super Galaxy at Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru, India, Feb. 1, 2021. The 34th EBS is in India to support the B-1’s participation in Aero India 2021. Aero India provides the opportunity to build a stronger relationship between the United States and India, as well as with the international community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christina Bennett)

34th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron Airmen depart a C-5M Super Galaxy after a multi-day flight from Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., at Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru, India, Feb. 1, 2021. Approximately 50 Airmen traveled from Ellsworth AFB to Bengaluru in support of the B-1B Lancer’s participation in Aero India 2021. Aero India is the largest trade show in the Indo-Pacific, attracting a large number of exhibitors from around the world, with a large number of Department of Defense leadership in attendance.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christina Bennett)

34th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron Airmen depart a C-5M Super Galaxy after a multi-day flight from Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., at Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru, India, Feb. 1, 2021. Approximately 50 Airmen traveled from Ellsworth AFB to Bengaluru in support of the B-1B Lancer’s participation in Aero India 2021. Aero India is the largest trade show in the Indo-Pacific, attracting a large number of exhibitors from around the world, with a large number of Department of Defense leadership in attendance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christina Bennett)

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii --

Pacific Air Forces is sending key leaders and aircraft to support the biennial Aero India 2021 trade show Feb. 3-5.

Aero India is the biggest trade show in the Indo-Pacific and attracts a large number of exhibitors from around the world, and Department of Defense leadership attendance underscores the importance of the U.S.-India partnership.

The U.S. delegation includes Kelli L. Seybolt, deputy undersecretary of the Air Force, International Affairs; Lt. Gen. David A. Krumm, 11th Air Force commander; Maj. Gen. Mark E. Weatherington, 8th Air Force commander; and Brig. Gen. Brian R. Bruckbauer, director, Air Force Security Assistance and Cooperation Directorate.

“India is a critical partner in the security and stability of the Indo-Pacific region, and we are honored to be able to participate in Aero India 2021,” said Col. Darryl Insley, PACAF’s exercises and aerial events division chief.

Attendees are following all Indian government and Department of Defense protocols and requirements to to protect our personnel and our partners. These protocols include testing negative for the disease 96 hours prior to departure for India, traveling on military aircraft to minimize exposure, and adhering to guidelines put in place by the trade show organizers.

“Every effort is being taken to keep everyone attending Aero India safe and healthy,” Insley said.

Aero India 2019 boasted more than 50 ministerial and high-level international delegations and more than 600 companies from more than 30 countries. The U.S. had the largest representation with more than 60 companies. Other major participants in 2019 were France, Belgium, United Kingdom, and Israel.

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