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34th, 37th bomb squadrons drop bombs, set records for 2015

A B-1 bomber launches from Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Dec. 2, 2015. The B-1 is one of many aircraft participating in the first Large Force Exercise in the newly expanded Powder River Training Complex. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class James L. Miller/Released.)

A B-1 bomber launches from Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Dec. 2, 2015. The B-1 is one of many aircraft participating in the first Large Force Exercise in the newly expanded Powder River Training Complex. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class James L. Miller/Released.)

ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. -- As Ellsworth's B-1 bomber aircrews continue to conduct combat missions in support of wartime efforts, they also flawlessly uphold the Air Force core value of excellence in all we do.

As of Dec. 16, 2015, the 34th Bomb Squadron Thunderbirds and the 37th Bomb Squadron Tigers have employed more than 7,000 munitions against enemy targets. 
The 34th BS flew more than 630 sorties for more than 7,000 hours, employed over 2,200 Joint Direct Attack Munitions against more than 2,000 targets in Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq. Over the course of their deployment from January to July 2015, the squadron employed more munitions during one deployment rotation than any other deployed B-1 squadron in the past 10 years of sustained combat.

In the past four months, the 37th BS released more than 3,800 munitions against approximately 3,700 targets and flew more than 400 sorties amounting 4,300 hours.

"We've really built a name within the Central Command out in Southwest Asia for being that fantastic balance of flexibility, persistence, fuel and firepower," said Col. John Martin, 28th Operations Group commander. "Over the holidays, please keep our Airmen still deployed in mind as they execute the mission every day."

As we close the year, we look forward to welcoming our Airmen home in 2016, making new memories with family and friends, and jumping back into training to provide combat airpower anywhere in the world anytime.

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