Demonstrating Airpower With Simultaneous Bomber Missions
by U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Hailey Haux
Demonstrating airpower, bomber and fighter aircrew assigned and
deployed to Pacific Air Forces launched four B-1 Lancers, two B-2
Spirit Stealth Bombers, and four F-15C Eagles and conducted Bomber
Task Force missions simultaneously with joint and allied partners
within the Indo-Pacific region over the course of 24 hours in August
U.S. Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps and Japan Air Self Defense Force aircraft conduct a large-scale joint and bilateral integration training exercise
on August 18, 2020. Four B-1B Lancers, two B-2 Spirit Stealth Bombers, and four F-15C Eagles conducted Bomber Task Force missions simultaneously within the Indo-Pacific region over the course of 24 hours. Pacific Air Forces routinely conducts BTF operations to show the United States’ commitment to allies and partners in the Indo-Pacific area of responsibility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Peter Reft)
Pacific Air Forces routinely conducts BTF operations to show the
United States’ commitment to allies and partners in the Indo-Pacific
area of responsibility.
“Our unique strength as an Air Force
is our ability to generate integrated actions with our joint
teammates and allies and partners to challenge competitors in a time
and place of our choosing,” said Gen. Ken Wilsbach, Pacific
Air Forces commander. “These simultaneous airpower missions
demonstrated our capacity and readiness to deliver a wide range of
proactive, scalable options to quickly deploy our forces to support
our mission of ensuring a free and open Indo-Pacific theater.”
The first display of airpower came when two B-1s from Dyess Air
Force Base, Texas took off from Dyess and flew to the Sea of Japan.
Once there, they integrated with the Koku Jieitai, or Japan Air
Self-Defense Force (JASDF), and further strengthened relationships
by training together.
“The Koku-Jieitai has participated in
bilateral trainings on continuous basis, and I have no doubt that
our efforts result in strengthening the Alliance and partnership
between Japan and the U.S.,” said JASDF Lt. Gen. Shunji Izutsu, Air
Defense Command commander. “Training in a complex situation like
this large force employment improves not only tactical skills, but
also interoperability and mutual trust.”
While the two BONES
were in route to the Sea of Japan another set of two B-1s took off
from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam.
In addition to the two
sets of bomber missions, four F-15C Eagles from Kadena Air Base,
Japan, also made their way to the Sea of Japan to integrate with the
four B-1s, the U.S. Navy’s USS Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group,
F-35 Lightning IIs assigned to Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni,
Japan, and F-15J aircraft from the JASDF to conduct large force
"High end, integrated training with our
Air Force peers enhances our capability to respond to any
contingency, and meet any challenge," said U.S. Navy Rear Adm.
George Wikoff, Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group commander. "U.S.
joint integration demonstrates our unwavering commitment to regional
defense agreements with our allies and partners."
completion of integration and training, the fighters returned to
Kadena while two B-1s returned to their home station in South Dakota
and the other two returned to Dyess.
“U.S. strategic bomber
forces project strength and deter regional threats to our free and
open Indo-Pacific. Integrating Marine tactical aircraft allows us to
demonstrate the advantages created by our own unique capabilities
and support these important assets,” said Lt. Gen. Steven Rudder,
commander of U. S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific. “Our joint aviation
team is unmatched in its ability to command and control the missions
required in this complex and dynamic global environment. We are
committed to our allies and partners across the region.”
Finally, while integration and training were happening in the Sea of
Japan, two B-2 Spirit Stealth Bombers from Whiteman Air Force Base,
Missouri currently deployed to Naval Support Facility Diego Garcia
delivered their own unique capabilities in the theater.
the Indian Ocean, the Spirits conducted joint interoperability
tactics training before returning to Diego Garcia.
missions show the ability of U.S. Air Force Global Strike Command to
deliver lethal, ready, long-range strike options to Geographic
Combatant Commanders anytime, anywhere.
“I’m proud of how we
as a military and our allies and partners worked together to
demonstrate our resolve for a free and open Indo-Pacific,” said
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