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B-1 crew trains with Japan, USS Ronald Reagan in Indo-Pacific

Load-crew members assigned to the 28th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron use a munitions lift truck to load a GBU-38 Joint Direct Attack Munition into a B-1B Lancer during a 16-hour Bomber Task Force mission to Australia from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Aug. 5, 2020. Bomber Task Force maintainers ensure the bombers, equipment and munitions are ready anytime, anywhere. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christina Bennett)

B-1B Lancer launching from Andersen Air Force Base conducted a bilateral mission with Japan and a joint mission with the USS Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group (CSG) Aug. 7 in the Indo-Pacific region.

The B-1, from the 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, integrated with the eight F-2s and six F-15s from the Koku-Jieitai, or Japanese Air Self-Defense Force, in the vicinity of Japan, to improve interoperability and readiness between the two nations’ forces.

A B-1B Lancer assigned to the 28th Bomb Wing departs from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, during a Bomber Task Force mission in the Indo-Pacific region, Aug. 7, 2020. Strategic bomber missions contribute to the joint lethality and readiness of the U.S. Air Force and its allies and partners throughout the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christina Bennett)

“Opportunities to train alongside our joint partners and allies in the region are an invaluable experience for our Airmen,” said Lt. Col. Lincoln Coleman, 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron commander. “Not only are we able to highlight our continued commitment to our allies, but it also increases our ability to integrate with one another and strengthen our combined capabilities.”

The B-1 also conducted joint war training at sea with the Reagan CSG in the Sea of Japan.

“Integration with our joint partners is essential to ensuring joint force responsiveness and lethality, and maintaining a free and open Indo-Pacific,” said U.S. Navy Cmdr. Joshua Fagan, Task Force 70 air operations officer. “The recent integrated training between our carrier strike group and Air Force B-1s is the latest example of how we are continually working to stay synched with all of our joint partners and ready to respond to any contingencies throughout the region.”

A B-1B Lancer conducts integration training with the Koku-Jieitai, or Japanese Air Self-Defense Force, in the vicinity of Japan, Aug. 27, 2020. The B-1s integrated with Koku-Jietai to enhance bilateral interoperability and mutual readiness between the U.S. and Japan. (Japanese Air Self-Defense Force courtesy photo)

B-1s are deployed to Guam from Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota, to conduct long-range, long-duration Bomber Task Force missions, which give aircrews opportunities to train alongside allies and partners in a joint environment and build interoperability to bolster their ability to support a free and open Indo-Pacific.

The continual interoperability training is designed to promote stability, security and seamless integration throughout the Indo-Pacific for the U.S. Air Force and joint and partner forces.


This article was originally published by the U.S. Air Force.