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B-52s deploy to Alaska, demonstrate global agility

A B-52H Stratofortress deployed from Barksdale Air Force Base, La., arrives at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, to conduct Bomber Task Force operations, June 14, 2020. Strategic bomber missions demonstrate the credibility of our forces to address a diverse and uncertain security environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lillian Miller)

A B-52H Stratofortress deployed from Barksdale Air Force Base, La., arrives at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, to conduct Bomber Task Force operations, June 14, 2020. Strategic bomber missions demonstrate the credibility of our forces to address a diverse and uncertain security environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lillian Miller)

Senior Airman Tyler Burke (left) and Airman 1st Class Ethan Wright (right), both 96th Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew chiefs, salute as a B-52H Stratofortress begins to taxi at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., June 13, 2020. The B-52 was departing for Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, to integrate and operate in the Indo-Pacific theater. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Stuart Bright)

Senior Airman Tyler Burke (left) and Airman 1st Class Ethan Wright (right), both 96th Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew chiefs, salute as a B-52H Stratofortress begins to taxi at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., June 13, 2020. The B-52 was departing for Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, to integrate and operate in the Indo-Pacific theater. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Stuart Bright)

An F-22 Raptor, assigned to Joint Base Elmendorf, Richardson, Alaska, escorts a B-52 Stratofortress during a North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) mission, June 14, 2020. NORAD routinely conducts intercept training in support of its mission to protect the sovereign airspaces of the United States and Canada. (Courtesy Photo)

F-22 Raptors escort a B-52 Stratofortress during a North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) mission, June 14, 2020. NORAD routinely conducts intercept training in support of its mission to protect the sovereign airspaces of the United States and Canada. (Courtesy Photo)

A Royal Canadian Air Force CF-18 Hornet, assigned to the Royal Canadian Air Force, escorts a B-52 Stratofortress during a North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) mission, June 14, 2020. NORAD routinely conducts intercept training in support of its mission to protect the sovereign airspaces of the United States and Canada. (Courtesy Photo)

Royal Canadian Air Force CF-18 Hornets escort a B-52 Stratofortress during a North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) mission, June 14, 2020. NORAD routinely conducts intercept training in support of its mission to protect the sovereign airspaces of the United States and Canada. (Courtesy Photo)

A Royal Canadian Air Force CF-18 Hornet, escorts a B-52 Stratofortress during a North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) mission, June 14, 2020. NORAD routinely conducts intercept training in support of its mission to protect the sovereign airspaces of the United States and Canada. (Courtesy Photo)

A Royal Canadian Air Force CF-18 Hornet, escorts a B-52 Stratofortress during a North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) mission, June 14, 2020. NORAD routinely conducts intercept training in support of its mission to protect the sovereign airspaces of the United States and Canada. (Courtesy Photo)

An American flag sits in the cockpit of a B-52 Stratofortress during a North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) mission, June 14, 2020. NORAD routinely conducts intercept training in support of its mission to protect the sovereign airspaces of the United States and Canada. (Courtesy Photo)

An American flag sits in the cockpit of a B-52 Stratofortress during a Bomber Task Force mission, June 14, 2020. Bomber Task Force missions help maintain global stability and security while enabling units to become familiar with operations in different regions. (Courtesy Photo)

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii --

U.S. Air Force B-52H Stratofortress bombers returned to the Indo-Pacific region June 14 to conduct bomber task force operations out of Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska.

Three bombers from the 96th Bomb Squadron, 2nd Bomb Wing, Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, deployed to support Pacific Air Forces’ training efforts with allies, partners and joint forces, and strategic deterrence missions to reinforce the rules-based international order in the region.

During the mission, one B-52 integrated with F-22 Raptors and Royal Canadian Air Force CF-18 Hornets to conduct intercept training over the Beaufort Sea in support of North American Aerospace Defense Command’s mission to safeguard the sovereign airspaces of the United States and Canada.

 “Eielson’s unique location ‘on top of the world’ makes us an ideal site for rapidly projecting airpower anywhere in the northern hemisphere,” said Col. Shawn Anger, Eielson’s 354th Fighter Wing commander. “We’re eager to share our strategic location with the Bomber Task Force while our fighter wing Airmen work alongside them. Together, we’re demonstrating the agility in execution necessary to span the vast distances in the Indo-Pacific and providing a dynamic presence that amplifies our commitment to the INDOPACOM region.”

In line with the National Defense Strategy’s objectives of strategic predictability and operational unpredictability, the BTF enables a mix of different types of strategic bombers to operate forward in the Indo-Pacific region from a broader array of overseas and continental U.S. locations with greater operational resilience.

“This B-52 Bomber Task Force to Eielson shows the flexibility of PACAF to employ bombers from different locations in the AOR to project power throughout the Indo-Pacific,” said Maj. Will Schuh, PACAF Air Operations Division B-52 weapons officer. “Eielson provides the flexibility to use this BTF to easily satisfy requirements for multiple combatant commands, demonstrating INDOPACOM’s ability to synchronize and generate missions that support cross-command objectives.”

U.S. Strategic Command routinely conducts BTF operations across the globe as a demonstration of U.S. commitment to collective defense and to integrate with Geographic Combatant Command operations and activities.

“Strategic bomber missions are unique in that they can take off from the [overseas and continental U.S.] and reach anywhere in the world. These Bomber Task Force missions provide our Airmen with the realistic training reps they require to remain highly proficient and ready to act whenever they are called upon to support the collective defense of the United States,” said Lt. Col. Christopher Duff, 96th Bomb Squadron commander. “Challenging our crews and support personnel in different theaters further demonstrates the credibility of our forces to provide global strike capability, anywhere at any time.”

The last time B-52s deployed to Eielson AFB was July through August of 2017 in support of Red Flag-Alaska 17-3.