Andersen completes B-52 bomber rotation
Six B-52 Stratofortress bombers and approximately 300 airmen arrived at Guam’s Andersen Air Force Base from Barksdale Air Force Base, La., this week as part of a scheduled rotation of bomber units, according to an Air Force news release.
“The Air Force continues to rotate bombers into the western Pacific as the U.S. Pacific Command adjusts its force posture to maintain a prudent deterrent capability,” Col. Todd Westhauser, 36th Expeditionary Operations Group commander, said in the release. “The U.S. Pacific Command is committed to promoting peace and security in the region, and deploying our B-52s to Guam is a big part of that effort.”
The scheduled rotation has the airmen and aircraft of the Louisiana-based 2nd Bomb Wing replacing members of the 5th Bomb Wing from Minot Air Force Base, N.D. according to the release.
“This deployment will provide our unit with a number of opportunities to enhance our aircrew’s flying skills,” Lt. Col. Steve Matson, 96th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron commander, said in the release. “We came out here with a number of airmen who are on their first deployment. Our operations here will provide a building block to improve their flying skills and capabilities for future deployments and missions.”
According to the news release, the newly arrived aircraft and personnel are expected to remain in Guam until May.