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B-52s, F-22s arrive for CBP, TSP missions

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  • By Senior Airman Shane Dunaway
  • 36th Wing Public Affairs
Six B-52 Stratofortresses from the 5th Bomb Wing, Minot Air Force Base, N.D., and 12 F-22 Raptors from the 1st Fighter Wing, Langley Air Force Base, Va., recently arrived here in support of the 36th Wing's Continuous Bomber Presence and Theater Security Package missions.

More than 300 Airmen from both wings accompanied the aircrew and aircraft deployed here to support the wing mission of deterring potential adversaries and assuring allies within the Pacific area of responsibility.

"We've brought in Airman with many different specialties," said Maj. George Johnson, 36th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron commander. "The crew chiefs get a lot of the glory and the weapons loaders get some of it when it's time to load bombs. We've also brought in people to support our munitions squadron here and as well as Airmen to support every specialty we may need in terms of providing scheduled and unscheduled maintenance."

The CBP has been a staple in Team Andersen's contingency playbook since 2004.

"Being here for the number of years we've been here demonstrates our commitment to this region and our resolve to take whatever actions we need to take to the enemy should it come to that," said Lt. Col. Mark Ely, 23rd Expeditionary Bomb Squadron commander. "The 23rd Expeditionary Bomb Squadron is fortunate to be a part of that and we're ready to execute any taskings that come our way."

The storied legacy of the B-52 combined with state-of-the-art features from the F-22 give the 36th Wing the ability to deliver ordnance on target and on time if the need arises.

"My job here is to support whatever contingency operations the PACOM commander designates," said Lt. Col. Pete Fesler, 27th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron commander. "By having the F-22s here on the island, I think the message we send is clear - we are prepared to deliver air dominance on demand."

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