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Making history: B-52, B-1, B-2s maintain regional stability in PACOM theater

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  • Headquarters Pacific Air Force Public Affairs
For the first time in history all three of Air Force Global Strike Command's strategic bombers, the B-52 Stratofortress, B-1B Lancer and B-2 Spirit, are simultaneously conducting operations in the U.S. Pacific Command region.

The B-1, which arrived at Andersen Air Force Base Aug. 6, will replace the B-52 in support of the PACOM’s continuous bomber presence mission. The CBP bomber swap between the B-1 and B-52 is occurring throughout the month of August as the B-1s return to support this mission for the first time since April 2006.

In addition to the CBP bomber swap, three B-2s arrived in theater to conduct a bomber assurance and deterrence deployment. The CBP mission and BAAD deployments are part of a long-standing history of maintaining a consistent bomber presence in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region in order to maintain stability and provide assurance to U.S. allies and partners in the region.