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B-2 Spirits complete deployment, joint and combined training missions with B-1s, F-22s and Australian allies

A U.S. Air Force B-2 Spirit deployed from Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., flies overhead after returning from a local training mission at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Jan. 12, 2017. The B-2's low-observable, or "stealth," characteristics give it the ability to penetrate an enemy's most sophisticated defenses and threaten heavily defended targets while avoiding adversary detection, tracking and engagement. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jazmin Smith)

A U.S. Air Force B-2 Spirit deployed from Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., flies overhead after returning from a local training mission at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Jan. 12, 2017. The B-2's low-observable, or "stealth," characteristics give it the ability to penetrate an enemy's most sophisticated defenses and threaten heavily defended targets while avoiding adversary detection, tracking and engagement. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jazmin Smith)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Suzanne Koehler, an aircrew flight equipment technician assigned to the 131st Operations Support Flight, reviews a technical order while performing a 30- day inspection on a harness at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Jan. 24, 2017. Close to 200 Airmen and three B-2s deployed from Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., and Barksdale Air Force Base, La., to conduct local sorties and regional training and integrate with regional allies in support of Bomber Assurance and Deterrence missions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jazmin Smith)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Suzanne Koehler, an aircrew flight equipment technician assigned to the 131st Operations Support Flight, reviews a technical order while performing a 30- day inspection on a harness at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Jan. 24, 2017. Close to 200 Airmen and three B-2s deployed from Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., and Barksdale Air Force Base, La., to conduct local sorties and regional training and integrate with regional allies in support of Bomber Assurance and Deterrence missions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jazmin Smith)

U.S. Air Force maintenance technicians assigned to the 509th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., prepare a U.S. Air Force B-2 Spirit aircraft to be towed after a local training mission at Anderson Air Force Base, Guam Jan. 19, 2017. Close to 200 Airmen from Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., and Barksdale Air Force Base, La., deployed to Andersen AFB, in support of U.S. Strategic Command Bomber and Deterrence missions. USSTRATCOM bomber missions familiarize aircrew with airbases and operations in different Geographic Combatant Commands. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech Sgt. Andy M. Kin)

U.S. Air Force maintenance technicians assigned to the 509th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., prepare a U.S. Air Force B-2 Spirit aircraft to be towed after a local training mission at Anderson Air Force Base, Guam Jan. 19, 2017. Close to 200 Airmen from Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., and Barksdale Air Force Base, La., deployed to Andersen AFB, in support of U.S. Strategic Command Bomber and Deterrence missions. USSTRATCOM bomber missions familiarize aircrew with airbases and operations in different Geographic Combatant Commands. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech Sgt. Andy M. Kin)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Dez Starkes, a crew chief assigned to the 509th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, runs to the other side of a B-2 Spirit to remove chocks from the wheels prior to takeoff at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Jan. 12, 2017. Strategic bomber missions enhance the readiness and training necessary to respond to any potential crisis or challenge across the globe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jazmin Smith)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Dez Starkes, a crew chief assigned to the 509th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, runs to the other side of a B-2 Spirit to remove chocks from the wheels prior to takeoff at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Jan. 12, 2017. Strategic bomber missions enhance the readiness and training necessary to respond to any potential crisis or challenge across the globe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jazmin Smith)

Two U.S. Air Force B-2 Spirit aircraft deployed from Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., taxi back to the parkway after a local flying mission at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Jan. 16, 2017. Close to 200 Airmen and three B-2s deployed from Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., and Barksdale Air Force Base, La., in support of U.S. Strategic Command Bomber Assurance and Deterrence missions. USSTRATCOM units regularly conduct training with and in support of the Geographic Combatant Commands. USSTRATCOM, through its global strike assets, helps maintain global stability and security while enabling units to become familiar with operations in different regions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech Sgt. Andy M. Kin)

Two U.S. Air Force B-2 Spirit aircraft deployed from Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., taxi back to the parkway after a local flying mission at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Jan. 16, 2017. Close to 200 Airmen and three B-2s deployed from Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., and Barksdale Air Force Base, La., in support of U.S. Strategic Command Bomber Assurance and Deterrence missions. USSTRATCOM units regularly conduct training with and in support of the Geographic Combatant Commands. USSTRATCOM, through its global strike assets, helps maintain global stability and security while enabling units to become familiar with operations in different regions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech Sgt. Andy M. Kin)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Armando Torres, a fuels distribution technician assigned to the 509th Logistics Readiness Squadron, monitors the control panel to ensure he maintains proper nozzle pressure and revolutions per minute while refueling a B-2 Spirit at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Jan. 17, 2017. The refueling operations are capable of delivering up to 600 gallons per minute. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jazmin Smith)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Armando Torres, a fuels distribution technician assigned to the 509th Logistics Readiness Squadron, monitors the control panel to ensure he maintains proper nozzle pressure and revolutions per minute while refueling a B-2 Spirit at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Jan. 17, 2017. The refueling operations are capable of delivering up to 600 gallons per minute. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jazmin Smith)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Taylor Lang, a 509th Security Forces Squadron security response member, stands guard at the entry control point at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Jan. 16, 2017. U.S. Strategic Command forces are on watch 24 hours a day, seven days a week to deter and detect strategic attack against the United States and our allies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jazmin Smith)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Taylor Lang, a 509th Security Forces Squadron security response member, stands guard at the entry control point at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Jan. 16, 2017. U.S. Strategic Command forces are on watch 24 hours a day, seven days a week to deter and detect strategic attack against the United States and our allies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jazmin Smith)

U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the 509th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron communicate pre-flight instructions with a B-2 Spirit pilot prior to takeoff at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Jan. 12, 2017. Bomber missions enable crews to maintain a high state of readiness and proficiency, and validate our always-ready global strike capability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jazmin Smith)

U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the 509th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron communicate pre-flight instructions with a B-2 Spirit pilot prior to takeoff at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Jan. 12, 2017. Bomber missions enable crews to maintain a high state of readiness and proficiency, and validate our always-ready global strike capability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jazmin Smith)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Andrew Conlon, a security forces member assigned to the 2nd Security Forces Squadron from Barksdale Air Force Base, La., stands guards at an entry control point Jan. 24, 2017 at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. Close to 200 Airmen from Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., and Barksdale Air Force Base, La., deployed to Andersen AFB, in support of U.S. Strategic Command Bomber and Deterrence missions. USSTRATCOM bomber missions familiarize aircrew with airbases and operations in different Geographic Combatant Commands. USSTRATCOM forces are on watch 24 hours a day, seven days a week to deter and detect strategic attack against the United States and our allies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech Sgt. Andy M. Kin)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Andrew Conlon, a security forces member assigned to the 2nd Security Forces Squadron from Barksdale Air Force Base, La., stands guards at an entry control point Jan. 24, 2017 at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. Close to 200 Airmen from Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., and Barksdale Air Force Base, La., deployed to Andersen AFB, in support of U.S. Strategic Command Bomber and Deterrence missions. USSTRATCOM bomber missions familiarize aircrew with airbases and operations in different Geographic Combatant Commands. USSTRATCOM forces are on watch 24 hours a day, seven days a week to deter and detect strategic attack against the United States and our allies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech Sgt. Andy M. Kin)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Suzanne Koehler, an aircrew flight equipment technician assigned to the 131st Operations Support Flight, and Airman 1st Class Timothy Doyle, an aircrew flight equipment apprentice assigned to the 509th Operations Support Squadron, take apart aircrew equipment to ensure all components are correctly functioning at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Jan. 24, 2017. Bomber missions familiarize aircrew with airbases and operations in different Geographic Combatant Commands. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jazmin Smith)
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U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Suzanne Koehler, an aircrew flight equipment technician assigned to the 131st Operations Support Flight, and Airman 1st Class Timothy Doyle, an aircrew flight equipment apprentice assigned to the 509th Operations Support Squadron, take apart aircrew equipment to ensure all components are correctly functioning at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Jan. 24, 2017. Bomber missions familiarize aircrew with airbases and operations in different Geographic Combatant Commands. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jazmin Smith)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Dez Starkes, a crew chief assigned to the 509th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, signals to the mission commander that he is clear and free to move forward at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Jan. 12, 2017. Strategic bomber missions enhance the readiness and training necessary to respond to any potential crisis or challenge across the globe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jazmin Smith)
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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Dez Starkes, a crew chief assigned to the 509th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, signals to the mission commander that he is clear and free to move forward at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Jan. 12, 2017. Strategic bomber missions enhance the readiness and training necessary to respond to any potential crisis or challenge across the globe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jazmin Smith)

U.S. Air Force maintenance technicians assigned to the 509th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., communicate with a B-2 Spirit pilot during pre-flight checks prior to a local training mission at Anderson Air Force Base, Guam Jan. 12, 2017. Close to 200 Airmen from Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., and Barksdale Air Force Base, La., deployed to Andersen AFB, in support of U.S. Strategic Command Bomber and Deterrence missions. USSTRATCOM bomber missions familiarize aircrew with airbases and operations in different Geographic Combatant Commands. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech Sgt. Andy M. Kin)
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U.S. Air Force maintenance technicians assigned to the 509th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., communicate with a B-2 Spirit pilot during pre-flight checks prior to a local training mission at Anderson Air Force Base, Guam Jan. 12, 2017. Close to 200 Airmen from Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., and Barksdale Air Force Base, La., deployed to Andersen AFB, in support of U.S. Strategic Command Bomber and Deterrence missions. USSTRATCOM bomber missions familiarize aircrew with airbases and operations in different Geographic Combatant Commands. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech Sgt. Andy M. Kin)

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii --

Three B-2 Spirits recently returned to Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, following a three-week deployment to Andersen AFB, Guam, where they conducted joint, integrated operations with various U.S. military assets and completed long-range training with Australian partners. 

This deployment was designed to ensure bomber crews maintain a high state of readiness and crew proficiency, and it provided opportunities to integrate capabilities with key partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.

During the deployment, the bombers conducted missions throughout the Indo-Asia-Pacific region to include sorties in the vicinity of Australia, where they integrated with the Australian Air Operations Center and Australian Joint Terminal Attack Controllers.

“The B-2’s nearly 7,000 mile unrefueled range allows us to seamlessly integrate with our Australian counterparts on the tactical and operational levels, demonstrating the ability to deter adversaries and defend our allies and partners,” said Brig. Gen. Dirk Smith, Pacific Air Forces Director of Air and Cyberspace Operations. “Each time we take part in combined exercises, we not only verify our operational capabilities but also enhance our strong alliance.”

Additionally, the B-2s conducted an integrated exercise with U.S. Navy forces and Hawaii Air National Guard F-22A Raptors near Oahu. Throughout their deployment, the B-2s took part in integrated training missions with B-1B Lancers currently deployed to Andersen AFB in support of U.S. Pacific Command’s Continuous Bomber Presence mission.

“The low-observable characteristics of the B-2 give it the ability to penetrate an enemy’s most sophisticated defenses and threaten heavily defended targets while avoiding adversary detection, tracking and engagement,” said Gen. Terrence O'Shaughnessy, Pacific Air Forces commander. “The global reach and power projection capabilities provided by Air Mobility Command and Air Force Global Strike Command showcase our nation’s ability to hold any target at risk, regardless of distance, within hours, as recently demonstrated with the devastatingly successful strike by B-2s launched from Missouri against a terrorist training camp in Libya.”

The training missions allowed U.S. aircrews to familiarize themselves with airbases and airspace across the region and the operational conditions that characterize the U.S. Pacific Command theater.

“The Indo-Asia-Pacific spans more than 50 percent of the Earth’s surface, which creates significant operational challenges in terms of projecting power over vast distances,” said O’Shaughnessy. “With the indispensable support of our partners at AMC and AFGSC, combined with premier fifth generation fighters and highly capable assets from across the joint team, we are consistently able to demonstrate through training missions like this B-2 deployment that our joint force is prepared to fight tonight and rapidly project power at a time and place of our choosing in order to safeguard the stability of the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.”

U.S. Strategic Command forces regularly test and evaluate the readiness and flexibility of strategic assets to ensure the U.S. military is able to honor long-standing security commitments and support global security.