B-52 Stratofortresses return to Indo-Pacific for BTF missions Published July 11, 2023 By Tech. Sgt. Nick Wilson Pacific Air Forces Public Affairs ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam -- B-52 Stratofortresses assigned to the 20th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron from Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, landed at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, July 5. This Bomber Task Force mission demonstrates the credibility of U.S. forces to address a global security environment that is more diverse and uncertain than at any other time in recent history. “The Bomber Task Force is designed to enhance the high-end readiness of the bomber force while also advancing our interoperability with Allies and partners,” said Lt. Col. Jared Patterson, 20th EBS commander. “Each mission flown further demonstrates our ability to provide agile combat ready forces and long-range strike capabilities to combatant commanders across the globe.” Throughout this deployment, the B-52s will actively train during operations and exercises while integrating alongside Allies and partners throughout the region. BTF missions actively enable strategic bombers to operate with greater operational resilience from various overseas and continental U.S. locations, supporting the National Defense Strategy objectives of building enduring advantages and integrated deterrence. “From those maintaining or flying these bombers to those behind the scenes enabling the mission, our ability to credibly assure Allies and deter adversaries requires every Airman out here,” Patterson said.