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Ellsworth AFB conducts BTF mission over Indo-Pacific region

An aviator from the 34th Bomb Squadron steps down from a B-1B Lancer after returning from a Bomber Task Force (BTF) mission at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Sept. 8, 2021.

An aviator from the 34th Bomb Squadron steps down from a B-1B Lancer after returning from a Bomber Task Force (BTF) mission at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Sept. 8, 2021. BTF missions offer aircrews the opportunity to integrate with allies and partners to ensure regional security. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Quentin K. Marx)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Nathan Moyer, 28th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, hooks up a tow bar to a B-1B Lancer in support of a Bomber Task Force mission at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Sept. 8, 2021.

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Nathan Moyer, 28th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, hooks up a tow bar to a B-1B Lancer in support of a Bomber Task Force mission at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Sept. 8, 2021. The dynamic force employment model empowers a small but agile footprint of maintenance personnel to generate airpower at locations across the globe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Quentin Marx)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Cambron Reinhardt, 28th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, secures the nose landing gear on a B-1B Lancer upon return from a Bomber Task Force mission at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Sept. 8, 2021.

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Cambron Reinhardt, 28th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, secures the nose landing gear on a B-1B Lancer upon return from a Bomber Task Force mission at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Sept. 8, 2021. The B-1B is a long-range, multi-role bomber that carries the largest payload of precision guided and unguided munitions in the Air Force inventory. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Quentin Marx)

A B-1B Lancer taxis the flightline after completing a Bomber Task Force mission at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Sept. 8, 2021.

A B-1B Lancer taxis the flightline after completing a Bomber Task Force mission at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Sept. 8, 2021. Strategic bomber missions contribute to the joint lethality and readiness of the U.S. Air Force and its allies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Quentin Marx)

A B-1B Lancer lands on the runway after completing a Bomber Task Force (BTF) mission at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Sept. 8, 2021.

A B-1B Lancer lands on the runway after completing a Bomber Task Force (BTF) mission at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Sept. 8, 2021. BTF missions support Pacific Air Forces’ strategic deterrence mission and its commitment to the security of the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Quentin Marx)

A B-1B Lancer takes off in support of a Bomber Task Force mission at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Sept. 7, 2021.

A B-1B Lancer takes off in support of a Bomber Task Force mission at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Sept. 7, 2021. The multi-role B-1B can rapidly deliver massive quantities of precision and non-precision munitions against any adversary, anywhere – anytime. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Quentin K. Marx)

A B-1B Lancer taxis out to the flight line in support of a Bomber Task Force mission at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Sept. 7, 2021.

A B-1B Lancer taxis out to the flight line in support of a Bomber Task Force mission at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Sept. 7, 2021. Bomber Task Force missions enhance the readiness of aircrews and ensure they are prepared to respond to any contingency or challenge anywhere on the globe at any time. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Quentin K. Marx)

A crew chief assigned to the 28th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron marshals a B-1B Lancer from the tarmac to participate in a Bomber Task Force mission at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Sept. 7, 2021.

A crew chief assigned to the 28th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron marshals a B-1B Lancer from the tarmac to participate in a Bomber Task Force mission at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Sept. 7, 2021. The B-1B is a long range, multi-role bomber that carries the largest payload of precision guided and unguided munitions in the Air Force inventory. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Quentin K. Marx)

Aviators from the 34th Bomb Squadron walk to buses to transport them to the flightline and their B-1B Lancers prior to a Bomber Task Force mission at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Sept. 7, 2021.

Aviators from the 34th Bomb Squadron walk to buses to transport them to the flightline and their B-1B Lancers prior to a Bomber Task Force mission at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Sept. 7, 2021. These types of missions help aircrews become more familiar with operations in different geographic combatant command areas of operations and provide opportunities to integrate with other allied nations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Quentin K. Marx)

A crew chief from the 28th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron inspects and cleans a sniper advanced targeting pod on a B-1B Lancer in preparation for a Bomber Task Force mission at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Sept. 7, 2021.
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A crew chief from the 28th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron inspects and cleans a sniper advanced targeting pod on a B-1B Lancer in preparation for a Bomber Task Force mission at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Sept. 7, 2021. The U.S. routinely and visibly demonstrates its commitment to our allies and partners through the global employment of its military. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Quentin Marx)

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A pair of B-1B Lancers launched from their home station on Sept. 7 to conduct a long range mission to the Indo-Pacific region. These types of missions help aircrews become more familiar with operations in different geographic combatant command areas of operations and provide opportunities to integrate with other allied nations. The multi-role B-1B can rapidly deliver massive quantities of precision and non-precision munitions against any adversary, anywhere – anytime.