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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

B-52 flies mission over ROK

by Pacific Air Forces Public Affairs

3/19/2013 - JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii -- As part of the U.S. Pacific Command's Continuous Bomber Presence (CBP), a B-52 Stratofortress deployed to Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, conducted a training flight over the Republic of Korea, Mar. 19, 2013, where the aircraft practiced dropping bombs on targets at Pilsung Range. This mission highlights the extended deterrence and conventional capabilities of the B-52 while participating in exercises such as Foal Eagle. This flight demonstrated one of the many capabilities available for the defense of the ROK.

These routine missions reiterate the U.S. commitment to the security of our allies and partners. Despite challenges with fiscal constraints, training opportunities remain important to ensure U.S. and ROK forces are battle-ready and trained to employ airpower to deter aggression, defend the ROK, and defeat any attack against the alliance.

The CBP is an ongoing PACOM mission to bolster U.S. commitment to the security and stability of the Asia-Pacific region while allowing units to become familiar with operating in the theater from a deployed location.

Andersen AFB has hosted the CBP since 2004 when Pacific Air Forces began to routinely deploy B-1, B-2, and B-52 aircraft to Guam on a rotational basis. The B-52 can perform a variety of missions including carrying precision-guided conventional or nuclear ordnance. PACOM will continue to support these training missions as part of on-going actions to enhance the strategic posture in the Asia-Pacific region.

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