by Airman 1st Class Autumn Velez
7th Bomb Wing Public Affairs
5/8/2015 - DYESS AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- On
April 23, 2015, the 77th Weapons Squadron hosted two B-52H
Stratoforstresses from the 340th WPS as part of the United States Air
Force Weapons School's bomber integration and stand-off weapons training
During the training weapons school, students were given the opportunity
to integrate the B-1B Lancer weapon system with the weapons system of
the B-52. Together, the students were faced with challenges of
coordinating despite being geographically separated.
"Last fall, we identified a need within the B-1 weapons instructor
course to increase our bomber stand-off training with other bomber and
fighter platforms," said Lt. Col. John Creer, 77th WPS commander. "This
week is the first step in increasing Stand-Off Weapons integration
While at the weapons school, undergraduates learn about the tactics,
techniques and procedures of their respective aircraft platform.
Although students are given the information about weapons systems, they
do not have the chance to integrate with other aircraft until their
final integration phase, just prior to graduation.
"An important aspect of the advance tactics training is teaching those
aviators to be mission commanders over large composite forces," Creer
said. "The training focuses on integrating these forces to accomplish
joint force commander objectives tailored toward how our Air Force will
integrate with joint forces when we go to war."
The goal of integrating in an earlier phase is to give students
first-hand experience on the bomber level before their final integration
phase: the Weapons School Advanced Integration.
"Stand-off weapons integration training is a small composite force
focused on preparing our students for the final and culminating stage of
training," Creer said. "By providing this opportunity early on, it
better prepares our students for the Weapons School Advanced Integration
After the training sortie was complete, the crews of the B-1s and the
B-52s came together to debrief. While debriefing, they were able to
discuss the challenges they faced while integrating and possibilities
for future integrations. In all, the addition of a training sortie to
stand-off weapons integration week was a success.
"From the integration, we generated lessoned learned that we will apply
next month during the Weapons School Integration Phase where a similar
mission will be executed on a larger scale" said Lt. Col. John McClung,
77th WPS director of operations. "We are hoping to start doing this
integration every six months to prepare students to execute the next