by By Senior Airman Joseph A. Pagán Jr.
2nd Bomb Wing Public Affairs
8/19/2015 - ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam -- -- About
225 Airmen and three B-2 Spirits from Whiteman Air Force Base,
Missouri, deployed here Aug. 7 to conduct familiarization training
activities in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.
The goal of the training is to maintain force readiness by conducting
flight operations in an environment outside of the United States.
"The objectives I outlined are simple," said Lt. Col. Robert Makros,
13th Bomb Squadron commander. "I want everyone to come back better and
more lethal than before they left."
Makros' objectives may be simple, but it's the execution of the mission
that will carry this deployment toward and through the finish line.
"Everyone understands the role they play in the B-2 global strike
mission and what it provides to leadership," Makros said. "The
flexibility and ability to strike, at the time and place of leadership's
choosing, any target set on the globe with precision, range, stealth
and a massive payload, conventional or nuclear, is what makes this
Makros also said the 13th Bomber Squadron will be training with sister
services and other joint aircraft while capitalizing on multi-national
Executing the mission provides flexibility to Air Force Global Strike
Command senior leadership, making the B-2 a credible and viable option
that delivers decisive effects around the globe.
AFGSC routinely evaluates their readiness and reposition of forces as
needed to ensure they maintain both the operational and support
capabilities essential to meet training needs -- this includes planned
deployments, such as this one, to various regions around the globe,
providing commanders of major commands and combatant commands a global
strike capability and extended deterrence against potential adversaries.
"It's why we signed up and what we train for every day," Makros said.
"Our aircrew and the entire B-2 team constantly push themselves to be
the best because they understand being the best is a must when it comes
to generating and flying 30-hour missions, and successfully striking
targets half way around the globe."
The familiarization training will not only be conducted by B-2 aircrews
but also by the maintainers and support personnel on the ground.
"Maintainers, cops, support staff -- everyone is receiving great
training while deployed here," said Master Sgt. Daryl Allen, 2nd
Aircraft Maintenance Squadron first sergeant. "We all face obstacles and
new training scenarios that aren't always present stateside, and we
have to be ready to fix the aircraft, prepare the aircrew and get it in
the sky as quickly and efficiently as possible; that comes from everyone