y Senior Airman Joseph A. Pagán Jr.
2nd Bomb Wing Public Affairs
9/11/2015 - ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam -- For
nearly 30 days, Airmen from Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri,
showcased the capabilities and mission effectiveness of the B-2 Spirit
while deployed to Andersen Air Force Base, Guam.
From Aug. 7 to Aug. 28, approximately 225 Airmen from the 509th Bomb
Wing exercised their ability to conduct B-2 flight operations in an
environment outside of the United States. The 13th BS completed more
than 25 sorties and compiled approximately 300 flying hours, including
integration with home station aircraft to support exercise operations
during Red Flag-Alaska.
"Launching three B-2s from Andersen to participate in Red Flag-Alaska,
while at the same time two B-2s launched from Whiteman AFB to do the
same was the flying highlight of our deployment," said Lt. Col. Robert
Makros, 13th Bomb Squadron commander. "This sortie was a 32-hour
marathon that presented flyers with challenges similar to those they
will experience during combat."
All five B-2s executed their mission and hit their target sets with precision and flawless timing, Makros continued.
Red Flag-Alaska is a Pacific Air Forces commander-directed field
training exercise for U.S. Forces, providing large employment training
in a simulated combat environment.
"The success of Red Flag and numerous other missions during the
deployment were not because of any one individual," Makros said. "It was
a direct result of our team busting their tails every single day. Every
person on this trip played a vital role in our success."
This dedication was on display each day, resulting in a visit from the
36th Wing commander, Brig. Gen. Andrew Toth, who discussed the
importance of Andersen's location.
"Bringing these assets (B-2s) to Andersen demonstrates our partnership
and commitment in preserving peace and stability in the Pacific," Toth
said. "Should any conflicts arise, our strategic forward presence
enables us to rapidly respond to any crises."
Markos said the Airmen who support, safeguard, generate and fly the B-2
ensure the continued operation of the most feared and revered bomber in
"This team and the power projection they provide are why I sleep very
well at night and why certain groups in far off places do not," Markos