Pacific Air Forces Public Affairs
/ Published August 13, 2020
Staff Sgt. Mark Farrar, 131st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief stationed at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, marshalls a B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber as it arrives at Naval Support Facility Diego Garcia, Aug. 12, 2020. Three B-2 Spirits from Whiteman AFB deployed to NSF Diego Garcia to support U.S. security commitments in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Heather Salazar)
A B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber arrives at Naval Support Facility Diego Garcia, Aug. 12, 2020. Three B-2 Spirits from Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, deployed to NSF Diego Garcia to support U.S. security commitments in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Heather Salazar)
A B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber arrives at Naval Support Facility Diego Garcia, Aug. 12, 2020. Three B-2s deployed to the Indo-Pacific region in support of the National Defense Strategy to ensure a free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt. Michael Hardy)
Three B-2 Spirit Stealth Bombers deployed from the 509th Bomb Wing at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, to Naval Support Facility Diego Garcia to support Pacific Air Forces’ Bomber Task Force missions, Aug. 11.
The 29-hour sortie demonstrated continued U.S. commitment to allies and partners by showcasing their ability to deliver lethal, ready, long-range strike options to geographic combatant commanders anytime, anywhere.
“We are excited to return to this important location. (NSF) Diego Garcia puts the ‘INDO’ in U.S. Indo-Pacific Command,” said Lt. Col. Christopher Conant, BTF commander. “This Bomber Task Force is our National Defense Strategy in action. We are sharpening our lethality while strengthening relationships with key allies, partners and our sister-service teammates. Despite a global pandemic, the Airmen of Whiteman Air Force Base and Air Force Global Strike Command stand ready to support INDOPACOM and the Department of Defense in achieving our nation’s strategic objectives.”
U.S. Strategic Command routinely conducts BTF operations across the globe.
The last B-2 Spirit BTF deployed to INDOPACOM was in January 2019 from the 393rd Bomb Squadron from Whiteman AFB. Three B-2 Spirits and approximately 200 Airmen deployed to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii.
During that BTF deployment, the B-2s flew 27 sorties for a total of 171 hours in multiple local and long-duration missions, conducted hot-pit refueling training and accomplished eight integrated sorties with the Hawaii Air National Guard’s 199th Fighter Squadron F-22 Raptors.