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28th Bomb Wing Airmen, B-1s Support Valiant Shield

A B-1B Lancer assigned to the 28th Bomb Wing, Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., takes off for Exercise Valiant Shield at Andersen AFB, Guam, Sept. 23, 2020. Valiant Shield allows the U.S. Joint Force to more fully develop Joint All-Domain Operations concepts through exercises and experimentation for application in the Indo-Pacific Area of responsibility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nicolas Z. Erwin)

A B-1B Lancer assigned to the 28th Bomb Wing, Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., takes off for Exercise Valiant Shield at Andersen AFB, Guam, Sept. 23, 2020. Valiant Shield allows the U.S. Joint Force to more fully develop Joint All-Domain Operations concepts through exercises and experimentation for application in the Indo-Pacific Area of responsibility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nicolas Z. Erwin)

A B-1B Lancer assigned to the 28th Bomb Wing, Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., sits on the flightline at Andersen AFB, Guam, Sept. 23, 2020. The U.S. military frequently conducts joint training to refine operational proficiency, improve contingency response abilities and promote stability and security throughout the Indo-Pacific region.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nicolas Z. Erwin)

A B-1B Lancer assigned to the 28th Bomb Wing, Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., sits on the flightline at Andersen AFB, Guam, Sept. 23, 2020. The U.S. military frequently conducts joint training to refine operational proficiency, improve contingency response abilities and promote stability and security throughout the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nicolas Z. Erwin)

A B-1B Lancer assigned to the 28th Bomb Wing, Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., takes off for Exercise Valiant Shield at Andersen AFB, Guam, Sept. 18, 2020. Valiant Shield allows the U.S. Joint Force to more fully develop Joint All-Domain Operations concepts through exercises and experimentation for application in the Indo-Pacific Area of responsibility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nicolas Z. Erwin)

A B-1B Lancer assigned to the 28th Bomb Wing, Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., takes off for Exercise Valiant Shield at Andersen AFB, Guam, Sept. 18, 2020. Valiant Shield allows the U.S. Joint Force to more fully develop Joint All-Domain Operations concepts through exercises and experimentation for application in the Indo-Pacific Area of responsibility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nicolas Z. Erwin)

A maintainer assigned to the 34th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., prepares to marshal a B-1B Lancer for take-off during Exercise Valiant Shield at Andersen AFB, Guam, Sept. 18, 2020. Valiant Shield is a series of military exercises that promote integration and interoperability among joint forces. Each successive exercise builds on lessons learned from the previous training to validate and enhance complementary capabilities and develop new tactics, techniques and procedures. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nicolas Z. Erwin)

A maintainer assigned to the 34th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., prepares to marshal a B-1B Lancer for take-off during Exercise Valiant Shield at Andersen AFB, Guam, Sept. 18, 2020. Valiant Shield is a series of military exercises that promote integration and interoperability among joint forces. Each successive exercise builds on lessons learned from the previous training to validate and enhance complementary capabilities and develop new tactics, techniques and procedures. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nicolas Z. Erwin)

A B-1B Lancer assigned to the 28th Bomb Wing, Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., sits on the flightline at Andersen AFB, Guam, Sept. 23, 2020. The U.S. military frequently conducts joint training to refine operational proficiency, improve contingency response abilities and promote stability and security throughout the Indo-Pacific region.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nicolas Z. Erwin)

A B-1B Lancer assigned to the 28th Bomb Wing, Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., sits on the flightline at Andersen AFB, Guam, Sept. 23, 2020. The U.S. military frequently conducts joint training to refine operational proficiency, improve contingency response abilities and promote stability and security throughout the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nicolas Z. Erwin)

Aircrew assigned to the 34th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., prepare to board a B-1B Lancer in support of Exercise Valiant Shield at Andersen AFB, Guam, Sept. 18, 2020. The participating forces will exercise a wide range of capabilities and demonstrate the inherent flexibility of joint forces. The range of capabilities include maritime security operations, anti-submarine and air-defense exercises, amphibious operations, and other elements in complex warfighting. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nicolas Z. Erwin)

Aircrew assigned to the 34th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., prepare to board a B-1B Lancer in support of Exercise Valiant Shield at Andersen AFB, Guam, Sept. 18, 2020. The participating forces will exercise a wide range of capabilities and demonstrate the inherent flexibility of joint forces. The range of capabilities include maritime security operations, anti-submarine and air-defense exercises, amphibious operations, and other elements in complex warfighting. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nicolas Z. Erwin)

A B-1B Lancer assigned to the 28th Bomb Wing, Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., takes off in support of Exercise Valiant Shield at Andersen AFB, Guam, Sept. 17, 2020. The exercise is a U.S.-only field training exercise with a focus on joint training in a blue-water environment among U.S. Forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nicolas Z. Erwin)

A B-1B Lancer assigned to the 28th Bomb Wing, Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., takes off in support of Exercise Valiant Shield at Andersen AFB, Guam, Sept. 17, 2020. The exercise is a U.S.-only field training exercise with a focus on joint training in a blue-water environment among U.S. Forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nicolas Z. Erwin)

ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. --

Approximately 150 Airmen and four B-1B Lancers assigned to the 28th Bomb Wing, Ellsworth AFB, S.D., participated in Valiant Shield 2020 (VS20), a biennial, U.S.-only, joint field training exercise with a focus on integration between U.S. forces in relation to current operational plans.

The Airmen and B-1s deployed to Andersen AFB, Guam, September 10 to conduct Bomber Task Force missions throughout the Indo-Pacific region. The bombers and aircrew integrated and familiarized themselves with the Joint All-Domain Command Operations concept for application in the Indo-Pacific area of responsibility.

“Joint integration is always an amazing experience for our aircrews,” said Lt. Col. Mike Taylor, 34th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron commander. “It’s a testament to everyone we have here that make the mission happen. Our maintenance team is incredible, they consistently provide us with B-1s that are ready for anything.”

The deployed squadron flew seven sorties for VS20, integrating with F-22s, as well as Navy air and surface assets, and sharpening their proficiency in a joint environment.

“The training is vital, especially being deployed out here, having a small and flexible footprint,” Taylor explained. “Every mission we stand to learn a little bit more and get even stronger as a joint force.”

Valiant Shield enables real-world proficiency in sustaining joint forces through detecting, locating, tracking, and engaging adversary units at sea, in the air, in space, on land, and in cyberspace in response to a range of mission areas.

This is the eighth exercise in the VS series. Previous VS iterations were held in 2006, 2007, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016, and 2018. VS is held during even years, opposite the U.S. Air Force-led Northern Edge exercise series held during odd years.