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VIDEO: AAFB - Minot B-52 Squadron Flying to Guam to Replace Barksdale Airmen Who Are Headed Home

Guam - Andersen Air Force Base says that a squadron of  B-52s will be arriving at Andersen AFB from Minot AFB in North Dakota to replace the bomber bomber squadron from Barksdale AFB which is re-deploying back to Louisiana.

According to mainland media reports, six B-52s and 200 airmen are leaving Minot Friday and flying to Guam. 

The deployment comes as tensions rise with North Korea which has made several threats to attack Andersen Air Force Base on Guam and other U.S. military bases in the Asia-Pacific region.

However in a statement to PNC News, AAFB Chief Public Information Officer Capt. Chris Hoyler referred to this deployment as routine saying the Air Force "continues to routinely deploy bombers to Andersen Air Force Base, providing the Commander U.S. Pacific Command and the Commander Pacific Air Forces with a global strike capability for extended deterrence against potential adversaries."

Hoyler says the Minot airmen will be "replacing Airmen from Barksdale Air Force Base, La., who began their Continuous Bomber Presence deployment here in October 2012."  

READ about the accomplishments of the Andersen and Barksdale Airmen during this recent deployment HERE

According to an article posted on the AAFB website, the 96th EBS flew a total of 275 sorties, logged 1,466 flight hours and released 839 weapons on training sites during their depolyment at Andersen AFB. .

READ Capt. Hoyler's statement in FULL below:

"B-52 Stratofortress aircraft from Minot Air Force Base, N.D. are set to deploy to Andersen Air Force Base, Guam as a part of U.S. Pacific Command’s Continuous Bomber Presence program."

"This forward deployed presence demonstrates continuing U.S. commitment to stability and security in the Asia-Pacific region.  The bombers will be accompanied by approximately 200 Airmen from Minot AFB."

"They will be replacing Airmen from Barksdale Air Force Base, La., who began their Continuous Bomber Presence deployment here in October 2012."

"Air Force Global Strike Command continues to routinely deploy bombers to Andersen Air Force Base, providing the Commander U.S. Pacific Command and the Commander Pacific Air Forces with a global strike capability for extended deterrence against potential adversaries."


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