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B-1B Lancers conduct Bomber Task Force mission with JASDF in Indo-Pacific

A B-1B Lancer from the 7th Bomber Wing, Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, receives fuel from a KC-135R Stratotanker over the Pacific Ocean during a Bomber Task Force mission, Jan. 11, 2022. BTF missions allow for opportunities to integrate and train with our allies and partners to uphold a rules-based, free and open Indo-Pacific.. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Moses Taylor)

A B-1B Lancer from the 7th Bomber Wing, Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, receives fuel from a KC-135R Stratotanker over the Pacific Ocean during a Bomber Task Force mission, Jan. 11, 2022. BTF missions allow for opportunities to integrate and train with our allies and partners to uphold a rules-based, free and open Indo-Pacific.. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Moses Taylor)

A B-1B Lancer from the 7th Bomb Wing, Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, departs after receiving fuel from a KC-135R Stratotanker over the Pacific Ocean during a Bomber Task Force mission, Jan. 11, 2022. Bomber missions contribute to joint force lethality and deter aggression in the Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Moses Taylor)

A B-1B Lancer from the 7th Bomb Wing, Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, departs after receiving fuel from a KC-135R Stratotanker over the Pacific Ocean during a Bomber Task Force mission, Jan. 11, 2022. Bomber missions contribute to joint force lethality and deter aggression in the Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Moses Taylor)

Two B-1B Lancers from the 7th Bomb Wing, Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, fly behind a KC-135R Stratotanker after receiving fuel over the Pacific Ocean during a Bomber Task Force mission, Jan. 11, 2022. During the mission, the B-1 integrated with Japan Air Self-Defense Force aircraft to conduct intercept, formation and navigation training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Moses Taylor)

Two B-1B Lancers from the 7th Bomb Wing, Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, fly behind a KC-135R Stratotanker after receiving fuel over the Pacific Ocean during a Bomber Task Force mission, Jan. 11, 2022. During the mission, the B-1 integrated with Japan Air Self-Defense Force aircraft to conduct intercept, formation and navigation training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Moses Taylor)

A B-1B Lancer from the 7th Bomb Wing, Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, departs after receiving fuel over the Pacific Ocean during a Bomber Task Force mission, Jan. 11, 2022. The flight included U.S. Air Force B-1 Lancers that integrated with Japan Air Self-Defense Force aircraft. Bomber missions such as these provide opportunities to train and work with our allies and partners in joint and coalition operations and exercises. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Moses Taylor)

A B-1B Lancer from the 7th Bomb Wing, Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, departs after receiving fuel over the Pacific Ocean during a Bomber Task Force mission, Jan. 11, 2022. The flight included U.S. Air Force B-1 Lancers that integrated with Japan Air Self-Defense Force aircraft. Bomber missions such as these provide opportunities to train and work with our allies and partners in joint and coalition operations and exercises. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Moses Taylor)

U.S. Air Force Capt. Austin Martin, 909th Air Refueling Squadron aircraft commander, left, and 1st Lt. Kyle Weinell, 909th Air Refueling Squadron pilot, operate a KC-135R Stratotanker during refueling over the Pacific Ocean in support of a Bomber Task Force mission, Jan. 11, 2022. The 909th ARS supported the BTF, which aligns with the National Defense Strategy’s objectives of strategic predictability and operational unpredictability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Moses Taylor)

U.S. Air Force Capt. Austin Martin, 909th Air Refueling Squadron aircraft commander, left, and 1st Lt. Kyle Weinell, 909th Air Refueling Squadron pilot, operate a KC-135R Stratotanker during refueling over the Pacific Ocean in support of a Bomber Task Force mission, Jan. 11, 2022. The 909th ARS supported the BTF, which aligns with the National Defense Strategy’s objectives of strategic predictability and operational unpredictability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Moses Taylor)

U.S. Air Force Capt. Austin Martin, 909th Air Refueling Squadron aircraft commander, conducts a pre-flight inspection in support of a Bomber Task Force mission at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Jan. 11, 2022. The BTF enables a mix of different types of strategic bombers to operate forward in the Indo-Pacific region from a broad array of overseas and continental U.S. locations with greater operational resilience. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Moses Taylor)

U.S. Air Force Capt. Austin Martin, 909th Air Refueling Squadron aircraft commander, conducts a pre-flight inspection in support of a Bomber Task Force mission at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Jan. 11, 2022. The BTF enables a mix of different types of strategic bombers to operate forward in the Indo-Pacific region from a broad array of overseas and continental U.S. locations with greater operational resilience. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Moses Taylor)

Airmen from the 909th Air Refueling Squadron conduct pre-flight inspections before departing from Misawa Air Base, Japan, Jan. 12, 2022. The 909th ARS supported a Bomber Task Force mission, with the Japan Air Self-Defense Force aircraft.(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Moses Taylor)

Airmen from the 909th Air Refueling Squadron conduct pre-flight inspections before departing from Misawa Air Base, Japan, Jan. 12, 2022. The 909th ARS supported a Bomber Task Force mission, with the Japan Air Self-Defense Force aircraft.(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Moses Taylor)

A B-1B Lancer from the 7th Bomber Wing, Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, prepares to receive fuel from a KC-135R Stratotanker over the Pacific Ocean during a Bomber Task Force mission, Jan. 11, 2022. During the mission, the B-1 integrated with Japan Air Self-Defense Force aircraft to conduct intercept, formation and navigation training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Moses Taylor)

A B-1B Lancer from the 7th Bomber Wing, Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, prepares to receive fuel from a KC-135R Stratotanker over the Pacific Ocean during a Bomber Task Force mission, Jan. 11, 2022. During the mission, the B-1 integrated with Japan Air Self-Defense Force aircraft to conduct intercept, formation and navigation training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Moses Taylor)

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