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USAF Airmen, bombers complete bilateral training in Australia

A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer, assigned to the 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, deployed from Ellsworth Air Force Base (AFB), South Dakota, arrives at Andersen AFB, Guam, Dec. 4, 2017.

A B-1B Lancer, assigned to the 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, deployed from Ellsworth Air Force Base, S. D., arrives at Andersen AFB, Guam, Dec. 4, 2017. Two B-1B bombers conducted a continuous bomber presence mission on return to Andersen AFB from Royal Australian Air Force Base Amberley, Australia, where they have been since late November supporting U.S. Pacific Command's Enhanced Air Cooperation initiative. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Richard P. Ebensberger)

A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer pilot with the 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, holds up squadron patches featuring the squadron’s deployment mascot to an Australian visitor during an aircraft static display on Dec. 1, 2017, at Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Base Amberley, Australia.

A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer pilot with the 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, holds up squadron patches featuring the squadron’s deployment mascot to an Australian visitor during an aircraft static display on Dec. 1, 2017, at Royal Australian Air Force Base Amberley, Australia. Two bombers arrived at Amberley as part of the U.S.-Australia Force Posture Initiatives Enhanced Air Cooperation program, which builds on air exercises and training between the two air forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Farrah S.C. Kaufmann)

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) medical services airmen with the Health Services Wing, Headquarters, RAAF Base Amberley, Australia, tour a B1-B Lancer static display on Nov. 30, 2017, at RAAF Base Amberley, Australia.

Royal Australian Air Force medical services airmen with the Health Services Wing, Headquarters, RAAF Base Amberley, Australia, tour a B1-B Lancer static display Nov. 30, 2017, at RAAF Base Amberley, Australia. Two bombers arrived at Amberley as part of the U.S.-Australia Force Posture Initiatives Enhanced Air Cooperation program, which builds on air exercises and training between the two air forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Farrah S.C. Kaufmann)

A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer, assigned to the 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, deployed from Ellsworth Air Force Base (AFB), South Dakota, arrives at Andersen AFB, Guam, Dec. 4, 2017.

A B-1B Lancer, assigned to the 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, deployed from Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., arrives at Andersen AFB, Guam, Dec. 4, 2017. Two U.S. Air Force B-1B bombers conducted a continuous bomber presence mission on return to Andersen AFB from Royal Australian Air Force Base Amberley, Australia, where they have been since late November supporting U.S. Pacific Command's Enhanced Air Cooperation initiative. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Richard P. Ebensberger)

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Two U.S. Air Force B-1B bombers conducted a continuous bomber presence mission on return to Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, from Royal Australian Air Force Base Amberley, Australia, Dec. 3, 2017.
 
The bombers and approximately 70 U.S. Air Force Airmen flew to RAAF Base Amberley in late November to train and fly with their Australian counterparts as part of the Enhanced Air Cooperation initiative operated by U.S. Pacific Command and supported by the U.S. and Australia.
 
Highlights from this fifth iteration of EAC included an RAAF KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker Transport aerial refuel of the B-1B, supporting the RAAF’s Lightning Focus exercise, and establishing an aviator information exchange program that will allow for training between the two air forces to continue on at RAAF Base Amberley and elsewhere in Australia.
 
“Our countries have been flying and training together for a very long time,” said Lt. Col. Mark Kimball, 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron director of operations. “EAC gives us an opportunity to train and operate at the highest ends of the operational spectrum, making our two air forces better and stronger.”
 
Participating RAAF aircraft included the F/A-18F Super Hornet, E/A-18G Growler and KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker Transport.
 
“The B-1B Lancers participating in this exercise were part of the EAC program, which aims to increase interoperability between Australia and the United States,” said Mike Kitcher, Air Combat Group commander and RAAF Air Commodore. “Conducting these flying activities is critical to our ongoing regional partnership, and provides specific currency and qualification training for our aircrew.”
 
With their training mission complete in Australia, the B-1Bs returned to Guam where they are based as part of the long-running CBP program.
 
The employment of CBP missions in the PACOM area of responsibility, conducted since March 2004, are in accordance with international law and are vital to the principles that are the foundation of the rules-based global operating system.

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