Minot AFB B-52 unit’s deployment to Guam extended

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A B-52H Stratofortress deployed from Minot Air Force Base receives fuel from a U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 191st Air Refueling Squadron at Wright Air National Guard, Utah, after taking off from Andersen AFB, Guam on Feb. 3, shown in this Air Force photo. The deployment of B-52s and personnel from Minot AFB’s 69th Bomb Squadron has been extended.

The Minot Daily News is reporting that the deployment to Guam of the 69th Bomb Squadron has been extended.

The 69th Bomb Squadron is based at Minot Air Force Base in Ward County North Dakota. The bombers and personnel were deployed to Andersen AFB in Guam several months ago.

The paper cites a statement issued by Air Force Global Strike Command which reads, in part:

“In support of American interests and allies in the Indo-Pacific region, we decided to extend our B-52 bomber squadron from Minot AFB, ND.”

The Air Force statement goes on to say – “Our leaders, throughout the entire chain of command, did not make this decision lightly. This was the prudent decision to keep available bombers and aircrew forward deployed in the Indo-Pacific and Middle East.”

“This extension, coupled with other B-52 deployments, and the ongoing maintenance issues with the B-1B fleet, contributed to this situation,” according to the statement provided to the Minot Daily News.

The paper reports that no specific date or time-frame was given to indicate when the Minot AFB personnel and bombers currently in Guam would be returning to Minot AFB.