Six B-1B Lancers and 350 airmen with the 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron from Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota, recently arrived at Andersen Air Force Base for another rotational deployment, the U.S. Pacific Command announced.

The squadron arrived after the 9th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, completed its Guam rotation that started in February.

"The Department of Defense regularly evaluates our readiness and positions forces, such as bombers, to ensure we maintain operational and support capabilities to meet our obligations," said Gen. Terrence J. O'Shaughnessy, Pacific Air Forces commander, in a written statement. 

'Ready to fight tonight'

"We are a forward-deployed force that will be first to the fight when and if our nation calls. We are ready to fight tonight and are leading the way on ensuring that we can maintain our competitive advantage to fight tomorrow."

The squadron that returned to Texas was also part of a collective military response to North Korea's recent missile tests.

Two B-1s recently launched from Andersen conducted a 10-hour sequenced bilateral mission with South Korean and Japanese fighter jets over South Korea following North Korea's recent missile tests.

The B-1s from South Dakota were last deployed to Guam in August last year, when they took over the rotational bomber presence from B-52 bomber squadrons.

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