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Bomber mission showcased during Acting SecAF visit to 3 AFGSC bases

Leaders from the 2nd Bomb Wing and Air Force Global Strike Command salute the arrival of Honorable John P. Roth, acting Secretary of the Air Force, at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, April 6, 2021. Regardless of the uncertainties or changes the world brings, the 2nd BW is a loyal defender of the national security objectives. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Max Miller)

Leaders from the 2nd Bomb Wing and Air Force Global Strike Command salute the arrival of Honorable John P. Roth, acting Secretary of the Air Force, at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, April 6, 2021. Regardless of the uncertainties or changes the world brings, the 2nd BW is a loyal defender of the national security objectives. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Max Miller)

Honorable John P. Roth, acting Secretary of the Air Force, waves at a passing B-52H Stratofortress during a tour at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, April 6, 2021. The tour consisted of a B-52 with briefings from weapons load crew, crew chiefs and air crew. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Max Miller)

Honorable John P. Roth, acting Secretary of the Air Force, waves at a passing B-52H Stratofortress during a tour at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, April 6, 2021. The tour consisted of a B-52 with briefings from weapons load crew, crew chiefs and air crew. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Max Miller)

Rep. Mike Johnson, 4th Congressional District of Louisiana congressman, and Honorable John P. Roth, acting Secretary of the Air Force, are briefed by Chief Master Sgt. Brent T. Chadick, 2nd Bomb Wing command chief, during a tour at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, April 6, 2021. Regardless of the uncertainties or changes the world brings, the 2nd Bomb Wing is a loyal defender of the national security objectives. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Max Miller)

Rep. Mike Johnson, 4th Congressional District of Louisiana congressman, and Honorable John P. Roth, acting Secretary of the Air Force, are briefed by Chief Master Sgt. Brent T. Chadick, 2nd Bomb Wing command chief, during a tour at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, April 6, 2021. Regardless of the uncertainties or changes the world brings, the 2nd Bomb Wing is a loyal defender of the national security objectives. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Max Miller)

Tech. Sgt. Marcella Phillips, 2nd Maintenance Group load standardization crew member, is presented a coin from Honorable John P. Roth, acting Secretary of the Air Force, during a tour at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, April 6, 2021. The tour consisted of a B-52H Stratofortress with briefings from weapons load crew, crew chiefs and air crew. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Max Miller)

Tech. Sgt. Marcella Phillips, 2nd Maintenance Group load standardization crew member, is presented a coin from Honorable John P. Roth, acting Secretary of the Air Force, during a tour at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, April 6, 2021. The tour consisted of a B-52H Stratofortress with briefings from weapons load crew, crew chiefs and air crew. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Max Miller)

Leadership from the 317th Airlift Wing and 7th Bomb Wing salute a C-37A at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, April 6, 2021. Acting Secretary of the Air Force John Roth visited Dyess AFB during a tour of three U.S. Air Force Global Strike Command bases. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Colin Hollowell)

Leadership from the 317th Airlift Wing and 7th Bomb Wing salute a C-37A at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, April 6, 2021. Acting Secretary of the Air Force John Roth visited Dyess AFB during a tour of three U.S. Air Force Global Strike Command bases. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Colin Hollowell)

Acting Secretary of the Air Force John Roth observes a fleet of B-1B Lancer aircraft at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, April 6, 2021. During the tour of Dyess AFB, Roth received briefings on the B-1s traditional combat capabilities, as well as the bombers more recent role in participating in strategic Bomber Task Force deployments. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Colin Hollowell)

Acting Secretary of the Air Force John Roth observes a fleet of B-1B Lancer aircraft at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, April 6, 2021. During the tour of Dyess AFB, Roth received briefings on the B-1s traditional combat capabilities, as well as the bombers more recent role in participating in strategic Bomber Task Force deployments. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Colin Hollowell)

Col. James Young, 317th Airlift Wing commander, talks with Acting Secretary of the Air Force John Roth on the flightline at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, April 6, 2020. During the visit, Dyess Airmen highlighted the B-1’s global strike ability while showcasing the 317th AW and how they are leading the way for tactical airlift capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Colin Hollowell)

Col. James Young, 317th Airlift Wing commander, talks with Acting Secretary of the Air Force John Roth on the flightline at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, April 6, 2020. During the visit, Dyess Airmen highlighted the B-1’s global strike ability while showcasing the 317th AW and how they are leading the way for tactical airlift capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Colin Hollowell)

Staff Sgt. Christopher Clinton, 317th Maintenance Group Virtual Reality NCO in charge, directs Acting Secretary of the Air Force John Roth during a C-130J Super Hercules maintenance virtual reality presentation at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, April 6, 2021. Clinton briefed Roth on the 317th MXG VR lab capabilities and advantages. Training on VR simultaneously provides Airmen with an individualized, hands-on training experience. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Colin Hollowell)

Staff Sgt. Christopher Clinton, 317th Maintenance Group Virtual Reality NCO in charge, directs Acting Secretary of the Air Force John Roth during a C-130J Super Hercules maintenance virtual reality presentation at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, April 6, 2021. Clinton briefed Roth on the 317th MXG VR lab capabilities and advantages. Training on VR simultaneously provides Airmen with an individualized, hands-on training experience. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Colin Hollowell)

Bomber mission showcased during Acting SecAF visit to 3 AFGSC bases

Acting Secretary of the Air Force John Roth receives a mission brief about the B-2 Spirit from U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Jesse Phillips, 509th Maintenance Squadron noncommissioned officer in charge of low observable production, during his visit to Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, April 7, 2021. During his visit, Roth met with base leaders and Airmen, and toured several facilities to learn about the B-2’s mission and its unique capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Dawn M. Weber)

Bomber mission showcased during Acting SecAF visit to 3 AFGSC bases
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Acting Secretary of the Air Force John Roth receives a tour of the B-2 Spirit from U.S. Air Force Col. Jeffrey Holland, 509th Maintenance Group commander, at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, April 7, 2021. The visit was Roth’s first as acting secretary to Whiteman AFB and also included meeting with Airmen from the 509th and 131st Bomb Wings, the 442d Fighter Wing, and the 20th Attack Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Dawn M. Weber)

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Acting Secretary of the Air Force John Roth saw first-hand how Global Strike Airmen are supporting world-wide bomber operations during visits to Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, Dyess AFB, Texas, and Whiteman AFB, Missouri, April 6 and 7.

Roth offered praise to the Airmen responsible for providing the Nation’s nuclear and conventional bomber forces to meet national security objectives, and for doing so in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

“We’ve been able to maintain our readiness and achieve many of our training and operational goals,” said Roth. “As I have been walking around at these bases, I have been pleased and harkened at how the leadership has been able to make the appropriate adjustments in order to continue to maintain readiness. A classic example was sending B-1s to Norway to support a Bomber Task Force mission earlier this year.

“At the end of the day I think what we are trying to do is give the American people, as well as any potential adversaries, the confidence and impression that we’re ready to go, no matter what,” he continued.

Roth discussed the importance of maintaining a modern force and how it is fundamental in ensuring public trust in the defense capabilities of the U.S. Air Force.

AFGSC is contributing to the next generation of combat capabilities and deterrence through the introduction of the Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent, the proposed replacement for the decades-old Minuteman III, and the B-21 Raider, the service’s newest stealth bomber.

“It’s important because what they’re replacing is aging out as we speak,” said Roth about the importance of the new programs. “So it is very critical to manage the development of new systems in a way that as the current fleet ages out, the new capabilities are ready to go.

“The National Defense Strategy is our guide and tells us that we need to look to 2030 and beyond to ensure the Nation stays ahead of great power competitors,” he continued.

Roth reiterated that Airmen remain the Air Force’s greatest asset.

“When all is said and done, we can talk about strategy and other big picture items, but it ultimately all comes down to the people,” said Roth. “Taking care of our people is one of the three priorities that the Secretary of Defense has laid out; at the end of the day it is all about them. Every time I go out and meet our Airmen and Guaridans, I come back very pleased and reinforced by the kind of talent, dedication, and patriotism that I see throughout the force.”

The base visits provided Roth with the opportunity to see how Striker Airmen are supporting the global reach and deterrence necessary to remain the world’s leading bomber force.

“We appreciate the opportunity to show Secretary Roth exactly how Strikers support the defense of our nation,” said Col. Mark C. Dmytryszyn, 2nd Bomb Wing commander. “The B-52 remains a premiere long-range strike provider and, alongside the rest of the bomber force, serves as a platform to demonstrate assurances to our allies and partners while deterring those who wish to do us, our allies, and our partners harm. Striker Nation remains ready to compete, to deter, and when directed by our national leadership, to win.”

Whiteman AFB’s commander shared the same level of appreciation for the commitment that his Airmen continuously bring to the fight.

“From the beginning, Whiteman AFB has leveraged innovation for our nation’s defense – and our Airmen continue this drive for advancing positive change today,” said Col. Jeffrey T. Schreiner, 509th BW commander. “Every Airman right here in the heartland plays a crucial role providing nuclear deterrence. We truly appreciate the opportunity to give the secretary an introduction to our unique, strategic mission within the nuclear triad and the capabilities our Airmen bring to the fight every day – and we look forward to his vision and direction for the global strike mission in the future.”