F-22s Arrive at Guam for Training

A package of five F-22s and 130 airmen from the 90th Fighter Squadron at Elmendorf AFB, Alaska, arrived at Andersen AFB, Guam, on July 20 for two-weeks of training with other USAF assets currently stationed on the island. A maintenance issue with one F-22 prevented the unit from deploying six aircraft as originally planned, an Air Force spokesman confirmed to the Daily Report. The F-22s will fly with F-15s deployed from Mountain Home AFB, Idaho, and B-52s from Barksdale AFB, La., to showcase composite force tactics. This is the first time that Pacific Air Forces-assigned Raptors are deployed in the Pacific theater. One of the B-52s that was set to participate in these activities crashed during a training flight off the northwest coast of the island on July 21, killing the six airmen on board. (Includes Andersen report by SSgt. Steve Teel)