Going Down Under Before Heading Home

Three B-52H bombers stationed at Andersen AFB, Guam, as part of the 96th Expeditionary Bomber Squadron from Barksdale AFB, La., completed 13-hour training flights to an Australian training range Sept. 21 and 22. The mission gave the bomber aircrews the opportunity to practice long-duration flights and cooperate with Australian joint terminal attack controllers in close air support bombing roles. “It was definitely a long sortie, but it was worth it in the end,” said 1st Lt. Jason Duhon, electronic warfare officer on one of the B-52s. He added, “I learned how other coalition forces operate, and I learned a good deal about crew coordination on a long sortie.” The 96th EBS, on Guam since late May, was scheduled to return to Barksdale on Sept. 26; replacing it is an expeditionary complement from its sister unit, the 20th BS. (Andersen report by SSgt. Jennifer Redente)