Mere hours before North Korea announced plans for a potential airstrike on Guam, “two U.S Air Force B-1B bombers, under the command of the U.S. Pacific Air Forces, joined counterparts from South Korea and Japan in strategic bilateral missions,” according to Fox News.
“How we train is how we fight,” one 37th EBS B-1 pilot said.
“The more we interface with our allies, the better prepared we are to fight tonight,” he continued.
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Aircrews practiced intercept and formation training, giving them an opportunity to improve their combined capabilities and tactical skills while augmenting relations between the long-standing allies in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.
And the timing couldn’t have been more perfect.
As crews conducted their 10-hour mission, President Trump declared North Korea’s hostility would be met with “fire and fury.”
North Korean officials responded by threatening an “enveloping fire” around Guam—in particular, Anderson Air Force base.