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Ellsworth AFB near Rapid City, South Dakota is home to the 28th Bomb Wing. The 28th BW is one of only two wings that operate the B-1B Lancer, commonly nicknamed the "Bone" (B-one). The Wing is comprised of 4 Groups, the 28th Operations Group, the 28th Maintenance Group, the 28th Mission Support Group and the 28th Medical Group. The 28th Operations Group commands the 34th Bomb Squadron Thunderbirds and the 37th Bomb Squadron Tigers with a total of 27 B-1Bs. Both squadrons are among the most senior units of the US Air Force. The 34th BS was established as the US Army 34th Aero Squadron on June 11, 1917. The 37th BS stood up as the 37th Aero Squadron in June 1913 and saw action during World War I when being deployed to France with the American Expedition Force. In April 1942 both squadrons took part in one of the most famous air raids of World War II when they flew the B-25 Mitchell from the deck of the USS Hornet with Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle on the raid over Tokyo. In September 2002 the Thunderbirds joined the 28th BW, the Tigers have been with the wing since 1977.
Global Reach - the mission of the 28th BW with its B-1Bs is to guarantee US expeditionary combat
power anywhere and anytime on the Globe. This was impressively demonstrated on March 27, 2011.
That day the 34th BS flew the first B-1 combat mission launched from the US to strike overseas
targets, when flying nonstop from Ellsworth AFB to Libya to strike targets as part of the
Operation Odyssey Dawn.
Since October 1st the Wing part of the Eighth Air Force and is assigned to the Air Force Global Strike Command, headquartered at Barksdale AFB, La.
Thanks to 1st Lt Rachel E. Allison and SrA Jordan L. Thompson, 28th BW PAO for their support.
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