Minot AFB’s newest B-52 squadron deployed for Guam
This is the first deployment for the 69th Bomb Squadron, which was reactivated at the Minot base on Sept. 4, 2009.
Historically, it is the first time the 69th was deployed to Andersen AFB, Guam, since the Vietnam War. The 69th is a distinguished unit that also had deployments of its bombers during World War II.
Led by Lt. Col. Michael Cordoza, the 69th is the second and newest B-52 squadron at Minot AFB. The other B-52 squadron at Minot AFB is the 23rd Bomb Squadron, which currently is on a deployment in Guam.
Base officials said the 69th deployed as part of U.S. Pacific Command’s continuous bomber presence. It is also the first time the 5th Bomb Wing at the Minot base is a unit, has back-to-back deployments in support of the continuous bomber presence in Guam. The 69th and 23rd are units of the 5th Bomb Wing.
The 23rd Bomb Squadron is scheduled to return later this month from Guam where it has been for nearly six months. The 69th Bomb Squadron’s rotation will last about the same length of time, base officials said.