Minot AFB airmen, B-52s to return from Guam

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE About 200 airmen and several B-52s from Minot Air Force Base will be returning later this week from a deployment in Guam.

Members of the 23rd Bomb Squadron with six B-52s and the 5th Maintenance Group were deployed in March to Andersen AFB, Guam. Lt. Col. Brandon Parker is commander of the 23rd.

The deployment to Guam was for an ongoing military effort to provide a continuous bomber presence in the Western Pacific, said 1st Lt. Jose Davis, deputy chief of Public Affairs at the Minot base.

The continuous bomber presence of U.S. Air Force bombers in the Western Pacific has been ongoing since March 2004, base officials said.