Valiant Shield 2024: Launch of High-Altitude Balloon

June 10, 2024 – Flight operations personnel prepare to launch a high-altitude balloon at Antonio B. Won Pat International Airport, Guam, as part of Exercise Valiant Shield 2024. These balloons offer long endurance and persistent air-based capabilities, serving as platforms for sensors, communication relays, and weather monitoring systems. Valiant Shield reinforces the U.S. commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific through collaboration with regional allies.–Photo By: Air Force Senior Airman Natalie Doan