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Global Strike forces participate in USSTRATCOM command, control exerciseGlobal Strike forces participate in USSTRATCOM command, control exercise
Global Strike forces participate in USSTRATCOM command, control exercise

A B-52H Stratofortress lands during Global Thunder 15 on Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Oct. 26, 2014. Global Thunder is a U.S. Strategic Command annual field training and battle staff exercise designed to exercise all mission areas with primary emphasis on nuclear command, control and communications. This exercise provides training opportunities for components, task forces, units, and command posts to deter, and if necessary, defeat a military attack against the United States and to employ forces as directed by the president. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Curt Beach)
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Posted: 10/29/2014

Global Strike forces participate in USSTRATCOM command, control exerciseGlobal Strike forces participate in USSTRATCOM command, control exercise
Global Strike forces participate in USSTRATCOM command, control exercise

A B-52 Stratofortress, 2nd Bomb Wing, participates in Vigilant Shield 15 at 5 Wing Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, Oct. 24, 2014. Vigilant Shield field training exercise is a bi-national NORAD Command exercise which provides realistic training and practice for American and Canadian forces in support of respective national strategy for North America’s defense. NORAD ensures U.S. and Canadian air sovereignty through a network of alert fighters, tankers, airborne early warning aircraft, and ground based air defense assets cued by interagency and defense surveillance radars. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Justin Wright)
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Posted: 10/29/2014

Global Strike forces participate in USSTRATCOM command, control exerciseGlobal Strike forces participate in USSTRATCOM command, control exercise
Global Strike forces participate in USSTRATCOM command, control exercise

U.S. Air Force Capt. Joseph Cangealose, a 69th Bomb Squadron training flight commander, and 1st Lt. Kyle Mahoney, a 69th BS flight scheduler, start the engines of a B-52H Stratofortress during Global Thunder 15 on Minot Air Force Base, N.D., Oct. 26, 2014. Global Thunder is a U.S. Strategic Command annual field training and battle staff exercise designed to exercise all mission areas with primary emphasis on nuclear command, control and communications. This field training and battle staff exercise provides training opportunities for components, task forces, units, and command posts to deter and, if necessary, defeat a military attack against the United States and to employ forces as directed by the president. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Malia Jenkins)
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Posted: 10/29/2014

B-52 aircrews hone long-range ISR capabilities during PANAMAX 14

B-52 aircrews hone long-range ISR capabilities during PANAMAX 14
B-52 aircrews hone long-range ISR capabilities during PANAMAX 14

A B52-H Stratofortress lands at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, after a nonstop sortie from the United States to the U.S. Southern Command area of responsibility Aug. 12, 2014. The 15.5-hour long-range intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance mission, flown by a seven-person aircrew from Barksdale's 96th Bomb Squadron, was part of a scenario to defend the Panama Canal from myriad threats during PANAMAX 2014. A U.S. Southern Command-sponsored event, forces from 17 nations participated in PANAMAX, which contributes to interoperability, and builds the capabilities of participating nations to plan and execute complex multinational operations. For Air Force Global Strike Command, the live-fly exercise sortie was an opportunity to familiarize aircrews with the U.S. Southern Command region, exercise aerial command and control procedures, and hone ISR capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Jannelle Dickey)
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Posted: 8/13/2014

B-52 aircrews hone long-range ISR capabilities during PANAMAX 14B-52 aircrews hone long-range ISR capabilities during PANAMAX 14
B-52 aircrews hone long-range ISR capabilities during PANAMAX 14

Aircrews from the 2nd Bomb Wing, Barksdale Air Force Base, La., attend a step brief at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Aug. 11, 2014. Following the brief, a B-52H Stratofortress and seven-person crew from Barksdale’s 96th Bomb Squadron, flew a nonstop, 15.5-hour round-trip intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance mission from the United States to the U.S. Southern Command area of operations as part of PANAMAX 2014, an annual, U.S. Southern Command-sponsored multinational exercise. PANAMAX 2014 is designed to develop and test participating nations' capabilities to respond and support a wide variety of air, land, sea, space and cyber missions as a unified force. For Air Force Global Strike Command, PANAMAX was an opportunity to familiarize aircrews with the U.S. Southern Command region and train in a unique mission set not normally associated with bomber operations. “The B-52 can be modified with additional equipment that allows it to be an especially valuable ISR platform because of its ability to conduct long-range surveillance flights,” said Lt. Col. Robert Bender, chief of AFGSC's Current Operations Branch. “PANAMAX is an excellent opportunity for our aircrews to exercise these capabilities in an operational training environment.” (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rebecca Imwalle/ Released)
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Posted: 8/12/2014

B-52 aircrews hone long-range ISR capabilities during PANAMAX 14B-52 aircrews hone long-range ISR capabilities during PANAMAX 14
B-52 aircrews hone long-range ISR capabilities during PANAMAX 14

A B-52H Stratofortress returns home to Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, Aug. 12, 2014 following a 15.5-hour sortie from the United States to the U.S. Southern Command area of operations during PANAMAX 2014. An annual U.S. Southern Command-sponsored multinational exercise, PANAMAX focuses on ensuring the defense of the Panama Canal. “The Panama Canal is one of the most strategically and economically crucial pieces of infrastructure in the world,” said Col. Gregory Julian, U.S. Southern Command spokesman. “The 17 partner nations participating in this exercise benefit from the collaborative efforts to ensure the safety and security of the Panama Canal and this exercise is designed to test their responsiveness, foster cooperation, and increase interoperability among them.” The B-52 sortie, which originated at Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota, was the only live military asset used in the primarily simulated exercise. For Air Force Global Strike Command, PANAMAX provided an opportunity to familiarize aircrews with the region and train in long-range intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance operations – a unique mission set not normally associated with bomber operations. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Benjamin Gonsier)
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Posted: 8/12/2014

B-52 aircrews hone long-range ISR capabilities during PANAMAX 14B-52 aircrews hone long-range ISR capabilities during PANAMAX 14
B-52 aircrews hone long-range ISR capabilities during PANAMAX 14

A B52-H Stratofortress lands at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, after a 15.5-hour nonstop sortie from the United States to the U.S. Southern Command area of responsibility Aug. 12, 2014. The long-range intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance mission was part of a scenario to defend the Panama canal from myriad threats during PANAMAX 2014, a multinational U.S. Southern Command-sponsored exercise. Forces from 17 nations participated in the annual exercise, which contributes to interoperability, and builds the capabilities of the participating nations to plan and execute complex multinational operations. For aircrews, the ability to work in an unfamiliar environment, hone ISR capabilities, and test aerial command and control capabilities during PANAMAX was invaluable. “I had only worked in the SOUTHCOM AOR once before this exercise,” said Capt. Jonathan Morse, one of two aircraft commanders on the mission. “[PANAMAX] allowed crewmembers that have not operated in a different area of operations to gain valuable experience and bring that back to the B-52 community. I believe it also made SOUTHCOM better aware of our capabilities and confident that they can call upon our B-52s when in need.” (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Benjamin Gonsier)
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Posted: 8/12/2014

B-52 aircrews hone long-range ISR capabilities during PANAMAX 14B-52 aircrews hone long-range ISR capabilities during PANAMAX 14
B-52 aircrews hone long-range ISR capabilities during PANAMAX 14

A B-52H Stratofortress, assigned to the 96th Bomb Squadron, Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, sits ready for departure from Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota, prior to a mission to the U.S. Southern Command area of operations Aug. 11, 2014. Assigned to the 2nd Bomb Wing, Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, the aircraft and seven-person aircrew participated in PANAMAX 2014, an annual, U.S. Southern Command-sponsored multinational exercise that focuses on ensuring the defense of the Panama Canal. For Air Force Global Strike Command, PANAMAX was an opportunity to familiarize aircrews with the region and train in long-range intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance operations – a unique mission set not normally associated with bomber operations. “In order to maintain the readiness of our forces, it is important to provide the opportunity for them to train and operate their capabilities in various geographical locations and environments,” said Maj. Gen. Scott Vander Hamm, commander of 8th Air Force (Air Forces Strategic), located at Barksdale Air Force Base, and the Joint Functional Component Commander for Global Strike, U.S. Strategic Command, located at Offutt, Air Force Base, Nebraska. “Having a U.S. bomber presence and participation in a variety of multinational and joint exercises also demonstrates U.S. commitment and capability and contributes to security at home and abroad.” (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rebecca Imwalle/Released)
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Posted: 8/12/2014

B-52 aircrews hone long-range ISR capabilities during PANAMAX 14B-52 aircrews hone long-range ISR capabilities during PANAMAX 14
B-52 aircrews hone long-range ISR capabilities during PANAMAX 14

Airmen from the 96th Bomb Squadron, prepare a B-52H Stratofortress for takeoff at Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota, prior to a 15.5-hour sortie to the U.S. Southern Command area of operations Aug. 11, 2014. Assigned to the 2nd Bomb Wing, Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, the aircraft and seven-person aircrew participated in PANAMAX 2014, an annual U.S. Southern Command-sponsored exercise designed to provide multinational interoperability training in complex operations. For Air Force Global Strike Command, PANAMAX was an opportunity to familiarize aircrews with the region and train in long-range intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance operations – a unique mission set not normally associated with bomber operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rebecca Imwalle/Released)
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Posted: 8/12/2014

“Like watching your kid grow up”: B-2 Spirit 25th Anniversary “Like watching your kid grow up”: B-2 Spirit 25th Anniversary
“Like watching your kid grow up”: B-2 Spirit 25th Anniversary

A B-2 Spirit bomber takes off July 17, 1989, from the Northrop Grumman production facility in Palmdale, California on its inaugural flight to Edwards Air Force Base, California. The B-2 would remain in the testing phase until 1993, when the first operational aircraft was delivered to Whiteman AFB, Missouri. (Defense Imagery Management Operations Center photo/Released)
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Posted: 7/16/2014

“Like watching your kid grow up”: B-2 Spirit 25th Anniversary “Like watching your kid grow up”: B-2 Spirit 25th Anniversary
“Like watching your kid grow up”: B-2 Spirit 25th Anniversary

A B-2 Spirit bomber lines up on the runway July 17, 1989, at the Northrop Grumman production facility in Palmdale, California. The first flight was just over two hours long, and ended at Edwards Air Force Base, California, where the aircraft underwent further testing both on the ground and in the air. (Defense Imagery Management Operations Center photo/Released)
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Posted: 7/16/2014

“Like watching your kid grow up”: B-2 Spirit 25th Anniversary “Like watching your kid grow up”: B-2 Spirit 25th Anniversary
“Like watching your kid grow up”: B-2 Spirit 25th Anniversary

The first ever B-2 Spirit bomber to fly, lands July 17, 1989, at Edwards Air Force Base, California after its first flight. The B-2 is a global strike capable aircraft which provides a layer of strategic deterrence for threats that emerge in the world. (Defense Imagery Management Operations Center photo/Released)
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Posted: 7/16/2014

    

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