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Bomber Task Force Deploys to Europe

A B-52H Stratofortress taxis before takeoff Oct. 10, 2019, for a Bomber Task Force deployment from Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, to Royal Air Force Fairford, England.

A B-52H Stratofortress taxis before takeoff Oct. 10, 2019, for a Bomber Task Force deployment from Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, to Royal Air Force Fairford, England. BTF missions enable crews to maintain a high state of readiness and proficiency and validate the always-ready global strike capability. U.S. Strategic Command operations and engagements with U.S. allies and partners demonstrate and strengthen a shared commitment to global security and stability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Lillian Miller)

BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. – B-52 Stratofortresses from the 2nd Bomb Wing, here, departed tonight for a Bomber Task Force deployment to Royal Air Force (RAF) Fairford, England. While there, aircrews will conduct integration and interoperability training with European allies and partners in the region.

This deployment will exercise Air Force Global Strike Command’s ability to conduct bomber operations from a forward operating location in support of U.S. Air Forces in Europe (USAFE) and U.S. European Command (EUCOM) mission objectives.

These Airmen will also train in a joint environment with partner and allied counterparts during the deployment—an opportunity that will greatly enhance global stability and security while enabling units to become familiar with operations in different regions. To preserve operational security, we will not confirm or discuss details of future operations.

Coverage of this deployment will be available on this website, and on the USAFE website at: https://www.dvidshub.net/feature/bombertaskforceeurope.

For more information, please contact U.S. Air Forces in Europe & Air Forces Africa (HQ USAFE-AFAFRICA) Public Affairs by email at usafepao.pao@us.af.mil.