Published September 21, 2020
A B-1 Lancer and a B-52 Stratofortress fly behind a KC-135 Stratotanker over the East Siberian Sea while taking part in a Bomber Task Force mission, Sept. 21, 2020. The mission, designed to reassure U.S. allies and partners and deter aggression by any potential bad actors in the region, included representation from every bomber platform in the U.S. Air Force inventory. The bombers took off from multiple theaters before converging over Europe. (U.S. Air Force aircrew photo)
Multiple U.S. Air Force bombers from Europe and the United States conducted an extensive Bomber Task Force mission today, while integrating with NATO Allies and partners’ fighter jets over seas and gulfs near the eastern-most portion of Europe and the western-most portion of the Pacific Ocean. This mission demonstrates the U.S. Defense Department’s ability to command and control its bomber force for any mission, anywhere in the world, at any time, in support of the U.S. National Defense Strategy.
“Today’s Bomber Task Force operation is yet another demonstration of our steadfast commitment to Allies and partners and our collective ability to plan, execute and coordinate multiple complex missions at speed,” said Gen. Tod D. Wolters, commander, U.S. European Command. “All of this is made possible by the vibrant relationships across the NATO Alliance and our enduring commitment to champion the cause of peace through competition and deterrence.”
The bombers – B-1 Lancers, B-2 Spirits and B-52 Stratofortresses – collectively executed the long-planned mission of exercising the bombers’ global capabilities. Planned missions with NATO nations such as today’s mission demonstrate the U.S. and NATO Allies and partners’ shared unity of purpose and credible military capability to preserve peace and defeat any adversary.
The mission globally integrated air forces with numerous European Allies such as Canada, Norway and the United Kingdom.
Ongoing Bomber Task Force missions showcase the U.S. Air Force’s ability to execute training and deterrence missions, sustain readiness and integrate with Allies and partners, regardless of any external challenge, including the ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic and subsequent crisis response efforts.
U.S. European Command remains committed to transparency with all of our exercise activity in the territory of Allies and partners that border Russia.
Continuing coverage of this deployment will be available the USECOM website at https://www.eucom.mil and at: https://www.dvidshub.net/feature/bombertaskforceeurope.