A B-1B Lancer assigned to the 34th Bomb Squadron, Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., taxis at Andersen AFB, Guam, after arriving for a Bomber Task Force deployment, Sept. 10, 2020. Approximately 200 Airmen and four B-1s assigned to the 28th Bomb Wing at Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota, deployed to the Pacific in support of the Bomber Task Force employment model. The BTF is deployed to Andersen AFB to support Pacific Air Forces’ training efforts with allies, partners and joint forces; and strategic deterrence missions to reinforce the rules-based order in the Indo-Pacific region.
A B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber, from Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, sits on the flight line of Naval Support Facility Diego Garcia, in support a Bomber Task Force deployment, Aug. 24, 2020. As part of their BTF deployment, the B-2s participated in a combined United States-Australia exercise with Marine Rotational Force – Darwin and Australian Defence Forces.
A B-52H Stratofortress assigned to the 23rd Bomb Squadron at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., is parked on the flight line at RAF Fairford, England, Aug. 28, 2020. The U.S. remains committed to our allies and partners and will decisively respond to threats in spite of the current COVID-19 crisis.
By U.S. European Command Public Affairs
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. The mission flew over multiple geographic regions 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 B-1 Lancers, B-2 Spirits and B-52 Stratofortresses collectively executed the long-planned mission of exercising their global capability. 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 involved air forces with NATO Allies Canada, Norway and the United Kingdom.
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.dividshub.net/feature/bombertaskforceeurope.