B-52H Stratofortresses from Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, and approximately 800 Air Force Global Strike Airmen deployed to RAF Fairford, United Kingdom, to support a number of exercises with joint partners and NATO from June 1.
‘These exercises are an excellent opportunity to display our global strike capability and our ability for sustained regional stability and security in different areas of operations,’ said US Air Force Col. Jared Kennish, 322nd Air Expeditionary Group commander.
‘We are excited for the opportunity to work side-by-side with our NATO and regional partners,’ Kennish said. ‘Integrating the strategic bomber with multi-national operations in a variety of scenarios and operating from a strategic forward location in European Command (EUCOM) is integral to our defense capabilities and vital to global security.’
Training with allies and partner nations contributes to enhanced resiliency and interoperability and enables the U.S. Air Force to build enduring relationships necessary to confront the broad range of global challenges.
The bomber deployment will support regional exercises ‘Arctic Challenge’, ‘Saber Strike’ and ‘Baltic Operations’.