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U.S. Air Force B-52s train with NATO JTACS in Lithuania and Poland

Release Number: 070319

A B-52 Stratofortress deployed from Barksdale Air Force Base, La., lands on the flight line at RAF Fairford, England.

A B-52 Stratofortress deployed from Barksdale Air Force Base, La., lands on the flight line at RAF Fairford, England, March 20, 2019. The B-52s are deployed to support U.S. Strategic Command’s Bomber Task Force (BTF) in Europe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jennifer Zima)


U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortresses conducted flights from RAF Fairford, England, to Lithuania and Poland on March 20, 2019, to conduct interoperability training with NATO Enhanced Forward Presence units.

B-52s conducted training with NATO Joint Terminal Attack Controllers attached to the multinational battalion battle group in Lithuania, as well as Battle Group Poland. In Lithuania, the B-52s dropped inert munitions and integrated into Close Air Support training alongside Lithuanian L-39 Albatros high-performance training jets.

The strategic bombers, part of the Bomber Task Force currently deployed to the U.S. European Command area of responsibility, are from the 2nd Bomb Wing, Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana. The aircraft arrived in theater on March 14-15 and are temporarily operating out of RAF Fairford.

Operating out of forward locations enables collective defense capabilities and provide the U.S. and NATO the strategic and operational breadth needed to deter adversaries and assure our allies and partners.  

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