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B-1 flies Bomber Task Force mission in Aegean Sea

Release Number: 010421

A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer aircraft assigned to the 7th Bomb Wing departs from a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft assigned to the 100th Air Refueling Wing after receiving fuel during a Bomber Task Force mission off the Scottish Coast, April 12, 2021. U.S. bomber aircraft contribute to European regional security with the support of U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa’s only permanent air refueling wing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Emerson Nuñez)

A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer aircraft assigned to the 7th Bomb Wing departs from a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft assigned to the 100th Air Refueling Wing after receiving fuel during a Bomber Task Force mission off the Scottish Coast, April 12, 2021. U.S. bomber aircraft contribute to European regional security with the support of U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa’s only permanent air refueling wing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Emerson Nuñez)

A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer aircraft assigned to the 7th Bomb Wing receives fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft assigned to the 100th Air Refueling Wing during a Bomber Task Force mission off the Scottish Coast, April 12, 2021. Strategic bomber missions familiarize aircrew with air bases and operations in different geographic combatant commands’ areas of operation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Emerson Nuñez)

A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer aircraft assigned to the 7th Bomb Wing receives fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft assigned to the 100th Air Refueling Wing during a Bomber Task Force mission off the Scottish Coast, April 12, 2021. Strategic bomber missions familiarize aircrew with air bases and operations in different geographic combatant commands’ areas of operation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Emerson Nuñez)

A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer aircraft assigned to the 7th Bomb Wing approaches a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft assigned to the 100th Air Refueling Wing to receive fuel during a Bomber Task Force mission off the Scottish Coast, April 12, 2021. The U.S. routinely and visibly demonstrates commitment to allies and partners through the global employment of its military forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Emerson Nuñez)

A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer aircraft assigned to the 7th Bomb Wing approaches a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft assigned to the 100th Air Refueling Wing to receive fuel during a Bomber Task Force mission off the Scottish Coast, April 12, 2021. The U.S. routinely and visibly demonstrates commitment to allies and partners through the global employment of its military forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Emerson Nuñez)


A U.S. B-1B Lancer from the 7th Bomb Wing, Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, flew a Bomber Task Force mission in and around the Aegean Sea, April 12, 2021.

The B-1 departed from Orland Air Station, Norway, before overflying the Aegean Sea. The bomber will return to Dyess AFB upon completion of the mission.

The U.S. Air Force routinely operates across the globe to remain flexible and agile so that it can support allies and partners and defend U.S. security interests.

“Our commitment to regional peace and stability is unwavering,” said Gen. Jeff Harrigian, commander NATO Allied Air Command and U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa. “Missions like this are just one example of NATO’s ready, lethal force that can respond to any global threat at a moment’s notice.”

Bomber Task Force missions demonstrate U.S. commitment to the collective defense of the NATO alliance and are a visible demonstration of the U.S. capability of extended deterrence.