U.S. Air Forces in Europe & Air Forces Africa
Published October 06, 2021
A B-1B Lancer assigned to the 9th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron lands at RAF Fairford, United Kingdom, Oct. 6, 2021. The B-1 is a multi-role, strategic bomber and carries the largest payload of both guided and unguided conventional weapons in the U.S. Air Force’s inventory. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Colin Hollowell)
Two B-1B Lancers assigned to the 9th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron fly over RAF Fairford, United Kingdom, Oct. 6, 2021. Four B-1’s and approximately 200 Airmen assigned to U.S. Global Strike Command and U.S. Air Forces Europe – Air Forces Africa, deployed to RAF Fairford in support of a Bomber Task Force Europe deployment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Colin Hollowell)
Lt. Col. Nathan Jenkins, 9th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron commander, greets a B-1B Lancer aviator at RAF Fairford, United Kingdom, Oct. 6, 2021. Bomber Task Force Europe deployments consist of staging bomber aircraft and supporting personnel in an unfamiliar operating location to enhance the training and readiness necessary to respond to any potential crisis or challenge across the globe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Colin Hollowell)
B-1B Lancers, supporting equipment, and personnel from the 9th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, Dyess Air Forces Base, Texas, arrived at RAF Fairford, England, today to execute the long-planned Bomber Task Force mission, a regularly scheduled U.S. European Command and U.S. Strategic Command joint mission series.
USEUCOM has been conducting BTF missions since 2018, which have consisted of rotations of B-1B Lancers, B-52 Stratofortresses, and, most recently, B-2 Spirits. The series of U.S. Air Forces in Europe – Air Forces Africa missions allow U.S. bomber crews to deploy to unfamiliar airfields and integrate with a range of coalition allies and partners to enhance readiness.
“BTF missions amplify our coalition reach and project our collective airpower across theaters,” said Gen Jeff Harrigian, USAFE-AFAFRICA commander. “By training and integrating with our allies and partners, we are expanding our ability to adapt to challenges and counter adversaries in the global security environment.”
The bombers were escorted into the theater by UK fighters as they ascended into RAF Fairford.
Strategic bomber missions within the USAFE-AFAFRICA theaters demonstrate the U.S. Air Force’s unique capability to rapidly deploy and integrate with NATO allies and coalition partners while providing necessary training to the joint force.
Coverage of the BTF deployment will be continuously available on the Defense Visual Information Distribution Service at:https://www.dvidshub.net/feature/bombertaskforceeurope.
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