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  • Historic bomber operations BALTOPS, Saber Strike conclude at RAF Fairford

    Air Force Global Strike Command bomber operations in support of exercises Arctic Challenge, BALTOPS 17 and Saber Strike 17 out of RAF Fairford, U.K., concluded June 17.
  • Air Command and Control plays pivotal role in BALTOPS

    High above the clouds crossing through international airspace, there are more than 50 military aircraft from the U.S. Air Force, Polish air force and German air force training together during the BALTIC OPERATIONS (BALTOPS) and Saber Strike Exercises.
  • 435 CRG practice like they play in Saber Strike 17

    A U.S. Air Force C-130J Super Hercules roars overhead as a pallet of equipment is pushed from the back, plummeting to the ground before it’s mad decent is softened by the whoosh of a deploying parachute. A strong wind whips dandelion seeds into the air and the C-130 is forced to land instead of dropping 435th Contingency Response Group paratroopers onto the grassy field as well. The 435th CRG from the 435th Air Ground Operations Wing out of Ramstein Air Base, Germany, has been operating out of Lielvarde Air Base, Latvia, for exercise Saber Strike 17 from June 5 to 15.
  • US, NATO JTACs work together during Saber Strike 17

    Great Britain Royal Marine joint terminal attack controllers call in military aircraft during exercise Saber Strike 17 at Adazi Military Base, Latvia, June 5, 2017. During the exercise, U.S. and NATO JTACs controlled air strike operations with U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons, a B-52 Stratofortress, and a B-1B Lancer. Saber Strike 17 highlights
  • KC-135 Stratotanker refuel

    U.S. Air National Guard 1st Lt. Alex Begue, 171st Air Refueling Squadron pilot, flies a KC-135 Stratotanker during exercise Saber Strike 17 above Riga, Latvia, June 8, 2017. The crew off-loaded almost 50,000 pounds of fuel into a U.S. Air Force Global Strike Command B-1B Lancer during the flight. Saber Strike 17 promotes regional stability and
  • B-52 Stratofortresses execute Saber Strike 17 missions

    RAF FAIRFORD, U.K.— Three B-52H Stratofortresses and Airmen from U.S. Air Force Global Strike Command began conducting missions in support of Saber Strike 17 at Royal Air Force Fairford, United Kingdom, June 5, 2017.
  • U.S. Air Force aircraft arrives in Latvia to support exercise Saber Strike 2017

    A Michigan Air National Guard KC-135 Stratotanker descends onto Riga International Airport, Latvia, for exercise Saber Strike 17 June 4, 2017. Two KC-135s flying out of Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Mich., landed at the airport carrying approximately 50 Airmen to participate in Saber Strike 2017. (U.S Air Force photo by Senior Airman Tryphena
  • U.S. bomber mission underway in European theatre

    – B-52H Stratofortresses from Barksdale Air Force Base, La., 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 Allies June 2.“These exercises are an excellent opportunity to display our global strike capability and our ability for sustained
  • B-52s conclude deployment at RAF Fairford

    After flying numerous sorties, multiple airshows and missions with NATO allies, two B-52H Stratofortresses headed home to Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, June 23. The bombers were deployed to Royal Air Force Fairford, United Kingdom, along with approximately 250 personnel from Air Force Global Strike Command for the month of June in support of
  • US Airmen make history with highway landing

    An A-10C Thunderbolt II from the 107th Fighter Squadron, takes off from a highway June 21, 2016, in Tallinn, Estonia. U.S. forces are in Europe participating in Saber Strike 16; a long-standing, U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff-directed, U.S. Army Europe-led cooperative-training exercise, which has been conducted annually since 2010. This year’s exercise
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