The U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress strategic bombers are conducting simultaneous training flights in the U.S. European Command and U.S. Indo-Pacific Command areas of responsibility as a clear and visible demonstration of U.S. commitment to global allies and partners.
As a multi-coordinated effort between U.S. EUCOM, U.S. Indo-PACOM and U.S. Strategic Command, this mission has been closely coordinated with U.S. Air Forces in Europe (USAFE), Germany; Pacific Air Forces (PAF), Hawaii; and Air Force Global Strike Command (AFGSC), La.
The Department of Defense, and its combatant commands, maintain command and control of the globally-capable bomber force. This statement was delivered in order to promote transparency and communicate our intentions.
U.S. European Command is one of two U.S. forward-deployed geographic combatant commands whose area of focus spans across Europe, portions of Asia and the Middle East, the Arctic and Atlantic oceans. The command is comprised of more than 60,000 military and civilian personnel and is responsible for U.S. defense operations, relations with NATO and 51 countries.