U.S. Air Force Bomber Task Force 20-1 Completes Mission in Europe

Four U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress strategic bombers returned to Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana after completing a month-long deployment to Europe.

The bombers, assigned to the 2nd Bomb Wing based at Barksdale AFB, left their home base on Oct. 2 evening for RAF Fairford, England.

While based at RAF Fairford, the bombers, aircrew, maintainers and support personnel conducted integration and interoperability training with European allies and partners in the region.

The Airmen worked together with military and civilian personnel from the 501st Combat Support Wing. Together, they demonstrated Air Force Global Strike Command (AFGSC)’s ability to conduct bomber operations from a forward operating location in support of U.S. Air Forces in Europe (USAFE) and U.S. European Command (USEUCOM) mission objectives.

They also worked with aircraft and crews from allied and partner nations, training together in joint environments, which enabled the units to develop their skills at operations in different regions and enhanced global stability and security.

On Nov. 7, the 501st Combat Support Wing held a media press conference in support of the bomber’s deployment. Speakers at the conference included Lt. Gen. Steven Basham, Deputy Commander, U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa; Col. Kurt Wendt, Commander, 501st Combat Support Wing; and Lt. Col. John Baker, Commander, 96th Bomb Squadron.

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