U.S. Strategic Command Conducts Long-Range Bomber Mission

The U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) demonstrated the readiness and global reach of its long-range strategic bomber fleet during a mission spanning the U.S. European Command (EUCOM) and U.S. Indo-Pacific Command (USINDOPACOM) geographic areas of responsibility, May 7.

The coordinated event was conducted by two B-2 Spirit stealth bombers from Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., two B-52H Stratofortress long-range bombers from Minot Air Force Base, N.D., and two B-52Hs from Barksdale Air Force Base, La. USSTRATCOM coordinated this mission with combatant commands and components across multiple geographic areas to exercise theater communications with strategic assets.

U.S. Air Force B-52H Stratofortress
A U.S. Air Force B-52H Stratofortress bomber breaks away from a KC-135 Stratotanker from the 100th Air Refueling Wing, RAF Mildenhall, England, after receiving fuel during a strategic bomber mission, May 7, 2020. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Emerson Nuñez)

According to a USSTRATCOM statement, this dynamic employment of USSTRATCOM’s long-range bombers and supporting aircraft showcased the United States’ ability to conduct synchronized strategic deterrence anywhere in the world with a ready, lethal force.

“Despite the continued outbreak of COVID-19, we are committed to our mission in all domains (air, sea, land, space, cyber), and to the readiness of our allies and partners”, the statement said.

USSTRATCOM has global responsibilities that include strategic deterrence, nuclear operations, global strike, missile defense, and analysis and targeting. Strategic bomber missions enhance the readiness and training necessary to respond to any potential crisis or challenge across the globe.

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