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    Minot B-52s, Airmen deploy to RAF Fairford

    Bombers arrive in UK

    Photo By Senior Airman Justin Armstrong | A B-52H Stratofortress assigned to Air Force Global Strike Command touches down at RAF...... read more read more

    RAF FAIRFORD, ENG, UNITED KINGDOM

    01.12.2018

    Story by Senior Airman Justin Armstrong 

    5th Bomb Wing Public Affairs

    Approximately 300 Airmen and four B-52H Stratofortress aircraft assigned to the 5th Bomb Wing at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, are deployed to RAF Fairford, England, to conduct theater integration and flying training.

    The purpose of the deployment of Air Force Global Strike Command’s B-52s to RAF Fairford is to exercise a state of readiness at United States Air Forces in Europe’s forward operating location for strategic bombers.

    “The B-52s are instrumental in providing basic bomber assurance and deterrence, supporting the widest array of mission sets of any bomber platform,” said Capt. Matthew, 23rd Expeditionary Bomb Squadron assistant director of operations for logistics and aircraft commander. “We can support anti-sea maritime missions, close-air-support and precision strike, and wind-corrected munitions.”

    This 2018 deployment of bombers in Europe will also include joint and allied training to improve bomber interoperability.

    “We have the versatility to work with many allied nations, giving them an opportunity to work with bombers that they normally don’t get,” said Matthew. “Ultimately, it’s good for everybody - in addition to other countries, it allows us to train in the region to maintain a state of readiness and ability to deploy with no notice.”

    The AFGSC bomber presence in Europe is a visual representation of the U.S. Air Force’s ability to utilize long-range, precision air power.

    “While being at RAF Fairford, we execute one of AFGSC’s primary missions to deter and assure,” said Col. Michael Maginness 23rd EBS commander. “Our presence here deters any potential adversaries in the region, while assuring our allies of the U.S.’s iron-clad commitment to the region.”

    For operational and personal security reasons, the full name of the featured Airman is being withheld

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    Date Taken: 01.12.2018
    Date Posted: 01.13.2018 12:16
    Story ID: 262044
    Location: RAF FAIRFORD, ENG, GB

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