• Tue. Jun 21st, 2022

DVIDS – News – 110 Expeditionary Bombardment Squadron conducts ally and partner training in the Arctic

KEFLAVIK AIR BASE, Iceland – Three B-2 Spirit stealth bombers assigned to the 509th Bomb Wing, Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, along with approximately 200 airmen, civilians and contractors, arrived at Keflavik Air Base, in Iceland, to participate in a Task Force Bombardment Mission.

Bombardment Task Force missions demonstrate the interoperability, flexibility, and readiness of Global Air Force Airmen. Training in the U.S., European, and U.S. theaters of command for Africa helps reassure our allies and partners and build strategic relationships to address a wide range of global challenges.

“We have a very strong team of Air National Guard and active duty members from the 131st and 509th Bomb Wings, and we are ready to operate from Keflavik Air Base and execute our mission in support of all the objectives of European command, ”said US Air Force Lt. Col. Matthew Howard, commander of the 110th Expeditionary Bombardment Squadron.

The deployment to Keflavik Air Base provides a new forward operating location to operationalize the agile combat employment of bombers and maintain favorable regional power balances in support of the Department of Defense’s Arctic strategy.

While the U.S. Air Force in Europe regularly hosts a variety of aircraft and units for training and to support geographic combat command objectives, this is a one-time deployment for the B-2 bomber to the Keflavik Air Base, which showcases the importance of securing allies and partners.

During this rotation of the BTF, the bombers integrate with aircraft from other Allied and Partner nations and deliver advanced training designed to test escort procedures, the use of ranged weapons, and suppression and la destruction of air defenses. Participating countries are able to align tactics, techniques and procedures and some are able to use fifth generation aircraft data sharing capabilities.

“These missions demonstrate the value of our presence and our continued relationship,” said General Jeff Harrigian, Commander of the US Air Forces in Europe and Africa. “What our Collective Airmen accomplish on these missions is vital to our alliance and to maintaining our agility as we move into the future. “

The ability to integrate and train with allies, partners and other US military units provides credible combat forces throughout the theater. This interoperability showcases the readiness of Airmen, and the B-2’s ability to support global operations anytime, anywhere.

“The opportunity to train and conduct missions with our allies and partners is invaluable,” said Howard. “These missions allow our Airmen to improve their readiness and meet any challenges around the world. As the B-2 refueled at Keflavik Air Base in 2019, this is the first time the B-2 has been operating continuously from Iceland, and it’s great to be a part of this. historic deployment for Whiteman Air Force Base. “

The use of bombers contributes to vigilance in all areas, the Arctic being a strategic region of growing geopolitical and global importance. Work within the Joint Force is essential given the vast distances and multi-domain challenges present in the region.

“The B-2 bomber is still the world’s first stealth bomber,” Howard said. “Its low observable characteristics allow it to maintain targets at risk for all combat commanders, whether from their home position or from a forward operating location.” Having the B-2s in the theater in Iceland allows us to respond to any crisis or potential challenge across the world. Additionally, leading sorties with our allies and partners demonstrates and reinforces our shared commitment to global security and stability. “

As the 110th conducts missions to enhance the preparedness and training necessary for Airmen to respond to disasters or potential challenges around the world, Keflavik Air Base provides a strategic springboard into the European theater that ensures mission success .

The presence of the B-2 is a symbol of assurance and commitment to our allies and partners. By conducting missions from new forward operating locations, Airmen at Whiteman AFB demonstrate their ability to operate across the world and are flexible with the agility needed to respond to changes in the operating environment.

The United States Air Force in Europe regularly hosts and supports a variety of United States Air Force aircraft and units for training and to support geographic combatant command objectives. Operating with a variety of aircraft and units in Europe maintains a force ready to respond and support global operations.

Date taken: 20.09.2021
Date posted: 20.09.2021 16:01
Story ID: 405643

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