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News | Sept. 29, 2022

Bomber Task Force Returns to Minot Air Force Base

By Senior Airman Evan Lichtenhan 5th Bomb Wing Public Affairs

After over a month of being overseas, the 23rd Expeditionary Bomb Squadron completed a Bomber Task force (BTF) mission based out of RAF Fairford, England and returned to Minot Air Force Base, Sept. 23, 2022.

“The BTF was most definitely a success,” said Lt. Col. Ryan Loucks, 23rd Bomb Squadron commander. “Our objective was to strengthen relations with NATO allies and partners and to demonstrate our shared pledge to global security and stability.”

Throughout the BTF, the 23rd EBS built essential relationships across Europe and Southeast Asia.

“Working side by side with our NATO allies is fantastic,” said Loucks. “It allows us training opportunities that we can’t necessarily get back in the states. It allows us to fight through some of the subtle nuances and friction that come with allies and partners working together.”

The BTF flew alongside a variety of NATO allies and partners, to include the Royal Bahraini, Royal Saudi, Danish, Swedish, Italian, German and Belgian Air Forces.

BTFs are routinely flown across Europe and Africa with partner nations, to help build the defense capability and capacity of their security forces.