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Oct. 12, 2023
U.S. B-1B Lancers arrive in the UK for BTF 24-1
RAF FAIRFORD, United Kingdom —
More than 100 Airmen and B-1B Lancer aircraft assigned to the 9th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, deployed to RAF Fairford, United Kingdom, Thursday for Bomber Task Force-Europe 24-1.
The long-planned European BTF deployment provides U.S. and NATO leaders with strategic options to assure Allies and partners, while also deterring potential adversary aggression throughout Europe and across the globe.
“In today's challenging and dynamic security environment, the significance of these missions cannot be overemphasized,” said Gen. James Hecker, commander of U.S. Air Forces in Europe, U.S. Air Forces Africa and NATO Allied Command. “We're not only demonstrating our commitment to collective defense but also strengthening our ability to respond to potential challenges. This underscores the enduring commitment of the United States to our Allies and partners.”
U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa routinely hosts and supports a variety of U.S. Air Force aircraft and units for training aligned with U.S. European Command objectives. Operating a variety of aircraft and units in Europe helps maintain a ready and postured force prepared to support regional and global operations.
“We’re excited about building and solidifying critical partnerships throughout the region and demonstrating the ability to hold potential adversaries at risk at anytime, anywhere in the world,” said Lt. Col. Philip Atkinson, 9th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron director of operations.
Information and imagery related to the latest deployment can be found on the USAFE-AFAFRICA website at https://www.usafe.af.mil and on DVIDS at https://dvidshub.net/feature/bombertaskforceeurope.
Oct. 4, 2023
7th BW rolls out first BEAST-modified B-1B
DYESS AIR FORCE BASE, Texas —
The 7th Bomb Wing’s first B-1 Embracing Agile Scheduling Team modified B-1B Lancer took its first flight September 8, 2023, from Dyess AFB marking a new era of lethality for the venerable aircraft. BEAST was designed to shorten fielding of each system, preserve aircraft availability and ensure compliance with federal government aviation directives.
Sept. 29, 2023
Edwards AFB Hosts Hypersonic Weapon Familiarization Training
EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. —
Operational crews from B-1 Lancer, B-2 Spirit, B-52 Stratofortress, and F-15E Strike Eagle units across Air Force Global Strike Command and Air Combat Command participated in hypersonic weapon familiarization training at Edwards Air Force Base, California, Sept. 28.
Sept. 28, 2023
USS Louisiana Proves Readiness of Unmatched Strategic Weapons System
SAN DIEGO —
The U.S. Navy's Strategic Systems Programs conducted a scheduled, missile test flight of an unarmed life-extended Trident II (D5LE) missile from USS Louisiana (SSBN-743), an Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine, on the Western Test Range off the coast of San Diego, California, at approximately 2:10 p.m. yesterday. This test marks 191 successful missile launches of the Trident II (D5 & D5LE) strategic weapon system (SWS) missile since it began operations in 1989. Trident II missile remains unmatched in its reliability.
Sept. 27, 2023
Malmstrom Airman and Former AFWERX fellow named one of Air Force’s 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio —
To be named one of the Air Force’s 12 OAY, one’s accomplishments must stand out amongst the other 260,000 enlisted personnel. The criteria include superior leadership, job performance, community involvement and personal achievements. SrA Ryan Hospelhorn checked all those boxes.
Sept. 26, 2023
First ever Lead Wing Command and Control Course taught at Dyess
DYESS AIR FORCE BASE, Texas —
The 7th Bomb Wing leadership teams across Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, were taught their first Lead Wing Command and Control Course by the 705th Training Squadron from Sept. 19-22, 2023.The course is designed to prepare individuals qualified to become A-staff for operations in support of an Air Component Commander’s mission within any theater while
Sept. 22, 2023
Robot dogs bring the bark to Barksdale
BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. —
“These robot dogs not only have the potential to save Airmen's lives, but they also serve as a reminder of how valuable your voice is, regardless of rank.”
Sept. 20, 2023
28th LRS vehicle maintenance flight “winterizes” Ellsworth through the Summer Rebuild Program
ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. —
As the summer months dwindle and winter months quickly approach, the 28th Logistics Readiness Squadron has begun gearing up their vehicle maintenance flight by implementing the annual Summer Rebuild Program (SRP).
Sept. 14, 2023
Mission Success: Bomber Task Force 23-4 wraps up
KEFLAVIK, Iceland —
Last month, more than 150 Airmen assigned to the 393rd Expeditionary Bomb Squadron and 3 B-2 Spirit stealth bombers from Whiteman Air Force Base arrived at Keflavik Air Base, Iceland to synchronize efforts with Airmen from the 501st Combat Support Wing, and integrate with NATO Allies across Europe to engage in Bomber Task Force missions.
Sept. 13, 2023
Kirtland Innovation Center: Creative Solutions for Practical Problems
KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. —
The Innovation Center at Kirtland AFB focuses on finding creative solutions for everyday problems and exploring new ways to improve existing practices.