B-1B fleet resumes flight operations Published June 19, 2018 By Air Force Global Strike Command Public Affairs BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. (AFNS) -- Air Force Global Strike Command will resume B-1B flight operations this week, following the directed safety stand-down June 7th. The stand-down allowed the command time to thoroughly evaluate the egress components and determine potential risks before returning to flight. “We have high confidence that the fleet’s egress systems are capable and the fleet is ready to return to normal flight operations,” said Maj. Gen. Thomas Bussiere, 8th Air Force commander, responsible for the Air Force bomber force. Gen. Robin Rand, Air Force Global Strike Command commander, previously ordered a safety stand-down of the B-1B fleet after a safety investigation showed an issue with egress system components. The investigation is still ongoing.