HomeNewsArticle Display

Global Strike Airmen support largest NATO exercise in 20 years

An Air Force B-52 Stratofortress executes a show-of-force at the San Gregorio Training Area in Zaragoza, Spain, Nov. 4, 2015, during Trident Juncture 2015 -- the largest NATO exercise to be conducted in the past 20 years. During the nonstop sortie, which lasted approximately 26 hours, two B-52 aircrews from the 2nd Bomb Wing flew from Barksdale Air Force Base, La., to the multinational exercise area of operations. (NATO photo/Henk van der Velde)

An Air Force B-52 Stratofortress executes a show-of-force at the San Gregorio Training Area in Zaragoza, Spain, Nov. 4, 2015, during Trident Juncture 2015 -- the largest NATO exercise to be conducted in the past 20 years. During the nonstop sortie, which lasted approximately 26 hours, two B-52 aircrews from the 2nd Bomb Wing flew from Barksdale Air Force Base, La., to the multinational exercise area of operations. (NATO photo/Henk van der Velde)

Tech. Sgt. Christopher Watts, a 2nd Operations Support Squadron weather technician, briefs aircrews at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Nov. 3, 2015, before a long-range bomber mission to the U.S. European Command area of operations in support of Trident Juncture 2015 -- the largest NATO exercise conducted in the past 20 years. During the nonstop sortie, which lasted approximately 26 hours, two B-52 aircrews flew from Barksdale AFB to the exercise area of operations where they executed a show-of-force in Spain, participated in a naval maritime strike scenario, and conducted a large force integration scenario in Portugal. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Curt Beach)

Tech. Sgt. Christopher Watts, a 2nd Operations Support Squadron weather technician, briefs aircrews at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Nov. 3, 2015, before a long-range bomber mission to the U.S. European Command area of operations in support of Trident Juncture 2015 -- the largest NATO exercise conducted in the past 20 years. During the nonstop sortie, which lasted approximately 26 hours, two B-52 aircrews flew from Barksdale AFB to the exercise area of operations where they executed a show-of-force in Spain, participated in a naval maritime strike scenario, and conducted a large force integration scenario in Portugal. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Curt Beach)

BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. (AFNS) -- Two B-52 Stratofortress aircrews assigned to Air Force Global Strike Command conducted a long-range bomber mission to the U.S. European Command area of operations Nov. 3-4 as part of Trident Juncture 2015 -- the largest NATO exercise in the past 20 years.

During the nonstop sortie, which lasted approximately 26 hours, the B-52 aircrews from the 2nd Bomb Wing flew from Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, to the multinational exercise area of operations, where they executed a show-of-force in Spain, participated in a naval maritime strike scenario, and conducted a large force integration scenario in Portugal.

With about 36,000 participants from more than 30 allied and partner nations, Trident Juncture uses a fictional training scenario to assess NATO's agility and ability to meet operational challenges while responding to global threats to peace and security.

"(Trident Juncture) demonstrates that we can deploy high-readiness forces from across the alliance in a matter of days," said Gen. Philip M. Breedlove, the supreme allied commander in Europe, during the exercise's Oct. 19 opening ceremony at Trapani Air Base, Italy. "These multinational forces from air, land, sea, and special operations are highly interoperable and have proven capable of conducting complex military maneuvers across the spectrum of operations."

Participation of a strategic bomber in Trident Juncture highlights the United States' commitment to NATO allies and partners and enhancement of regional security. This most recent B-52 mission follows a series of similar partnership activities in the EUCOM area. In September, a 2nd Bomb Wing B-52 aircrew flew from Barksdale AFB to Postojna, Slovenia, where they worked with Slovenian and U.S. joint terminal attack controllers at a range near the Slovenian town of Pivka to provide close air support to allied forces during Exercise Immediate Response.

In June, three Stratofortresses from Minot AFB, North Dakota, deployed to Royal Air Force Fairford, England, where the bombers trained and integrated with U.S. and allied military forces in the region during exercises Baltops and Saber Strike. The deployment followed an April nonstop round-trip sortie by two Barksdale B-52s from their home station to the North Sea, where aircrews participated in dissimilar air intercept maneuvers with fighters from the Royal Canadian Air Force, the United Kingdom's Royal Air Force and the Royal Netherlands Air Force.

Maj. Gen. Richard Clark, the 8th Air Force commander and U.S. Strategic Command's Joint Functional Component Command commander for AFGSC, said the participation of B-52 forces in Trident Juncture demonstrates the ability of America's long-range strike force to quickly support multinational forces anywhere on the globe.

"Trident Juncture gives us an invaluable opportunity to hone our warfighting skills. It allows us to integrate with our NATO allies and to train like we will fight," Clark said. "These missions enhance our interoperability and teamwork, demonstrate global reach capability of our bomber force, and allow our aircrews to train on the unique demands of long duration sorties."

The B-52 Stratofortress is a long-range, multirole bomber that can perform a variety of missions. Through the use of aerial refueling, the range of a B-52 is limited only by crew endurance. It has an unrefueled combat range in excess of 8,800 miles.

"Our participation in Trident Juncture allows B-52 aircrews to enhance their readiness by flying a global strike profile and conducting operations in unfamiliar airspace," said Capt. Kevin Crawford, the 2nd Operations Support Squadron flight commander for nuclear plans and operations. "The opportunity to integrate with both U.S. and NATO forces allows B-52 aircrews to 'practice like we fight' in an international exercise."

2nd Bomb Wing Public Affairs also contributed to this article.

Engage

Twitter
RT @DefenseOne: JOIN US TODAY @ 2 P.M. ET when our “State of Defense” series continues with a live interview featuring U.S. Air Force Chief…
Twitter
RT @DeptofDefense: Teaching service members how to effectively shoot weapons. That’s the job of Combat Arms Training and Management. Watch…
Twitter
RT @cmsaf_official: Team - 25 years ago today, we lost 24 U.S. & Canadian Airmen in the Yukla 27 crash. It was a surveillance training so…
Twitter
Taking care of Airmen and their families! https://t.co/AVeidzDPcV
Twitter
Wherever Airmen go, the Federal Voting Assistance Program ensures their voice is heard. @FVAP works to ensure servi… https://t.co/tkJts1yo3Z
Twitter
RT @AirNatlGuard: For #HispanicHeritageMonth, we're celebrating the stories of Hispanic & Latino Airmen! @188thWG SSgt. Emmanuel Gutierrez…
Twitter
#TotalForce Airmen participate in night operations during a base-wide, total force exercise @HAFB. Airmen & pilots… https://t.co/kJYNKwHY7n
Twitter
RT @USAFReserve: California fires/smoke no match for UTA Airmen - https://t.co/pJysQ6snRh (Story by the @940Wing) #ReserveReady #ReserveRes
Twitter
Whistleblowers are NOT insider threats. Learn the difference and how you can appropriately report questionable gove… https://t.co/AaTvBfHcTv
Twitter
SrA Denise Arabie, 319th Operations Support Squadron radar approach controller @319thRW, describes the importance o… https://t.co/zkwMx6Qw3i
Twitter
RT @173rdFW: "I may have lost everything, but thanks to the support we’ve found here, I’m going to be back on my feet inside of a few weeks…
Twitter
.@GenCQBrownJr & @cmsaf_official sat down and discussed how the Air Force will continue exempting Airmen from PT t… https://t.co/bWVig9fSOW
Twitter
SrA Mark Gonzalez describes how his job enables the B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber to support the Bomber Task Force depl… https://t.co/sceKCtM3Pz
Twitter
RT @AETCommand: Our Airmen come from all walks of life — and we are stronger for it. Staff Sgt. Kalinin, 56th Force Support Squadron ALS…
Twitter
“It's critical to have that diversity in the Air Force that we have today because it is truly through that diversit… https://t.co/RIDQDjdlCr
Twitter
F-16 Fighting Falcons assigned to the 18th Aggressor Squadron @EielsonAirForce takeoff in support of exercise Valia… https://t.co/cf0raGgEUD
Twitter
RT @USAF_ACC: "This test, and others like it, can shape the future of the MQ-9, as we continue to increase its relevance in great power com…
Twitter
"We cannot rest on our laurels. It is all about the people, folks, and they will guarantee our readiness, and are f… https://t.co/BsNDUSw0wE
Twitter
RT @USAFCENT: USAFCENT Airmen and coalition partners are executing missions of national, regional and global importance and Exercise Desert…
Facebook
The newest Air Force Podcast recently dropped. Listen to a small snippet of CMSAF Kaleth O. Wright talk with Staff Sgt. New about resiliency. Listen to the entire podcast on Youtube: https://go.usa.gov/xpnAD or Subscribe to The Air Force Podcast on iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/the-air-force-podcast/id1264107694?mt=2
Facebook
Our mantra, "Always ready!" It's the spirit we fly by! #B2Tuesday
Facebook
Need some motivation to get your week started off right? Listen as CMSAF Kaleth O. Wright weighs in...
Facebook
The U.S. Air Force Academy gives its cadets some unique opportunities. Ride along one of this opportunities.
Facebook
A United States Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker refuels an F-22 Raptor over northern Iraq, Nov. 6, 2019. U.S. Central Command operations deter adversaries and demonstrate support for allies and partners in the region. (Video by Staff Sgt. Daniel Snider)
Facebook
Although the Silver Star is the third-highest military medal, it's not given often. Today, TSgt Cody Smith was the 49th Special Tactics Airman to receive this medal since Sept. 11th, 2001. Read more of TSgt Smith's amazing story: https://www.airforcespecialtactics.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/2024815/special-tactics-airman-battled-through-injuries-awarded-silver-star/fbclid/IwAR2LZWwx1VHdTnQe39rIEBOuJS_0JvMQBBGt7I-E6zsxxn-Lx9387yu43Bc/ Cannon Air Force Base Air Force Special Operations Command United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)
Facebook
Tune in as our Air Force musicians along with other military musicians are awarded the National Medal of Arts.
Facebook
Like Us
Twitter
1,281,142
Follow Us