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345th EBS takes part in Global BTF mission

A B-1 Lancer pulls into the runway at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska.

A B-1 Lancer assigned to the 345th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron returns to Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Sept. 21, after completing a sortie in support of a Bomber Task Force mission. Several of the bombers took off from the Pacific theater to perform the mission in Europe. The B-1’s were joined by B-2 Spirit and B-52 Stratofortress bombers, demonstrating the U.S. ability to safely and effectively coordinate training despite the current COVID-19 pandemic. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Master Sgt. Ted Daigle)

Photo of B-1 Lancer pulling onto runway

A B-1 Lancer assigned to the 345th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron returns to Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Sept. 21, after completing a sortie in support of a Bomber Task Force mission in international air space off the northern coast of Russia. Multiple B-1 Lancers from the unit joined with B-52 Stratofortress and B-2 Spirit bombers in a training mission designed to increase aircrew familiarity with different theaters of operation and assure NATO partners and allies of the continued U.S. commitment to stability and peace on the European continent. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Master Sgt. Ted Daigle)

Photo of pilot looking at B-1 getting refueled

A B-1 Lancer pilot assigned to the 345th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron out of Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, watches another B-1 assigned to the same unit take on fuel over the East Siberian Sea during a Bomber Task Force mission, Sept. 21. The 345th EBS took off from Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska before heading to the European theater to accomplish the mission, highlighting the U.S. commitment to peace and stability in that region. (U.S. Air Force aircrew photo)

Photo of two B-1's flying over clouds

B-1 Lancers assigned to the 345th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron fly in formation en route to the East Siberian Sea after taking off from Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska for a Bomber Task Force mission on Sept. 21. The mission, which also included B-52 Stratofortress and B-2 Spirit bombers, demonstrated the U.S. Air Force’s agility in launching assets from various spots around the globe to accomplish necessary training across multiple theaters. (U.S. Air Force aircrew photo)

Photo of Airman inspecting B-1 with a flashlight

A U.S. Airman assigned to the 345th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron check the hydraulic system of a B-1 Lancer at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Sept. 18, 2020. The jet had just returned from a sortie over the Bering Sea in support of a Bomber Task Force mission. Units like the 345th EBS have been able to safely and efficiently execute Bomber Task Force missions despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Master Sgt. Ted Daigle)

Photo of B-1 landing

A B-1 Lancer assigned to the 345th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron lands at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska after completing a sortie over the Bering Sea in support of a Bomber Task Force mission, Sept. 18, 2020. The bomber presence in Europe demonstrates U.S. commitment to NATO allies and partners in maintaining peace and stability there. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Master Sgt. Ted Daigle)

Photo of B-1 with snow-capped mountains in background

A B-1 Lancer assigned to the 345th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron approaches the runway at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska prior to taking off on a sortie Sept. 18, 2020. The bomber was heading for Europe to support a Bomber Task Force mission there. BTF missions help to assure NATO allies and partners of the U.S. commitment to peace and stability in the European theater. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Master Sgt. Ted Daigle)

Photo of B-1 at sunrise sitting on ramp

A B-1 Lancer assigned to the 345th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron sits on the ramp at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska before taking part in a sortie in support of a Bomber Task Force mission on Sept. 18, 2020. The 345th EBS is a Total Force Integration unit comprised of Reserve Citizen Airmen of the 489th Bomb Group and active-duty Airmen of the 7th Bomb Wing stationed at Dyess AFB, Texas. The unit operates in the same arrangement at home station, enabling it to respond quickly to the short notice call for the emergent BTF. The missions highlight the adaptability and flexibility of the U.S. Air Force in responding to potential adversaries anywhere on the globe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Master Sgt. Ted Daigle)

Photo of B-1 being refueled

A KC-135 Stratotanker from the 916th Air Refueling Wing delivers fuel to a B-1 Lancer over the Bering Sea, Sept. 18, 2020. Both aircraft were flown by Reserve Citizen Airmen supporting a Bomber Task Force mission in the European and Pacific theaters. The total force effort helps to reaffirm U.S. commitment to stability around the globe and ensure operational readiness. (U.S. Air Force courtesy photo)

Photo of B-1 flying over clouds
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A B-1 Lancer assigned to the 345th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas flies over the Bering Sea, Sept. 18, 2020, during a Bomber Task Force mission. Bomber Task Force missions help aircrews gain familiarity with different Geographic Combatant Commands’ areas of responsibility. (U.S. Air Force courtesy photo)

EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, La. --

Reserve Citizen Airmen and their active-duty counterparts in the 345th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron took part in an extensive Bomber Task Force mission yesterday, which included integrating with NATO Allies and partners’ fighter jets. The mission flew over multiple geographic regions near the eastern-most portion of Europe and the western-most portion of the Pacific Ocean. 
Today’s Bomber Task Force operation is a demonstration of the U.S. commitment to Allies and partners and the Air Force's ability to plan, execute and coordinate multiple complex missions at speed.

This mission demonstrates the U.S. Defense Department’s ability to command and control its bomber force for any mission, anywhere in the world, at any time, in support of the U.S. National Defense Strategy.