B-52 Integrates, Trains With
By U.S. Strategic Command Public
Ofutt Air Force Base, Nebraska — (AFNS)
— April 21, 2016 — A B-52 Stratofortress from Minot Air Force Base, North
Dakota, conducted a long-range training sortie April 20, to train and integrate
with the French air force.
A B-52 Stratofortress strategic and a French Rafale fighter jet fly over the Lafayette
The B-52 also participated in an aerial review near Paris to
commemorate the 100th anniversary of the formation of the Lafayette Escadrille.
A B-52 Stratofortress flies over the Lafayette Escadrille Memorial in Marnes-la-Coquette
“This mission demonstrates the flexibility that defines the
bomber leg of the triad by incorporating operational training with an important
public commemoration of U.S. support to our oldest ally,” said Adm. Cecil D.
Haney, the U.S. Strategic Command commander. “The integration of our strategic
bomber force with the French air force is central to our shared commitment to
promoting global security and stability in today’s complex and dynamic
B-52 Stratofortress over Paris -- French
Air Force © photo
The Lafayette Escadrille was a squadron in the French air
force during World War I composed of American pilots, who served as the core of
experience for the nascent American Air Corps that was activated in Europe
following U.S. entry into the war.
One of nine Defense Department unified combatant commands,
STRATCOM has global strategic missions, assigned through the Unified Command
Plan, which include strategic deterrence; space operations; cyberspace
operations; joint electronic warfare; global strike; missile defense;
intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; combating weapons of mass
destruction; and analysis and targeting.
Related Links :
Yesterday’s Air Force
Lafayette Escadrille: Air Force TV, April 20, 2016.
[Diaporama] Centenaire de l'escadrille La Fayette