Ellsworth Airmen support bomber mission in European theatre

ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. --

Approximately 100 Airmen and two B-1 bombers from Ellsworth deployed to RAF Fairford, United Kingdom, in support of multiple joint and multinational exercises.

“These exercises are an excellent opportunity to display our global strike capability and our ability for sustained regional stability and security in different areas of operations,” said U.S. Air Force Col. Jared Kennish, 322nd Air Expeditionary Group commander.

Training with NATO allies and coalition partners improves coordination between nations and enables the U.S. Air Force to build enduring relationships necessary to confront a broad range of global challenges.

Currently, three B-52H Stratofortresses from Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, and approximately 800 Airmen are in the European theater to train alongside joint partners and NATO Allies.