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U.S. Military Sends B-52s to Europe

Air Force Times reports that “the U.S. Air Force plans to temporarily deploy heavy bombers capable of delivering nuclear weapons to Europe one day after President Barack Obama announced he would increase the U.S. military presence in the region.”  

“Two B-52 Stratofortresses bombers from Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, and a pair from Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, and Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota, arrived at Royal Air Force Fairford, England, on Wednesday, where airmen will train and integrate with U.S. and allied military forces in the region, the Air Force said in a news release.”  

“’During this deployment, which will span approximately two weeks, the multi-role heavy bombers will conduct training flights in the U.S. European Command area of operations, providing opportunities for aircrews to sharpen skills in several key operational sets and become familiar with airbases and operations in the region,’ the release states.”