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380th Air Expeditionary Wing launches to support bomber task force

U.S. Air Force pilots assigned to the 908th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron fly a KC-10 Extender in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility Dec. 10, 2020.  The KC-10 Extender delivers U.S. Air Forces Central a global reach air refueling capability to support joint and partner nation air assets  throughout the U.S. CENTCOM area of responsibility.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Sean Carnes)

U.S. Air Force pilots assigned to the 908th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron fly a KC-10 Extender in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility Dec. 10, 2020. The KC-10 Extender delivers U.S. Air Forces Central a global reach air refueling capability to support joint and partner nation air assets throughout the U.S. CENTCOM area of responsibility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Sean Carnes)

A U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress pulls up behind a KC-10 Extender assigned to the 908th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron during an aerial refueling in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility Dec. 10, 2020.  A pair of B-52s assigned to the Barksdale Air Force Base-headquartered 2nd Bomb Wing operated in the USCENTCOM area of responsibility with other U.S. Air Force and regional partner aircraft in the second mission in as many months. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Sean Carnes)

A U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress pulls up behind a KC-10 Extender assigned to the 908th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron during an aerial refueling in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility Dec. 10, 2020. A pair of B-52s assigned to the Barksdale Air Force Base-headquartered 2nd Bomb Wing operated in the USCENTCOM area of responsibility with other U.S. Air Force and regional partner aircraft in the second mission in as many months. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Sean Carnes)

A U.S. Air Force EC-130H Compass Call assigned to the 41st Expeditionary Electronic Combat Squadron takes off at Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates, Dec. 10, 2020.  Aircraft assigned to the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing launched in support of a bomber task force mission in the U.S. Central Command theater of operations  (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Miranda A. Loera)

A U.S. Air Force EC-130H Compass Call assigned to the 41st Expeditionary Electronic Combat Squadron takes off at Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates, Dec. 10, 2020. Aircraft assigned to the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing launched in support of a bomber task force mission in the U.S. Central Command theater of operations (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Miranda A. Loera)

A U.S. Air Force E-3 Sentry aircraft assigned to the 968th Expeditionary Airborne Air Control Squadron launches in support of a Bomber Task Force mission from at Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates, Dec. 10, 2020.  Multiple aircraft from the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing supported the global strike mission and provided the opportunity for synchronized air operations across the theater. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Miranda A. Loera)

A U.S. Air Force E-3 Sentry aircraft assigned to the 968th Expeditionary Airborne Air Control Squadron launches in support of a Bomber Task Force mission from at Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates, Dec. 10, 2020. Multiple aircraft from the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing supported the global strike mission and provided the opportunity for synchronized air operations across the theater. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Miranda A. Loera)

A U.S Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to the 480th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron launches in support of a Bomber Task Force mission from Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates, Dec. 10, 2020. The Bomber Task Force consisted of two B-52 Stratofortress aircraft from Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Miranda A. Loera)

A U.S Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to the 480th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron launches in support of a Bomber Task Force mission from Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates, Dec. 10, 2020. The Bomber Task Force consisted of two B-52 Stratofortress aircraft from Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Miranda A. Loera)

AL DHAFRA AIR BASE, United Arab Emirates -- Aircraft assigned to the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing launched in support of a bomber task force mission in the U.S. Central Command theater of operations, Dec. 10.

The launch included an E-3 Sentry from the 968th Expeditionary Airborne Air Control Squadron, an EC-130 Compass Call from the 430th Expeditionary Electronic Control Squadron, two KC-10 Extenders from the 908th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron, and four F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 480th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron.

“Bomber task force missions enable our Airmen to integrate air, land, and sea power using platforms from across the globe in support of partner assurance in the region,” said Maj. Daniel Watson, 380th AEW weapons officer. “Flexible response is built into our daily operations - it’s what we do as a professional air force.”

The bomber task force consisted of two B-52 Stratofortress aircraft from Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana. In addition to the 380th AEW, the global strike aircraft integrated with regional partners, and provided the opportunity for synchronized air operations across the theater.

"The ability to fly strategic bombers halfway across the world in a non-stop mission, and to rapidly integrate them with multiple regional partners demonstrates our close working relationships and our shared commitment to regional security and stability," USCENTCOM Commander Gen. Frank McKenzie said in the command’s official release. "Our ability to work together as partners on a mission like this heightens our collective readiness to respond to any crisis or contingency."

The 380th AEW supports all five core missions of the U.S. Air Force from its strategic location in the United Arab Emirates, which include air and space superiority; intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance; rapid global mobility; global strike; and command and control.

“Generating aircraft in support of a globally synchronized mission requires discipline and coordination from the whole team,” said Col. Laura Goodman, 380th Expeditionary Maintenance Group commander. “Our maintainers and logistics support professionals demonstrate an unfailing state of readiness and flexibility to deliver aircraft and munitions availability at the right time and the right place.”