Enabling international strike for the U.S. and NATO operations is considered one of three key mission units for the 501st and it’s what RAF Fairford was constructed to perform stated Colonel Kurt Wendt Commander, 501st Assist Air Wing. In a 12 months of nice historic significance as we rejoice the 70th Anniversary of NATO and the 75th Anniversary of RAF Fairford, this Bomber Activity Pressure is only one instance of the U.S. Air Pressure remaining engaged, postured and prepared with credible pressure to guarantee, deter and defend in an more and more complicated safety setting.
This deployment of fight air energy is a visible instance of our dedication. The U.S. and Europe should protect that dedication and belief in one another as we face rising maligned forces and evolving strategic challenges. This B-2 deployment ought to remind any potential adversary, whether or not it’s a nation, a violent extremist group, or every other unhealthy actor, that the USA of America can apply fight energy any time, anyplace Colonel Kurt Wendt stated.
Clearly for operational safety causes we can not focus on the precise areas the place our B-2 plane are flying. Once more, we’re flying in worldwide airspace. We’re flying in accordance with worldwide procedures and respective from all nations we’re flying over, we’ve their approval , Lieutenant Colonel Schoeneberg stated.
Beneath is a full rush transcript of the press convention by Colonel Kurt Wendt Commander, 501st Assist Air Wing and Lieutenant Colonel Robert Schoeneberg Commander of 393rd Bomb Squadron.
Colonel Wendt: Thanks. That is Colonel Kurt Wendt, Commander of the 501st Fight Assist Wing. Thanks for taking time to affix us at the moment.
On behalf of our group on the 501st Fight Assist Wing and United States Air Forces in Europe, I’m happy to speak with you at the moment in regards to the Bomber Activity Pressure deployment at the moment working out of considered one of our wing’s seven installations, RAF Fairford in Western England.
I’d additionally prefer to welcome the Bomber Activity Pressure Commander from the 509th Bomb Wing, Lieutenant Colonel Rob “Spartan” Schoeneberg who’s on the road with me at the moment.
The 509th Bomb Wing’s presence and partnership with us right here is really a testomony to the USA dedication to our allies and companions by way of the worldwide employment of our army forces.
This Bomber Activity Pressure deployment is critical as we welcome the mighty B-2 Spirit stealth bomber and its group of airmen from the 509th Bomb Wing again to our set up and to the European theater. Enabling international strike for the U.S. and NATO operations is considered one of three key mission units for the 501st and it’s what RAF Fairford was constructed to perform.
Since its origin supporting D-Day operations 75 years in the past, RAF Fairford has a storied legacy of producing each American and British missions throughout the globe to make sure safety and stability in an in any other case unstable world.
At present supporting ahead deployed bomber activity pressure plane right here, and offering a spot for his or her items to dwell, prepare and combat with our allies and companions is without doubt one of the key methods we proceed to make that occur.
RAF Fairford will proceed to be a vital asset for USAFE operations because the European theater’s premier bomber ahead working location. The airmen and civilians on this set up together with the two,000 professionals throughout the 501st are proud to be part of this vital mission and we’re prepared to assist accomplish any goal.
In a 12 months of nice historic significance as we rejoice the 70th Anniversary of NATO and the 75th Anniversary of RAF Fairford, this Bomber Activity Pressure is only one instance of the U.S. Air Pressure remaining engaged, postured and prepared with credible pressure to guarantee, deter and defend in an more and more complicated safety setting.
This deployment of fight air energy is a visible instance of our dedication. The U.S. and Europe should protect that dedication and belief in one another as we face rising maligned forces and evolving strategic challenges. This B-2 deployment ought to remind any potential adversary, whether or not it’s a nation, a violent extremist group, or every other unhealthy actor, that the USA of America can apply fight energy any time, anyplace.
Our group appears to be like ahead to making sure this as we assist the operations, accomplice integration and well-being of the bomber activity pressure throughout their time right here in the UK.
Lieutenant Colonel Schoeneberg: That is Lieutenant Colonel Rob “Spartan” Schoeneberg. I’m the Commander of the 393rd Expeditionary Bomb Squadron and the Commander of the B-2 Bomber Activity Pressure at the moment deployed to Fairford, England.
Thanks, Colonel Wendt for welcoming and internet hosting our complete Bomber Activity Pressure group and the 509th Bomb Wing at Whiteman Air Pressure Base, Missouri. We’re honored to return to Royal Air Pressure Fairford, England. These Bomber Activity Pressure deployments allow the B-2 and our whole pressure crew of airmen to take care of readiness, proficiency and validate our all the time prepared international strike capabilities.
Our Royal Air Pressure buddies are integral to the 509th Bomb Wing mission. The great thing about our partnership is that we get to know how they see the world. Working alongside worldwide 5th era plane offers us distinctive coaching alternatives; it bolsters our integration capabilities; and showcases the dedication we’ve in direction of the NATO Alliance.
The women and men assigned to the 509th Bomb Wing are additionally the caretakers of a wealthy heritage that traces again to World Warfare II. We’re thrilled to be ahead deployed to Fairford throughout our proud time, as talked about, in Royal Air Pressure historical past and to showcase our interoperability to our allies and your group.
There’s merely no substitute for our ahead presence in Europe. It’s the bedrock of our capacity to guarantee our allies, reply to threats as required, and guarantee assist to international operations.
Thanks once more on your hospitality. We look ahead to our continued partnership with the USA Air Forces in Europe, Air Forces Africa, the 501st Fight Assist Wing, and the Royal Air Pressure.
Query: The primary one, how lengthy these three B-2s will keep in Europe? And the second query, do you propose any involvement in Polish airspace or with Polish Air Pressure, perhaps in Polish air base?
Lieutenant Colonel Schoeneberg: That is Lieutenant Colonel Rob Schoeneberg. The B-2 bombers are quickly deployed to RAF Fairford, England till our mission is full or are tasked in any other case to go dwelling. The bomber deployment will embrace joint and allied coaching to enhance our operability. We’ll prepare with our joint companions, allied nations and different Air Pressure belongings till that point concludes.
So far as your second query, sir, for operational safety causes we can not focus on the precise areas of the place our plane are flying, as you would possibly perceive. Nevertheless, U.S. Air Pressure bombers will fly and conduct missions all through Europe in worldwide airspace or over sovereign territory after coordination with and approval from respective nations.
I can say that the B-52 Stratofortress right here at Fairford, not part of the Bomber Activity Pressure, are taking part in workout routines Ample Strike, Covert Warrior, and the NATO Days.
Query: How near Russia are the B-2s flying? And what measures are being carried out to stop incident with the Russians?
Lieutenant Colonel Schoeneberg: That is Lieutenant Colonel Schoeneberg once more. Clearly for operational safety causes we can not focus on the precise areas the place our B-2 plane are flying. Once more, we’re flying in worldwide airspace. We’re flying in accordance with worldwide procedures and respective from all nations we’re flying over, we’ve their approval.
Query: Russian army plans usually violate NATO airspace in Europe. How will you cope with this situation? And are there any efficient means to stop such Russian habits?
Colonel Wendt: Actually, I might preserve our concentrate on the Bomber Activity Pressure missions for NATO. I might refer you to NATO Allied Air Command Public Affairs. Thanks.
Query: There’s little area for enormous and indiscriminate blows within the circumstances of contemporary hybrid conflict, and very tough to see strains of division between allies and rivals. What’s the sensible sense for B-2 coaching? If an assault occurs, it could be over European soil so whom are you coaching to bomb?
Colonel Wendt: I’ll take that query. I might say the mission of the Bomber Activity Pressure is to guarantee our allies, to guarantee our companions together with all of our NATO allies, that the USA is right here, and the USA is right here to face by your aspect. And it’s meant to discourage potential adversaries.
We don’t essentially look to discourage any particular teams, nations, organizations. We’re right here to discourage any potential adversary. However our focus is to guarantee our companions and to coach and work on the interoperability with our NATO Alliance.
Colonel Wendt: I might say from European Command and U.S. Air Forces in Europe, the Bomber Activity Pressure is a permanent program, so we anticipate future alternatives to host bombers for the Bomber Activity Pressure.
Lieutenant Colonel Schoeneberg: Once more, due to all of the worldwide companions that enable this type of BTF to occur. Because of Colonel Wendt and his group for his or her assist and for all of the modifications and work they’ve completed on RAF Fairford to make it the premier location for us as a bomber to ahead deploy.
I’ll let you know as a Commander of a squadron that’s continuously fascinated with the subsequent risk and the place we go subsequent, a mission like this enables me to ensure my air crew are accustomed to the air areas. They’re accustomed to the bottom that they could combat from some day. They get used to totally different geographic combatant instructions. They combine with all kinds of NATO gamers and worldwide allies that that communication will construct upon ought to a conflict come to be. It builds their proficiency, it builds their confidence, and it helps us to execute decisive actions when and if wanted and known as upon to take action.
We’re so thrilled to be right here. We now have loved the time that we’ve been right here. And I look ahead to the subsequent few days of coaching, the subsequent few weeks of time that we’re right here for the entire modifications that we’re making and higher getting ready us for fight.
Colonel Wendt: I might say this can be a nice alternative, as any Bomber Activity Pressure is, for us to have interaction with our companions. Our companions from the 509th Bomb Wing, Colonel Schoeneberg and his group have been simply an impressive group to have right here at RAF Fairford with us.
It’s additionally a chance to have interaction with our worldwide companions.
As I discussed, that is how we guarantee our NATO Alliance that we’re right here. America is right here to face by your aspect. That is how we prepare and work with our worldwide companions. That is, because the Bomber Activity Pressure Commander stated, that is how we get higher. That is how we prepare in order that we’re prepared for something.
And on the finish of the day, day by day that we’ve peace on the European continent is a day that we’re doing our job proper. So we’re joyful to host the Bomber Activity Pressure and we look ahead to future alternatives.