U.S. Strategic Command Public Affairs
5/19/2015 - OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. -- Two
B-52 Stratofortress bombers assigned to the 2nd Bomb Wing, Barksdale
AFB, La., returned May 18, 2015, from a 30-plus hour, 14,000 mile
nonstop mission to the U.S. Central Command area of operations to
participate alongside Jordanian and other multinational forces in
Exercise Eager Lion 2015.
Exercise Eager Lion is one of USCENTCOM's premiere exercises, and
consists of a series of simulated scenarios to facilitate a coordinated,
partnered military response to both conventional and unconventional
threats. While U.S. participation in Exercise Eager Lion occurs on a
regular basis, this year marks the first time the multi-role, heavy
bomber has been integrated into the exercise. In total, about 10,000
U.S. and international military personnel are participating in Eager
Lion, taking place May 5-19 in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.
During the exercise, B-52 crews joined up with Royal Jordanian Air Force
F-16 fighter aircraft over Jordan, conducting a low flyover and a
conventional weapons demonstration. Additionally, while in flight,
bomber crews coordinated with Jordanian joint terminal attack
controllers on the ground to increase cooperation and understanding
regarding tactics, techniques and procedures for future
Combined with the long-range nature of the flight, which involved four
aerial refueling operations, this mission showcases the flexible
capabilities of the bomber force and its ability to integrate and
strengthen interoperability with Allies and partners around the globe.
"Partnering with other geographic combatant commands, and participating
in combined training engagements with our Allies and partners
demonstrates our shared commitment to promoting peace and stability,"
said Adm. Cecil D. Haney, Commander of U.S. Strategic Command. "The
B-52 flights in support of Exercise Eager Lion were specifically
designed to ensure maximum opportunities to synchronize and integrate
USSTRATCOM bomber capabilities with regional partners, fostering
cooperation and increasing interoperability among exercise partners as
we work toward mutual goals."
USSTRATCOM's bomber force regularly conducts combined training and
theater security cooperation engagements with Allies and partners, and
B-52 participation in Exercise Eager Lion follows several global
missions during the last year that enhanced interoperability. For
example, these flights follow two simultaneous, round-trip flights of
B-52s to the Arctic and North Sea regions in early April; coined "Polar
Growl", this mission enabled bomber crews to conduct air intercept
training with fighter aircraft from the United Kingdom, Canada and the
Netherlands. Previously, B-52s participated in NATO Exercise Noble
Justification in October 2014, where the bombers assisted in the
exercise's focus of validating the Spanish Maritime Force as the 2015
Maritime NATO Response Force.