7/13/2015 - OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. -- A B-52 Stratofortress assigned to the 5th Bomb Wing, Minot Air Force Base, N.D., embarked July 9 on a 16-hour, non-stop mission to Colombia.
During the mission to the U.S. Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM) area of
responsibility, which was closely coordinated with the Colombian
Ministry of National Defense, the aircraft conducted a flyover
demonstration at the Feria Aeronautica Internacional Rionegro (F-AIR)
Colombia 2015 International Air Show.
"USSTRATCOM aircraft regularly conduct training with and in support of
the Geographic Combatant Commands, our Allies and regional partners
around the world," said Adm. Cecil D. Haney, U.S. Strategic Command
commander. "The aircraft's participation in this airshow and the
training conducted alongside our Colombian partners allow our strategic
aircrews to maintain a high state of readiness and crew proficiency."
According to Gen. John F. Kelly, USSOUTHCOM commander, the flight also
demonstrates the U.S. commitment to regional security and the
recognition of Colombia as a key regional partner.
"Our support to Colombia is based on more than just a shared history; it
is based on Colombia's enduring importance to our national security.
Training missions such as these ensure effective cooperation between our
countries," said Kelly.
This is not the first time a B-52 has flown to or conducted partnered
training in the Central American, South American or Caribbean regions. A
B-52 participated in USSOUTHCOM's annual Exercise PANAMAX in August
2014. The U.S. also participated at the F-AIR Colombia International Air
Show twice in the past decade, with participation of a B-52 in 2006 and
a B-1B Lancer in 2008.