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Three U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancers assigned to the 345th Bomb Squadron at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, arrive at RAF Fairford, U.K., in support of NATO cross-servicing exercises in Europe, May 30, 2018. The 345th BS’s presence in Europe allows Dyess Airmen to work with U.S. allies to develop and improve ready air forces capable of maintaining regional stability. Bomber missions demonstrate the credibility and flexibility of our forces to address a broad range of global challenges. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Emily Copeland)

Three U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancers assigned to the 345th Bomb Squadron at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, arrive at RAF Fairford, U.K., in support of NATO cross-servicing exercises in Europe, May 30, 2018. The 345th BS’s presence in Europe allows Dyess Airmen to work with U.S. allies to develop and improve ready air forces capable of maintaining regional stability. Bomber missions demonstrate the credibility and flexibility of our forces to address a broad range of global challenges. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Emily Copeland)

U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to 345th Bomb Squadron at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, conduct post-flight maintenance after the three-ship B-1B Lancer arrival at RAF Fairford, U.K., May 30, 2018. Maintenance members are responsible for ensuring the proper and timely servicing of the aircraft while at home station and deployed, which fortifies the bomber’s ability to combat targets, anytime and anywhere. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Emily Copeland)

U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to 345th Bomb Squadron at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, conduct post-flight maintenance after the three-ship B-1B Lancer arrival at RAF Fairford, U.K., May 30, 2018. Maintenance members are responsible for ensuring the proper and timely servicing of the aircraft while at home station and deployed, which fortifies the bomber’s ability to combat targets, anytime and anywhere. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Emily Copeland)

U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the 345th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron prepare to board a Boeing 767-375 at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, May 24, 2018. The 345th EBS will be deployed to RAF Fairford, U.K., for several weeks in support of multiple NATO cross-servicing exercises, enhancing flexibility and interoperability among allied and partner nations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mercedes Porter)

U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the 345th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron prepare to board a Boeing 767-375 at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, May 24, 2018. The 345th EBS will be deployed to RAF Fairford, U.K., for several weeks in support of multiple NATO cross-servicing exercises, enhancing flexibility and interoperability among allied and partner nations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mercedes Porter)

U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the 345th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, de-palletize equipment at RAF Fairford, U.K., May 24, 2018. Members of the 345th EBS will be supporting multiple NATO cross-servicing exercises while forward operating out of RAF Fairford. U.S. Strategic Command bomber units regularly train in support of geographic combatant commands, including U.S. European Command. The flights and training provide opportunities for bomber crews to integrate and train with allies and partners from across the globe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Emily Copeland)

U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the 345th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, de-palletize equipment at RAF Fairford, U.K., May 24, 2018. Members of the 345th EBS will be supporting multiple NATO cross-servicing exercises while forward operating out of RAF Fairford. U.S. Strategic Command bomber units regularly train in support of geographic combatant commands, including U.S. European Command. The flights and training provide opportunities for bomber crews to integrate and train with allies and partners from across the globe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Emily Copeland)

U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the 345th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, load pallets onto a trailer for disbursement at RAF Fairford, U.K., May 24, 2018. Dyess Airmen deployed to the United Kingdom in support of NATO cross-servicing exercises which regularly involve combined theater security engagements with allies and partners, demonstrating the U.S. capability to command, control and conduct bomber missions across the globe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Emily Copeland)

U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the 345th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, load pallets onto a trailer for disbursement at RAF Fairford, U.K., May 24, 2018. Dyess Airmen deployed to the United Kingdom in support of NATO cross-servicing exercises which regularly involve combined theater security engagements with allies and partners, demonstrating the U.S. capability to command, control and conduct bomber missions across the globe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Emily Copeland)

U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Stephen Cary, 9th Bomb Squadron B-1B Lancer pilot, tests an oxygen mask prior to takeoff at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, May 24, 2018. Members of the 7th Bomb Wing and 489th Bomb Group will be forward operating out of RAF Fairford, U.K., while taking part in training that provides opportunities for bomber crews to integrate and train with allies and partners from across the globe U.S. Strategic Command bomber units regularly train in support of geographic combatant commands, including U.S. European Command. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kylee Thomas)

U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Stephen Cary, 9th Bomb Squadron B-1B Lancer pilot, tests an oxygen mask prior to takeoff at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, May 24, 2018. Members of the 7th Bomb Wing and 489th Bomb Group will be forward operating out of RAF Fairford, U.K., while taking part in training that provides opportunities for bomber crews to integrate and train with allies and partners from across the globe U.S. Strategic Command bomber units regularly train in support of geographic combatant commands, including U.S. European Command. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kylee Thomas)

U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to Air Mobility Command and U.S. Air Forces Europe and Air Forces Africa Command, unload cargo at RAF Fairford, U.K., from a C-17 Globemaster III assigned to Travis AFB, California, May 22, 2018. The C-17 carried approximately 60 Airmen and pallets of cargo in support of Dyess Air Force Base’s 345th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron’s assurance and deterrence missions in Europe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Emily Copeland)

U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to Air Mobility Command and U.S. Air Forces Europe and Air Forces Africa Command, unload cargo at RAF Fairford, U.K., from a C-17 Globemaster III assigned to Travis AFB, California, May 22, 2018. The C-17 carried approximately 60 Airmen and pallets of cargo in support of Dyess Air Force Base’s 345th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron’s assurance and deterrence missions in Europe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Emily Copeland)

U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the 345th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, arrive at RAF Fairford, U.K., on a C-17 Globemaster III from Travis AFB, California, May 22, 2018. Dyess Airmen have deployed to the United Kingdom in support of NATO cross-servicing exercises which regularly include combined theater security engagements with allies and partners, demonstrating the U.S. capability to command, control and conduct bomber missions across the globe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Emily Copeland)

U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the 345th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, arrive at RAF Fairford, U.K., on a C-17 Globemaster III from Travis AFB, California, May 22, 2018. Dyess Airmen have deployed to the United Kingdom in support of NATO cross-servicing exercises which regularly include combined theater security engagements with allies and partners, demonstrating the U.S. capability to command, control and conduct bomber missions across the globe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Emily Copeland)

RAF FAIRFORD, England --

Approximately 300 U.S. Air Force members and three B-1B Lancers assigned to Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, arrived at RAF Fairford, May 20-30.

Members from the 7th Bomb Wing and 345th Bomb Squadron deployed together as the 345th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron in support of NATO cross-servicing exercises. These exercises regularly include combined theater security engagements with allies and partners, demonstrating the U.S. capability to command, control and conduct bomber missions across the globe.

The 345th EBS will be flying, maintaining and supporting the B-1Bs while deployed in Europe, enabling aircrew and Airmen to become familiar with other theaters and airspace. 

“Everything we do is going to be seen, and going to have a large strategic impact,” said Lt. Col. Jesse Hamilton, 345th EBS commander. “We are going to work with our partners and prove that we can get the job done at a moment’s notice.”

The theater integration and flying training helps exercise RAF Fairford as U.S. Air Forces in Europe’s forward operating location for bombers, which is stood up and established as the operating base of the bomber team for the duration of the deployment.

While the yearly rotations are typically supported by active-duty personnel, the 345th EBS is an Air Force Reserve unit that is familiar with continuous bomber presence missions in relation to working with NATO partners and allies.

“The ability to work as a reserve unit with a mainly active-duty crew, is a unique situation because it perfectly exemplifies a Total Force integrated unit,” said Hamilton. “The only difference between the reserves and active-duty members at Dyess is just the patches we wear.”

This deployment will also include joint and allied training, demonstrating the Air Force’s contributions to ready and postured forces, and enabling the U.S. to build enduring and strategic relationships necessary to confront a broad range of global challenges.

“The greatest opportunity we have out here is to be under one flag, and one roof,” said Hamilton. “No matter what we do at home, we are all a part of the same team out here.”