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Barksdale B-52s return for Global Thunder 21

Two B-52H Stratofortresses taxi the flight line at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., as part of Global Thunder 21, Oct. 20, 2020. GLOBAL THUNDER is an annual command and control exercise designed to train U.S. Strategic Command forces and assess joint operational readiness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jacob B. Wrightsman)

Two B-52H Stratofortresses taxi the flight line at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., as part of Global Thunder 21, Oct. 20, 2020. GLOBAL THUNDER is an annual command and control exercise designed to train U.S. Strategic Command forces and assess joint operational readiness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jacob B. Wrightsman)

Two B-52H Stratofortresses fly over Barksdale Air Force Base, La., as part of Global Thunder 21, Oct. 20, 2020. GLOBAL THUNDER is an annual command and control exercise designed to train U.S. Strategic Command forces and assess joint operational readiness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jacob B. Wrightsman)

Two B-52H Stratofortresses fly over Barksdale Air Force Base, La., as part of Global Thunder 21, Oct. 20, 2020. GLOBAL THUNDER is an annual command and control exercise designed to train U.S. Strategic Command forces and assess joint operational readiness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jacob B. Wrightsman)

A B-52H Stratofortress lands at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., as part of Global Thunder 21, Oct. 20, 2020. Exercises like GLOBAL THUNDER involve extensive planning and coordination to provide unique training opportunities for assigned units and forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jacob B. Wrightsman)

A B-52H Stratofortress lands at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., as part of Global Thunder 21, Oct. 20, 2020. Exercises like GLOBAL THUNDER involve extensive planning and coordination to provide unique training opportunities for assigned units and forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jacob B. Wrightsman)

A B-52H Stratofortress lands at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., as part of Global Thunder 21, Oct. 20, 2020. GLOBAL THUNDER is an invaluable training opportunity to exercise all U.S. Strategic Command mission areas and create the conditions for strategic deterrence against a variety of threats. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jacob B. Wrightsman)

A B-52H Stratofortress lands at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., as part of Global Thunder 21, Oct. 20, 2020. GLOBAL THUNDER is an invaluable training opportunity to exercise all U.S. Strategic Command mission areas and create the conditions for strategic deterrence against a variety of threats. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jacob B. Wrightsman)

Airman 1st Class Jacob Oldfield, 2nd Security Forces Squadron entry controller, sets up an entry control point during Global Thunder 21 at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Oct. 20, 2020. Exercises like GLOBAL THUNDER involve extensive planning and coordination to provide unique training opportunities for assigned units and forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jacob B. Wrightsman)

Airman 1st Class Jacob Oldfield, 2nd Security Forces Squadron entry controller, sets up an entry control point during Global Thunder 21 at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Oct. 20, 2020. Exercises like GLOBAL THUNDER involve extensive planning and coordination to provide unique training opportunities for assigned units and forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jacob B. Wrightsman)

Airman 1st Class Jacob Oldfield, 2nd Security Forces Squadron entry controller, stands guard at an entry control point during Global Thunder 21 at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Oct. 20, 2020. Exercises like GLOBAL THUNDER involve extensive planning and coordination to provide unique training opportunities for assigned units and forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jacob B. Wrightsman)

Airman 1st Class Jacob Oldfield, 2nd Security Forces Squadron entry controller, stands guard at an entry control point during Global Thunder 21 at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Oct. 20, 2020. Exercises like GLOBAL THUNDER involve extensive planning and coordination to provide unique training opportunities for assigned units and forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jacob B. Wrightsman)

BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. -- Two B-52H Stratofortresses taxi the flight line at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., as part of Global Thunder 21, Oct. 20, 2020. GLOBAL THUNDER is an annual command and control exercise designed to train U.S. Strategic Command forces and assess joint operational readiness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jacob B. Wrightsman)