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A B-52H Stratofortress takes off from Barksdale Air Force Base, La., during Global Thunder 21 Oct. 23, 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 Senior Airman Tessa B. Corrick)

A B-52H Stratofortress takes off from Barksdale Air Force Base, La., during Global Thunder 21 Oct. 23, 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 Senior Airman Tessa B. Corrick)

A B-52H Stratofortress taxis down the flight line during Global Thunder 21 at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Oct. 23, 2020. The ability to credibly convey the readiness and lethality of our forces is a key component of strategic deterrence. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lillian Miller)

A B-52H Stratofortress taxis down the flight line during Global Thunder 21 at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Oct. 23, 2020. The ability to credibly convey the readiness and lethality of our forces is a key component of strategic deterrence. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lillian Miller)

A 2nd Bomb Wing aircrew runs to a B-52H Stratofortress before take off during Global Thunder 21 at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Oct. 23, 2020. Testing our readiness to confront uncertainty ensures we maintain a safe, secure, effective and ready strategic deterrent force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lillian Miller)

A 2nd Bomb Wing aircrew runs to a B-52H Stratofortress before take off during Global Thunder 21 at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Oct. 23, 2020. Testing our readiness to confront uncertainty ensures we maintain a safe, secure, effective and ready strategic deterrent force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lillian Miller)

Airmen from the 2nd Security Forces Squadron defend B-52H Stratofortress aircraft during Global Thunder 21 at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Oct. 23, 2020. U.S. Strategic Command’s fundamental mission is to deter, detect and prevent strategic attack against the United States, our allies and partners. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lillian Miller)

Airmen from the 2nd Security Forces Squadron defend B-52H Stratofortress aircraft during Global Thunder 21 at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Oct. 23, 2020. U.S. Strategic Command’s fundamental mission is to deter, detect and prevent strategic attack against the United States, our allies and partners. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lillian Miller)

A B-52H Stratofortress takes off from Barksdale Air Force Base, La., during Global Thunder 21 Oct. 23, 2020. GT 21 provides training opportunities for components, units and task forces to deter, and if necessary defeat, a military attack against the United States and to employ forces as directed by the President. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jacob B. Wrightsman)

A B-52H Stratofortress takes off from Barksdale Air Force Base, La., during Global Thunder 21 Oct. 23, 2020. GT 21 provides training opportunities for components, units and task forces to deter, and if necessary defeat, a military attack against the United States and to employ forces as directed by the President. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jacob B. Wrightsman)

A B-52H Stratofortress takes off from Barksdale Air Force Base, La., during Global Thunder 21 Oct. 23, 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 Senior Airman Tessa B. Corrick)

A B-52H Stratofortress takes off from Barksdale Air Force Base, La., during Global Thunder 21 Oct. 23, 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 Senior Airman Tessa B. Corrick)

A B-52H Stratofortress takes off from Barksdale Air Force Base, La., during Global Thunder 21 Oct. 23, 2020. U.S. Strategic Command’s fundamental mission is to deter, detect and prevent strategic attack against the United States, our allies and partners.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Tessa B. Corrick)

A B-52H Stratofortress takes off from Barksdale Air Force Base, La., during Global Thunder 21 Oct. 23, 2020. U.S. Strategic Command’s fundamental mission is to deter, detect and prevent strategic attack against the United States, our allies and partners. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Tessa B. Corrick)

Two B-52H Stratofortresses take off from Barksdale Air Force Base, La., during Global Thunder 21 Oct. 23, 2020. Strategic bomber missions represent U.S. commitment to our allies and enhancing regional security. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jacob B. Wrightsman)

Two B-52H Stratofortresses take off from Barksdale Air Force Base, La., during Global Thunder 21 Oct. 23, 2020. Strategic bomber missions represent U.S. commitment to our allies and enhancing regional security. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jacob B. Wrightsman)

Aircrew from the 2nd Bomb Wing complete a test in preparation for Global Thunder 21 at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Oct. 23, 2020. Training with allied nations and partner organizations contributes to enhanced integration and interoperability and enables us to build enduring relationships necessary to confront the broad range of global challenges. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lillian Miller)

Aircrew from the 2nd Bomb Wing complete a test in preparation for Global Thunder 21 at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Oct. 23, 2020. Training with allied nations and partner organizations contributes to enhanced integration and interoperability and enables us to build enduring relationships necessary to confront the broad range of global challenges. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lillian Miller)

Capt. Dustin Martin, 2nd Bomb Wing weapons systems officer instructor, grades tests in preparation for Global Thunder 21 at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Oct. 23, 2020. U.S. Strategic Command’s fundamental mission is to deter, detect and prevent strategic attack against the United States, our allies and partners. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lillian Miller)
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Capt. Dustin Martin, 2nd Bomb Wing weapons systems officer instructor, grades tests in preparation for Global Thunder 21 at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Oct. 23, 2020. U.S. Strategic Command’s fundamental mission is to deter, detect and prevent strategic attack against the United States, our allies and partners. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lillian Miller)

BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. -- A B-52H Stratofortress takes off from Barksdale Air Force Base, La., during Global Thunder 21 Oct. 23, 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 Senior Airman Tessa B. Corrick)