For the first time in Norway, more than 200 U.S. Air Force personnel from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, with an expeditionary B-1 Lancer bomber squadron, will arrive to support upcoming Bomber Task Force (BTF) missions out of Orland Air Base, Norway. The Airman will be a part of the advance team for scheduled missions in the coming weeks which will occur for a limited time.
Training for the U.S. Air Force personnel will include a variety of areas ranging from operating in the high north to improving interoperability with allies and partners across the European theater.
"Operational readiness and our ability to support Allies and partners and respond with speed is critical to combined success," said Gen. Jeff Harrigian, U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Africa commander. "We value the enduring partnership we have with Norway and look forward to future opportunities to bolster our collective defense."
In keeping with force health protection measures aligned with the Department of Defense, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Norwegian policy, all U.S. Air Force personnel will immediately practice a ten-day COVID-19 Restriction of Movement (ROM). All personnel were medically screened in Texas prior to arriving in Norway.
While details of specific missions or numbers of events are not discussed as part of routine operational security standards, U.S. Air Forces in Europe routinely host a variety of U.S. aircraft and units across the theater in support of USEUCOM objectives.
U.S. European Command (USEUCOM) is responsible for U.S. military operations across Europe, portions of Asia and the Middle East, the Arctic and Atlantic Ocean. USEUCOM is comprised of more than 64,000 military and civilian personnel and works closely with NATO Allies and partners. The command is one of two U.S. forward-deployed geographic combatant commands headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany. For more information about USEUCOM, visit https://www.eucom.mil