A B-1 bomber assigned to the 28th Bomb Wing at Ellsworth, S.D., crashed on Monday near Broadus, Mont., during a routine training mission, announced the wing. All four crewmembers—two pilots, two weapon systems operators—safely ejected with some injuries, states the wing’s release. “We are actively working to ensure the safety of the crew members and have sent first responders to secure the scene and work closely with local authorities at the crash site,” said Col. Kevin Kennedy, 28th BW commander. “Right now, all of our thoughts and prayers are with the crews and their families,” he said. The wing said it would release more information as it becomes available.
The U.S. supports “a stronger and more capable” European defense, Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III said during an Oct. 22 press conference in Brussels—but that defense should not duplicate the functions and capabilities of the NATO alliance.