Barksdale Airmen Continue B-52 Mission Against ISIS

Airmen from Barksdale AFB, La., deployed to the Middle East earlier this month to continue hammering ISIS in B-52s. The airmen from the 11th Bomb Squadron, 20th Bomb Squadron, 96th Bomb Squadron, and the 2nd Operations Squadron deployed to Al Udeid AB, Qatar, from Sept. 6-10 to replace B-52 crews from Barksdale that have been deployed since April. The new deployment will be the first time B-52s in theater will be outfitted with the new CONECT modification, which improves communication and situational awareness, according to a Barksdale release. The Air Force has set up a new continuous bomber presence in CENTCOM to keep bombers deployed for fights both in Operation Inherent Resolve and Operation Freedom’s Sentinel in Afghanistan. B-52s first deployed to CENTCOM in April to replace B-1Bs, and increased operations as the deployment progressed and airmen were able to build up Al Udeid’s infrastructure to support operations.