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WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE A B-2 Stealth bomber returns from a mission March 20, 2011. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kenny Holston)(Released)
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Air Force Global Strike Command Supports Operation Odyssey Dawn

Posted 3/20/2011   Updated 3/22/2011 Email story   Print story


by Air Force Global Strike Command Public Affairs

3/20/2011 - BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. -- Airmen piloting three B-2 Spirits returned to Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., after striking targets in Libya in support of Operation Odyssey Dawn.

The B-2s returned after a more than 25-hour mission in support of the international response to enforce a no-fly zone over Libya.

The B-2s employed 45 guided joint direct attack munitions, each weighing 2,000 pounds, against hardened aircraft shelters in Libya, officials said.

A no-fly zone was imposed by the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1973, authorizing military action in order to ensure the protection of the Libyan people and compliance with the conditions of UNSCR 1973.

Airmen assigned to the 608th Air Operations Center here coordinated four aerial refuelings for the B-2s during the mission, officials said. The Airmen coordinated the transition of command and control between Global Strike Command and U.S. Africa Command as the aircraft flew from the continental U.S. to African air space and back, officials said.

The goal of coalition strikes is to reduce the Libyan regime's ability to defy the no-fly zone and to enhance protection of coalition air forces charged with implementing it.

3/22/2011 11:45:31 PM ET
God Bless all the Airmen and their efforts.
Claudia Street, Elk Creek CA
3/21/2011 12:50:53 AM ET
Job Well down
Emmanuel Chembo, lusaka Zambia
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