Wednesday, April 22, 2015

USAF realigns B-1 bomber fleets

USAF realigns B-1 bomber fleets: U.S. Air Force B-1 bomber fleets and the Long Range Strike Bomber program of the Air Combat Command are being realigned, the Air Force announced.

As of October 1, the two will be under the unified authority of the Air Force Global Strike Command, in charge of organizing, training and equipping crews of B-52 and B-2 bomber fleets.

"This realignment places all three ... bombers under one command and brings the LRS-B program with it," said Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James. "Consolidating all of our Air Force assets in this critical mission area under a single command will help provide a unified voice to maintain the high standards necessary in stewardship of our nation's bomber forces."

The Air Force said 63 aircraft and approximately 7,000 people will transfer from ACC to AFGSC under the realignment.